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In case you missed it: this week's good reads about Pennsylvania cities

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Wintry weather blankets the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Race Street Pier in Philadelphia, March 5, 2015.

Keystone Crossroads publishes a weekly roundup of links related to Pennsylvania cities. 

It's Friday! Here's a roundup of recommended reading from this week.

Budget unveiled

Let's start off with the governor's budget address.

First, an overview. (And, courtesy of The Patriot Newshere's something for visual learners.)

Here's what Gov. Wolf's budget means for municipal recovery and development.

But how does it affect your household budget? Spoiler: your chocolate bar might cost an extra 9 cents, with tax. (Lancaster Online)

(More) government matters

Voters could be asked this fall to give state lawmakers more power. The auditor general is hosting hearings to discuss this with the public.

Scranton's city council passed the first of three votes needed to adopt a revised Act 47 recovery plan, which includes raising taxes, refinancing debt, and privatizing the city's parking and sewer systems. (The Times Tribune)

Visitors are flocking to Allentown's new arena (part of the city's Neighborhood Improvement Zone), and that's putting a strain on the city's police department. One suggestion? Asking businesses to chip in for police overtime costs. (The Morning Calland Lehigh Valley Live)

Continue reading on Keystone Crossroads' website.

Kate Lao Shaffner was the Keystone Crossroads Reporter for WPSU-FM from 2014-2015. She reports on infrastructure, economic, legal, and financial issues in Pennsylvania with reporters from WHYY (Philadelphia), WITF (Harrisburg), and WESA (Pittsburgh).
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