Free-market group targets ‘slush funds’ buried in state budget plan

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent State lawmakers could sock Pennsylvanians with a $1.2 billion tax increase just in time for the Christmas holiday, but they’re making sure to stuff their stockings as they try to end the five-month-long budget impasse, according to one group’s analysis. The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank based in […]

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Property tax elimination vote on horizon in Pennsylvania Senate

By   /  November 20, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Next week could be a big week for proponents of eliminating Pennsylvania’s hated school property tax. Then again, this week was supposed to be a big week, until Senate Republicans postponed a plan to vote on legislation that would abolish the school property tax. “We want to send the […]

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Tangled collection of interest groups watching newest PA liquor privatization bill

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Nothing about privatizing Pennsylvania’s government monopoly over wine and spirits sales is simple. The arduous process of trying to unwind the state’s booze business began anew Monday, when Republicans on the House Liquor Control Committee sent another privatization bill to the full chamber. State lawmakers aren’t treating the legislation […]

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New liquor privatization bill makes entrance

By   /  November 13, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent House Speaker Mike Turzai on Thursday introduced another privatization bill extracting Pennsylvania from the hooch business, but there’s no promise it will be the final iteration of liquor reform included within a broader state budget agreement that’s starting to take shape. While liquor reform is part of the framework of […]

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PA school choice advocates get big win in court

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  Education, General, Governor, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org School choice advocates won a victory in court this week when a Delaware County judge rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to de-fund charter schools in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District. As a means to mend the district’s bleeding budget, Wolf proposed slashing special education funding to Chester Upland charters […]

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Pennsylvania school choice advocates leery of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans

By   /  August 24, 2015  /  Education, General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to plug the bleeding budget of one school district has school choice advocates bracing for a war on charter schools. Earlier this year, Wolf proposed a state spending plan that called for seizing charter school savings and reduced funding for cyber charter schools. Last week, […]

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