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 November 5, 2014

Conventional wisdom may hold that Gov. Corbett fell short in his reelection bid because voters, and his own party leaders, didn’t much like him.  Some pundits will say he didn’t do a good job selling his ideas.  The fault lies not in his personality, nor his communications, but in the policies the governor pursued.

On Tuesday Pennsylvanians sent a clear message that education matters to them, and they endorsed a severance tax as a way to pay for it.

The Philadelphia Inqurier October 17,2014

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC), however well-intentioned, divert desperately needed funds from Philadelphia public schools ("Scholarships offer lifeline to Pa. students," Oct. 10).

This chart, based on U.S. Census data, compares poverty and median income by county for the years 2007 and 2013.

March 31, 2014

Has natural gas drilling been the economic game changer that industry leaders promised? Not according to the most reliable analysis.

March 18, 2014

Suppose our three states got on the high road to economic development, taking a unified and coherent approach to tax policy to benefit the entire region and its residents?

February 10, 2014

Pennsylvania’s economy is not recovering as quickly as most states. Gov. Corbett, attempting to improve growth, made a bet that a billion dollars in new corporate tax cuts would fuel economic recovery, but that bet has been lost. 

February 5, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil is predicting more chilly weather ahead, but a winter-weary Gov. Tom Corbett must have spring on his mind. His budget address Tuesday painted a bright and rosy picture of Pennsylvania's future even as we remain in the grip of a long economic winter.

January 10, 2014

This op-ed by Sharon Ward appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News on January 10, 2014 as part of its "War on Poverty at 50" series.

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