Taxes & Economy

Crucial Reforms Needed in End-of-Year Budget

  • Nathan Benefield
  • November 19, 2020

The recently completed state budget will dig Pennsylvania into a deep hole. Lawmakers passed a 7.5% increase in spending. The General Fund budget, including billions in one-time federal funds, is $36.54 billion—up from $33.98 billion last…

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Erie, PA: The Gateway to Victory in America

  • Lenny McAllister
  • October 30, 2020

For statewide candidates and presidential contenders, Erie stands as the hidden key for victory in the Keystone State, yet it also is the hidden gem that holds our collective resurgence…

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Education Stimulus Bill Subject of Senate Hearing

  • Colleen Hroncich, Michael Torres
  • October 2, 2020

Oct. 5, 2020, Harrisburg, Pa. — Today, the Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would make a $1,000 per-student stimulus available to eligible families to help…

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State Halts Unemployment Payments Due to Mass Fraud

  • September 28, 2020

Pennsylvania delayed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments after a 300% increase in applications. Over 10,000 inmates were illegally submitting unemployment applications from behind bars.  Once again, the multimillion-dollar modernization project for…

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Regulation

Lawmakers Try to Stop Restaurant Catastrophe

  • Michael Torres
  • August 31, 2020

Bars and restaurants in Pennsylvania are sounding the alarm, warning that mass closures are on the horizon due to unnecessarily strict government regulations. A new report from the …

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COVID-19 Community Recovery Report

  • Michael Torres
  • August 13, 2020

Aug 13, 2020, Harrisburg, Pa. — The Commonwealth Foundation has released a new report outlining policy solutions that will help to rebuild Pennsylvania’s communities.  Alongside the pandemic, Pennsylvania is facing crises caused…

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Healthcare

Struggling Small Businesses Overwhelm Govt. Lifeline

  • Michael Torres
  • August 12, 2020

Nearly 50,000 Pennsylvania small businesses applied for COVID relief grants from state government over the last two weeks, catching bureaucrats off guard as local businesses continue to see steep revenue…

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PLCB Makes Pa. National Loser in Liquor Sales & Tax Revenue

  • Michael Torres
  • August 4, 2020

Aug 4, 2020, Harrisburg, Pa. — A new report from the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA) shows June spirits sales were up compared to last year in every state the association tracks—except…

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Liquor Poll – Sandwich

  • July 29, 2020

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Liquor Poll – Snack Mix

  • July 29, 2020

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Wolf Reluctantly Gives In On Transparency During Emergencies

  • Michael Torres
  • July 27, 2020

Yesterday, a transparency bill requiring state and local government to continue fulfilling Right-to-Know requests under the Pa. Open Records law during emergency declarations became law without the governor’s signature.

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Education

Public Charter Schools Discounted, Ignored During COVID-19

  • Stefanie Mason
  • July 24, 2020

We were told that school districts and Intermediate Units were the experts on cyber education. We were told they were so great that alternatives, like cyber charter schools, should be eliminated.

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How is Gov. Wolf Handling COVID – Good

  • July 21, 2020

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How is Gov. Wolf Handling COVID – Toss-Up

  • July 21, 2020

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How is Gov. Wolf Handling COVID – Terrible

  • July 20, 2020

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