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Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:48 AM

To Pennsylvania's fiscal troubles comes news from Uncle Sam of another circle of despair. The latest U.S. Census' annual population estimate shows Pennsylvania lost 7,700 residents in 2016.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Jan. 2, 2017.

 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:27 AM

Could 2017 be the year that pension reform actually gets done? It’s a big ask, say lawmakers and those who’ve been lobbying for a pension law rewrite, but it’s also a big problem.
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Source: Delaware County Daily Item, Jan. 1, 2017.

 
Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:14 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he won’t ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to raise taxes on sales or income in his upcoming budget proposal, even as the state faces a yawning deficit.

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Source: The Associated Press, Dec. 21, 2016.

 
Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:14 AM

North Carolina legislators failed to repeal the state's "bathroom bill" on Wednesday during a special session called for that purpose.

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Source: CNN, Dec. 21, 2016.

 

 
Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:12 AM

As we think about tax fairness, think about all the large companies in your community. Consider the big-box national chain stores, the shopping malls owned by developers, the car dealerships, the industrial sites. Then ask yourself: How would you like to pick up the tab once all those big companies stop paying property taxes?

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Source: Reading Eagle, Dec. 22, 2016.

 
Thursday, December 22, 2016 8:58 AM

Governor Wolf signed new truancy legislation into law on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This factsheet highlights important provisions of the new law relating to the rights of families, and obligations and roles of schools, courts and children and youth agencies. Key departures from the prior truancy law are in red. Click here for the factsheet.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:57 AM

Pennsylvania's mid-fiscal year budget report has confirmed what the Independent Fiscal Office has been warning for well over a month: Underperforming revenues are putting the commonwealth on track for a shortfall of around $600 million.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Dec. 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:56 AM

Rising teacher pension costs are a main driver of increased property taxes. According to the PSERS projections, school districts’ rate of contribution is expected to rise to 36% over the next four years. The districts have to find that money somewhere, and you know exactly where every year when you see your tax bill.
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Source: LancasterOnline, Dec. 19, 2016.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:52 AM

Approximately 177,000 children across the state are eligible for publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs and nearly 64,000 are being served, according to a report issued by the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. Unfortunately, nearly 113,000 children are left out because of various issues, ranging from funding to a lack of program provider sites.
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Source: Daily Item, Dec. 20, 2016.

 
Monday, December 19, 2016 10:29 AM

Parents, students and taxpayers in Pennsylvania would get a new look at how their public schools are doing under a proposed revamp of the statewide grading system that gives less weight to standardized testing.
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Source: Associated Press, Dec. 17, 2016.

 
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