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Severance tax proposals called ‘short-sighted tax schemes’

April 23, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania lawmakers from both parties have lobbied hard this spring for a severance tax on natural gas drilling, their voices growing louder as the state’s revenue numbers continue to flag.

On Tuesday, industry and … Read the rest

State rep searching for answers about gas drilling plan

April 16, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Gov. Tom Corbett wants to net $75 million in next year’s budget by expanding natural gas drilling under state parks and forests as long as it doesn’t disturb the land’s surface.

State Rep. Greg Read the rest

Quest for severance tax on gas drilling continues

April 10, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers Wednesday repeated a familiar refrain: It’s time for a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.

But Republican Gov. Tom Corbett doesn’t seem ready to … Read the rest

Study of pension reform costing Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $1 million

March 10, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to debate pension reform, the meter is running.

Last month, the Corbett administration renewed a contract with Milliman Inc., an actuarial accounting firm based in Seattle, and now … Read the rest

Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants

February 25, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor

By Maura Pennington | Watchdog.org

PHILADELPHIA — If city schools hope for more money in the coming year, school leaders are going to have to jump through hoops to get at it.

Gov. Tom Corbett is willing to funnel new 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

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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Inside Corbett’s budget proposal: New education programs, millions in additional spending for schools

February 4, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor

By Maura Pennington | Watchdog.org

PHILADELPHIA — Education funding will get a boost in next year’s budget if Gov. Tom Corbett has anything to say about it.

Corbett outlined his 2014-15 budget proposal Tuesday, focusing much of his 30-minute address … Read the rest

Inside Corbett’s budget proposal: Gov looks to defer $300 million in PA pension payments

February 4, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Facing $2 billion in mandatory pension payments next year, Gov. Tom Corbett is looking for a way out.

On Tuesday, Corbett outlined his budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1, … Read the rest

Cash or credit? PA facing $600 million in new pension costs in next budget

February 3, 2014 | By | Posted in Governor

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Gov. Tom Corbett will lay out his plans for next year’s state budget Tuesday morning in Harrisburg, with a $2 billion elephant in the room.

That’s how much — about $1 out of … 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

In Pennsylvania, taxpayers on hook for stashed-away debt

January 10, 2014 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has about $12 billion in outstanding debt, good enough for a No. 15 overall ranking in State Budget Solution’s Fourth Annual State Debt Report.

That accounts for primary … Read the rest

Pennsylvania Turnpike rates jump again beginning this weekend

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

The New Year will take its toll on Pennsylvania motorists — literally.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will raise tolls for the sixth consecutive year, with the price increases taking effect Sunday.

Drivers paying in … Read the rest

State Supreme Court: Part of Pennsylvania’s drilling law unconstitutional

December 20, 2013 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania’s highest court struck a blow to part of the state’s natural gas drilling policy Thursday when it ruled municipalities should have some sway over where the booming industry operates.

In a 4-2 decision … Read the rest

State lawmakers want severance tax on natural gas drillers

December 18, 2013 | By | Posted in General News, Governor, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — They know it’s a long shot, but a small bipartisan group of state lawmakers is rolling out a plan for a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.

While the four … Read the rest