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PA: Romney tells voters he’ll boost national economy

June 17, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

PA Week in Review: Budget, privatization plans stalling

June 15, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Unemployment remains flat from April
 
By Staff Reports | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — A busy week at the Pennsylvania statehouse started off with a late night, when House lawmakers stayed until 10:30 p.m. Monday debating the pros and cons

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PA: More than $520M in Medicare, Medicaid fees went to potentially avoidable hospital stays

June 15, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Report: 1 in 8 hospital stays could've been prevented
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Of the nearly 185,000 Pennsylvanians who underwent hospital stays that could have been prevented in 2010, taxpayer-supported programs paid for about 83,000 … Read the rest

PA ANALYSIS: Proposed pension fixes only part of the solution

June 15, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Unfunded liability has to be paid off no matter what changes are made for future employees
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — Fixing Pennsylvania’s public pension system will require more than creating a new plan for future … Read the rest

PA: Romney campaign makes three stops in commonwealth

June 15, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Stops include manufacturing sites, gas station
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is taking his campaign to Pennsylvania on Saturday.… Read the rest

PA: Liquor privatization vote postponed until Monday, maybe longer

June 14, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Unions, special interests versus 70 percent of Pennsylvanians
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Don't touch that bottle.
 
It belongs to Pennsylvania, at least for now.
 
Richard Granger, clad in a bright yellow shirt, is … Read the rest

PA: GOP leaders blow unofficial deadline as budget talks continue

June 13, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Unofficial deadline of June 13 officially blown
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — When budget negotiations began in earnest late May, Republican House and Senate lawmakers pointed to June 13 as their deadline for getting the … Read the rest

PA: House passes updates to Wiretap Act

June 13, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Lawmakers on the left and right voice opposition
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — A bill that would update the state’s wiretap law has some wondering if Pennsylvania is helping its law enforcement agencies track criminals … Read the rest

PA: Fiscal Office sets final parameters for budget battle

June 12, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Confirms previous estimate of $27.5B in revenue
 
By Jared Sichel | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office confirmed its revenue estimates for the current budget year at $27.54 billion, setting the playing field for the Read the rest

PA: GOP pension plan would give incentive for current workers to leave state system

June 12, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

All new employees would be forced into 401(k)-style system
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — A group of Republican lawmakers want to move all future state employees into a new pension system as a way to … Read the rest

PA: Corbett says unemployment reform equals more jobs

June 12, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Governor signs bill to refinance federal debt
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill into law Tuesday that will let the commonwealth pay off nearly $4 billion in federal debt.… Read the rest

PA: Voter poll shows Corbett disapproval rating grew

June 12, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Poll shows downward trend
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett hit an all-time low this week.… Read the rest

PA: Property tax elimination bill tabled in committee

June 11, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Vote shows divides among parties
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — In 60 seconds, about 13 hours of committee debate and marathon public discussion ended with a whimper when lawmakers tabled Property Tax Independence Act on Monday.… Read the rest

PA: Economic development program gets new name, stricter rules

June 11, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Administration undertaking changes without legislation
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania government’s best-known economic development tool has a new name but the same old purpose — funneling taxpayer dollars to private developers.… Read the rest

PA: Tax credit school choice plan may replace vouchers

June 11, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

School choice plan prepared in House GOP caucus
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers are planning for a final push that could give about 30,000 students a way out of … Read the rest

PA: New district maps moving to Supreme Court

June 8, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

 

Plans show reduction of county, municipal splits
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania voters are closer to learning who they can vote for.… Read the rest

Week in Review: PA unemployment fix, property tax plans push forward

June 8, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Lawmaker seek to fix unemployment fund

By Staff Reports | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — This week, as Pennsylvania legislators and the governor's office continued to work on budget talks, a number of issues were pushed forward on and off … Read the rest

PA to borrow $4.5B to pay off fed unemployment debt, change eligibility

June 7, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Payoff helps employers save

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania plans to borrow a $4.5 billion bond to help pay off debt from the federal Unemployment Trust Fund, which stands about $3.9 billion, the third highest in the … Read the rest

School supporters push for funding as PA lawmakers negotiate

June 6, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Upper Darby group protests at Capitol
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Applause interrupted from Upper Darby School District parents, students and supporters when state Rep. Nick Micozzie said the House restored some education funding. … Read the rest

PA block grant plan: Step toward efficiency or burden to services

June 5, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Program comes with potential service cuts
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — A plan to streamline the distribution of grant money for health services in Pennsylvania makes sense to some officials as a step toward efficiency, but others … Read the rest