In the aftermath of Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as Secretary of Education, opponents predict she could decimate public education. Their perspective is misguided, unsupported by facts, and ultimately harmful for the future of American education.
Philadelphia’s soda tax should serve as stinging reminder that tax hikes—no matter how seemingly inconsequential or justifiable—can hurt many of the people who can least afford to pay. We need to address the real problem in our economy: Decades of red tape and uninterrupted transfers of wealth to government.
Gov. Wolf’s third budget address was a disorienting shift in tone and substance—almost as if the most liberal governor in the country were polishing his conservative credentials. The General Assembly should take this opportunity to double-down on Wolf’s reform mindset—but do it without tax hikes.
Union leaders spend millions each year to further their own political agenda. Regardless of public sector employees’ personal political convictions, the highly partisan trend continued to the tune of $17.6 million in the 2016 election.
Districts are sending more money to charters because charters are enrolling more and more students from districts. This is not groundbreaking.
In 2015-16, total compensation per state worker reached more than $97,000 per employee, driven by skyrocketing employee benefits over the past decade. To rein in costs, state government should bring health and pension benefits in line with the private sector.
Proponents of a natural gas severance tax argue the natural gas industry wields undue political influence in Harrisburg. Government unions, however, far surpass the industry in political spending.
Pennsylvania’s unfunded pension liability stands at $60 billion dollars, two times the annual General Fund budget, and it keeps growing. James Paul recently talked with WURD's Stephanie Renee about the real-life impacts of these massive numbers. Listen now.
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