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Mississippi’s pension crisis explained in four charts

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Funding level PERS graph

The reason why Mississippi’s pension crisis is one of the worst in the nation can be explained in four graphs.

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Beyond Philly: Other cities already looking to duplicate soda tax plan

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, National, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

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“While it’s true that sugary drinks are a health problem, but so are cheeseburgers,” Rendell told a local radio show. “So are donuts. Are we going to do a tax on sugary donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme? Are we going to tax cheeseburgers at McDonald’s?”

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Another budget battle looms for Pennsylvania schools

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

Special education funding is on the rise while scores remain stagnant.

Are more Pennsylvania school budget woes ahead? And do schools have part of the answer in their own bank accounts? After districts borrowed more than $700 million to keep schools open during the nine-month budget impasse that froze state funding for most of the school year, more than one-third of Pennsylvania’s 500 districts indicate they […]

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Mississippi pension system loses money on investments

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

The Mississippi pension system is losing money on its investments so far this year, which could have serious consequences for the fund’s solvency.

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School administrator to taxpayers: I’m going to Disney World, and you’re paying for it

By   /  June 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

John Porter, seen at Mississippi Board of Education meeting Tuesday, is the interim chief information officer for the Mississippi Department of Education. Photo by Steve Wilson

A state school administrator in Mississippi took a trip to a conference at Disney World and billed taxpayers for it.

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Problems abound for Philly’s new soda tax: ‘Most people have cars’

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

SUGAR FREE: Mayors push ban on food stamps for soda

Neighborhood grocery stores struggle to survive against competition from larger chains and big box stores. Philadelphia’s new soda tax will make it harder.

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