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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Why Can’t Congress Aim Higher?

By Lee H. Hamilton Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a December 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. (more...)

Local Road Repairs and Building Projects Go Undone in Pennsylvania

Hearing highlights local financial problems and the costs to taxpayers Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage laws costs jobs, taxes and economic development according to municipal officials who testified before the House Labor and Industry Committee Thursday in State College.  Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), who presided over the meeting, said reform (more...)

Rise of the Public School

(The following text is excerpted from the U.S. Department of State publication USA Education in Brief.) Public schools were unknown in the colonial era, although several New England colonies established “subscription schools” for those who could afford to pay the fees. Harvard, the first institution of higher learning (more...)

President Obama: Time to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

In his weekly address June 8, President Obama says that the United States Senate will soon take action to fix what the president has called “our broken immigration system” with a common-sense bill. The president urges the Senate to act quickly to pass this bill so (more...)

Re-Elected House Republican Majority Chooses 2013-14 Leadership Team

By acclimation, Smith elected caucus-designee for Speaker and Turzai elected Majority Leader The 111 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus once again elected Rep. Sam Smith (R-Punxsutawney) as their choice for speaker of the House and Rep. Mike Turzai as majority leader for the 2013-14 legislative (more...)

A Balancing of Interests

This article is excerpted from the book Outline of the U.S. Economy, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. The U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1788, sought to ground the new nation’s experiment in democracy in hard-won compromises of conflicting economic and regional interests. “The framers of the Constitution wanted (more...)

IRS Prolongs Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service kicked off the U.S. tax filing season, announcing on Tuesday that taxpayers will have until April 18, 2011 to file their 2010 returns and pay their tax bills because of a holiday on April 15. The agency also said that it would not be (more...)

Parties Dueling Over Tax Cuts

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Philadelphia Tax Amnesty Passes $2 Million Dollars

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