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PolicyBlog · 1d ago

A Visitor's Guide to Buying Booze in PA

Planning a dinner? Picking up a hostess gift? Here’s our handy shopping guide to keep things E.A.S.Y.*  *Every Annoying Stop You have to make to get what you need. Pennsylvania is making pr...
PolicyBlog · 1d ago

What the Senate ACA Repeal Plan Means for PA

A draft of the U.S. Senate GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is out in the open. Overall, the bill is a step in right direction. The plan fundamentally reforms Medicaid and reduces Ob...
PolicyBlog · 1d ago

Measuring Academic Success with Education Savings Accounts

How do we determine if a school is succeeding? Many will point to a combination of test scores, graduation rates, and student growth. Certainly, these are important factors—but by no means a...
PolicyBlog · 2d ago

Growing PA's Economy through Relief, not Mandates

Pennsylvania ranks among the worst states in terms of job growth (46th) and personal income growth (45th). Our unemployment rate remains well above the national average and our economy grew ...
PolicyBlog · 2d ago

Audio: "Rainy Day" Funds Raining on Taxpayers

School districts across Pennsylvania have stashed away millions of surplus funds for a “rainy day,” yet some continue to request higher taxes at the same time. Of course, for many taxpayers,...
PolicyBlog · 2d ago

Policy Memo: The History of Tom Wolf's Proposed Tax Hikes

Since assuming office, Gov. Tom Wolf has persistently advocated higher taxes on working families. Thus far, each of Wolf’s broad based tax hike proposals has failed. In July 2016, lawmakers ...
PolicyBlog · 4d ago

News Release: Last Year's State Budget Killed Nearly 100 Vape Shops

Facing a budget shortfall last year, lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf slapped a massive 40 percent wholesale tax on vaping products, forcing vape shop owners to pay the tax retroactively even on ...
PolicyBlog · 4d ago

Will Philly Union Contract Require State Bailout?

Philadelphia’s new teacher contract could be so expensive as to require teacher layoffs to pay for it. But there’s another way the $395 million pact could be financed: with a bailout from re...
PolicyBlog · 4d ago

Stop Calling for Higher Taxes

In comments at the Pennsylvania Press Club yesterday, Sen. Jay Costa addressed the state deficit and called for tax increases. Costa said, “A year from now, someone will be standing here and...
PolicyBlog · 5d ago

Philly Union Contract Underscores Need for Transparency

On Monday evening, members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) voted to approve a new labor contract with the School District of Philadelphia. Scant details have emerged on the ...