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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. 

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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
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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A group of legislative Democrats are pushing no fewer than twelve bills on voter registration in the House and Senate. They would model expanded voting and voter registration in Pennsylvania after reforms already done in other states. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Legislation's being introduced in the Senate this week to change how Pennsylvania elects its lieutenant governor. It was prompted by a scandal that hit Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack recently, which called attention to an apparent rift between himself and Governor Tom Wolf. 

PA's Low On Cash, May Need To Borrow

Jun 8, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Pennsylvania's two top fiscal officers sent out a strongly worded letter to legislators and the governor Wednesday, warning them that the commonwealth's finances are dangerously strained. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- GOP lawmakers and the Wolf administration have renewed their sparring over state government regulation, butting heads on environmental rules. 


HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- An impassioned group of advocates and lawmakers are pushing for two controversial pieces of legislation that would make it harder for women to access abortion services in Pennsylvania. 

Ben Allen, WITF

(Harrisburg) -- June has arrived, and that means it's budget season at the Capitol. Upwards of five hundred people crowded into the state Capitol rotunda for a rally on Monday, filling the steps and the upper floors, all chanting for a budget that funds health, human services, and education. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After a recent audit found significant accounting, technology, and funding issues in the commonwealth's unemployment compensation system, the Wolf administration is attempting to correct its course. But it's not going to be an easy--or quick--process. 

Many Unknowns Persist For Pennsylvania's Real ID

Jun 1, 2017
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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.  


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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(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. 


The state senate unanimously approved Governor Tom Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell has been at the helm of the agency for nearly a year. He was appointed last May after the abrupt departure of his predecessor, John Quigley, who was ensnared in controversy over an angry email he sent to some environmental groups.  

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The state senate has advanced a bill that could upend an ongoing legal challenge by two environmental groups seeking to restrict coal mining beneath a western Pennsylvania state park. With the backing of senate GOP leadership, SB 624 was approved by a committee Monday in an 8-4 party line vote

PA Proposes New Fees To Protect Water Quality

May 23, 2017

(Harrisburg) -- Over the past few months, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been warning Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to step up its enforcement of water quality programs. Now DEP is now proposing new fees to keep up with its workload. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- At the behest of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and top Republicans, the state Auditor General is launching a formal review of how the Democratic National Convention's host committee spent state money.