Category Archives: Budget

#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

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#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

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#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)

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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

Why Tom Corbett Might Not Sign the #GOPBudget

With all his priorities dashed, and no nice things to take on the road this fall to show the voters, it looks like Tom Corbett may have decided his best chance of hanging on to his office is to break … More after the jump

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#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

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#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

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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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