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Surrounding school districts prep for possible Erie shutdown

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A dozen county districts are preparing to take on 3,300 students if Erie’s four high schools close their doors.

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Distributors say layoffs coming because of Philly soda tax

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Two months into Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents per ounce soda tax, distributors are reporting 30-50 percent declines in sales.

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What is a sanctuary city? Lawmakers, locals have a difference of opinion

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Immigration, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

Who, us? Western Pennsylvania counties say they’re unfairly targeted by “sanctuary city” proposal.

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Pennsylvania prioritizes horse racing subsidies over needy schools

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Erie School District officials say they need $30 million from the state to fund basic school programs and close a budget gap, or the city’s schools could face “devastating” cuts. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget would allocate $1.5 million toward meeting Erie’s request. But Wolf’s budget also includes $250 million in subsidies for the state’s horse […]

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Auditor: Erie School District on the verge of insolvency

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Erie School District has had a lot of problems — and they seem to be getting worse. Apart from being in debt, running continuing deficits and planning for program cuts, auditors announced in a report that in one year’s time Erie may be unable to make necessary payments and stay solvent. “The District has […]

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Wolf wants to make Pennsylvanians pay more long-term for a short-term budget fix

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

In order to help close the budget gap for the coming fiscal year, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed leasing the Farm Show Complex … and then having it leased back to the state. The deal would provide the state with $200 million dollars immediately, but at the cost of nearly three decades worth of interest payments, […]

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