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PSEA sending $21K to Wisconsin as part of recall effort

June 4, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Part of last minute $1.1 million push by public sector unions in Badger State
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
MADISON — Union dues from Pennsylvania public school teachers will be going to work for the ouster of … Read the rest

PA politicos eye even higher income taxes if property taxes killed

June 4, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Funding potential in question
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Exchanging school property taxes for hikes in other taxes could come with a bigger increase in personal income tax for Pennsylvania wage earners than previously suggested.… Read the rest

PA gambling tax revenue highest in the country

June 1, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Property tax relief hovers
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Every dollar in the slot machine adds 55 cents to Pennsylvania’s tax revenue, contributing to the largest pot of gambling tax revenue in the nation.… Read the rest

Week in Review: PA May revenue below estimates

June 1, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Pension reform talk resurfaces
 
By PA Independent Staff
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state government ends May with revenue collections are still below year-to-date estimates, but other business proceeds as usual.… Read the rest

PA gov allies call out background of attack ad maker

May 31, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

 

Jackson: I'm not the issue
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent 
 
HARRISBURG — Partisan politics are in full swing after the release of TV ads attacking Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for failing to stand up for middle-income earners.… Read the rest

New database tracking PA welfare spending

May 31, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Data includes prescription spending, doctors fees
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare on Thursday announced a new “transparency portal,” which gives users information on department spending.… Read the rest

PA pension reform for future employees not enough

May 30, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Funding, liabilities still at issue

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Senate Republicans are thinking long term: Halt the pension crisis by changing the pension system.… Read the rest

PAC takes aim at Corbett’s PA record

May 30, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Ad to air statewide
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — The gubernatorial election is still two years away, but Gov. Tom Corbett’s record is hitting the airwaves.… Read the rest

Out-of-state food stamp recipients stamped out by PA

May 29, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

About 650 cases of fraud found as asset test takes effect
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG – The state Department of Public Welfare removed more than 600 people from the food stamp rolls this week after … Read the rest

GOP senators to introduce PA pension reform bill

May 29, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Would move all future employees to 401(k) plans
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Future state and public school employees will not be eligible for the state's existing public pension system that is more than $35 … Read the rest

Bill to clarify Act 47 arbitration moving through Pennsylvania Senate

May 29, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Lawmakers, local officials call for more change
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Future reform to Pennsylvania’s plan for cities in dire straits begins with a single word choice — "award" or "settlement."… Read the rest

PA lawmakers hold budget spending to TABOR cap

May 25, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

 

What would a Taxpayer Bill of Rights mean for Pennsylvania?
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — In announcing the state Senate’s decision to increase next year’s budget by about $500 million, state Sen. Jake Read the rest

Week in Review: House positions budget for final passage

May 25, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Proposed school tax plan receives opposition
 
By PA Independent Staff
 
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Legislature took a host of actions this week, ranging from making headway toward finalizing next year's spending plan to introducing ways to improve government efficiency.… Read the rest

COMMENTARY: PA pensions infect budget talks this year and years to come

May 25, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Corbett, Corman say changes needed, but it’s too late for near future
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — The most obvious lesson of this year’s budget process is one lawmakers should have learned years ago.

PA may take over school districts in fiscal chaos

May 24, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

 

Leaves Philadelphia out, blocks districts from declaring bankruptcy
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s four most financially distressed school districts could be facing a state takeover, and more districts may be on the way.… Read the rest

PA wants localities to monitor parking meters

May 24, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Bill seeks to shrink state government
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Municipalities, not the state, may be inspecting parking meters, a move to shrink Pennsylvania government and exercise local authority, but raises concern how well those nickels and … Read the rest

Auditor: Hundreds of thousands spent to boot superintendents

May 23, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Buy-outs exceed $889K
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania called out two more school districts for paying hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars to discharge contracts.… Read the rest

House Dems file brief supporting voter ID challenge

May 23, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

 

Argue law oversteps authority of the General Assembly
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Fifty House Democrats signed a brief Wednesday supporting a challenge to Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law.… Read the rest

House unanimously passes bill to end ‘triple dipping’

May 23, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Senate to consider bill in June
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to keep pension collectors from “triple dipping” into Pennsylvania's unemployment funds, a practice that cost the … Read the rest

Casinos depressing lottery sales as Corbett administration considers privatization

May 23, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Report shows greater impact in counties with casinos
 
By: Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Rapid growth in Pennsylvania’s casino revenue has suppressed lottery sales in the state as more options become available for residents eager to … Read the rest