Government

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco is weighing in on some big topics facing the Senate before its session ends in June. DeFrancisco said the question of stipends being paid to Democratic and Republican senators has become a huge issue. 

Many Unknowns Persist For Pennsylvania's Real ID

Jun 1, 2017
Associated Press

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After years of back and forth, Pennsylvania has passed a law to bring its state IDs up to federal standards. But compliance doesn't end there. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State lawmakers accepted over $145 thousand in hospitality, gifts, and other travel in 2016, according to recently-filed financial interest disclosure forms.  

MATT ROURKE / AP PHOTO

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Activists across the commonwealth are urging state lawmakers to take an uncommon step in order to move a bill that would place limits on the gifts elected officials can accept.

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ALBANY (WKSG) - President Donald Trump, who’s never been very popular in New York, has reached an all-time low in the opinions of voters, according to a new poll.

Trump Budget Worries Governor, Some Republicans

May 26, 2017
Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sharply critical of President Donald Trump's proposed budget. The $4.1 trillion spending plan calls for steep cuts in a range of support programs for low-income individuals to balance the federal government's books over the next decade. 

Gaming Expansion Faces Division In The PA House

May 26, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A bill to expand gambling and raise sorely-needed revenue is moving on to the House, after passing swiftly through the Senate this week. Gaming has been a sticky issue for the legislature for several sessions, and the latest bill is expected to face pushback from several factions of House lawmakers. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A bipartisan group of legislative leaders has been working on a major proposal to change how state employee pensions are structured. The commonwealth's roughly $70 billion unfunded pension liability has been dogging lawmakers for years. But the plan most likely to move forward won't attempt to reduce that debt significantly.

State lawmakers have been considering changes to how Pennsylvania State Police provide coverage in communities without local law enforcement, and how to pay for it. 

WITF Radio

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is pushing to consolidate four state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services. And he's now made his pick to head the new department - if the Legislature approves the merger. Wolf says he'll nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

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