We are the model of a modern corporatocracy.
Philadelphia is so broke the city is closing 23 public schools, never mind that it has the cash to build a $400 million prison.
Construction on the penitentiary said to be "the second-most expensive state project ever" began just days after the Pennsylvania School Reform Commission voted down a plan to close only four of the 27 schools scheduled to die. Facing a $304 million debt, the Commission instead approved a measly $2.4 billion budget that would shut down 23 public schools, wiping out roughly 10% of the city's total.
But it's not like Pennsylvania does not have the money to fill the debt. Rather, PA's GOP-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a tax break for corporations that will cost the state an estimated $600 million to $800 million annually.