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Lawmakers, administraton at odds over when to talk PA transporation

May 22, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Dems call for special session
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Democrats and Republicans agree. Something must be done to address the fragile, aging infrastructure of Pennsylvania’s transportation system.… Read the rest

PA pushes for reports of campaign money to be filed online

May 22, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Could be in place by 2013

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Campaign finance reports in Pennsylvania finally could be entering the digital age.… Read the rest

PA property tax elimination plan hits roadblocks

May 21, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Would replace property tax with income, sales taxes
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania plan to eliminate property taxes and replace them with higher sales and income taxes hit its first roadblocks.… Read the rest

PA House panel OKs budget bill, locks in spending at $27.6B

May 21, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

GOP leaders aiming for June 13 passage

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House Republicans used some fancy parliamentary tricks to lock in spending at $27.6 billion for next year’s budget Monday.… Read the rest

PA bill looks to bolster ‘high-priority’ jobs in need of workers

May 21, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Keystone Works moves from committee with bipartisan support
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Clark Trucking is looking for drivers, especially experienced, skilled drivers, who can haul water to Marcellus shale drilling sites in massive tractor-trailers.… Read the rest

Lawmakers pressure PA school districts to use savings

May 21, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Vereb suggests legislative cap to reserve funds

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Some Republican lawmakers are outraged about the size of Pennsylvania school districts’ savings accounts.… Read the rest

Video: Sen. Corman says structural changes necessary in pension plan

May 21, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Favors change to defined contribution plan
 
By: Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Reforms to the state’s pension system will have to address structural problems and not simply defer payments to the future, the chairman of the … Read the rest

Week in Review: What to fund, and how, in public education, internal agencies

May 18, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Records show lawmakers spending $470K in food, event expenses
 
By PA Independent Staff
 
HARRISBURG — Funding for public education is one topic sure to stir controversy during budget season, often pitting local districts against state lawmakers in arguments of … Read the rest

CORRECTED: Lawmakers spent $470K on meals, munchies

May 18, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Sometimes including free lunches for constituents on taxpayer dime
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — When state Sen. Shirley Kitchen, D-Philadelphia, hosted dinner for 250 constituents as part of the 2011 Philadelphia Community Service Read the rest

PA school districts have tripled savings in 15 years

May 17, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

As state spending on education increased, so did districts’ stash of cash
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — As state funding for education increased in the past 15 years, many school districts set aside a hefty … Read the rest

Some 4.5M residents file taxes electronically

May 17, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

State saves $884K over last year
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Some 4.5 million Pennsylvania taxpayers chose to file personal income tax returns electronically, according to the Department of Revenue, representing about 75 percent of … Read the rest

Proposed budget cuts neuter internal watchdogs

May 17, 2012 | By | Posted in Legislature

Senate ups open records funding
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget for next year puts Pennsylvania's internal watchdogs on a shorter leash.… Read the rest

Congressman Pitts’ campaign contributions advance out-of-touch image

May 16, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

 

Biggest donors hail from inside D.C. beltway
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — U.S. Rep Joe Pitts came off as more than a little out of touch, when he suggested that former Israeli Prime Minister Read the rest

Former PA school nears sale after three years

May 16, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Seminary looking into purchase
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — For the past three years, Pennsylvania’s tried in vain to sell the 180-acre, 70-building complex known as the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.
 
Each year, the … Read the rest

Federal EPA rules Dimock, PA, water is safe; contamination not caused by gas drilling

May 16, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Northeast PA town attracted national attention from drilling opponents
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — The town launched a thousand calls for shutting down Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency has determined … Read the rest

Districts consider advertising in school buses to bring in revenue

May 15, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Corbett administration urging districts to be creative, flexible
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — As costs grow and tax increases become less palatable, Pennsylvania school districts could be targeting young consumers with ads in school buses … Read the rest

Bipartisan group calls for PA prison reform to save money

May 14, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

New group calls system broken, inefficient
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — State prisons don't always work the way they're supposed to.… Read the rest

PA school districts debate best use of $3.2B in reserve

May 14, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

Some reach into savings to balance budget; others see clouds on the horizon
 
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — At East Stroudsburg School District, business manager Patricia Bader oversees a reserve fund balance — one … Read the rest

Week in Review: PA budget plan moves forward, taxpayers up in arms

May 11, 2012 | By | Posted in General News

State spends $30 million to keep refinery open

 
By PA Independent Staff
 
HARRISBURG — The state budget moved to the forefront this week after sitting on the back burner since Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address in February.

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VIDEO: PA gov names receiver for debt-ridden capital

May 11, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Was head of PA National Guard under three governors from 1999-2004
 
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
 
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett has called up the military to help right the state capital. Read the rest