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Wages have largely stagnated over the past three decades. There has also been a sharp slowdown in gains in educational attainment and reduced rates of public investments, and fading returns to those investments. The crisis in state budgets and the requirement that they balance budgets each year threatens to compound this — forcing cuts in critical public investment projects that determine our future prosperity, and that of our children. ...Read more
The state House of Representatives took a step Monday to defuse Pennsylvania's pension bomb. The House approved a bill aimed at addressing the skyrocketing retirement costs of state and public-school employees, including legislators and teachers. The so-called pension-reform bill would spread payments into the two pension systems over additional years, boost the retirement age for future employees, and give them the option of either contributing more to the plan or having their benefits trimmed. ...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
Too bad that they're popular in "that way." ...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
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
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
PEL report analyzed municipal revenue from 1970 through 2003, found a systemic decline in the fiscal health of communities statewide. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s universities are terrific economic and social assets, both regionally and statewide. But what’s the bottom line impact on their host municipalities? IssuesPA takes a closer look. ...Read more