Category Archives: Budget

#PABudget: Why Aren’t We Talking About a Statewide Cigarette Tax Increase?

With the local cigarette tax for Philly schools passing out of committee, it’s a good time to zoom out and ask why we haven’t been talking about raising the cigarette tax all across the state to fill the Great Republican … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Health, Issues

#PABudget: House Pension Bill Looking Pretty Dead

Nick Field is reporting that Gene DiGirolamo is about to put this thing out of its misery. The State House voted to send the main pension reform bill to the House Human Services Committee where it is expected to wither and die. … More after the jump

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Corbett Says He Supports the Cigarette Tax, But Is Holding Philly Schools Hostage Anyway

We’ll have more details when all the different parts of the “on time Republican budget” are passed, but I was glad to see it passed on a party-line vote: The Senate voted 26-24, with one Republican, Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, breaking … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

#PABudget: Can Corbett Even Deliver GOP Votes for Cigs-for-Pensions Hostage Trade?

One under-explored wrinkle in the unfolding Philly school funding hostage negotiations is whether Tom Corbett can even credibly promise to deliver the Republican votes to release the hostage – the local option cigarette tax. “I would encourage the delegation, the … More after the jump

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

The “On-Time Budget” Metric: Who Actually Gives a Crap?

Why is this a thing anybody is interested in? What matters is what’s in the budget, not when it gets voted on. I don’t get it. Is it that this is an “objective” metric that journalists feel comfortable using to … More after the jump

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How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?

This talking point makes no sense: But in recent days, Corbett, the state Republican Party and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sabotage budget talks to help Corbett’s opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, win the Nov. 4 election. There … More after the jump

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Shorter Charles Zogby: Soak the Pensions or the Kid Gets It

It’s worth taking a step back to unpack what’s happened here. PA Republicans scrapped the Rendell funding formula that would have given about $360 million more to Philadelphia schools each year if we were still using it, and topped up … More after the jump

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We’re Probably Getting Another Nasty All-Cuts #PABudget

The latest on the budget is that House Democrats voted unanimously against the House Republicans’ budget, which is full of gimmicks and one-time revenues, and now it’s the Senate’s turn. As I’ve been pointing out, Republicans are relying on Democrats … More after the jump

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If PA Dems Don’t Shake Things Up With Party-Line Budget Vote, They Won’t Win the State Senate

The PA Republicans are relying on Democrats to provide the votes for a tax increase on natural gas production, and bail them out of the budget mess they got themselves into by passing unpaid-for business tax cuts. If Democrats make … More after the jump

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#PABudget: How PA Democrats Can Push the Republican Budget Madness Right Into Election Season

Just vote “no” on everything. Seriously. Make Republicans find the budget votes entirely within the Republican caucus, and keep it going through Election Day. Any conceivable budget is going to require a tax increase of some kind, and Republicans are … More after the jump

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