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PA Budget Unstainable

As the General Assembly begins another budget season, it's time to admit that Pennsylvania needs to overhaul state government.

In the midst of a 21st-century economy driven by new technology and fundamental changes in the markets, we are still using a formula ...

Posted on 1 March 2017 Keep Reading...

Tax Appeals Result in Increase of Taxable Values

(March 1, 2017)--Summary: Allegheny County property owners and taxing bodies filed 7,143 assessment appeals in 2016. The net change in assessed values (pre-appeal to post-appeal) was $19.1 million upward. The County is now in the fifth year since the last reassessment. The ratio of assessed value ...

Posted on 1 March 2017 Keep Reading...

A Forgotten American Founder

In fictionalized accounts of historical events, writers inevitably project incomplete portraits of characters or recast the characters for dramatic purposes. Historical fiction can be a creative and rewarding means of storytelling and thought-provoking historical commentary. One recent case in ...

Posted on 1 March 2017 Keep Reading...

My Church as a Social Club

Don't get me wrong. Churches are much more than just social clubs. Yet the evidence suggests that our churches need to be social clubs.

One of our concerns as Christian leaders and role models is the secularization of America. We hear that surveys show a growing ...

Posted on 1 March 2017 Keep Reading...

Tea Parties or Organized Tantrums?

In 2009, Democrats and left-wing news media first blacked out the Tea Party phenomenon, then ridiculed it before smearing it as a racist reaction to America's first black president. Today, Democrats and media are ironically hyping the suddenly-reputable prospect of left-wing demonstrations becoming ...

Posted on 27 February 2017 Keep Reading...

F&M Poll: PA on Wrong Track

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Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

The 26th year of consecutive ...

Posted on 27 February 2017 Keep Reading...

Wolf Proposes Severance Tax Again

Summary: The Governor's third budget address did not ask for increases in personal income or sales taxes to patch over the State's budget deficit, but he did trot out an old favorite of his–the severance tax on extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. It is widely assumed to be a ...

Posted on 27 February 2017 Keep Reading...

Frederick Douglass' Majestic Wrath

The month of February is officially called Black History Month, and this is its 91st year, although not always with that title, and originally designated as a week rather than a month.

Some have questioned whether Black History Month has outlived its usefulness. ...

Posted on 22 February 2017 Keep Reading...

Puzzle Pieces and Disabilities

Beginning in mid-February, the Elizabethtown College Democrats began distributing all-white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces. They are intended to be worn only by white students to make them more introspective about race and remind them of their "white privilege," – ...

Posted on 22 February 2017 Keep Reading...

Increasing Minimum Wage Will Hurt People Who Can Least Afford It

To solve the budget deficit, Governor Wolf's mathematically magical budget also includes an increase in the minimum wage. He is advocating an increase from $7.25 to $12.00 per hour. The Governor claims that raising the minimum wage to $12.00 would generate $95 million in additional tax revenue. ...

Posted on 22 February 2017 Keep Reading...

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