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Brooke’s mom is in town so news reading, and thus blogging, will be light through Sunday. I’ll leave you with some links: Half of PA inmates back in jail within 5 years Rich Wilkins is bullish on Charlie Dent for Senate Bob Casey bestows a grant upon LANTA for hybrid buses Nate Silver says the [...]

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Lucky for me, I went down the shore on a mercifully slow news week. Still, there are some things… Trouble in Tea World. Please put Joe Hilliard in charge… Contra LVCI, a higher level of immigration is the answer to our distant Social Security shortfall. Without undocumented workers paying into the system, the shortfall would [...]

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Mike Molovinsky should stop using the word “gooks” if he wants people to stop thinking he’s racist Hopefully the Perkins Chapter 11 situation will result in the Southside Bethlehem Perkins parcel getting replaced with something more characteristic of an urban neighborhood. Agglomeration wins Shame on Bob Casey. GenOn can get cleaner, but it’s never going [...]

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Rich Wilkins says Ed Pawlowski and the NIMBYs are both getting the hockey arena attendance projections wrong Christina Georgiou has a good explainer on Neighborhood Improvement Districts Cool article on Andy Po and the organizing that goes into getting skate parks approved MontCo Republican donors shifting their donations to Democrats Credit checks as part of the [...]

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Greg Palmer and Keystone Politics are back. Here’s Greg smacking down John Baer’s unfortunate column on education spending. I will be contributing to KP. Pat Toomey says he’s the most conservative member of the Senate. We already knew this, but it would’ve been appropriate for the press to make a bigger deal during the campaign. [...]

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Taxed Enough Already? US tax burden at lowest level since 1958 The PLCB’s liquor handling fee is not a very well-designed tax. A gallonage tax would be more sensible. Has anyone seen The New Metropolis? Is it worth holding a screening? Sharon Ward demolishes the Corbett administration’s analysis of taxes paid by natural gas companies. [...]

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It’s official: millionaire’s taxes don’t cause millionaires to Go Galt and flee states. Tom Corbett’s views on natural gas taxes are mistaken, but he deserves props for opposing forced pooling. “Ryan’s Tax Priorities Would Cost Nearly $3 Trillion” Chris Casey’s Lehigh County Republican primary predictions Daryl Metcalfe wants to enshrine bigotry in the state Constitution [...]