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‘Slap in the face:’ Mother questions committee assignment for medical cannabis bill

May 25, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — May 12 was an exhilarating day for Lolly Bentch, who has been lobbying state lawmakers to approve the use of medical cannabis for nearly two years.

The state Senate passed a bill … Read the rest

Medical cannabis moves closer to reality in Pennsylvania

May 13, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Doctors across Pennsylvania are a step closer to receiving the ability to recommend medical cannabis to patients with cancer, epilepsy and several other approved medical conditions.

The state Senate on Tuesday approved … Read the rest

Property tax relief to take center stage in PA state House

May 11, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

This is a big week for homeowners in Pennsylvania who want something done about their tax bills.

The state House is expected to take up legislation from state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, which, … Read the rest

Legislation giving PA taxpayers insight into cost of union contracts on the move

May 7, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two pieces of legislation that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday would give taxpayers a better look at public-sector union contract negotiations, but Democrats and union leaders have decried the effort as … Read the rest

Pennsylvania plugs part of budget hole with other people’s property

May 5, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Changes to Pennsylvania’s unclaimed property laws is producing a surge in revenue.

The state could take in $370 million more this fiscal year, the Independent Fiscal Office said Monday.

Changes in the laws now … Read the rest

Prison walls lock in offenders, but don’t keep free speech out, federal judge rules

April 30, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, center, signs the Re-victimization Relief Act as Maureen Faulkner, widow of police officer Daniel Faulkner, and Pa. State Rep. Mike Vereb look on Oct. 21 in Philadelphia. Corbett signed into law the measure he says is

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Injunction ‘takes the teeth out of’ union’s attempt to organize PA home-care workers

April 24, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

An attempt to organize home-care workers across Pennsylvania hit a speed bump Thursday when a Commonwealth Court judge issued an order that would bar a union — if chosen to represent the workers — from coming to … Read the rest

In privatization debate, lawmaker wants to avoid mixing liquor, beer policies

April 9, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Liquor before beer, and you’re in the clear. It might not be just an old drinking saying anymore.

In fact, it’s almost the same philosophy state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, is … Read the rest

Homecare worker, patient challenge Wolf’s order that paves way for unionization

April 8, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Direct-care worker Don Lambrecht has looked after David Smith, a home-bound quadriplegic, for the last quarter century, more than enough time for the two to develop a friendship that goes beyond the … Read the rest

Despite setback, paycheck protection still alive in state Senate

April 6, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A united front of Democrats paired with a group of five Republicans more sympathetic to organized labor has left so-called paycheck protection legislation in a perilous spot, but the math still says … Read the rest

Wolf looks to liquor stores in plan to pay down pension debt

March 23, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania’s has billions of dollars of pension debt, and it’s hoping its state-owned liquor stores could help pick up the tab.

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to use increased revenue from modernizing the state-owned wine … Read the rest

GOP state lawmaker calls for open union negotiations

March 20, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

State Sen. Ryan Aument wants to shine a light into Pennsylvania’s figurative back room.

The Lancaster County Republican introduced a bill that would amend the state’s open-meetings law to require public notice and access … Read the rest

Total cost of Pennsylvania’s proposed budget: $78.6 billion

March 18, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania could own a bunch of professional sports team if it wanted.

OK, maybe we’re taking some liberty with that, but there is some math to back it up. If Gov. Tom Wolf’sRead the rest

Wolf proposes slight funding increase for state Ethics Commission

March 12, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf has opened up his daily calendar, banned gifts for executive branch staff and ended no-bid contracts for private law firms in an attempt to improve ethics and transparency … Read the rest

Free-market group: Wolf’s budget would cost families $1,400

March 10, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Louise Bell is 90, she has dementia and has lived in a nursing home for five years. She gets Social Security, but most of her money came from selling her home of … Read the rest

Governor wants natural gas tax, but it won’t close Pennsylvania budget gap

March 5, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org

PITTSBURGH — Nestled in Gov. Tom Wolf’s ambitious budget address to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday was a production tax on natural gas.

That tax could put a big dent in the state’s gaping deficit, but … Read the rest

Lawmaker fears proposed property tax cuts could be temporary

March 4, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Homeowners probably cheered Tuesday when Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $3.8 billion property tax relief plan he said would return an average of $1,000 to them, but some lawmakers don’t believe the … Read the rest

Small businesses feel like ‘big losers’ in Wolf’s budget

March 4, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dale Kaplan already faces a stiff challenge from Jos. A. Bank and its wrinkle-free shirts. Now, the owner of a Camp Hill dry-cleaning service is feeling the pressure from his state … Read the rest

GOP lawmakers again trying to limit state spending

March 3, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to present his first budget proposal Tuesday, and lawmakers are waiting to see how much the new governor wants to spend.

SPENDING SAFEGUARDS: Republican state lawmakers have

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Liquor privatization faces uncertain future after passing House

March 2, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the second straight legislative session, state House Republicans say it’s time to privatize liquor and wine stores.

One key lawmaker is proclaiming the government monopoly on adult beverages is destined to … Read the rest