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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

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

Nutter

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

ImpactFee

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

PSU

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 event… More

SeveranceTax

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

PacMan

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

Philanthropists

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

CorbettHotel

Corbett’s hotel choices a secret, but costs generally kept down |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s… More credit-card records show he usually doesn’t spend big on accommodations

Bat

With bat on brink, some worry about protecting state’s economy, too |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The northern long-eared bat is in trouble.
Its numbers have decreased an … More

Drummer

Minor’s music out of key with PA liquor laws |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
If Logan Bedard wanted to, he could walk into Pete’s Olde Town Bar and … More

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Transparency issues at play in race for governor |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
The rhetoric that’s careening around the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race sounds as if it could be… More

Pennsylvania GOP can’t lose Fleck’s state House seat – but he can |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Republicans can’t lose in Pennsylvania’s 81st Legislative District.
A GOP victory for the seat… More

CigaretteTaxPhilly

Funding Philadelphia schools, one vice at a time |

By Yaël Ossowski and Andrew Staub | Watchdog.org
Crushed by the burden of dwindling tax revenues and budget cuts, Philadelphia… More

ClassSizes

When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up |

By Eric Boehm and Mary Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to… More

Arcade

Arcade helps give PA borough extra life, but hefty tax could mean game over |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
The small borough of Hanover has long been championed as the Snack Food Capital… More

BudgetTransparency

Pennsylvania’s budget process: cramped, crowded and hot |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
If the famous saying is true – that, like sausage, it is best not… More

State lawmakers table teacher seniority bill, special ed funding |

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

Pennsylvania lawmakers considered reforming special education funding and ending the system of seniority-based layoffs, More
EPARules

Corbett and PA coal industry wary of new EPA rules on CO2 |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pa. — After President Obama on Monday unveiled new EPA regulations that would reduce… More

GOPPrimary

Conservative flank of GOP falls short at polls |

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
When Scott Wagner… More pulled off a stunning write-in campaign to claim a Pennsylvania Senate