Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #6: End Corporate Welfare Now

by Robert Reich, 5/26/15

Corporations aren’t people, despite what the Supreme Court says, and they don’t need or deserve handouts.

When corporations get special handouts from the government – subsidies and tax breaks – it costs you. It means you have to pay more in taxes to make up for these hidden expenses. And government has less money for good schools and roads, Medicare and national defense, and everything else you need. …

End corporate welfare

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Carmen Green wins special election for 4th Ward seat on Coatesville City Council

By Lucas Rodgers, Daily Local News, 5/20/15

COATESVILLE >> Democrat Carmen Green won a special primary election against Independent incumbent Bill Shaw for the 4th Ward seat on Coatesville City Council. This election was open to all registered voters in the 4th Ward of Coatesville.

Results showed Green taking 124 votes against Shaw’s 100 votes….

keep reading at Daily Local News.

see also “Carmen Green sworn in to 4th Ward seat of Coatesville City Council, Daily Local News, 5/27/15

School board group seeks charters’ data

by Kathy Boccella, Phila Inquirer, May 23, 2015

For the group representing Pennsylvania school board members, when it comes to the state’s billion-dollar charter-school industry, there’s no such thing as too much information.

But frivolous is the word charter-school operators are using to describe the blizzard of Right-to-Know requests submitted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

They were lodged with about 180 publicly funded charters in every corner of the state, seeking data on how those schools spend millions of dollars on such items as salaries, consultants, rent, ad campaigns, and a long list of other expenditures.

The requests represented another salvo in the ongoing tensions between operators of charters and the public-school systems responsible for paying their bills….

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Happy Memorial Day!

The Chester County Democratic Committee would like to wish you a happy Memorial Day, as we cherish and honor the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us in service of their country.

Whether you’re firing up the grill for the first time, enjoying your newly opened pool, or just enjoying time with your family, CCDC hopes you are enjoying this beautiful holiday.

On a day like today, it’s not about what party you support, but about spending time with your loved ones and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for us.

Happy Memorial Day!

Chester County Democratic Committee

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

Weekly Address by President Obama, The White House, May 23, 2015

In this week’s address, the President commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country.

The President will spend the first Memorial Day since the end of the war in Afghanistan at Arlington Cemetery, remembering the more than 2,200 American patriots who gave their lives in that conflict, as well as all of our fallen soldiers. The President asked that all Americans spend Monday honoring the memory and sacrifice of those heroes, and remain committed to the cause of freedom and the country for which they fought. …

keep reading and view the video at The White House

10 Ideas to Save the Economy: Reinvent Education

Watch and share “Reinvent Education,” video #5 in Robert Reich’s Big Picture series with MoveOn. Click here (not on the image).

High ed public good

“Higher education isn’t just a personal investment; it’s a public good…” (Point #5 of 6, at 1:59).

Toomey Takes to the Senate Floor to Praise Progress He Voted to Defund

from Joe Sestak for Senate, May 23, 2015

Toomey’s Obstruction in D.C. Continues to Affect Pennsylvanians

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Sen. Pat Toomey took to the Senate floor to praise groundbreaking cancer research at the University of Pennsylvania, saying “the progress is stunning and it’s happening all across America and very much in Pennsylvania.” What Toomey failed to mention is that he has consistently voted against funding that the university uses to fund cancer programs.

The Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn is consistently among the top five medical schools that receive funding from the National Institutions of Health (NIH). Similarly, UPenn’s Abramson Cancer Center ranks second in research funding from the NIH, and is top five in National Cancer Institute (NCI) research funding nationally.

Unfortunately, Sen. Toomey has voted three times to defund the National Cancer Institute programs at the National Institute of Health. Continue reading

Wolf chief of staff says governor ‘more than flexible’ on sales tax expansion plan

By Ed Mahon, Daily Local News, 5/23/15

Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, said the governor is willing to compromise over his proposal to subject nursing homes, child care, flags, and many other goods and services to the state sales and use tax.

“Numbers are numbers. If there’s another way to pay the bill, and to work with the sales tax, so that you’re not expanding that base, …(the) governor’s all ears,” McGinty said during a York Daily Record/Sunday News editorial board session on Thursday.

Wolf and the state House have proposed different property tax reduction plans….

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