Category Archives: Budget

The 67 District Plan for Repairing PA’s School Tax Bases

The state funding cuts are still the biggest problem facing local school districts but the second biggest problem many are having is that they are too small. In the city centers and first ring suburbs, you’ve typically got some school districts without … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Education, Issues

Yo Tom Wolf: Fix the State Assessment Law

The only reason you’re seeing this spot assessment wave is that the state of Pennsylvania doesn’t require all counties to reassess properties on a regular and predictable schedule. County commissioners shouldn’t have to vote to do this, that’s insane. It should … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Issues

Tom Wolf’s Agenda is Popular

Hopefully the Fresh Start PAC will stick around to remind southeast Republican lawmakers’ constituents about this, since so many of them ran as liberals on this stuff: Voters are generally supportive of Wolf’s progressive agenda. Wolf took a beating for … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

Education Funding Inequality: Who to Take the Money From and How To Take It

Marcy Levy at the AP reported Sunday that what KP readers probably suspected was happening was indeed happening, and the funding gap between rich schools and poor schools doubled during Corbett’s four years in office. Infuriatingly, Corbett ends the article asking … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Education, Issues

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

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

Never Forget: PA GOP Cut State’s Share of Education Spending from 44% to 33%

Democrats would have a much stronger rhetorical position in the education funding debate if they just dealt in simple percentages, and left Republicans to bore voters with tedious quibbling over the baseline and the raw spending numbers. Thinking about it in terms of percentages, … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Education, Issues

#PAGov: Doing Medicaid the Corbett Way Imposes Hefty Corruption Tax on PA Taxpayers

While it’s certainly great news for the hundreds of thousands of poor and middle class people who no longer need to live in fear that a random accident will destroy their finances all because the Republican Governor wanted to be a … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Health, Issues

#PABudget: Pension Payments and Tom Wolf’s First Term

Bram Reichbaum is right that Tom Wolf is probably going to have to do…something about pensions. It’s not worth talking about on the campaign trail, but it is time to start tuning in to this issue because pension payments are about … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues