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The Commonwealth Foundation’s Weekly Update

 

 

Dear CF Friend,

As state budget hearings kick off today, other negotiations are happening that could cost you a bundle. I’m talking about contract negotiations with government unions. Pennsylvania pays almost $100K per state worker in salary and benefits—including a $5,000 boost in benefits since last year.

The kicker? The contract negotiations where these benefits are decided happen behind closed doors. You, the taxpayer, find out the cost only after the contracts are finalized.

This is hardly “transparency.”

It’s time to end these secret deals that boost public benefits at taxpayer expense.

Contract transparency legislation currently before the House, SB 645 sponsored by Sen. Pat Stefano, would require that state

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Will GOP be blamed for $100 billion of new debt in 2016?

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By Rick Manning at NetRight Daily and Americans for Limited Government

The New Hampshire primary is now a memory, and the road show is off to South Carolina followed shortly by what is known as the SEC primary through the deep South.

As the red and blue clown cars head down I-95, it is still important that the nation’s eyes rest on the happenings along the Potomac, where the budget deficit is projected to expand to $544 billion, $105 billion above last year’s levels. It is in D.C., where Obama has just announced that he is going to make climate change an integral part of military planning all the way down to the tactical level in the field.

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Pennsylvania budget raises red flags for school choice

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By at Watchdog.org

While Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal irked Republicans in the state legislature, the $33.3 billion spending plan is also sparking concerns among Pennsylvania’s school choice advocates for its perceived attacks on Pennsylvania charter schools..

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CHARTERS FEAR WOLF: Gov. Tom Wolf proposed another budget in Harrisburg that school choice advocates have issues with.

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According to Tim Eller, executive director of the Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the budget “aims to shut down brick-and-mortar charter schools and put an end to school choice across Pennsylvania.”

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Metcalfe Warns Taxpayers of Wolf’s Insatiable Appetite for more of Their Money

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Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 state budget proposal:“Since no society has ever taxed, spent or borrowed its way to prosperity, let’s be completely honest and transparent about what Gov. Wolf is actually proposing in his 2016-17 state budget.

“Living up to his ranking as the nation’s most liberal governor, Wolf is once again displaying what so many already knew, liberals don’t care about people; they only care about increasing government control.

“Taxpayers cannot afford to pay billions more in taxes and should not be penalized so Wolf can use taxpayer money as a means to feed his insatiable appetite for unsustainable spending.

“Not surprisingly,

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‘Wheelchair-Bound’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Jet Skiing, Riding Motorcycle

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Conned feds out of millions

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A South Carolina man was convicted of “one of the largest” disability fraud cases in Veterans Affairs history after he was caught riding a motorcycle and going jet skiing while pretending to be wheelchair-bound.

Dennis Paulsen faces up to 20 years in prison for conning the VA and Social Security Administration out of millions of dollars, taking nearly $10,000 a month for more than a decade.

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Why haven’t lower interest rates spurred home-buying?

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By Robert Romano at NetRight Daily and Americans for Limited Government

One of the mysteries surrounding the post-financial crisis economy is why lower interest rates — led primarily by the Federal Reserve setting its benchmark rate to near-zero levels in 2008 — did not do more to spur home-buying, and overall credit expansion.

When the Fed originally slashed interest rates to its historically low levels when the program was announced on November 25, 2008, the Fed promised it would “reduce the cost and increase the availability of credit for the purchase of houses, which in turn should support housing markets and foster improved conditions in financial markets more generally.”

But did it? Take existing

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Property Tax Independence Act 76 made the news in Scranton

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Property Tax Independence Act 76 made the news in Scranton Web Version

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Saturday morning, The Scranton Times reporter, met with 18, PTIA76 warriors in front of Senator John Blake’s office this morning, in Scranton. “Why were we there”, he asked several volunteers. “To spread the good news of school Property Tax independence Act 76 AND hold Sen Blake accountable for betraying us, betraying his constituents and betraying another 10,000 homeowners who will lose their homes this year”.

THANK YOU TO: Lucy Cohowicz, Charles Urban, Robert Kistler, Steve Trainer, (4 rocks to the 76 foundation), Dave Burgerhoff (candidate for the 113th House district), Joe Albert (all-around good guy), Grace Strittmatter and John McCartney (2 stalwarts for 76), Joe Micabe,

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THE WAR ON HOMEOWNERS CONTINUES! EAST PENN TO REFINANCE DEBT!

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East Penn/Emmaus HS Superintendent Schilder

 

The issue of School Real Estate Property Tax Relief has been a hot issue for years and has been getting hotter! Many citizens have been organizing with taxpayer groups across the Commonwealth to pressure State politicians to do something meaningful. Act 76 is one issue that has reached the boiling point. Act 76 would have increased the State Income Tax slightly and the Sales Tax would have seen slight increase in exchange for the ELIMINATION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY TAXES!

Groups opposed to this are the Teacher’s Unions, School Administrators, and the Chamber of Commerce.

If Act 76 had passed, schools could still tax property to pay off debt. That is why school

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