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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. 

Margaret J. Krauss

(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. 

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. 

Katie Meyer

(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.


(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. 

Katie Meyer

(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.  

Katie Meyer

(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.