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Who’s going to pick Pennsylvania’s Judges? HB 111

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HB 111, sponsored by Republican Representative Paul Schemel, proposes introducing a constitutional amendment to change how Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Court judges are chosen.  Versus appearing on the ballot for selecting by voters, a 13 member “Nominating Commission” would be convened by appointments from the Governor, the General Assembly and Commonwealth employees. Who is better […]

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Free Market Solutions to bolster education and scholarships

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Pennsylvania’s EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) and  OSTC (Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit) programs allow businesses to earn tax credits in return for donating to school choice scholarship programs.  This program allows Pennsylvania students to attend schools they would not otherwise be able to afford.  However, the program, as currently structured, is capped which discourages increased […]

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Transparency Bill Regarding Union Dues Collection

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In June 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions may not force state government workers to pay dues, or “fair share” fees, to be used to support collective bargaining and other union activities.  However,  thousands of teachers and public workers are unaware of this ruling.  PA State Representative Kate Klunk has sponsored HB […]

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Pittsburgh should stand with Philadelphia in the currency wars

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In this political climate finding points of unity is a little like panning for gold.  While the rally cry isn’t “gold, gold, gold,” it could be “got cash?”  Our eastern brethren have taken the step of officially keeping cash in play in their city.  Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law a bill introduced by […]

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Parents of School-Age Children, Think About This

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Two bills introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly should be of interest to all parents of school-age children:  HB112 and SB199. HB112 lowers the compulsory schooling age from 8 years to 6.  There are pros and cons to this measure which should be carefully considered by parents.  Many citizens are under the impression that the […]

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The Truth About HB 2060

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By Joshua Prince, Esq. Prince Law Offices, P.C. October 4, 2018 The Truth About HB 2060 That YOUR Representatives Don’t Want You To Know Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 2060 (Prime Sponsor Marguerite Quinn, Republican Bucks), after declining to amend it to address the plethora of constitutional and statutory issues with it, while certain Senate […]

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HB 2227, Gun Confiscation Bill

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Danger Extreme Risk Protection Order- Critical Votes in Pennsylvania Monday :: 09/24/2018 USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Pennsylvania House has announced plans to take two anti-rights bills off the table and bring them to a vote on the House floor this Monday and Tuesday. Rights supporters in Pennsylvania Must Act NOW!!! If you live in Pennsylvania, […]

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A creative solution to put retired officers in our schools, HB 2563

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Creativity is still alive and well in the Pennsylvania legislature.  Representative Karen Boback (R) has referred to committee the Real Property Tax Credit for Security Services Act which would authorize school districts to establish programs permitting retired law enforcement officers to volunteer to provide security services within the school district in exchange for real property […]

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Re-assessment of testing in Pennsylvania. Yes, let’s do it!

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An honest, thorough re-examination of our Pennsylvania assessment and accountability system is needed if “fixing our broken education system” in Pennsylvania is truly a priority.  Query as to whether or not the SAT is an appropriate assessment of mastery of subject matter; nevertheless transparent, concerted evaluation of our academic accountability measures is well worth the […]