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PA Leads on Overtime Pay – Where the Governor Can Act Without the State Legislature

Turns out that Gov. Wolf believes in the 40-hour week. Because he does, about 460,000 lower-paid Pennsylvania salaried workers...

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The Unnecessary Federal Budget Impasse

Let’s be straight about the politics of the federal budget. The Republicans control the House, Senate and Presidency, but...

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The Obamacare repeal is a state budget time bomb

This piece originally ran in Pennlive on January 26, 2017. You think Pennsylvania has budget problems now? Wait until...

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How did the Pennsylvania Labor Market Perform in 2016

Last Friday, The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released preliminary estimates of December payrolls which show Pennsylvania created...

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What ACA Repeal Means in Pennsylvania

We have seen politics in America take strange turns in the last few years, turns that often seem to...

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The State and Local Government Workforce in Pennsylvania is the 2nd Smallest in the Country

As we begin to debate the 2017-18 state budget, the anti-government spin merchants will (yet again) paint a picture...

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OP-ED: Combine spending restraint with new revenue

This piece originally appeared in the Erie Times-News, December 28, 2016. Pennsylvania has been struggling with persistent budget deficits...

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Two Approaches to the State Budget

It’s becoming more and more rare to see serious attempts on the part of newspapers (and their virtual counterparts)...

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OP-ED: Is this the year Pa. resolves its perennial budget crisis?

This piece originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, December 28, 2016. Many of us who write about budget politics...

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OP-ED: The rich can take the hit – to fix the budget, they should pay their fair share

This piece originally appeared on Pennlive, December 23, 2016. You remember how Lucille Ball would work her way into...

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OP-ED: Time to fix our upside-down tax system

This piece originally appeared in the York Dispatch, December 23, 2016. Pennsylvania has been struggling with persistent budget deficits...

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OP-ED: Pennsylvania needs a fairer tax system

This piece originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 26, 2016. Pennsylvania faces another budget crisis. The combined deficit...

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