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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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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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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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Senator From York Predicts a Recession

If you were getting bored by the never-ending budget process, a flurry of colorful metaphors by “Fightin” Sen. Scott...

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PA’s Tax System Grows More Unfair: Low-Income Pay Price

Pennsylvania often falls near the bottom of state rankings—for instance, 47th in job growth and 48th in funding for...

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PA Fails Low-Income Preschoolers

A national education report card gave Pennsylvania a grade of D+ and a ranking of 41st among states for...

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