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Higher teacher salaries sound appealing, but can districts afford them long term?

BY: and - February 8, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal contains a provision that’s hard to argue with, at least on the surface: higher salaries for teachers. In his 2019-20 budget, Wolf provides nearly $14 million to bump up salaries in districts where teachers make less than $45,000 per year to start. According to state Department of Education records, 178 […]

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Math is hard. Budget math is harder | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 7, 2019

When he rode into office four years ago, Gov. Tom Wolf was pretty clear about one thing: The way Harrisburg was balancing its books wasn’t working. Simply moving pots of money around, and relying on one-time fixes to make ends meet had to change. We’ve since come to refer to this as “The Pizza Law of Budgeting,” […]

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When it comes to marijuana legalization, Pa. is following a familiar script | Opinion

BY: - February 7, 2019

On every major reform, Pennsylvania punts, waiting as long as possible before being dragged fighting and screaming into modern times. It would be nice if Pennsylvania didn’t have to be last again.

Top Pa. Senate Dem. moves to halt Highmark/UPMC divorce

BY: - February 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat is wading into the acrimonious — and seemingly endless — break up of two of the state’s largest healthcare providers. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would require UMPC Health System and Highmark Inc. to either contract with each other for services or […]

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This is why House Democrats are focusing on economic security for working families | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By Frank Dermody  Many Americans have become discouraged with today’s politics of personal destruction and the influence of big money in campaigns. They are looking for something different. People want to vote for candidates up and down the ballot who will stand up for their ideals and fight for their interests. In 2018, more than […]

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Wolf, lawmakers can’t forget the challenges facing the Pa. State Police | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By David Kennedy Pennsylvania State Troopers are working harder than ever before as our department continues to be stretched incredibly thin. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have — and continue to provide — our department with new cadet classes each year, but we simply cannot keep up with retirements within our ranks. Currently, […]

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Sober? Steady? Liked by Republicans? A most unusual Wolf budget indeed | John L. Micek

BY: - February 6, 2019

There was plenty that was familiar about Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget address on Tuesday. Once again, he was after a higher minimum wage and more money for public schools. And he was taking another run at trying to get municipalities without their own police departments to pony up and pay for the free coverage […]

Pa. Senate passes pension forfeiture bill, report

BY: - February 5, 2019

A quick one from our colleagues at Capitolwire, who report this morning that the Senate has approved legislation that would expand the list of offenses that would require public employees and officials to forfeit their pension benefits. According to Capitolwire, “the legislation would expand the list of convictions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no […]

Gov. Tom Wolf wants a higher minimum wage and more money for teachers — with no new taxes

BY: - February 5, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum wage, increase the base salary for teachers, and invest heavily in workforce development.

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It’s our birthday! It’s your budget day! | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 5, 2019

A Wolf budget. A Trump State of the Union. What could possibly go wrong?

Read the full text of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019 budget address

BY: - February 5, 2019

The administration's $34 billion spending plan increases state spending by nearly $1 billion without any major tax increases.