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Independent Report Shows PA Revenues Down Again

Jan 26, 2017
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(Harrisburg) -- Just about two weeks before the governor gives his annual budget address, the state's Independent Fiscal Office has released an updated revenue report. 

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(Harrisburg) -- As the state legislature reconvenes for its new session, a lot of last year's unfinished business is bubbling back up. One of the most contentious issues is the standoff between Governor Tom Wolf and Senate Republicans over funding for the state's unemployment compensation program.

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(Harrisburg) -- The state Attorney General's office has announced a settlement with financial services company Moody's over misleading credit ratings. 

Top PA Officials Sworn In

Jan 18, 2017
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(Harrisburg) -- The three top state row officers--all Democrats--have taken their oaths of office in separate ceremonies. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is beginning his second term, while Treasurer Joe Torsella and Attorney General Josh Shapiro are new to their respective offices. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's three statewide row offices are swearing in their new leaders Tuesday. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, and Treasurer Joe Torsella are taking their vows in separate locations around Harrisburg. 

Incoming PA Treasurer Sets Sights On Savings

Jan 17, 2017
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(Harrisburg) - Pennsylvania's finances are getting a new manager at a time when lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are desperate to conserve money to balance out the commonwealth's debts. Incoming Treasurer Joe Torsella said he plans to take a hard look at how the state's assets are invested in hopes of finding some savings. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is taking another step in the quest to cut state spending, in the face of a burgeoning deficit and a GOP-led legislature firmly opposed to raising taxes. 

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(Harrisburg) -- As acting state Attorney General Bruce Beemer prepares to bow out of the office, one of the last loose ends from the Kathleen Kane administration has been tied up. 

(Harrisburg) - Two to three hours. That's how long it takes to get through to one of Pennsylvania's UC call centers these days, following a funding dispute that resulted in the closure of centers in Altoona, Allentown, and Lancaster, and termination of more than 500 employees.

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(York County) -- Less than a week before Christmas, more than 500 Pennsylvania state employees were laid off.  The cuts--which affected the state's unemployment compensation program--were a result of political bickering between Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's administration and the GOP-led state Senate.  

A Look Back At PA Governor Tom Wolf's 2016

Dec 25, 2016
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(Harrisburg) - Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, spent one recent afternoon at an elementary school in Harrisburg, meeting students and teachers and taking a tour of the building.

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(Harrisburg) -- Facing steep revenue shortfalls on top of a vast structural deficit, Governor Tom Wolf has announced the state is axing thousands of unfilled state jobs. A memo the administration recently sent out cites "budgetary issues" as a reason. 

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(Harrisburg) -- An organization tasked with making Pennsylvania's justice system more effective has released its fifth and final advisory report. It suggests the system will work better and the state will save money if the commonwealth increases statewide oversight of the process.  

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(Harrisburg) -- Halfway through the fiscal year, Pennsylvania's revenue is coming up hundreds of millions of dollars below expectations. That's on top of an underlying structural deficit of nearly two billion dollars. 

(Harrisburg) -- More than 500 people employed at three of Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation offices are losing their jobs right before Christmas.  The reason was political, and has erupted into a partisan battle.

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(Harrisburg) -- Some 521 workers in the state's Unemployment Compensation program are slated to be laid off in less than two weeks, and the union that represents many of them is making a last-ditch effort to save some of their jobs. 

(Keystone Crossroads) The traditional narrative goes like this: After World War II, upper and middle class white families fled the inner cities for the suburbs. They were chasing the "American Dream" of white picket fences, two car garages and shopping centers you could drive to. The children of those Baby Boomers grew up, fought back and now, are moving back to the cities.  

PA State Senator Vows To Investigate Layoffs

Dec 6, 2016
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(Harrisburg) -- Republican state Senator Scott Wagner is filing a Right-to-Know request over the layoffs of several hundred state employees. 

(Harrisburg) -- On Wednesday night, it was dark and raining heavily in downtown York. But on the side of the road, a group of about a dozen people carrying union signs were undeterred, protesting outside of the district office of Republican Senator Scott Wagner. 

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has reached an agreement with the state following an audit that alleged its senior staff mishandled money and physically threatened employees.

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf's administration is touting a new national report on insurance compensation costs as evidence of the commonwealth's competitive rates for workers. 

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(Harrisburg) -- State Unemployment Compensation workers and the union that represents many of them are holding rallies across Pennsylvania this week, urging the Senate to pass one more bill before the legislative calendar runs out Wednesday.

PA's "Porn Report" Won't Name Names

Nov 22, 2016
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(Harrisburg) -- For months, a certain report has been hanging over the state Attorney General's office. The Gansler Report--or as many know it, simply "the porn report" was ordered by former AG Kathleen Kane in an effort to find out if pornography or other offensive material was being exchanged on government email servers. 

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Governor Tom Wolf is dismissing the state Senate's reasons for not passing a bill that would have extended a line of funding to Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation call centers. Some Senators opposed the bill because they said it should have been handled four years ago.

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(Harrisburg) -- On the heels of a successful reelection campaign, Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is laying out an agenda for his second term. 

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A new report from the state Independent Fiscal Office lays bare some stark realities about the commonwealth's financial situation. 

A proposal for a $15 deed and mortgage recording fee awaits Gov. Tom Wolf's signature. The fees collected would go to counties, which would have to use the money to demolish blighted structures. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) Usually, inadequate representation lawsuits go like this: your lawyer does a bad job defending your case, you're found guilty, and then you seek a new trial on the grounds of insufficient counsel. It's a single response to a single instance of misrepresentation. 

Local Government Debt Overhaul Clears PA Senate

Sep 29, 2016
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The city of Harrisburg's near-bankruptcy led to Pennsylvania's first and only local government takeover, the ousting of a seven-term mayor and his pending criminal trial - and aggressive, expensive parking enforcement in the state capital. 

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Newly sworn-in state Attorney General Bruce Beemer didn't take long to make his presence felt in office. Beemer has made his first major personnel change, firing two top aides of former AG Kathleen Kane. 

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