Are PA Schools Really Flush?

Recent publicity has called attention to the billions in reserve funds accumulated by Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, 67 vocational/technical schools and 176 charter schools. Are school districts hoarding funds that could be used to avoid tax increases or program cuts? Are cries that more state aid is needed an exaggeration? Read Explaining School Fund Balances: Are PA Schools, with $4.3 billion in Reserve Funds, Really Flush? Just the (Dry) Facts by David Davare, Pennsylvania Economy League Central’s Director of Research.

The Quiet Boom and Potential Bust of PA Townships

Recent data indicated that the once booming Pennsylvania townships are seeing troubling signs including rising service costs and tax revenue that is either declining or flattening. The challenge for townships may soon be the same issue facing distressed cities: how to provide quality services at a price that taxpayers can afford.

Read PEL’s latest commentary The Quiet Boom and Potential Bust of PA Townships

PA Department of Environmental Protection Marcellus Shale Handouts

Pennsylvania Economy League Central Division’s Lycoming/Clinton Issues Forum brought together a panel from government and business to discuss what the next phase of Marcellus Shale development brings to the Williamsport region. As part of the event, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provided various fact sheets on topics related to natural gas drilling activities. Click the links below to download the handouts.

Proposed Regulations for Oil and Gas Surface Activities

Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Production in Pennsylvania

Marcellus Shale Tough Regulations, Greater Enforcement

Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements for Oil and Gas Activities



State Revenue Sec. Dan Meuser Offers Perspective on Gov.’s 2013-14 Budget

Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser, the featured speaker at PEL’s May 10, 2013, Northeastern Issues Forum, discussed Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2013-2014 budget and other initiatives. Download Sec. Meuser’s presentation here.