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PA House Members Prepare For Severance Tax Fight

Jul 31, 2017
Kevin McCorry, Keystone Crossroads

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state Senate's revenue package includes a perennially-controversial severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling--just one surprise in a proposal that turned out to be brimming with unexpected, tax-related components. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state Senate has taken a step toward finishing Pennsylvania's unbalanced budget, which was supposed to be done nearly a month ago.

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- In hopes of finally finishing the budget that was due at the end of June, the GOP-led state Senate is pushing a revenue package that departs significantly from previous tax-averse attempts. 

Closing Online Sales Loopholes Could Net PA Revenue

Jul 26, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The way people buy things--both in Pennsylvania, and around the country--is changing. Online shopping is on the rise, and sales in physical stores have correspondingly declined. But what hasn't changed much in Pennsylvania is how it taxes sales. And that's losing the commonwealth money.  

Kevin McCorry, Keystone Crossroads

HARRISBURG  (WSKG) -- State Senators are scheduled to return to session Wednesday for a two-day stint, in an effort to iron out differences in a budget that's nearly a month overdue. The chamber plans to pick up where it left negotiations two weeks ago, and appears to be largely disregarding last week's House session. 

What Happens If PA Doesn't Balance Its Books?

Jul 25, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Pennsylvania's one of only four states that still hasn't passed a budget for the fiscal year that ended in June.

Weekend Pennsylvania State Budget Talks Yield Little

Jul 24, 2017

HARRISBURG (KEYSTONE CROSSROADS) -- Members of the state House convened this weekend to try to agree on how to pay for this year's budget. But the special session was short-lived. 

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Pennsylvania's women legislators are more likely to work across party lines, get co-sponsors for bills, and get those measures signed into law, according to an analysis from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. Center director Dana Brown says the findings are in line with other research about women legislators at the national level. 

Kevin McCorry, Keystone Crossroads

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - After an intense negotiating session, lawmakers have returned to their districts without balancing the $32 billion budget that lapsed into law on Monday. All day Tuesday, House and Senate leaders were tight-lipped about their progress, saying only that negotiations were continuing.

Associated Press

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Governor Tom Wolf has allowed an incomplete state budget to become law without his signature after a marathon negotiating session yielded no agreements between his administration and GOP leaders. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Lawmakers say they probably won't get the budget done by Monday night, which means that an unbalanced spending plan will automatically become law unless Governor Tom Wolf vetoes all or part of it. 

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Slots revenues are down nearly across the board in Pennsylvania's casinos for the just-ended fiscal year. The dip comes as lawmakers work to make the commonwealth even more reliant on gambling revenues, proposing the legalization of internet gaming and, potentially, other platforms. 

AP Photo/Marc Levy

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - A state budget standoff has been going strong since lawmakers passed a spending plan Friday, but no revenue package to pay for it. As members return from their Independence Day recess, House and Senate Republican leaders don't appear much closer to a consensus. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The last month of the fiscal year was a decent one for Pennsylvania, revenue-wise, with returns coming in slightly higher than expected. But it comes at the end of a year of unexpectedly dismal earnings. / Flickr

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - State lawmakers haven't yet finished the state budget, which was due Friday. They have until midnight next Monday to pass one, otherwise the unbalanced spending plan lawmakers sent to Governor Tom Wolf's desk last week becomes law--with or without his signature. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The legislature sent a bipartisan, $32 billion spending plan to Governor Tom Wolf on Friday afternoon. It arrived on his desk before the end of the fiscal year, with eight hours to spare. 

Why Is Pennsylvania Called A Commonwealth?

Jul 2, 2017
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PA Senate Reveals Spending Bill, But Financing Plan

Jun 30, 2017
Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf appear to have come to an agreement on a $32 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts at midnight Friday. 

Tim Lambert/WITF

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- You can tell it's budget week in Pennsylvania because, on any given day, you'll find the Capitol packed with lobbyists and advocates from around the commonwealth, pushing for a piece of the pie. 

Breaking Down PA's Budget: The Fiscal Landscape

Jun 29, 2017
Kumar Appaiah / via flickr

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - State budgets have two basic parts: one outlines how much government will spend on its programs and expenses, and the other details where lawmakers are getting the money to pay for it. 

With PA's Pooches Looking On, 'Libre's Law' Signed

Jun 29, 2017
Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Some lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf took a break from budget negotiations Wednesday to sign a high-profile package of bills into law. / Flickr

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - The budget is due Friday, but lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf still aren't offering up any concrete details. So far, we know there's a $1.5 billion shortfall from this fiscal year that needs to be filled. 

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(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are keeping any progress they're making on budget negotiations close to the vest. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear--the process could very well look just like last year's. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State lawmakers have made no secret of the fact that next fiscal year's state budget, which is due Friday, will be a hard one to enact. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - House and Senate leaders are preparing to work through the weekend as they try to finish budget negotiations before their June 30th deadline. However, they still have little to say about their negotiations. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - According to Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, he and other Democrats haven't so far been party to many of the budget negotiations that are heating up in the Capitol. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Republican majority leaders of Pennsylvania's House and Senate say they're determined to put together a budget without raising taxes. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Mary Elizabeth Lawn is a Democrat living in Pennsylvania's notoriously sprawling 7th congressional district. It's a fairly safe district for Republicans, and Lawn is concerned that the way its lines are drawn makes her vote count less. 

Tom Wolf campaign / via Facebook

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- With a little over two weeks until the state budget is due, House and Senate Republicans have been holding closed meetings to hash out details. Few concrete plans are available, but GOP leaders say they're on roughly the same page on spending. 

AP Photo/Sarah Bentham

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A contentious bill to prohibit municipalities from taxing or banning plastic bags has passed the legislature, and now faces a potential veto at the hands of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.