Organizations from both sides of the political spectrum locked arms at a Harrisburg press conference Tuesday calling for a renewed effort to privatize Pennsylvania’s 80-year-old state run monopoly on the purchase and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
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The massive public pension funding crisis set to drop on state taxpayers has boiled to the legislative surface again Monday with a state lawmaker proposing complex revisions and an organized labor coalition of state school teachers and workers saying they want no one interfering with the status quo.
Organized labor’s “non-partisan” policy center issued a statement saying property tax reform would “do irreparable damage to a generation of Pennsylvania students.”
Even while the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the Philadelphia School District remain in contract negotiations, PFT — along with other labor and leftist organizations — continues to use time and resources to campaign for more tax dollars from the city and the state.
Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) believes state government should reconsider its longtime practice of collecting union dues and political contributions on behalf of state public employee unions.
Pennsylvania’s public employee unions, already collecting pensions and benefits that are the envy of private taxpayers, have another little-known benefit: those same taxpayers paying for the state to collect and distribute their dues and political contributions to private unions.
In March, the Avon Grove, Pennsylvania school board approved a teachers’ contract that included a fair share and a dues deduction provision for the first time. And for the roughly 50 teachers that are non-union in the school district, those provisions might have come as a big surprise. “It was definitely behind closed doors,” Matt […]
Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s newly announced plan for expanding Medicaid coverage to 500,000 additional state residents is drawing withering fire from his conservative base and at least one prominent outsider, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist.
Property tax reform in Pennsylvania remains an elusive goal, but lawmakers are trying again.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett came out with his “Healthy Pennsylvania” initiative this week, a proposal that gives the federal government a laundry list of Medicaid reforms he would like to implement in the state.