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1.25% Sales Tax Hike to Benefit Philadelphia

Wed, 2015-11-11 18:12
FFS The framework is there for a new Pennsylvania budget, months after it should have been passed in mid-summer, but the devil is in the details, especially as it relates to the final increase in the sales tax in Philadelphia. If approved as is, Pennsylvania would have the second highest state sales tax, after California, […]
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Budget Deal Reached?

Mon, 2015-11-09 23:22
Of course… The deal would call for raising the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent, Corman said. That would create about $2 billion in new revenue, which could cover a major property tax reduction and permit the state to increase basic education funding by $350 million in the current fiscal year. Special […]
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LOL, Again

Mon, 2015-11-02 16:01
My heart really weeps here… An annual Pennsylvania tradition may take a backseat to state budget negotiations. Every December, the commonwealth’s top politicians head to New York City to see and be seen at a long weekend of fundraisers, parties, and one swanky gala collectively referred to as Pennsylvania Society. But some are already talking […]
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Wolf Protested Over Budget

Mon, 2015-11-02 10:46
LOL The appearance of diametrically opposed sides and the tension of how it was all going to play out almost made the visit of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Gov. Tom Wolf an afterthought Saturday. As a flatbed truck sat in the middle of Veterans Square Saturday afternoon, the scene was mostly quiet until […]
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Philly Papers to Merge

Fri, 2015-10-30 14:28
Long overdue. The newsrooms of the Inquirer, Daily News, and will merge, the publisher of the papers told reporters today, part of a radical restructuring of parent company Philadelphia Media Network that will include job reduction in “every area” of the company, the city’s biggest news organization. The Inquirer and Daily News will continue […]
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Runaway Military Blimp Floating Over Pennsylvania

Wed, 2015-10-28 15:00 A blimp associated with NORAD’s surveillance of the East Coast has become untethered from its mooring in Maryland and it’s now flying over Pennsylvania, according to NORAD spokesman Lt. Joe Mavrocki. Two F-16s scrambled from the New Jersey National Guard are tracking the JLENS aerostat, a Pentagon official said, after the aircraft came loose […]
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Twenty Seven. Twenty Seven Billion.

Wed, 2015-10-28 11:26
In a row. When the government is shutdown, it does not mean what you think. Since July, Pennsylvania has spent $27 billion — without a state budget. Even many insiders didn’t know it. “It floored me,” said Rep. Chris Dush, R-Jefferson County, who filed a request under the Right-to-Know Law to obtain the information. The […]
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House & Senate Caucuses: Broke

Tue, 2015-10-27 17:59 The now 119-day state budget impasse has gone on so long that all four legislative caucuses have exhausted their oft-criticized legislative reserves. With no more financial cushion, the House and Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses have had to identify an alternative funding source to keep the legislative branch open for business for the duration […]
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Mon, 2015-10-12 10:29
That 41 Republicans signed the recent discharge petition to resurrect the zombie Export-Import bank is beyond maddening. The Pennsylvania Republicans joining with the Democrats in this effort are Mike Kelly, Glenn Thompson, Ryan Costello, Tom Marino, Lou Barletta, and Charlie Dent. Hearts and minds are gradually persuaded from one ideology to another in part via… […]
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