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The Republican tax bill’s assault on public education

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At 2:00 am on Saturday morning, 51 US Senators voted to pass the Republican tax bill, a 479-page document that was so hastily written it had illegible policy changes scrawled in the margins. Senators were given the bill on Friday evening and told that they would have plenty of time to read it – after they […]

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Taxpayer watchdogs or special interest lapdogs?

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More than two months after passing a spending plan for the 2017-2018 budget, state lawmakers still have not approved a revenue package to fund the budget.  In less than a week, the budget standoff in Harrisburg will turn into a budget crisis for Pennsylvanians. On September 15, the General Fund will be running a deficit. […]

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Extremists ready to throw PA off fiscal cliff

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More than three weeks into a state budget impasse, PA House Speaker Mike Turzai and his extremist followers have surfaced as the holdouts who are preventing the legislature from passing a responsible revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget. This week Turzai abruptly walked away from budget discussions where other leaders had built broad […]