All downhill from here on

All downhill from here on

Local governments everywhere are feeling the pandemic’s pinch on tax revenue. Nowhere is the pain more acute than in the Scranton School District, where revenue projections are calling into question the district’s ability to make payroll by year’s...
Under the dome

Under the dome

Given its expense, size, and inclination to cater to itself and the well-heeled special interests that shower its members with gifts and campaign funds, the Pennsylvania Legislature sometimes feels like a pandemic without end.
The more things change?

The more things change?

The financially beleaguered Scranton School District faces yet another challenge as tax revenue is projected to plunge by roughly $5 million due to the pandemic’s constriction of the economy. That much is new. What’s not is the way the school board dropped...
Running on empty

Running on empty

The misuse by a former Scranton Fire Chief of his city-issued vehicle and gas card is emblematic of the political culture at city hall, and another reason that taxpayers feel drained of both dollars and patience.
A bug’s life

A bug’s life

Pennsylvania’s bloated, expensive legislature is an evergreen topic for editorial writers and political cartoonists. There’s rarely a better time to address the subject than when the governor introduces his budget proposals, an occasion usually accompanied...