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Local Governance

Luzerne County voters approved adopting a home rule charter for county government. The three, full-time elected commissioners will be replaced with 11 part-time elected council members and an appointed manager starting January 2012. Nine elected row offices will be eliminated, with their duties assumed by employees. ...Read more
The day will come when the good people of many small towns in Luzerne County will recognize the inevitable: "Our town, as much as we love it, cannot continue to exist." ...Read more
PICA, the organization that since 1991 has overseen Philadelphia's annual and 5-year budget, released the latest Citizen's Guide today. Read the release after the jump. ...Read more
We just ran across this useful summary put out by DCED current to October 2009. ...Read more
That this southwestern Pennsylvania town's fire department is disseminating this study is, in itself, an example of the stress on local services provision. ...Read more
As huge generators of economic growth and the two largest governments in the 10-county region, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh require special attention for functional and structural reforms to benefit the region. The better the coordination among these two governments, the more effective the development and execution of a regional agenda for economic growth and quality of life will be. ...Read more
Given the decline in full time officers, communities and residents are at a higher risk and with limited resources, training, and investigative crime ― crime resolution is not at a high level. This study promotes regionalization of police forces to enhance coverage across all communities in Luzerne County. ...Read more
Consolidating the collection of earned income tax into 69 new locally established collection bureaus provides significant improvement of collection efficiency and reduction of waste. ...Read more
Recently, there have been discussions about the current Pennsylvania Constitution, with some contemplating a need for changes. Many proponents argue that a constitutional convention is in order because it’s been more than 40 years since the last one. IssuesPA has taken a look at the issue of a state constitutional convention and just what it might mean in the 21st century. ...Read more
A recent Standard & Poor’s study found that consolidating smaller school districts within a certain population range could potentially save tens of millions of dollars annually across the state. ...Read more