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Pennsylvania House Democrats are finding themselves in a family spat with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, whom they’re accusing of rewriting the rules of political engagement. 

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Two executive orders signed by Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression among state agencies and all state contractors. 

PA Budget Impasse Ends With A Whimper

Mar 23, 2016
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Nearly nine months into the fiscal year, Pennsylvania’s budget impasse will end – or nearly end -- this week. 

PA Democrats Ask Wolf To Shelve Veto Pen For A Day

Mar 22, 2016
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With schools and agricultural programs threatening to close due to the state's budget impasse, top legislative Democrats urged Governor Tom Wolf to hold off on a full veto, at least for a day, after the governor had promised to reject the Republican budget handiwork sent to his desk last week.

Pennsylvania's Governor: "I Will Veto This Budget"

Mar 17, 2016
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Governor Tom Wolf plans to veto a Republican-crafted measure that aimed to end the months-long state budget crisis.

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Proceedings took an unexpected turn at a hearing for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin Thursday.

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The state House has scaled back a measure that aims to redefine how law enforcement could use DNA samples in Pennsylvania.

 This week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a plan to dramatically increase education funding. But heading into 2016-2017 budget negotiations with the current budget still unfinished has created a funding landscape that is "perplexing" and "convoluted" for public schools, say superintendents around the commonwealth.

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Governor Tom Wolf is calling for a more than $2 billion increase in state spending and a tax hike to pay for the new programs. One state agency gets a particularly big boost in the governor's budget proposal: the state Department of Human Services. DHS is responsible for Medicaid, programs for people with intellectual disabilities, and child care and child welfare services.

Fund Fight: Transportation Vs. Troopers

Feb 5, 2016
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Two years after state lawmakers voted to hike driver fees and let the gas tax increase to pay for roads and bridges, they're facing a shortfall in available money for construction projects. Trade groups say the top culprit is the diversion of dedicated transportation funds into the Pennsylvania State Police budget.

PA Budget Saga: Seven Months In And Feeling Fine

Feb 4, 2016
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Pennsylvanians may be fed up with the state budget impasse, but the people sitting at the negotiating table aren’t betraying any such disgust. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is set to give his budget proposal next week for the upcoming fiscal year – even as the current year’s spending is the subject of tense talks with the GOP-led Legislature.

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Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign legislation to allow people with low-level criminal convictions to have their records sealed from public view.

Around the same time, more than two weeks ago, that the commander of Pennsylvania’s military forces was abruptly placed on paid leave without explanation, multiple state legislators received an anonymous letter requesting an investigation into him for alleged sexual harassment.

Poll Shows Steady Disdain For PA Government

Jan 28, 2016
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The holidays didn't do much to ease Pennsylvania angst about state government, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College survey showing most respondents take a dim view of the state's future.

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Each year, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania holds a press conference at the capitol to announce their agenda for the year. With most of Harrisburg still under snow by Monday morning, this year's press conference was downgraded to a press release. But the group says they are fully committed to these five issues that affect all 67 counties in the state.

PA Senate Ponders Next Move In Budget Impasse

Jan 18, 2016
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With the state's budget partially struck down by Governor Tom Wolf, state senators aren't sure they need to complete unfinished budget business. Pennsylvania has half a state budget and a number of related pieces of legislation still up in the air.

Right-To-Know Revisions Await PA Lawmakers

Jan 15, 2016

Legislation is waiting in the wings to update the state’s Right-to-Know law, overhauled in 2008 to make government records more accessible.

The eight-year-old rewrite flung open the filing cabinets of state and local government and let the public in – to sometimes overwhelming effect. What’s the single largest category of people filing record requests?

A Hearing For Kane, Sans Kane

Jan 11, 2016
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A state Senate panel plans to hold a hearing Tuesday in the course of its consideration of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s removal.

It may be a short affair.

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Lawmakers mull leaving Wolf’s deep cuts to budget. Pennsylvania’s partial budget straps state lawmakers with a big question: let funding cuts stand or restore slashed line items with the help of new revenues?

New Year, Same Budget Squabble In Pennsylvania

Jan 5, 2016
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Governor Tom Wolf looked determined to start the New Year off on the right foot. His first Monday of 2016 was packed with public events – the inauguration of Philadelphia’s new mayor, followed by two business tours nearby. But Wolf couldn’t outrun the unfinished business of yesteryear.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Despite criticism from Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania legislators won't be called into session before Monday.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A decision could come as early as today from Governor Tom Wolf on whether he will put an end to the state's months-long budget stalemate. 

As House and Senate leaders move toward a state budget agreement in fits and starts, one piece of the compromise appears to have fallen by the wayside: changes to the state’s wine and spirits stores.

PA Budget Setback Leaves State In Limbo

Dec 20, 2015
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Top state lawmakers are at a loss for a way to end Pennsylvania’s nearly six-month budget stalemate after a tentative agreement was blown to bits over the weekend. 

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Auditors found social service agencies in six counties were unable to assist hundreds of people who needed help paying rent, utility bills or a security deposit during 2011 thorough 2013, despite nearly $1 million available to address those very issues, according to a report detailing an audit of the state Department of Community & Economic Development. 

Rift Deepens Between Pennsylvania House & Senate

Dec 8, 2015
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Republicans in the Pennsylvania House and Senate remain at odds over how to resolve the state’s five-month-long budget impasse.

 The House on Tuesday passed a $30.3 billion spending plan vastly different from the $30.8 billion measure already approved by the Senate with the governor’s blessing.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is backpedaling remarks he made today about embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to the Associated Press. Wolf has called for Kane’s resignation since August, when she was indicted on perjury and other criminal counts.

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Bucks County, one of the largest in the commonwealth, says it collects between $4 million and $5 million a month for the state. For now, it plans to hold on to most of that money.

Pennsylvania is entering its fifth month without a budget. The standoff is snarling payments to schools and nonprofits. At the dispute's center are a liberal governor and a conservative legislature.

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Pennsylvania and Illinois are going on their fifth month without budgets Both states face still steeper borrowing costs after credit ratings downgrades last month that are merely the latest in a succession. And both have a relatively high number of local governments, counties and school districts - all municipal entities, each with borrowing power.