28 Oct 2011

Today’s PA Must Reads: Income Inequality on the Rise

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette runs with a story this morning on the latest data from the Congressional Budget Office on income inequality in America (PDF). Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — The real ‘1 percent’ may surprise you: If you

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27 Oct 2011

Today’s PA Must Reads: Budget Cuts, Revenue Shortfalls, Vouchers and Brawling Texans

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. There has been a flurry of news from Europe this morning as leaders there try once more to demonstrate that they have the will and the financial muscle to aid European member states facing large budget deficits.  The

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26 Oct 2011

A Response to Eric Cantor on Inequality

A blog post by Stephen Herzenberg, originally published at Third and State. Last Friday evening, I was asked to lead a Saturday afternoon “teach-in” on inequality to Occupy Harrisburg. Shortly after receiving this request, I got an email about a talk on income inequality that Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader

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26 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Jobs Down, College Tuition Up, School District Taxes Up and PA Policy Makers Are Focused On What?

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. It’s been a busy few days, so we haven’t been able to cross-post other recent Morning Must Reads. But you can check them out here: Monday: No Revenue for Public Transportation & Corporations Need a Tax Loophole for

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20 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Budget Cuts and Layoffs

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. Later today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will release the state’s September job numbers. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve is forecasting (PDF) the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania will rise a tenth of a percentage point to 8.3%

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19 Oct 2011

Don’t Want to Give Gas Drillers a Free Pass in PA? Sign Our Letter to State Lawmakers

A blog post by Kate Atkins, originally published at Third and State. Any doubt about the level of public concern over Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania should be put to rest by the turnout at a series of citizens hearings over the past six weeks. Hundreds came out to testify

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19 Oct 2011

Yes, Bridges Need Repair and Little Old Ladies Are Homeless but Have We Really Done Enough for the Top 1%?

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. With unemployment in the construction industry at record highs, interest rates low and a deep backlog of thousands of structurally deficient bridges in need of repair, now is a great time to spend money to fix stuff do

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18 Oct 2011

New York Times on Marcellus Shale: With Growth Comes Problems

A blog post by Sharon Ward, originally published at Third and State. In a recent article examining the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania, The New York Times asked me to put the state’s tax policy on gas drilling in perspective. I explained that drilling isn’t producing the tax

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18 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Accountability in the Private and Public Sector or Making Money the Old Fashioned Way

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. While cruising by Allentown on I-78 with Billy Joel’s greatest hits blaring on your stereo, you may have noticed just along the highway a big sign for the camera maker Olympus. Turns out the North American headquarters for

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17 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Bailouts for the Banks and Cake for the 99%

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. What is good for the financial sector is good for the 99% 1%. Paul Krugman, The New York Times — Losing Their Immunity: For the financialization of America wasn’t dictated by the invisible hand of the market. What

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