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National Governors' Meeting: Debutante Ball for Prez Wannabes

National Governors' Meeting: Debutante Ball for Prez Wannabes
The National Governors Association's three-day gathering is a time for grave discussions on immigration, education and health care reform implementation. It's also a time for preening peacocks to strut their stuff, vying for their chance to be presidential contender.
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Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
The Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012, when he cut funding to new applications, thus stalling 354 projects in various stages of construction and capital across the Commonwealth. The state’s Department of Education has estimated that it would take at least $1.6 billion to reimburse all projects.
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PA Gov Corbett's ACA Refusal Is Denying Veterans Health Care

PA Gov Corbett's ACA Refusal Is Denying Veterans Health Care
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's refusal to expand Medicaid is literally imperiling thousands by denying them access to health care. And as memorial day approaches, there's one demographic we should pay special attention to: our nation's veterans. If anybody deserves care, it's the men and women who've fought for this country.
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PA Democrats Vie for Top of the Gubernatorial Ticket

PA Democrats Vie for Top of the Gubernatorial Ticket
The Pennsylvania Democratic ticket for Governor possibilities keeps growing. Though Tom Wolf seems to be a party favorite, names like newcomer Jack Wagner or stalwarts Rob McCord or Allyson Schwartz can't be discounted.
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Don’t Call PA's Proposed Medicaid Plan an ‘Expansion’

Don’t Call PA's Proposed Medicaid Plan an ‘Expansion’
It’s a Frankenstein plan. The state is calling it “Healthy PA,” which is a laudable goal, especially considering the state earned an overall health ranking of 29 in a recent nationwide analysis, and Philadelphia in particular is suffering a dire crisis in maternal and infant health.
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Frack is Wack: PA Supreme Court Nixes Regulation-Skirting Act 13

Frack is Wack: PA Supreme Court Nixes Regulation-Skirting Act 13
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared the industry-friendly and regulation-skirting Act 13 unconstitutional. The law would have bypassed zoning regulations, and communities would have been unable to refuse drilling companies setting up shop in their neighborhoods. Score one for the good guys.
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Gov Corbett's Higher Math: PA Budget Set to Spend Twice as Much on Prisons as Schools

Gov Corbett's Higher Math: PA Budget Set to Spend Twice as Much on Prisons as Schools
Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett has pushed a 2013 budget that sets the prison budget at twice that of education. His excuse? No more stimulus money.
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PA District Attorney Won't Defend Marriage Ban

PA District Attorney Won't Defend Marriage Ban
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday her office will not defend the state's DOMA law. The action is supported by the ACLU of PA, and filed on behalf of two dozen same sex couples. This follows the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court just weeks ago.
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Strange: Half a Pie Delivered to Every PA Legislator to Symbolize Tax Cuts

Strange: Half a Pie Delivered to Every PA Legislator to Symbolize Tax Cuts
Advocates delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator Tuesday. Why half a pie? To remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services and local communities with a smaller share of the state budget pie.
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PA Republican Governor Bought and Paid for By Lobbyists and Business Execs

PA Republican Governor Bought and Paid for By Lobbyists and Business Execs
Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett has been an ally to Big Business and the rich — subsidizing private schools, cutting taxes on the rich, and opening up more land for gas drilling. Thanks to the Philadelphia Daily News, we know what.
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