We've noted more than once before that Pennsylvania and Illinois are the only two states in the union without a completed budget. And that got us to wondering, why is that? What's driving the longest deadlocks in these 50 states? Fortunately, our pal Brad Bumsted of The Tribune-Review was wondering the same thing. And this morning, he's running down the contrasts and commonalities between the two states. In essence, it's the same stuff, just mostly different.
The typical high school student has a cell phone these days. What's the monthly bill? Then there's the used car, with its gas and maintenance. A new pair of jeans. Movie ticket and bucket of popcorn. All this spending draws against the income from a teen's part-time, low-wage job — or from an allowance. How young people know how to balance their income and expenditures? How many even have a credit card, and keep close tabs on the balance? High school students deserve basic training in planning a personal or household budget. They should know how to balance a checkbook, how to set a limit on their cell phone bill, how to make sure they live within their means. State Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-189, wants all students to gain some financial literacy before they graduate. Her proposed bill to make such classes a graduation requirement in
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