Category Archives: Budget

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

#PABudget: A Timeline of Tom Corbett’s Excellent Misadventure

Trailing by double-digits in the polls entering the month of June, Tom Corbett needed to hit a walk-off homerun on the 2014-15 budget to have any real chance at re-election in the fall.  What we got instead from the Governor … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, State Politics

#PABudget: “Republicans in Disarray” Narrative is a Direct Result of Democrats’ Party-Line Vote

Just to make sure Democrats understand the political success of their budget strategy, the circular firing squad we’re seeing play out between the Corbett administration and Republicans in the legislature wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the Dems’ party-line … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues, State House, State Senate

#PABudget: The Republican Budget in One Photo

All you need to know: Nick Field has the actual details, but the photo suffices. (photo credit: Bradley Bauer, AP)

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

PA Local Gov Employment Down 5.9% Since the Start of the Recession

Obviously there’s a lot of duplication and waste inherent in Pennsylvania’s fragmented system of local government. When there are 2562 municipalities for 67 counties, clearly a great many local services could be administered more efficiently if local service providers could … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Issues