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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

‘Paycheck protection’ the $100 question for legislature

June 6, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania spends less than $100 a year to deduct dues for public-sector union employees, according to the state Treasury. That’s pocket change when considering the state’s $28.4 billion budget.

That aside, Republican … Read the rest

Full-court press for ‘paycheck protection’ coming to Capitol

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Scott Wagner complained Monday that “paycheck protection” legislation isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

That could change this week, as advocates of the legislation take to the Senate floor, … Read the rest

With revenue lagging, lawmakers eye higher cigarette tax

June 3, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Some state lawmakers have eyed a severance tax on natural gas extraction as the revenue hero that could swoop in at the last-minute to save Pennsylvania’s struggling budget.

But could it have … Read the rest

May bringing more bad budget news

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The bad budget news just won’t stop in Pennsylvania.

State Sen. Jake Corman and state Rep. William Adolph, the Republican chairmen of the state House and Senate appropriations committees, said … Read the rest

Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

May 28, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For about a decade, activists for government reform have tried unsuccessfully to persuade Pennsylvania lawmakers and two governors to ban gifts.

On Tuesday, they started speaking in cash, though none of the … Read the rest

It’s Tom vs. Tom in the race for governor

May 21, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

It’s Tom vs. Tom for the highest office in Pennsylvania.

York County businessman Tom Wolf will face Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in November after trouncing three Democratic opponents in Tuesday’s primary election. Polls closed at … Read the rest

Union leaders under fire for unregistered lobbying

May 15, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Wendell Young IV spent plenty of time last year trying to convince lawmakers that privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor stores wasn’t the correct move, yet the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 … Read the rest

State lawmakers want independent corruption-fighting agency

May 14, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Two state senators this week revived a call to create an independent agency to root out corruption in Pennsylvania after another round of embarrassing ethical lapses stained the state’s reputation this year.

State Sens. Read the rest