PA Lawmakers Call for “Fair Share Tax”

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-03-23/budget-policy-and-priorities/pa-lawmakers-call-for-fair-share-tax/a56975-1 March 23, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window Since 1979, the income of Pennsylvania’s top 1 percent has increased by 125 percent. (bykst/pixabay) HARRISBURG, Pa. — State lawmakers and public … Continued

PA’s Choice Introduces “Budget Stories” Campaign

From Pennsylvania’s Choice (http://pachoice.org/): Today we’re pleased to premiere the much-anticipated first “budget stories” video for the PA’s Choice 2017 campaign! The video features Keith from Westmoreland County courageously sharing the story of his successful fight against opioid addiction, stressing … Continued

Budget Watchdog: Bigger Military Budget Could Hurt PA

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-03-01/budget-policy-and-priorities/budget-watchdog-bigger-military-budget-could-hurt-pa/a56638-2 March 1, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window A higher proposed military budget would mean cuts to domestic spending and foreign aid. (USAF/Wikimedia Commons) HARRISBURG, Pa. – State budgets would … Continued

PennFuture Summary of Environmental Funding in Governor’s Budget

From PennFuture (http://www.pennfuture.org): The Governor gave is budget address this morning. His staff briefed the environmental community yesterday afternoon on his budget, as well. The top-line narrative of his budget is increasing investment in education, consolidating government, a severance tax, … Continued

Governor’s Increase In Basic Education Funding Welcome, but More Investment Needed

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): (Harrisburg, Pa.) – The Campaign for Fair Education issued the following statement on Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to increase basic education funding by $100 million in his 2017-18 budget proposal: We appreciate … Continued

Pennsylvania Facing More Fiscal Woes

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-01-26/budget-policy-and-priorities/pennsylvania-facing-more-fiscal-woes/a56105-1 January 26, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window Growing deficits and few reserves make Pennsylvania’s budget problems worse than that of most other states. (Jason Burmeister/flickr.com) HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania … Continued

The State and Local Government Workforce in Pennsylvania is the 2nd Smallest in the Country

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2017/january/state-and-local-government-workforce-pennsylvania-2nd-smallest-country Jan 11, 2017 12:26 pm | Mark Price As we begin to debate the 2017-18 state budget, the anti-government spin merchants will (yet again) paint a picture of a menacing, out-of-control public sector in Pennsylvania eating up … Continued

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