Capitol Update

(Aug 26) OP-ED: Pa. needs sensible budget compromises

By Mark Price, Ph.D. Economist and Interim Research Director, Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center York Dispatch The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday that Pennsylvania created 66,500 jobs in the last 12 months. At … Continue reading »

(Aug 26) Plan to override state budget fails

By Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but on Tuesday they went through the motions anyway, forcing Democrats to choose between … Continue reading »

(Aug 19) The GOP offer – a deal in sight, or a new chance for a #PaBudget breakdown?: Analysis

by John L. Micek The Patriot-NewsOkay – here we go.They didn’t call it a “last, best offer,” but House and Senate Republicans gave Gov. Tom Wolf the functional equivalent when they emerged from a brief negotiating session on Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »

(Aug 19) Wolf, Republicans report progress on pension, education funding in budget stalemate

By Kate Giammarise and Karen Langley Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — For the first time in weeks, Republican legislative leaders say the potential for a deal on the long-overdue state budget appears to be closer. An offer by Republican legislative leaders … Continue reading »

(Aug 12) Wolf’s budget talks with lawmakers focus on school funding

By Mark Scolforo Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP, Aug. 12) — Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders reported incremental progress after a fresh budget session Wednesday, saying they planned to reassemble to continue the discussion the next morning. “I’m standing … Continue reading »

(July 19) Republican ‘majority of majority’ rule could test any budget deal

By Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — In one of Pennsylvania’s defining legislative battles this century, then-Gov. Ed Rendell won passage of a $1 billion tax package, and it still nags some Republicans that their leaders worked with Democrats … Continue reading »

(Jun 18) Education funding top issue among Pennsylvania voters

By Robert Swift, Harrisburg Bureau Chief Scranton Times-TribuneHARRISBURG — Education funding remains a top priority among Pennsylvania voters, with the deadline for passing the next state budget less than two weeks away, according to a new statewide poll released today. Almost … Continue reading »

(May 11) Study ties higher tuition at public universities to lower state aid

By Tim Stuhldreyer LancasterOnline.com Why does college cost so much? If you go to a public university, it’s mostly because your state isn’t picking up as much of the tab, according to a new study. More than 75 percent of … Continue reading »

(Apr 28) Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion)

Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion) Digital First Media Pennsylvania Editorial Board. YDR editors are members of this board. Kids and taxpayers in poor school districts who for years have been weighed down by an inherently … Continue reading »

(Apr 22) U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students

U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students By Daveen Rae Kurutz Beaver County Times CHICAGO — The nation’s top education official wants to see less testing in schools across the country but defended the importance of … Continue reading »