Category Archives: Budget

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

Happy Tax Confusion Day

I write this blog post every year, but basically the Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day” promotion is a trick intended to falsely benchmark middle class people’s economic interests to wealthy people’s economic interests. The crux of the issue is that … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy

Graphic: Puny Republican “Impact Fee” Left a Quarter Billion Dollars on the Table Last Year

West Virginia – which no one would mistake for a liberal or environmentalist utopia – has a 5% severance tax on fracking. Tom Corbett keeps saying our Commonwealth is broke, but he also calls Pennsylvania the Saudi Arabia of natural … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Environment, Governor

10 Things We Hate About the Republican #PABudget

(image courtesy of PennBPC) The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has the big overview you want, and Daniel Denvir supplies the lefty political analysis you crave, but I read all the budget reporting over the past 24 hours, and here … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Governor, State House, State Senate

GOP Lawmaker: Give $250M Subsidy for Rich Horse Owners to Rich School Districts Instead

One of the more inequitable and depressing things that’s been happening during the Corbett administration is that we’ve been giving $250 million a year in subsidies to rich horse owners while gutting our schools. The Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Education, State House

#PAGov: Only 15% Think Tom Corbett Has Been Fiscally Responsible

The other awesome finding from today’s F&M poll is that only 15% of respondents say Tom Corbett has been fiscally responsible. Fiscal austerity has been the lodestar of Republican governance the past 3 years. It’s what Corbett campaigned on, it’s … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Governor

What You Pay for Federal Programs

Most Americans have a very skewed idea of what their federal tax dollars actually pay for, so this infographic from the New York Times breaking down the responsibility for different programs on a per-person basis is very helpful. All budget … More after the jump

Posted in Budget

#PAGov: Why Won’t Allyson Schwartz Just Drop Third Way?

“Unnecessarily harsh and divisive” does not tell us anything about what Allyson Schwartz thinks about the content of the Third Way op-ed slamming Democrats for talking about expanding Social Security and Medicaid. Does the Congresswoman think Third Way’s position on … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Governor

Sen. Eichelberger Looking at Disincorporation For Some Struggling Municipal Governments

This is a tool we need: ‘A major change that we hope will happen would be a five-year limit on a community staying in Act 47. This was never intended for communities to stay in it for decades. We are … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Regional Politics, State Politics

#PAGov: Schwartz Campaign Responds on Social Security Cut Vote

Mark Bergman from the Schwartz campaign emails in response to my query about her vote for the Cooper-LaTourette budget: Allyson Schwartz is running for governor delivering a tough message Harrisburg needs to hear: Pennsylvanians aren’t going to let a lack … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, US House