When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments


Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay-off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city provide additional funding.

But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up.

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Why are minimum wage hike advocates so stingy?

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Commentary, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Living wage protesters rallied outside WMC headquarters in downtown Madison.

Why so stingy, minimum wage hike advocates?

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House passes Internet access tax ban amid battle over states’ rights

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  National, News, Pensions, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments


A debate over states’ rights ensued in the U.S. House as it looked to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access

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‘Vortex of political hell’ captures Philly’s cigarette tax bill

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

JUST A BILL: The cigarette tax for Philadelphia schools is tied up with several other controversial proposals inside the same piece of legislation. It's creating quite a mess in Harrisburg.

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter gets credit for calling it like he sees it.

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Senate backs higher cigarette tax to pay for Philly schools

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

CIGARETTE TAX: The Philadelphia School District says it needs revenue from a new tax on cigarettes, or schools won't open in September. It's unclear whether they will get what they seek.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Smokers in Philadelphia soon could be paying extra taxes to support the city’s schools.
The state Senate on Monday approved an amendment that would allow the City Council to impose a $2 per-pack tax on cigarettes to generate an estimated $83 million for the cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia. School district [...]

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PA House counting on liquor privatization, one-time transfers for budget

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

VOTE POSSIBLE: The Pennsylvania state House could vote on a $29.1 billion budget as soon as Wednesday.

Finally, we’ve got a real, live budget proposal from the General Assembly.

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