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Erie School District’s recovery plan relies on $31.8 million more from state

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Erie School Board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a recovery plan that relies on $31.8 million more in state funding increases and additional property tax hikes. Superintendent Jay Badams told the school board the district would use $25.5 million to eliminate its deficit and improve academic programs and $6.3 million to maintain and renovate […]

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It’s D-Day for Erie school recovery plan

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Erie School Board will vote Monday night on a financial recovery plan that includes seeking $28.8 million in state aid. That would come on top of the $4 million the city schools received in emergency funding to get them through the current school year. In September, the state gave the Erie School District six […]

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Philadelphia teachers union rejects $100M offer

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Jordan has refused to take the offer to the members, saying, “This offer has no recognition of the years that people have sacrificed.”

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Blue lives do matter, but applying hate-crime laws to attacks on police is redundant

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Commentary, Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Legislation that affords special protection to police officers is sweeping the nation. These bills, sometimes called “Blue Lives Matter” bills, put police, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders under hate-crimes designation protection. Louisiana was the first state to pass this kind of law, and it went into effect in August. New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and […]

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Erie County courts ready for new records law

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Lawmakers in Harrisburg approved more than $1 billion in new borrowing for Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Back in February, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a measure designed to help low-level offenders find employment.  Nine months later, Act 5 is finally in effect.  The Erie County clerk’s office has already received two petitions to limit access. “There’s an inordinate amount of individuals in Pennsylvania that have small offenses on their records […]

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Watchdog’s Top 10 List: Bureaucrats Behaving Badly

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Federal Government, Florida, Legislature, Mississippi, National, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Bureaucrats and politicians manipulate the system, for their own benefit and for the benefit of their friends and financial allies. How do they get away with it? They get a lot of practice and, all too often, nobody is watching. But we are. Here’s a top 10 list of bureaucrats, politicians and rent seekers who […]

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