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Drink up: In Philadelphia, beer is cheaper than soda thanks to beverage tax

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments

Tax Foundation/Bill Rickards

The Tax Foundation recently discovered that a 12-pack of Propel energy drink costs $9.04 in one Philadelphia store thanks to a beverage tax of $3.04, while a 12-pack of Icehouse beer is $7.99 after the beer tax is applied.

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New York, Pennsylvania want FCC to hand over unused rural broadband funds

By   /  January 5, 2017  /  Federal government, New York, News, Pennsylvania, Technology  /  No Comments

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New York and Pennsylvania have announced their intentions to go after the funds from the Connect America program, worried that providers in other states could nab the money through a competitive bidding process.

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Happy New Year? Five tax and fee hikes for Pennsylvanians in 2017

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Keeping taxes and fees from rising in 2017 isn’t a New Year’s resolution for officials in the Keystone State. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will not seek sales or income tax increases in next year’s budget. But even without further hikes, Pennsylvania taxpayers will be shelling out more on other taxes and fees. Here […]

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 9-Jerry Oleksiak

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  Education, Labor, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments


Part 3 of 10 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]

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Pennsylvania scores poorly on spending and taxes among 50 states

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Economic Freedom of North America 2016

Pennsylvania is not a model for government spending and taxes, and projected deficits don’t make the outlook any better for next year.

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EPA’s about-face on fracking report: Science or politics?

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Gordon Tomb pays about $40 per month to heat his home in central Pennsylvania. And he wants to keep it that way. “I’ve lived in Pennsylvania for more than 60 years and have never paid so little for my home heating,” Tomb, a senior fellow with the free market Commonwealth Foundation, told in an interview. […]

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