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PA school choice advocates get big win in court

August 28, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

School choice advocates won a victory in court this week when a Delaware County judge rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to de-fund charter schools in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District.

As a means to … Read the rest

Pennsylvania taxpayers spent $357K to fly governors on state plane since 2010

August 27, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

FREQUENT FLIERS: Pennsylvania taxpayers have spent upward of $357,000 since 2010 to fly the past three governors around the state on the airplane pictured here.

Gov. Tom Wolf likes to get out and about, but he doesn’t always drive the … Read the rest

As budget stalemate drags on, GOP’s veto override plan falls short

August 26, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

As the state budget impasse rolled into its eighth week, Republican lawmakers swooped back to Harrisburg for a one-day session Tuesday with a plan to override select portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of … Read the rest

Pennsylvania school choice advocates leery of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans

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

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to plug the bleeding budget of one school district has school choice advocates bracing for a war on charter schools.

Earlier this year, Wolf proposed a state spending plan that Read the rest

Pressure mounts for Kane to resign following criminal charges

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Hell no, Kathleen Kane won’t go.

Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general remained defiant Thursday, even after Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman filed criminal charges against Kane and accused her of embarking upon a … Read the rest

Battle over Obama’s Clean Power Plan heading to Pennsylvania Capitol

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Environmental groups celebrated Monday as President Barack Obama released his final plan forcing power plants to curb greenhouse gases, but the road to implementation will likely be littered with litigation … Read the rest

Complaint about unions’ political letter referred to PA attorney general

July 29, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has punted a complaint about a political letter sent by state and national teachers unions last fall, saying it’s up to Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office to decide what … Read the rest

Expanded DNA collection bill pits public safety against privacy

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

State Sen. Dominic Pileggi thinks allowing investigators to collect DNA after an arrest could remove violent criminals from Pennsylvania’s streets.

The Delaware County Republican is lobbying to expand the state’s DNA-collection law, arguing police … Read the rest

PA legislator reloads bill allowing NRA to sue over local gun laws

July 14, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Legislative gymnastics doomed a 2014 law that allowed interest groups such as the National Rifle Association to sue local municipalities over their firearms ordinances, but a central Pennsylvania lawmaker is reloading … Read the rest

Pennsylvania budget impasse drowns out property tax relief conversation

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Finding a way to give Pennsylvania homeowners relief from their school property taxes is hard enough on its own, but doing it during a budget impasse that’s lurched two weeks into July is even … Read the rest

Plan to modernize Pennsylvania liquor stores could include higher prices

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

When Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation last week that would have broken the state’s monopoly over wine and liquor sales and allowed the private sector to take over, he reasoned it was “abundantly clear … Read the rest

Union cash didn’t deter top PA Senate Republican from backing privatization

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Money talks in politics, but sometimes not loudly enough.

In March, the political action committee for the union representing employees at Pennsylvania’s state-owned wine and spirits stores cut a check for $7,000 to state … Read the rest

Brewing up a veto? Wolf still pondering liquor-privatization bill

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Gov. Tom Wolf could wipe out Pennsylvania’s monopoly on liquor and wine sales with a signature.

Republican lawmakers Tuesday night sent Wolf a historic bill privatizing the wholesale and retail systems.

It’s the closest … Read the rest

Altered pension bill would save PA $11 billion over long term, analysis finds

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Changes to a pension reform bill poised to reach Gov. Tom Wolf this week might alleviate some concerns about a legal challenge, but it will cost the state billions of dollars … Read the rest

Pennsylvania budget battle poses taxing questions

June 29, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Republican lawmakers spent the weekend advancing a $30.1 billion budget plan that holds the line on taxes, but it faces a near-certain veto from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

In terms of political theater, … Read the rest

Pennsylvania Senate uncorks tax break in wine-shipping bill

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow consumers to have wine shipped straight to their door from wineries across the world — and they uncorked a tax break … Read the rest

PA House lawmakers remove optional county fee from 911 legislation

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvanians will still see their phone bills rise under legislation revamping funding for 911 call centers, but they won’t get tagged with an additional county fee after the state House tweaked … Read the rest

Another liquor privatization bill enters the fray in Pennsylvania

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – A new liquor privatization bill would allow beer distributors to turn their businesses into one-stop shops where consumers could buy unlimited quantities of beer, wine and liquor.

Their potential competitors wouldn’t … Read the rest

PA GOP leadership ‘within a day or so’ of agreeing on pension reform, liquor privatization

June 19, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania lawmakers have just 12 days to deliver a budget to Gov. Tom Wolf to meet the June 30 deadline, but the state Senate’s top Republican said Thursday afternoon there’s “plenty of time” to … Read the rest

Pennsylvania’s 911 fee increase marches closer to governor’s desk

June 17, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania senators lauded one another Tuesday as they passed a bill updating the 911 emergency communications law, but they sidestepped a key detail.

They’re raising your phone bill to pay for it.

EMERGENCY ACTION:

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