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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The House GOP-led budget proposal--which passed on to the Senate last week--has drawn criticism from legislative Democrats, and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf for its austere tax cuts. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State lawmakers are making progress on next year's budget, with about three months to go before their deadline. But it's still a legislature prone to deadlock, so state Treasurer Joe Torsella is making preparations for a potential impasse. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The commonwealth's Independent Fiscal Office has released a study on whether Governor Tom Wolf's proposed revenues for next year's budget are realistic.

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The centerpiece of Governor Tom Wolf's 2017-18 budget proposal is an ambitious plan to consolidate four major state agencies: the departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drugs and Alcohol. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has passed a Republican budget proposal that includes no new taxes and makes deep, across-the-board cuts to Governor Tom Wolf's spending plan. The bill was only introduced two days ago and has been fast-tracked despite near-unanimous Democratic opposition. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A substantial part of the state legislature wants to reinstate laws that let prosecutors push for harsh, mandatory minimum prison sentences in certain crimes. But others--including the Governor Tom Wolf and his head of corrections--oppose such a move because they say it won't actually cut down on crime. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- In an unexpected move, House Republicans have introduced their own budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year. The $31.5 billion plan slashes about $800 million off the already-lean proposal Governor Tom Wolf pitched in February. It also gets rid of the billion dollars in new tax revenue Wolf used to balance his budget.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- For months, funding for Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation program has been one of the most contentious issues in Harrisburg. A bill moving through the legislature is now offering a potential compromise, but many--including the governor--have said it's not enough. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- School property taxes are a perennial issue in Harrisburg. And while attempts to curtail or get rid of them entirely routinely fizzle out, a bill making modest changes is moving through the Senate. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Wolf administration is gearing up to launch one of the most ambitious parts of its proposed 2017-18 budget--consolidating four of the state's biggest health agencies.

Anti-Abortion Contractor Sues PA's Auditor General

Mar 17, 2017
Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is, for the first time in his tenure, on the receiving end of a lawsuit from an organization he was investigating. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- For years, the commonwealth has been purposely violating federal ID standards known as Real ID, which date back to 2005. But now, under threats from the federal government that Pennsylvanians will have to use passports to board domestic flights starting in 2018, lawmakers are advancing legislation to get in compliance.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- As in many states, revenues have been weak in Pennsylvania this fiscal year. In a budget hearing before the Senate, Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty told the chamber that corporate income revenues have been particularly bad. They fell by almost 10 percent from last year.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Three days after a ransomware attack took the Pennsylvania Senate Democrats' computers hostage, the caucus still can't access its system or documents. Even without a computer, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa put a positive spin on the situation.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Pennsylvania has long been notorious for its state-run liquor stores and old-fashioned restrictions on selling alcoholic beverages. But last year, the legislature passed its first meaningful liquor reform in decades. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- About 500 people lost their jobs in December after state Senate Republicans decided not to extend a four-year, $178 million funding stream for Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation system.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Around 200 protesters demonstrated outside Rep. John Katko’s office in Syracuse Wednesday as well as a smaller number at Katko’s office in Auburn. Protesters are frustrated Katko will not hold a town hall to hear their concerns. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) Pennsylvania’s congressmen and senators are home this week for the district work period — regularly scheduled days when they leave D.C. to tackle constituent concerns. If representatives don't schedule town halls, sometimes constituents will.

PA's GOP Preps For Fight Over New Revenues

Feb 22, 2017
Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - The state legislature has begun holding hearings on Governor Tom Wolf's $32.3 billion budget proposal.

PA Senator Toomey Holds Last-Minute phone town hall

Feb 17, 2017
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Harrisburg (WSKG) -- After weeks of constituents demanding more access, Pennsylvania US Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican, held an over-the-phone town hall Thursday afternoon. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Representatives from Pennsylvania's largest supplier of workers' compensation insurance say some insurers are taking advantage of the system, and they're ill-equipped to stop it.  

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House is considering a bill that would change prescription drug rules for patients in Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- With Pennsylvania facing a multi-billion-dollar structural deficit and legislative majorities firmly against broad-based tax increases, Governor Tom Wolf has resorted to some creative money management in his 2017-18 budget proposal. 

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HARRISBURG (WITF) - Governor Tom Wolf is hoping to turn to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg to plug up an estimated $2 billion budget deficit. Wolf's budget proposes a lease-leaseback arrangement. Wolf's administration hopes that a private firm would pay the Commonwealth $200 million upfront, then lease the Farm Show Complex back to the state.

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Harrisburg (WSKG) -- Governor Tom Wolf turned his Twitter into a town hall Friday afternoon, dedicating an hour to answering constituents' questions about his new budget proposal for the next fiscal year. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After two years of bitter partisan disputes over budgets, the governor is extending something of an olive branch to the legislature's dominant GOP--more than ever before, he's speaking their language. 

PA Governor Renews Call For Natural Gas Tax

Feb 7, 2017
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Governor Tom Wolf is renewing his call for a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. It was among his central campaign pledges three years ago, but so far he’s been unsuccessful getting it through the Republican-led legislature. In his annual budget address Tuesday, Wolf didn’t mention the tax at all– instead focusing on efforts to streamline government. 

What Do We Know About Governor Wolf's Budget?

Feb 7, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Late Tuesday morning, Governor Tom Wolf is scheduled to give an address that'll set the tone in the legislature for the rest of the fiscal year. That's right. It's budget time. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Pennsylvania's Senate Democrats are calling for reforms to the commonwealth's long-standing system of using property taxes to pay for public schools. It's an initiative that's renewed nearly every session. But now, the group is calling for a special legislative session.  

Katie Meyer

(Harrisburg) -- With Washington now working to roll back environmental regulations, build pipelines, and potentially withdraw from global climate agreements, some lawmakers are moving to organize around climate change on the state level.