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PA’s No. 2: $1 billion education cut a ‘damned lie’

July 29, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley must have broken out his thesaurus Monday morning, considering he found several ways to denounce a recent political ad that accuses Republican Gov. Tom Corbett of slashing … Read the rest

Uber, Lyft granted temporary authority to operate in Allegheny County

July 25, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

As the chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission put it Thursday, ridesharing services Lyft and Uber are getting a chance for a makeup exam in the Keystone State.

The commission granted both tech-savvy … Read the rest

Budget blues: Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

July 22, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

That didn’t take long.

Just weeks after Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a patchwork budget and skipped town without addressing pension reform, Moody’s has downgraded Pennsylvania’s general obligation bond rating. It dropped the state fom Aa2 … Read the rest

Even with GOP majority, Pennsylvania can’t push ahead conservative agenda

July 18, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

As Gov. Tom Corbett crisscrosses Pennsylvania to gin up support for public pension reform while lawmakers break for the summer, there’s ample opportunity to explore what has held up legislation that could save the … Read the rest

Ride-sharing services defy shut-down order in Pittsburgh

July 16, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

When Pittsburghers couldn’t catch a cab or spent more than an hour waiting for a taxi that wasn’t guaranteed to arrive, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft suddenly appeared to fill the void.

Then, … Read the rest

Corbett signs budget, but Republican rift deepens

July 11, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29 billion state budget on Thursday — 10 days late — but his showdown with the General Assembly over pension reform is far from over.

Corbett used … Read the rest

All eyes on Corbett as budget stalemate drags on

July 9, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Another day has passed, and Pennsylvania is still without a budget.

So far, services haven’t been affected, but the impasse has made for intriguing political theater as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett jousts with the Republican-controlled Legislature … Read the rest

Fixes possible for Pennsylvania’s small games of chance debacle

July 4, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Barry Zeigler, owner of the Midway Tavern in Adams County, since the 1980s has lobbied for bars to offer small games of chance.

So when Pennsylvania finally gave the OK last year, it … Read the rest

Corbett leaves budget unsigned after lawmakers clash on spending plan

July 1, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett’s holding out.

Corbett delayed signing the $29.1 billion state budget that Republican lawmakers sent to his desk late Monday night, making good on statements that he was willing … Read the rest

As budget deadline nears, Corbett still waiting on pension reform

June 30, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sweeping pension reform? Nope.

Getting the state out of the liquor business? Uh-uh.

Neither of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s legislative priorities were addressed Sunday, as next year’s spending plan got closer to his … Read the rest

Lawmaker offers paycheck protection ‘compromise’

June 27, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A leading proponent of paycheck protection legislation in Pennsylvania says he’s found a “fair compromise” to alleviate union concern about the proposal that would force labor organizations to collect their own political … Read the rest

Liquor privatization doubts linger as House moves budget

June 26, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state House approved a $29.1 billion budget Wednesday, which banks on $380 million from selling off the state’s liquor stores. The budget now heads to the state Senate.

“This is not … Read the rest

Zombie welfare in Pennsylvania? DPW secretary says no

June 25, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For a moment Monday morning, it looked as if Pennsylvania had a zombie problem, specifically that deceased people were still finding ways to spend taxpayer money.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an … Read the rest

After idling, ‘paycheck protection’ kick-started in House

June 24, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — There have been rallies, TV commercials and plenty of public speeches about so-called “paycheck protection” over the past several months, but all the while, legislation that would stop state and local governments … Read the rest

Despite budget struggles, General Assembly sitting on big cash

June 19, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania might be facing a two-year deficit of $1.4 billion, but not everybody is hurting.

Aside from their $84,000 base salaries, session-day per diems and public pensions, Pennsylvania lawmakers had a reserve … Read the rest

State alcohol sale reform caught in ‘Mexican standoff’

June 18, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As everyone from beer retailers, the grocery industry and unionized workers fight for their well-being, a proposal to reform Pennsylvania’s alcohol sales system languished for another day in the state Senate on … Read the rest

Beer lovers rejoice: ‘Mug club’ discounts poised for comeback

June 17, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mug club members can raise their pint glasses for a victory toast this week now that the discounts some once enjoyed on frothy beer are one step closer to a comeback.

The … Read the rest

Budget season collides with campaign season

June 13, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa — State Rep. Gerald Mullery expected a late night in the state Capitol on Tuesday, with the possibility lawmakers would consider more than 100 amendments to a pension overhaul plan.

Instead, Mullery … Read the rest

Lawmakers worry about drones’ impact on hunting, fishing

June 12, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Consider it a preemptive strike.

That’s how state Sen. Richard Kasunic described a pair of bills that would outlaw the use of drones to disrupt legal hunting and fishing activities in Pennsylvania.

“It hasn’t … Read the rest

Lawmaker looks to eliminate legislative license plates

June 9, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

In case Pennsylvania lawmakers need to get creative with their vanity license plates, NO1 SEN and BESTREP are still available, at least for now.

Members of the state’s General Assembly and congressional delegation … Read the rest