Wolf’s veto, opposing mandates leave Pennsylvania without budget

By   /  July 1, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday steamrolled through liquor privatization, public pension reform and a state budget without a tax increase.
They were doing what the people elected them to do, they said.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, squashed the conservative celebration not long after, announcing he will veto the entire […]

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City has ‘no idea’ how Philadelphia schools spend its taxes

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

DOWN THE DRAIN: A four year exemption from the state's latest concealed carry law would cost the City of Wichita $60 million. But after four years, they would have to comply with the law anyway.

The Philadelphia City Council gives schools millions in taxpayer dollars, but where does it go?

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Altered pension bill would save PA $11 billion over long term, analysis finds

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Changes to a pension reform bill poised to reach Gov. Tom Wolf this week might alleviate some concerns about a legal challenge, but it will cost the state billions of dollars of savings, according to an actuarial analysis released Monday afternoon.

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Pennsylvania budget battle poses taxing questions

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Republican lawmakers spent the weekend advancing a $30.1 billion budget plan that holds the line on taxes, but it faces a near-certain veto from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Education week-in-review: Suing a union and suing a state

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Pennsylvania, where a veteran educator is suing a teachers union for violating her First Amendment rights, to California, where students are suing the state for violating their right to a quality education, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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PA Week in Review: Lawmakers tackle wine shipping, 911 fees and tenure rules

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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As the June 30 budget deadline inches closer, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans who control the General Assembly have yet to agree on a spending plan, as they remain at odds over a severance tax, liquor privatization and pension reform.

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