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Wolf Vetoes Work Requirement for Welfare Recipients

Back in July the House passed legislation that would have added work requirements to the welfare code. As we noted then:

“In our research, we found that nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvania families who were required to engage in job search activities or training ...

Posted on 26 October 2017 Keep Reading...

'Hack' Speak for Beginners

Speech is politicians’ stock-in-trade. Usually, words have meanings, and using words improperly has consequences -- everywhere but in places like Washington and state capitals.

Because a confused public is more docile and compliant, politicians intentionally use ...

Posted on 26 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Amazon: Your City Has Already Lost

Sorry to say, but your town lost the Amazon HQ2 game, and before the game even began. Amazon’s top executives have known for some time where they are putting their new headquarters â€" or at least they had it narrowed to two or maybe three contenders. The whole frenzy of the last month was ...

Posted on 26 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Equal Ed Funding Not Practicable

(October 25, 2017)--Summary: For some time groups calling for more state education funding have complained that the state’s share of funding is low compared to other states and that Pennsylvania underfunds educationâ€"see for example, the Public Interest Law Center, Campaign for Fair ...

Posted on 26 October 2017 Keep Reading...

GOP Must Get Past Personal Feuds to Score Policy Wins

This week’s shiny object of distraction is two Republican senators, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona, expressing sharp and personal criticism of President Trump. Their attacks come on top of the criticism that fellow GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is battling brain cancer, ...

Posted on 26 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Judicial Roulette

Pennsylvania’s Great Game of Judicial Roulette

Are you good with names? Try these.

Carolyn Nichols, Maria McLaughlin, Deborah Anne Kunselman, and Geoff Moulton! If you don’t recognize these try another group: Wade Kagarise, ...

Posted on 25 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Brady Aides Indicted

Two top political strategists for U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.) on Tuesday became the latest targets in a widening federal probe of $90,000 the congressman paid a 2012 primary challenger to drop out of the race.

Federal prosecutors accused Ken Smukler, 57, and ...

Posted on 25 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Budget Bill Progresses

The Pennsylvania state House has passed a key bill in the deficit-patch being crafted to complete the $32.0 billion 2017-18 state budget.

The so-called fiscal code, often characterized as the operator's manual to the state budget because it sets parameters for ...

Posted on 25 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Special Congressional Election Set

A special election will be held Tuesday, March 13, to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced late Monday afternoon.

That date will now drive the deliberations of party leaders to choose their champions for the 18th district, ...

Posted on 25 October 2017 Keep Reading...

Funding PA's Public Schools

Some of those advocating for the “equalization” of local and state public education funding in Pennsylvania might want to be careful what they wish for, say scholars at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.

For a number of years, some groups have ...

Posted on 25 October 2017 Keep Reading...

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