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Harrisburg treasurer charged with theft

August 27, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For more than four decades, the Historic Harrisburg Association has been working to revitalize the state capital in the wake of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Agnes wrought in 1972.

Over the … Read the rest

Week in Review: Corbett aide resigns, property tax relief eyed

August 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

This week, a state lawmaker revealed a new plan for property tax relief, but — no surprise, here — it’s probably going to face an uphill battle to become law.

Elsewhere around the state, the Ron Tomalis “ghost … Read the rest

House arrest for Philly cop who dangled man from 18th story balcony

August 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Three Philadelphia narcotics cops who were charged with a variety of federal crimes committed while on-duty were released and confined to house arrest this week as they await trial.

Among them is Linwood Norman, … Read the rest

As companies flee U.S. taxes, RATE Coalition pushes reform

August 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Walgreen’s drew protests this summer as the nation’s largest drug store chain mulled whether to move its headquarters overseas to avoid paying billions in corporate taxes.

The practice is known as inversion … Read the rest

‘Ghost employee:’ Corbett aide Tomalis to resign amid allegations

August 13, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Ron Tomalis will resign from a job he may not have been doing in the first place.

Tomalis is a former state secretary of education who has worked as an aide in the Corbett … Read the rest

Week in review: Corbett gets boost in poll, but troubles remain

August 8, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

Gov. Tom Corbett hasn’t had a great August, with Democratic nominee Tom Wolf’s campaign pounding him with criticisms about a high-paid adviser who has come under scrutiny and a report that the governor met with campaign … Read the rest

Poll finds Corbett still behind, but gaining ground on Wolf

August 6, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is closing the gap on Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

While previous polls had Wolf leading the embattled Republican incumbent by 20 points … Read the rest

Week in Review: Governor’s race heats up summer months

August 1, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

The political fight between Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, York County businessman Tom Wolf, has pepped up the normally sleepy summer months.

That was no more evident than this week, as Corbett tried to … Read the rest

Grand jury report adds extortion to list of Ironworkers alleged crimes

August 1, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Two counts of extortion have been added to the litany of charges leveled at members of the powerful Ironworkers Local 401 union in Philadelphia.

A grand jury added the charges in a new indictment … Read the rest

Pension reform, Philly school funding won’t derail lawmakers’ vacation

August 1, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Pennsylvania state House members can go ahead and slice some more limes and order another pitcher of pina coladas.

Their summer break can continue uninterrupted without the headache of addressing pension costs, which are strangling … Read the rest

Philly schools to be ‘one-stop location’ for government handouts

August 1, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org

Instead of the welfare office and City Hall, Philadelphia residents may soon be lining up at schools to apply for government benefits.

proposed bill by the Philadelphia City Council would make public schools the … Read the rest

Lawmaker wants more transparency in PA liquor advertising

July 31, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has that third word in its name for a reason — the agency was put in place after Prohibition to give the state a firm hand on where and … Read the rest

Survey says: Pennsylvania needs to treat small business better

July 30, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

Last week, Watchdog.org told the story of Brandon Spencer, a small business owner who’s hoping the borough council in Hanover, Pa., doesn’t cripple his arcade with an expanded amusement tax.

“It’s not like I’m Read the rest

Week in review: PA credit rating takes a hit; arcade owner battles big tax

July 25, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

The fallout over Pennsylvania’s patchwork budget started earlier this week, with Moody’s dropping the state’s credit rating and citing the stop-gap spending plan as part of the reason.

Elsewhere, a small business owner is battling a … Read the rest

Court ruling clears way for charter schools to expand

July 23, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

A Commonwealth Court ruling on Tuesday could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students.

In a 2-1 ruling, the court overturned an earlier decision … Read the rest

Court ruling imperils Obamacare subsidies in Pennsylvania

July 23, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit dealt a potentially devastating blow to Obamacare on Tuesday when it ruled that only those who enrolled via state-run exchanges qualified for … Read the rest

Week in review: Backroom meetings, stalled reform and ‘vortex of political hell’

July 18, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By PA Independent Staff

Pennsylvania’s Capitol has finally settled down after a rocky budget season that saw Gov. Tom Corbett sign a $29 billion spending plan 10 days late — but not without axing more than $72 million in legislative … Read the rest

‘Vortex of political hell’ captures Philly’s cigarette tax bill

July 15, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter gets credit for calling it like he sees it.

An obviously frustrated Nutter told reporters last week he was tired of watching the legislative ping-pong over a bill that would … Read the rest

House ends pension debate by sending bill back to committee

July 2, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Fifteen Republicans broke ranks and voted with a unanimous block of House Democrats to shut down debate on a pension bill Tuesday afternoon and send it back to committee.

It was an inglorious end … Read the rest

Budget and pension reform aside, PA has plenty of other unfinished business

July 2, 2014 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The theme at the state Capitol this week could be “unfinished business.”

After all, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign a no-new-taxes budget passed by state legislators from his … Read the rest