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Throop turns request for salary data into open-records battle | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Throop officials didn’t make it easy to find out how much they pay their… More

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Throop’s struggles filling jobs pays off for councilwoman’s family | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent When Throop ran into obstacles filling two borough jobs, Councilwoman Charlene Tomasovitch twice had… More

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Council nepotism leads to small town government, one big family | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent In the tiny borough of Throop, a five-square-mile patch of former hard coal… More

Teachers union gets free office space from broke Philly school district | By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org While local students are forced to go without basic supplies like toilet paper and textbooksMore

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Bipartisan property tax reform tangled in partisan PA budget debate | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — Based on some of the political rhetoric pouring from the Capitol,… More

Charter school advocates howling mad over Wolf’s budget | By Evan Grossman │Watchdog.org Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is out to destroy charter schools, and his budget provides evidence, school choice advocates… More

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Wilkes-Barre could be test case for more ACLU action against one-strike ordinances | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Adam Peters lost thousands of dollars when the city of Wilkes-Barre shuttered one of… More

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State records: Businesses miss job pledges, but taxpayer money at stake | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Chinese food buffet in the city of St. Mary’s in Elk… More

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‘Hold harmless’ harmful to some schools | By Evan Grossman │Watchdog.org

UNFAIR? All Pennsylvania schools get a minimum dollar amount that varies little from year to year, … More
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From write-in campaign to campaign star, Wagner rises quickly in PA politics | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent After the politicians delivered their stump speeches Monday afternoon, most of the crowd that… More

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PA GOP loses governor’s race, but rides wave to big majorities in House and Senate | By PA Independent staff Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett might have been left standing on the beach with no surfboard as… More

Examining Gov. Tom Corbett’s record of no-tax pledges and big tax breaks | This is the fourth part of our series examining the issue of taxes in the 2014 gubernatorial election. In part More

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: Making the rich pay their ‘fair share’ | Part two in a series exploring the issue of taxes in the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race. Read part one hereMore

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: What we know, and what we don’t | By Eric Boehm | PA Independent Four years ago, Pennsylvanians went to the polls and elected Tom Corbett their 46th… More

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Bipartisan support for making Philly teachers pay for health coverage, despite protests | Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org PHILADELPHIA — On a sunny October day, Jake Howie, a sophomore at the High School for… More

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Could frack tax be a big ‘frack you’ to local communities? | By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org PITTSBURGH — Some Pennsylvania residents remain skeptical of a severance tax on fracking, especially because… More

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Despite tensions over tables, Penn State speech policy checks out, professor says | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent When Penn State University officials clamped down on a Young Americans for Freedom eventMore

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Billion-dollar windfall or job-killer? Candidates for governor still at odds over gas tax | By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org PITTSBURGH — The gubernatorial election finally could help settle a longstanding question about natural gas drilling… More

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Hanover’s amusement tax debate heads into bonus round | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HANOVER, Pa. — Brandon Spencer left Wednesday night’s borough council meeting baffled. That’s because the… More

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Advocates: Philanthropy is a Philadelphia school’s best friend | By Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org PHILADELPHIA — Some say money can’t solve Philadelphia schools’ problems. Don’t tell that to Jessica Pena,… More