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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
Research shows, among other benefits of early learning, increased earning power for parents. The community at large benefits in several ways, including a direct and indirect economic impact and decreased spending on public programs, including education and social services. ...Read more
Quality early learning opportunities – where children learn how to learn –is increasingly recognized as an essential part of the education continuum that extends through adulthood. ...Read more
Early learning is linked to the state's future vitality, and the research demonstrates that connection in a very quantifiable way. ...Read more
Education is a big-ticket item in the state’s General Fund Budget. IssuesPA takes a closer look at the budget, with a focus on the proposed spending for education. ...Read more
Pennsylvania’s annual state budget comes with strings attached – it must be balanced and it must be passed on time, or the state loses its power to spend state government dollars. Here’s an IssuesPA budget primer. ...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
Incremental change is how PA's state and local tax systems change - slowly and haphazardly - though not for a lack of ideas and proposals. ...Read more
State policymakers have placed a large bet on gambling; now only time will tell whether this bet pays off. ...Read more