Assessment of Erie school: ‘I thought I was in Baghdad’

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Education Blog, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Funding for the debt-ridden Erie school district is becoming a topic of statewide discussion, and not in a good way.

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Small Pennsylvania townships blast Wolf’s police fee

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Governor, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to impose a $25 per-person fee for municipalities that rely on state police in lieu of funding their own forces.

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Pennsylvania lawmaker takes aim at vape tax

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

The measure would replace the 40 percent wholesale tax with a 5-cents per milliliter retail tax on the liquid products.

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Pennsylvania auditor finds fire association lacks adequate cash protection

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Accountability, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

North Strabane Fire Department photo

Two recent state auditor reports commended one Pittsburgh-area volunteer firefighter association while knocking a second one for not correcting an ongoing financial issue that has since been fixed.

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Philadelphians register resentment over regulations, taxes

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

At the top of the list were soda and tobacco taxes and new regulations on tobacco shops.

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Philadelphia’s tobacco retailer regulations under scrutiny

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Regulations  /  No Comments

New regulations imposed by the unelected Philadelphia Board of Health threaten to put Philly retailers out of business.

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