Friday, March 1, 2013
Nearly 4,000 federal employees live in Butler County. How will sequestration affect them—and the economy to which they contribute?
Butler County is home to nearly 4,000 federal employees and retirees who contribute to its economy and potentially could be affected if sequestration budget cuts are enacted today. The numbers shown here reflect the number of federal employees in each Pennsylvania by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the 3,916 federal employees and retirees who live in Butler County, the greatest number—1,568—are retirees, according to the data. Veterans Affairs employs 601 county residents, and Social Security offices employ 102 …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Republicans call spending plan responsible, Democrats decry social service cuts.
The state senate is expected to vote today on a $27.66 billion dollar spending plan that holds the line on taxes for the new fiscal year, which begins Sunday. The house approved the measure by a vote of 120-81 Thursday night, the Post Gazette reported. The new budget increases spending by less than 2 percent over this year’s budget, the Patriot-News reported. The spending plan maintains current funding for public schools and colleges. However it eliminates the state department of public welfare’s cash assistance program and cuts $84 million, half of what the Governor had proposed cutting, for county-provided human services. The bill also includes a tax break that could exceed $1.7 billion dollars for Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s natural gas “…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Elisha Singer urges elected officials to tax corporations, too.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I am writing to urge you not to support Gov. Corbett’s budget as proposed with its devastating and disproportionate cuts in education. I believe education always is valuable to the individuals, the families, the cities, states and the country. Without education, we will not be able to compete with the other countries. Our children will not be able to better themselves or gain solid employment. The advantages that the United States has had, our country’s fortitude and ingenuity are as a result of—not in spite of—the education we provide our children. I urge legislators to find another way to bring costs in line, if that indeed is the problem. If the U.S. Supreme Court has determined (in the ruling of People v. Citizens United) that …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Educators, community leaders testify to effects of state education budget reductions at a hearing before the House Democratic Policy Committee.
The speakers came from different places, different jobs and different positions in the educational system, but the warning they gave was universal—schools are suffering under nearly $930 million in state education funding cuts made this year. A dozen school administrators, teachers, parents and representatives of nonprofit groups shared their perspectives Friday at Pennsylvania State House Democratic Policy Committee hearings in Green Tree. State Reps. Matt Smith of Mt. Lebanon, Dan Deasy of the West End and Chelsa Wagner of Beechview, all Democrats from Allegheny County, co-chaired the event, which included Democratic Reps. Robert Matzie, Joe Markosek, Chris Sainato, Dan Frankel, Paul Costa and Kevin Murphy. Since 1974, when the state …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Governor's proposed budget targets education funding.
Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday unveiled a $27.3 billion proposed budget for Pennsylvania. The plan calls for drastic cuts in many areas, including basic education, which is slated to take a cut of approximately $500 million. Corbett also called for school districts to "to hold the line" even if it means a pay freeze for school employees. The governor's plan also calls for substantial cuts in funds to state-related universities. The University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, for example, would see their state funding essentially halved under the governor's plan. Corbett also called for no severance tax on the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale areas in an effort to "make Pennsylvania the hub of this [natural-gas] boom." At…
A roundup of the region's top stories for Wednesday, March 9.
Here are today's top stories from the Patch sites in your region: QV District Leaders React to Governor's Spending Plan Seneca Valey Reacts to Corbett's Budget Proposal, Seeks Tax Increase RMU to Take on Long Island Tonight in NEC Championship Ash Wednesday Marks the Beginning of Lent
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Proposed budget cuts spark pleas from JROTC backers and others at Monday's school board meeting.
With deep cuts to the state’s education budget predicted for 2011-12, the Seneca Valley School District faces a potential $10 million deficit for next year. The announcement cast a pall over Monday’s Seneca Valley School Board meeting as officials listed the expenditure cutbacks under consideration. “This is not painless, it is painful,” Superintendent Dr. Donald J. Tylinski said. “I want the board to know we are up against the wall and this is a very serious matter. This is uncharted territory for all of us.” Many people associated with the Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps -- one of the programs at risk -- as well as a past superintendent and a former school board member spoke out about the potential cuts in the packed and …