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Government Structure

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
Pennsylvania is unrivaled in the number of jurisdictions levying local earned income taxes. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), municipalities and school districts in the Commonwealth use 560 tax collectors to collect and distribute more than $1.9 billion in annual earned income tax revenue. ...Read more
PEL report analyzed municipal revenue from 1970 through 2003, found a systemic decline in the fiscal health of communities statewide. ...Read more
There's one undeniable fact about local governments in Pennsylvania – there are a lot of them. Some say we should pay the most attention to what happens at the local government level, because decisions made there affect us the most. IssuesPA offers this primer on the many varieties of local governments, and how (and why) they’ve changed over the decades. ...Read more
Municipal government in Pennsylvania is a $13 billion annual "business" today. How do the state's local governments provide these services? IssuesPA investigated. ...Read more
What makes a community strong, vibrant and attractive as a place to live and work? This question is important because, in our global economy, companies and individuals today can locate almost anywhere. In 2006, community vitality may matter more than ever. ...Read more
Collecting taxes is a necessary function of local government. In Pennsylvania, who does it and how it is done aren’t consistent across government entities. Here’s a primer from IssuesPA. ...Read more
Act 72 of 2004, the Homeowner Tax Relief Act, targets some of the anticipated revenues from slot machines for local property tax relief in Pennsylvania. However, this new law impacts more than homeowners’ tax bills. IssuesPA investigated the impact on local tax collection. ...Read more