Wolf Tax 3.0: No Relief, No ‘Fair Share,’ Just Higher Taxes

Latest Plan Raids $750 from Paychecks of Pennsylvania Families Refusing to waver from his obsession with higher taxes for Pennsylvania families, Gov. Tom Wolf today released key details of his latest tax-increase plan, tentatively scheduled for a vote tomorrow in the state House. “The
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10 Reasons Why You Might Be Financially Stressed

By Nathaniel Sillin Stress can come from everywhere – career, school, family, relationships, health – and especially money. The American Psychological Association (APA) recently reported that money remains the number one stressor for 72 percent of Americans. In fact, money has led the APA's annual stress survey since its debut in 2007, the (more...)

Senate Labor and Industry Committee Examines Unemployment Compensation Changes

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee held a public hearing to examine recent changes to unemployment compensation eligibility and potential negative impacts to seasonal workers. The meeting was convened at the request of Senator Sean Wiley (D-49) who has long-advocated a forum for legislators to hear directly from the greater Erie community. Under (more...)

White Bill to Aid Cooperatives and Condos Passes House

The House has passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) to help those living in condominiums and cooperative associations.  It now moves to the Senate. “My legislation, House Bill 1340, will ensure that these self-governing communities are not negatively affected by a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision and new (more...)

Greece Asks for New Bailout, Pledging Reforms

VOA News Debt-wracked Greece asked its European neighbors for a new three-year bailout Wednesday, pledging to "immediately implement" tax and pension reforms. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that Athens would produce "new concrete proposals" by Thursday to meet the demands of European leaders who've grown weary (more...)

Time to Reform Crop Insurance

Center for Rural Affairs launches crop insurance reform initiative The Center for Rural Affairs announced the launch of an initiative aimed at reforming federal crop insurance programs. The time has come for crop insurance reforms that emphasize conserving soil and water, put real limits on subsidies to the nation’s largest farms, and (more...)

Ciity Of Philadelphia Mailed Property Tax Reassessment Notices Foe 131,000 Properties

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Property Assessment (OPA) mailed approximately 131,000 property reassessment notices for Tax Year 2016 to Philadelphia property owners. Almost 126,000 notices are a result of OPA’s yearly reassessment process to improve and maintain property assessments.  The OPA examined properties in certain neighborhoods in the city where values (more...)

America Is Facing a Pension Time Bomb

by  on March 23, 2015 posted in CitiesEconomics It’s been compared to a cliff, a storm, even Greece, but no matter the analogy, the predicament remains the same: States across America are facing a public pension crisis of (more...)

What to Do If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

by John S Kiernan A copy of the original article posted on WalletHub: http://wallethub.com/edu/what-if-i-cant-pay-my-taxes/8031/. Tax season is a stressful time for most people, but it’s especially difficult for those of us with doubts about our ability to pay the IRS. The good (more...)

Philadelphia’s Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.6%

According to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Philadelphia declined to 6.6% for October 2014, a 3.3 percentage point drop from October 2013 and the lowest unemployment rate since April 2008.  In addition, the number of jobs in Philadelphia increased by (more...)

Stack Praises Low-Interest Loan for Philly Business

State Sen. Mike Stack today praised a Northeast Philadelphia business for its commitment to local redevelopment and winning a low-interest loan from the state. Printfly Corporation, a custom printing, embroidery and screen shop will to acquire and renovate a new site in the Byberry East Industrial Park, creating 53 new jobs. “The competition for financial help from (more...)

Dietz and Watson Project to Receive $5 million Grant

The redevelopment project that will keep Dietz and Watson in Northeast Philadelphia will receive a $5 million state grant, state Sen. Mike Stack announced today. “Dietz and Watson is investing in the future of Northeast Philadelphia and I’m pleased that Pennsylvania can reward that good faith with an investment (more...)

Beyond Buy Local, Invest Local

By Brian Depew, briand@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Buy local. It’s a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home. Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times the (more...)

Property Assessment Accepts Applications For the Homestead Exemption

The City of Philadelphia announced that the Office of Property Assessment will accept applications for the Homestead Exemption after the September 13th deadline through December 1st. “To ensure that every eligible Philadelphian has the opportunity to apply for the Homestead Exemption and receive this important tax relief, the Office (more...)

2014 List Of Best Places to Work In PA Revealed

The Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania competition is a celebration of great companies and their employees. (Photo courtesy of Journal Multimedia) The alphabetical list of the 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania was revealed today by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Team Pennsylvania Foundation. Team (more...)

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