Sen. Orie’s Trial Ends With Mistrial

March 3, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Judge ends jury deliberations over questionable document

The trial of state Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny) ended in a mistrial Thursday following charges the defense had doctored written documents used in its case.

Ms. Orie is charged with 10 counts of … Read the rest

Conservative-Liberal Face-off May Be Coming

February 23, 2011 | By | Posted in General News

Sam Rohrer expected to lead conservative opposition to union forces

Former state Rep. and unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial hopeful Sam Rohrer may soon be coming back to Harrisburg, leading protests against continuing state government largesse to teachers and state employees.

Saturday, … Read the rest

Corbett Budget Address Will Be Closely Watched By Public Unions

February 22, 2011 | By | Posted in Governor

Scheduled For March 8

Political forecasters and Gov. Tom Corbett are downplaying the chance of a political “perfect storm” landing in Harrisburg early next month.

Mr. Corbett unveils his budget plan on March 8.

Contentious proposals to reduce the bargaining … Read the rest

Grand Jury Probing Former Sen. Mellow

February 17, 2011 | By | Posted in General News

Extortion, money laundering, fraud being explored

Recently retired state Sen. Robert Mellow (D-Lackawanna) is under investigation by a federal grand jury in Scranton for alleged extortion, money laundering and fraud, according to an opinion released by the federal Third Circuit … Read the rest

Gaming Control Board Fears Personal Liability

February 15, 2011 | By | Posted in General News

Asks lawmakers to close possible loopholes

Allowing ex-officio members of the state Gaming Control Board (GCB) to participate in executive sessions of the board is causing members to fear their immunity from lawsuits and claims against their personal assets may … Read the rest

Contradictions, Confusion At Senate Liquor Hearings

February 14, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Pippy: More hearings to come

The state Senate’s first foray into the current debate over whether to privatize the state monopoly on liquor and wine sales consisted of more than two hours of confusing and contradictory testimony Monday.

Proponents and … Read the rest

Proposal Would Change Property Tax System

February 11, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Lawmaker wants expanded sales taxes instead

A bipartisan caucus of 87 state House members is discussing a plan to reduce property taxes statewide by expanding the state sales tax to 74 items currently not subject to the state levy.

Pennsylvania’s … Read the rest

Republicans Split Over Gaming Control Board Legislation

February 11, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Sen. Earll plans to block Rep. Vereb bill

A bill to transfer the investigatory arm of the state Gaming Control Board (GCB) to the attorney general’s office is expected to pass the House next week but will be stymied by … Read the rest

Earll Warns House Gaming Committee

February 8, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Says Senate “will not consider” gaming investigation change

Even if the bill to move the Gaming Control Board’s (GCB) investigative arm to the office of Attorney General makes it out of the House of Representatives, it will not be considered … Read the rest

Gambling Investigations May Move To Attorney General

February 7, 2011 | By | Posted in General News

Opponents claim no change needed

The Bureau of Investigations (BIE) of the state Gaming Control Board (GCB) would move to the office of the state Attorney General under legislation expected to be approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee Tuesday.… Read the rest

Lawmakers May Have To Wait For Gaming Board Jobs

February 7, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

McCall, Moscato already named

The House Gaming Oversight Committee is expected to vote a bill out Tuesday prohibiting state legislators and executive level government employees from being appointed to the state Gaming Control Board (GCB) for a year after they … Read the rest

Senate Republicans, Orie Try To Postpone Her Trial

February 4, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Eleventh hour appeals

Jane Orie

At least one of three attempts to have the upcoming trial of state Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny) postponed – perhaps indefinitely – fell short on Thursday, while two others are pending with the state Supreme … Read the rest

Corbett’s February Freeze

February 4, 2011 | By | Posted in Governor

Puts hold on $387 million

In his first major step to address the state’s anticipated multibillion dollar budget shortfall, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has “frozen” $387 million in state spending slated for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The … Read the rest

Crowded State Prisons Eyed For Reforms

February 3, 2011 | By | Posted in General News

New Department of Corrections report out today

Pennsylvania’s state prison population and related costs continue to grow, while the state’s population growth has remained stagnant for three decades.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) released its 2009 Annual Statistical Report … Read the rest

Replacing Foxwoods’ License Could Take Years

January 27, 2011 | By | Posted in General News

Investors could take state to court

The recent revocation of the state gambling license issued to Foxwoods Casino for a Philadelphia operation does not mean a new license will be available in the near future.

In fact, it could be … Read the rest

Rendell’s Controversial New Jobs

January 25, 2011 | By | Posted in Governor

Former Gov. returns to Ballard Spahr, which received $21 million from state since ’02

Philadelphia has been called “the biggest small town in America”, primarily because of the close personal ties in the city’s upper crust. And Ed Rendell is … Read the rest

Sen. Orie Dismissal Plea Rejected

January 25, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Jury will decide, court rules

State Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny) was unsuccessful in trying to get charges against her dismissed Monday.

Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey A. Manning said a jury will have to decide her fate.

State Sen. Jane

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Philly Shipyard Gets Relief On Obligations

January 24, 2011 | By | Posted in Governor

Plus $42 million tax dollars

The $42 million in tax funds former Gov. Ed Rendell wanted to pass along to the sinking Aker Philadelphia shipyard required relaxation of previous agreements made by the shipbuilder, according to meeting minutes from the … Read the rest

Reform Proposals Approved By House Committee

January 24, 2011 | By | Posted in Legislature

Lawmakers aiming for transparency

A wave of “reform” legislation passed out of the House State Government Committee with no opposition Monday.

The centerpiece of the five bills, which now goes to the House floor for consideration by the full body, … Read the rest

Corbett Faces Manufacturing Decline

January 21, 2011 | By | Posted in Governor

Manufacturing dependent on state aid

In 1990, Pennsylvania had nearly a million manufacturing jobs. Twenty years later, it has about half that many.

The loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs over the past three decades to cheap foreign labor, … Read the rest