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Lawmakers want to allow universities to leave state system

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – It’s time to adapt.

That’s the basic message two state senators sent Tuesday as they unveiled legislation that would allow successful schools from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to … Read the rest

PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools

March 11, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Maura Pennington | PA Independent

PHILADELPHIA  — Granting universities the power to authorize charters could strengthen schools in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

Now, 44 out of 500 school districts in the commonwealth oversee the creation and revocation of charters, … Read the rest

Philly union indictments rekindles debate over exemptions for stalking

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

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

The indictments of 10 union members in Philadelphia is prompting lawmakers in Harrisburg to take another look at a state law that can prevent prosecution of some crimes if they’re committed by individuals engaged … Read the rest

Rep. wants to change state House’s sleep-on-it rule

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

It’s a rule that, apparently, is meant to be broken.

Protocol in the Pennsylvania state House requires lawmakers wait 24 hours to cast a final vote on a bill that’s been amended. Essentially, the … Read the rest

PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition

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

By Maura Pennington | Watchdog.org

PHILADELPHIA — State universities contend they will have no choice but to raise tuition unless they get more from taxpayers, but that doesn’t mean students will get more for their money.

Funding for Pennsylvania’s four … Read the rest

Pension crisis: PA auditor general warns of tax increases, bankruptcy

February 27, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Taxpayers’ public pension nightmares are worse than they seem, and local governments face the prospect of tax increases or even bankruptcies caused by mounting levels of pension debt.

While Pennsylvania lawmakers try to find Read the rest

Philadelphia schools will end another year in red

February 26, 2014 | By | Posted in General News

By Maura Pennington | Watchdog.org

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia seeks $320 million to invest in its ambitious Action Plan 2.0, but continues to operate with such persistent fiscal mismanagement that it will be ending the year … Read the rest

Haggerty contends local hires used to protect incumbents

February 26, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty thinks some Pennsylvania lawmakers, to use a sports methaphor, are “juicing,” filling out their district office staff with local government officials.

“It’s like playing Major League baseball,” Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, said. … Read the rest

DPW secretary confident feds will approve Healthy PA Medicaid reform

February 25, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is confident the federal government will grant the state a waiver for Healthy PA Medicaid reform.

For the sake of Pennsylvania taxpayers, Beverly Mackereth better … Read the rest

PA liquor stores still in limbo as privatization debate swirls

February 20, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Jim Ferlo doesn’t want to spend any more time or money talking about privatizing Pennsylvania’s state-controlled liquor stores.

“Let’s put this B.S. privatization to bed and bury it,” the … Read the rest

Lawmakers have appetite for pension reform, but menu options vary

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is on the clock.

Gov. Tom Corbett has challenged state lawmakers to get a pension reform package to his desk by the end of the spring. It’s a tall order, … Read the rest

Paycheck protection issue hits local level

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The battle over the so-called paycheck protection legislation has gone local in Pennsylvania.

About two weeks after hundreds of union workers flooded the state Capitol in Harrisburg to protest two bills that would … Read the rest

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to punish online gamblers

February 12, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

As Pennsylvania studies the potential of legalizing online gambling, state Rep. Mario Scavello wants to set up a road block to web-based wagering.

The Monroe County Republican on Tuesday outlined a plan to penalize … Read the rest

Pundits, critics worry Corbett’s budget delays tough decisions

February 7, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Somehow, Pennsylvania’s projected $1.4-billion deficit disappeared this week when Gov. Tom Corbett revealed a budget that marks a 3.3 percent increase in spending from the current year.

Facing stiff re-election odds, Corbett did it

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Lottery looks to win some legislative help

January 30, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The Pennsylvania Lottery wants to expand, but first it must get some help from lawmakers.

As the population ages, lottery officials want to grow programs that help older Pennsylvanians. For that to happen, Revenue Read the rest

Union workers pack Capitol to protest paycheck protection

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — All across the state, union workers piled onto buses — some well before the sun rose Tuesday morning — to make the trek to the state Capitol, where they packed the rotunda stairs, … Read the rest

Amid union outrage, some public employees support paycheck protection

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A throng of union workers plan to converge upon the state Capitol on Tuesday with an ominous warning: Shadowy, big-money, conservative groups have forced their agenda into Pennsylvania in an attempt to cripple … Read the rest

Pundits: Corbett’s unusual budget ‘scoop’ example of politics

January 23, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he doesn’t usually “scoop” himself, but he broke protocol by announcing a plan to increase funding for domestic violence and rape crisis programs by $2.2 million.… Read the rest

Unions coalesce against ‘paycheck protection’ legislation

January 22, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Unions across Pennsylvania are fighting a proposal that would end the practice of automatically deducting dues from public workers’ paychecks. The plan squelches the voice of organized labor, the labor groups say.

“This is … Read the rest

Philadelphia could be site of speed-enforcement camera pilot

January 20, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard, a treacherous highway that’s well-known for its safety problems, could soon be the site of an experiment in speed control in Pennsylvania.

State Sen. Michael Stack, D-Philadelphia, has introduced … Read the rest