Category Archives: Issues

#PAGov: Wolf Disagrees with Cuomo’s Fracking Ban

The moratorium supporters failed to move any Democratic candidates for Governor into their column during the primary, so this isn’t surprising. Wolf continues to support a moratorium on gas drilling on public land, so I’m expecting a high profile reversal … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor

Sorry, a 5% Severance Tax Won’t “Cripple” PA’s Economy

Only 0.5% of the PA workforce is employed by the natural gas sector. Yes, there are some other auxiliary industries that benefit from natural gas activity that aren’t counted in that. Yes, low gas prices support some additional economic activity than … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment

Most of PA Policed by Militias

That’s what you call a 5 or 10-person “police department” of mostly part-time officers right? Did you know that two-thirds of the state’s police officers are part-time, and 15% of the departments are part-time? And that the federal government is giving these … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues, Social Services

No Child Pornos, Turns Out

Still pretty gross. Why would a grown man send another grown man a picture of a little boy looking into a little girl’s underpants? Y’all are so weird. Can we see who got CC’d on that one?

Posted in Ethics

Lame Duck Corbett Trying to Sabotage Real Medicaid Expansion

Tom Wolf thumped Tom Corbett on Election Day running on, among other things, real Medicaid expansion. But apparently Corbett didn’t get the message the voters sent him, because he’s apparently planning to spend his remaining months in office trying to lock … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Health

#GOPorno Scandal – Now With Kids!

This doesn’t sound like child pornography exactly, but it seems we have not reached the upper bound of how gross this is going to get. No wonder Frank Fina wanted the courts to turn off the firehose of humiliation.

Posted in Ethics, Issues

“I Bought This Property With the Expectation That…”

…is never really going to be a valid argument in any land use debate. Just because some people invested (translation: bet) their money on a certain outcome doesn’t mean public policymakers have some responsibility to those people not to do anything that … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Issues, Land Use

Professional Scam Operation Great at Scamming, Not So Great at Teaching Kids

Stop giving these people our money! A new study by Research for Action has found that Pennsylvania’s cyber-charter sector continues to yield subpar results on the state’s standardized tests. Using the state’s recently released school performance profile data for 2013-14, … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Issues

Make It Harder, Not Easier, to Get Property Tax Exemptions

Rep. Mike Hanna nails it. The local property tax exemption for charitable organizations is already way too loose, and should become tighter. Property-tax exemptions should be distributed about as easily as manhole covers are tossed about. If not, more of … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economic Development, Issues

Municipal Consolidation is About Capacity and Equity, Not Lower Taxes

There’s a reason that the local governments with highest per-capita costs in New Jersey are both the richest and the poorest. The richest areas want more and better services, and the poorest areas have increased need for the most expensive … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues, Regional Politics, Social Services