Gov. Shapiro’s New Hampshire Keynote Undermined by Legislative Failures, Incomplete Budget
Harrisburg, Pa., September 29, 2023 — Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro was recently announced as the keynote speaker at the 2023 New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention. His appearance in Bedford, New Hampshire—one of…Read More: Gov. Shapiro’s New Hampshire Keynote Undermined by Legislative Failures, Incomplete Budget
Commonwealth Foundation Survey Finds Voters Are Clear: “It’s the Economy, Stupid”Read More: Commonwealth Foundation Survey Finds Voters Are Clear: “It’s the Economy, Stupid”
Analysis: Shapiro Least Productive Governor with a Divided GovernmentRead More: Analysis: Shapiro Least Productive Governor with a Divided Government
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Commonwealth Foundation Supports Advancement of Senate Bill 399Read More: Commonwealth Foundation Supports Advancement of Senate Bill 399
Conservative professors face discrimination
Commonwealth Foundation Adjunct Scholar and Villanova University associate professor of political science Bob Maranto in the Philadelphia Inquirer on how diversity on college campuses excludes conservative academics.
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The birthplace of school choice
John Fund of the Wall Street Journal says the “front lines of today’s civil rights struggle are not in the South but in Milwaukee.” Read Fund’s Political Diary.
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PA is national leader on teacher strikes
Pennsbury School District parent, Simon Campbell, nails the teacher strike issue in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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The pensions crunch
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial on pensions in the private sector. You think its bad at IBM, Verizon, et al. Just wait til you see what’s going on in state…
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Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
From the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal… Poll: Taxes are most pressing problem What’s the most pressing problem facing the state? The answer is taxes…
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Maryland’s Wal-Mart Bill: Coming to PA?
From the National Federation of Independent Businesses… Maryland lawmakers voted this week to over-ride a veto by Gov. Robert Erlich of a bill that will force Wal-Mart and other companies…
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John Stossel: ‘Stupid in America’
John Stossel plans to look at how the public schools are failing kids tonight on ABC. ‘Stupid in America’ will ask the question: Does the U.S. government’s monopoly over public…
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Maryland Senate seeks control over Wal-Mart
The Maryland Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of the “Wal-Mart Bill” (Financial News – Yahoo! Finance), so called because it applies only to one company in the…
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Override of guv’s veto?
Text of Jan. 11 press release. Turzai and Reed move to override Governor’s veto.Say job creation bill has necessary support in House and Senate HARRISBURG — Rep. Mike Turzai…
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Property tax reform proposals are like belly buttons
Former Allegheny County Chief Executive Jim Roddey in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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Referendum exemption is blackmail
From the York Dispatch… Thumbs Down to Rep. Stan Saylor’s proposal to amend property tax reform legislation to an extent that renders taxpayer approval impotent when it comes to increases…
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States Throwing Money at Higher Education
An analysis of state spending on higher education from The Chronicle of Higher Education shows that overall spending increases substantially outpaced inflation. While the article’s perspective (and the perspective…
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Are American Kids Stupid?
I love John Stossel reports – this Friday (on 20/20) he asks, “Are American Kids Stupid?” The answer, of course, is no, but our monopolistic public school system is.
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Give us the right to vote!
The Public Opinion in Chambersburg agrees, school tax increases should require voter approval. Read their editorial.
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The best of the best, of course
The Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Retirement System are the envy of the government worker world. They are the most generous systems in the entire country.
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Go to HBG to do good, but end up doing well, very well
The retirement of many long-time legislators is opening up the eyes of many to the very generous pensions. See The Citizens Voice story by Michael Race, Stepping out to…
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Will 2006 be the year of reform?
Democratic Representative Greg Vitali hopes so. Read his commentary in today’s Philly Inquirer.
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Go to Harrisburg to do good, and end up doing well…very well
WNEP-TV’s Scott Schaffer’s Lawmaker Retirements Won’t Come Cheap.
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Unions Win: Florida Supreme Court Rules Against School Choice
News release from the Institute for Justice…. Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down School Choice Washington, D.C.-In a major blow to education reform in Florida, the Florida Supreme Court today struck…
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Rocky Mountain High
Denver enacts the nation’s first merit pay system for teachers in a large district. See this National Center for Policy Analysis summary of Denver’s new system and other pay…
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Churches funding Pittsburgh
Several charities, including churches and religious groups, voluntary donated $4.6 million to the city of Pittsburgh, according to the Tribune-Review. Apparently the “separation of church and state” applies only…
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