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Anglers could be on the hook for public pensions

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

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

It’s no big fish story: Pennsylvania’s growing public pension obligations could soon hook anglers across the state.

Lawmakers are considering increasing fishing license and permit fees for the first time since 2005 as the … Read the rest

Pennsylvania AG’s use of outside law firms draws scrutiny

September 2, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

ON RETAINER: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Aug. 12 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

When Attorney General Kathleen Kane sued a chain of for-profit nursing home facilities … 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

Conservatives question state GOP’s return on campaign investments

August 3, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

PARTY SUPPORT, BUT NOT PARTY LINE: House candidate Paul Mullen supports a severance tax and has concerns about moving workers to a 401(k)-style retirement plan, but he’s getting big support from the state GOP.

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent… Read the rest

Criminal justice reform advocates lobby for PA to expand expungement laws

July 22, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Changing Pennsylvania’s expungement laws could give ex-offenders a better opportunity at a second chance.

That’s the belief of the U.S. Justice Action Network, a new national nonprofit that sees Pennsylvania as … 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

Speed cameras could watch over highway work zones in Pennsylvania

July 15, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State lawmakers feel a need, a need to see you speed.

They’re exploring a five-year pilot program that would place speed cameras in active interstate work zones, saying it will improve … 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

PA Family Institute: ‘Glib’ takes on stripper-registry bill obscure darker story

July 6, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Plenty of people have made cracks recently about legislation that would create a registry of strippers in Pennsylvania, but a group supporting increased regulation of adult nightclubs contends flippant comments only obscure a darker … 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

Red light, green light: PA considers allowing red-light cameras to run past 2017

June 26, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Red-light cameras that keep a watchful eye on Pennsylvania drivers in select municipalities are scheduled to power down in 2017, but some state lawmakers aren’t ready to put the program in … Read the rest