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.
Today, the Senate took a stand to protect the integrity of public dollars, give union members a greater voice in how their money is spent, and restore fairness to the political process by passing paycheck protection legislation.
Gov. Wolf's third budget proposal is an improved starting point from his first two, but it still calls for $1 billion in new taxes and would increase the state’s tax burden by $315 per family of four.
Today Governor Wolf laid out his plan to balance the 2017-18 state budget which faces a roughly $3 billion gap between expected spending and revenues.
In a bipartisan vote, the House Education Committee advanced legislation to boost Pennsylvania’s crucial private school scholarship programs. HB 250 deserves the support of lawmakers who believe in high quality educational options for all children.
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