House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, on Friday called on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to take the lead on public pension reform and other issues.
If you're a Pennsylvania Republican, no matter where you “sit,” it’s hard to see what Gov. Corbett did with the 2014-15 budget as anything but a divisive, last-gasp effort to change perceptions of his leadership. In case you missed it, Corbett, using most of his 10 days to sign or veto the 2014-15, state budget finally decided to do both. He signed it, but excluded about $72 million mostly earmarked for the legislature. This he excised with his line-item veto popularly known as “blue lining.” (A
Corbett wiped out about 20 percent of the money intended to support the General Assembly plus some pet projects. (Before shedding a tear for the legislature be informed that it currently holds some $150 million in “reserve,” more than enough to get it through the year.
As Gov. Tom Corbett went to war with the state Legislature on Thursday by line-item vetoing a goodly sized chunk of the 253-member institution's budget appropriation, one teeny little fact seemed lost in the shuffle. Even as he denounced them as obstructionist and hostage to special interest, Corbett was talking not about an institution controlled by Democrats -- but by members of his own party.
Being a student leader has been both a blessing and a curse during my tenure in both the K-12 system as well as the post-secondary education world. It has opened my eyes to public education's balancing act of maintaining high-quality programs, paying the bills, and competing with nonpublic entities that claim to do it better. As the president of the student body, I was entrenched in East Stroudsburg University's financial woes, but I couldn't help but to notice the struggles that the
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The nomination process is now open for the Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award. This award may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA’s Legislative Platform. Applications will be accepted until July 16, 2014. The July 16 date was picked in honor of Timothy M. Allwein's birthday. The award will be presented during the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in October. More details and application are available on PSBA's website.