14 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Wages Under Pressure and Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. It’s hard out here for a cellist! Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer — Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians agree to labor concessions: On the cusp of the opening of the orchestra’s 2011-12 season, members of the ensemble approved

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13 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Congress Passes Trade Deals while Families Suffer

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. Unemployment in most places is higher than it has been in decades, and worse still unemployment rates have started rising again as private-sector job growth has stalled and the public sector continues to shed jobs. The economy needs

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12 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: The Senate Chooses to Do Nothing About the Economy and You Should Root for GE

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. The economic news this morning makes you feel like you are watching Major Kong (from the movie Dr. Strangelove — the picture on the left) ride the bomb like a mechanical bull to our mutual total economic destruction.

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11 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Hard Times In Pennsylvania and Debates About Higher Education

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. The Mercyhurst College Center for Applied Politics has released to The Philadelphia Inquirer the results of a poll asking Pennsylvanians about the impact of the economy on their lives. Amy Worden, The Philadelphia Inquirer — Erie college poll

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10 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Unemployment Up, Incomes Down

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. The New York Times this morning leads with a story based on a report by a private consulting firm called Sentier Research LLC. In the chart that follows, the quote below the plummeting red line is a measurement

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07 Oct 2011

Today’s Must Reads: Three Act Plays About Zombie Banksters, Smokestack Chasing and the Convoy

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. Paul Krugman describes our economic woes as a three-act play; now you Occupy Wall Street kids turn it into zombie banker street theater! Paul Krugman, The New York Times — Confronting the Malefactors So, in case you’ve forgotten,

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07 Oct 2011

A Mainstream Plan for Taxing Natural Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania

A blog post by Sharon Ward, originally published at Third and State. On Tuesday, I joined state Representatives Tom Murt and Gene DiGirolamo at a press conference announcing their bill to enact a natural gas drilling tax that would support shared statewide priorities like education and human services, as well

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05 Oct 2011

Pennsylvania Records First Quarter Revenue Growth

A blog post by Michael Wood, originally published at Third and State. The September revenue collections are in, and as I told the Harrisburg Patriot-News this week, Pennsylvania is on track to meet revenue projections for the year, despite missing official estimates for the first quarter of 2011-12. How’s that?

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05 Oct 2011

Morning Must Reads: Occupy Wall Street and the Banks in Pennsylvania

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. In just over a week, the Occupy Wall Street movement has gone from being lectured by writers at Mother Jones for not understanding messaging to comparisons to George Washington in a Central Pennsylvania newspaper! Robert J. Vickers, The

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04 Oct 2011

Regulations, Jobs and Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage

A blog post by Mark Price, originally published at Third and State. Bruce Bartlett, former advisor to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, has a column in the Economix blog at The New York Times today with compelling fresh evidence (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) that job creation is

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