Pennsylvania Watchdog

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

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

While Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg are pushing a bill that would crack down on sanctuary cities and counties in the commonwealth, some western Pennsylvania localities potentially targeted by the measure are complaining that they are not sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

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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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Male student sues Allegheny College after ‘false accusation’ of sexual assault

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Even though witnesses said the woman lied, a male student was still expelled.

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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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Pennsylvania Senate moves to defund sanctuary cities

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Immigration, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would defund sanctuary cities in the commonwealth, cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid to as many as 32 counties. The bill, passed 37-12 on Tuesday, also would hold local governments liable for any damages to people or property caused by illegal immigrants who were released […]

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