Category Archives: Budget

The “On-Time Budget” Metric: Who Actually Gives a Crap?

Why is this a thing anybody is interested in? What matters is what’s in the budget, not when it gets voted on. I don’t get it. Is it that this is an “objective” metric that journalists feel comfortable using to … More after the jump

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How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?

This talking point makes no sense: But in recent days, Corbett, the state Republican Party and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to sabotage budget talks to help Corbett’s opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, win the Nov. 4 election. There … More after the jump

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Shorter Charles Zogby: Soak the Pensions or the Kid Gets It

It’s worth taking a step back to unpack what’s happened here. PA Republicans scrapped the Rendell funding formula that would have given about $360 million more to Philadelphia schools each year if we were still using it, and topped up … More after the jump

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We’re Probably Getting Another Nasty All-Cuts #PABudget

The latest on the budget is that House Democrats voted unanimously against the House Republicans’ budget, which is full of gimmicks and one-time revenues, and now it’s the Senate’s turn. As I’ve been pointing out, Republicans are relying on Democrats … More after the jump

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If PA Dems Don’t Shake Things Up With Party-Line Budget Vote, They Won’t Win the State Senate

The PA Republicans are relying on Democrats to provide the votes for a tax increase on natural gas production, and bail them out of the budget mess they got themselves into by passing unpaid-for business tax cuts. If Democrats make … More after the jump

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#PABudget: How PA Democrats Can Push the Republican Budget Madness Right Into Election Season

Just vote “no” on everything. Seriously. Make Republicans find the budget votes entirely within the Republican caucus, and keep it going through Election Day. Any conceivable budget is going to require a tax increase of some kind, and Republicans are … More after the jump

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#PABudget: Corbett Unbelievably Screwed

For those just tuning in, Steve Esack has a very good update article on where things stand with the Republican budget right now: In February, Corbett proposed an additional 3.5 percent in spending for a total of $29.4 billion for the … More after the jump

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#PABudget: “We may actually receive less money than last year.”

PA Republicans are surprised that the state will take in less money this year than last year, because this flies in the face of their religious belief that tax cuts increase revenue. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph says “there’s … More after the jump

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#PABudget: Subtraction’s Merciless Revenge on Republican Tax Cut Theories

Who could’ve predicted? State Sen. Jake Corman and state Rep. William Adolph, the Republican chairmen of the state House and Senate appropriations committees, said Thursday that Pennsylvania’s May revenue numbers will be as much as $100 million below expectations. That harrowing news … More after the jump

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#PA15: Fix the Debt Gives Fiscal Arsonist Charlie Dent a “Fiscal Hero” Award

One of the reasons Fix the Debt is probably the most evil group in Washington today is that they exist to give political cover to people who don’t deserve it. Here’s a blast from the recent past: You know who … More after the jump

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