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A Temporary Setback on the Way to a Just America

The Trump-GOP tax cut bill, which passed the House on a party-line vote with twelve Republicans voting against this...

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State Education Funding Matters – A Tale of Two States (PA and NJ)

A new “big-data” base on U.S. school districts provides new evidence that Pennsylvania has many high-performing schools but many...

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It redistributes from working people and the middle class to the rich. And that’s just wrong.

With all the controversy over the details of the tax cut bill that is moving towards a final vote...

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Limitations on the State and Local Tax Deduction Hurt Pennsylvania in Two Ways

A major issue in the debate over the Republican tax cut bill is whether the deduction for state and...

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Fight Rising Inequality by Pushing Back on Tip Theft!

Hello from Paris everyone! I will resist here posting pictures of me eating fancy cheeses and drinking wine.

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The GOP-Backed Tax Bill: A Lose-Now, Lose-More-Later Plan for Low- and Middle-Income Americans

GOP-backed tax bills have passed both the House and the Senate. Many of us have already seen charts that...

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Show Me the Savings! Bipartisan Lawmakers Back Transparency to Stop Outsourcing That Costs School Districts More

A large body of research and experience shows that public sector outsourcing often backfires. Rather than resulting in savings...

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The GOP Tax Bill: An Assault on Economic Equality and Democracy

Budgets, it is frequently said, are an embodiment of our moral ideals and commitments. If so, the tax plan...

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New Jersey and the $15 Minimum Wage

With yesterday’s news that the Garden State will move toward a $15 minimum wage next year as pledged by...

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For Many Pennsylvanians, Insurance Premiums Increase Are Greater Than Tax Cuts

As we have pointed out previously, because it repeals the individual mandate, the Senate tax cut proposal will not...

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Help for Your Thanksgiving Day Tax Debates

If your family is anything like ours, politics tends to come up around the Thanksgiving Day table and diverse...

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The Rich Get Richer: Why the Senate Tax Bill Is a Total Sham

The Senate Republican tax plan would provide enormous, permanent tax cuts to high-income households and corporations – all while...

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