Category Archives: Budget

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

#PAGov: What Does Allyson Schwartz Like About Third Way?

If the Third Way op-ed slamming progressive heroes Elizabeth Warren and Bill DeBlasio was “outrageous,” then what does Allyson Schwartz like about that organization? Why is she an honorary co-chair? Trying to convince Democratic politicians to cut Social Security and … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Governor, National Politics, State Politics, US House

Go Away T.J. Rooney

Go away: As a political figure, it was easy for me to recognize the way lawmakers let avoidable distractions get in the way of the country’s real problems during the fiscal crisis last month. We experienced a crippling government shutdown … More after the jump

Posted in Budget

Toomey Admits Breaching the Borrowing Limit Could Cause a Depression, Wants to Do It Anyway

Colby Itkowitz’s tone in this piece seems to suggest she has finally figured out that Pat Toomey is completely wrong about the “payment prioritization” fantasy: Sen. Pat Toomey is willing to call the White House’s bluff on default, which he … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, US Senate

Everybody Knows the Shutdown is the Republican Party’s Fault

Posted in Budget, US House

#PA15: Charlie Dent’s Fake “Compromise” Plan Goes Nowhere. Time to Vote for the Discharge Petition.

I don’t know where Colby Itkowitz gets off calling a plan that has exactly one House Democratic supporter “bipartisan,” and I also don’t understand this comment that a “compromise” between the parties is necessary to reopen the government: Dent and … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, US House

#PA15: Charlie Dent’s Talking Nonsense About the Discharge Petition, Cont’d

Ryan comments that Charlie Dent is simply wrong about how long the House Dems’ discharge petition will take. This can happen very fast if Dent actually wants it to. All we need is his signature on this thing: And Dent’s … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, US House

Charlie Dent is One of the Key Republicans We Need to Sign the Discharge Petition. Call Him!

If the House Democrats can get just 18 House Republicans to sign their “discharge petition” for a clean budget resolution, the shutdown ends. Charlie Dent is one of the key Republicans we need to get. He says he’s a moderate. … More after the jump

Posted in Budget

Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Fights Merging

I’ve been arguing that raising (and ideally eliminating) the debt ceiling must be the price for Democratic votes for the CR, so I’m glad to see Ezra Klein reporting that the White House wants the two issues resolved in the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget