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Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed another major Republican priority – the privatization of the state-run liquor system.

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Late budgets aren’t the statewide shock they used to be.

Top state lawmakers are heading back to the negotiating table to hammer out an agreement on a state budget. Talks are starting up again now that Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has rejected the spending plan sent to him by the GOP-controlled Legislature.

PA Schools, Nonprofits Brace For A Late Budget

Jun 30, 2015
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Counties, school districts, and other groups in Pennsylvania that rely on state funding are preparing themselves for a late state budget. Governor Tom Wolf has all but promised to veto a GOP-crafted spending plan expected to land on his desk Tuesday.

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A year-long effort to take a hard look at the way state funding is distributed among schools has wrapped up, with recommendations about how the state should divvy up any increases in education funding.

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Defense lawyers for a death row inmate say Governor Tom Wolf is on the right side of history with his execution reprieves.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Lawmakers and advisers to Gov. Tom Wolf is about to issue a recommendation for an objective method of distributing aid to Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts.

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Governor Tom Wolf’s beleaguered nominee to lead the State Police will step down, in an attempt to end a months-long struggle with state Senate Republicans and clear the air as budget negotiations intensify.

Harrisburg's Annual Air Quality Alert

Jun 15, 2015
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In the weeks before and after the state budget deadline, the air tends to be thick with rhetoric and outrage, real or feigned.

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In the quest for online gambling, and additional gaming revenue, Republican senators are asking casinos to keep one foot firmly in the corporeal world.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are following up last year’s crackdown on human trafficking with plans to make the state safer for child victims.

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Pennsylvania Senate Republicans have rejected the governor’s pick to head the Pennsylvania State Police, despite a last-minute move to pull his name from consideration.

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A House GOP spokesman says the majority’s lawmakers aren’t giving up on a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Turning Up The Budget Heat In Harrisburg

Jun 5, 2015
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A state budget deadline looms at the end of the month, but Governor Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers remain divided on a spending plan. 

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Three more of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's Cabinet members have the Pennsylvania Senate's blessing.

The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday confirmed Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller.

Brown To Face Questions From PA Senate Panel

Jun 3, 2015
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Today is the day some former and current state troopers have long awaited, as one of Governor Tom Wolf's most controversial cabinet nominees goes before a state Senate committee this morning.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - June is crunch time in the state Capitol and the challenges in front of Gov. Tom Wolf are becoming clearer in the Democrat's first go-round with budget negotiations.

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Call them the desperate dozen: the primary candidates vying for their party’s nomination to run for the three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is heaping praise on the state House, after the GOP-controlled chamber passed a property tax reform plan with bipartisan support. Wolf called it “the first substantive property tax reform bill” in his lifetime.

PA Senate Expected To Pass Medical Marijuana Plan

May 12, 2015
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The Pennsylvania state Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to legalize medical marijuana, a move that would send the measure to the House for the second time in two years.

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Pennsylvania House lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to shrink their 203-seat chamber down to 151 posts. Members also passed a plan to take the Senate from 50 to 37 seats.

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Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) is expected to make a full recovery after a motorcycle accident last weekend landed him in the hospital – and, potentially, in trouble with local authorities.

Wolf Puts Cabinet’s Expenses Online

May 1, 2015
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is opening his cabinet’s expense books up to the public. Department heads and select top aides have put their fuel costs, car leases, hotel bills and other expenses online.

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A panel tasked with creating a fairer way of doling out state funding to school districts in Pennsylvania is expected to wrap up its work in early June, just weeks before the state budget deadline, when lawmakers expect a crush of issues to crowd the negotiation table.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration is disputing an independent report finding his budget proposal would amount to a net tax increase for Pennsylvanians of all income levels.

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A report from Pennsylvania's top fiscal watchdog shows “dysfunctional” enforcement of a 2008 law to prevent healthcare workers from being required to work overtime.

PA House GOP Not Keen On Later Bar Closings

Apr 19, 2015
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A proposal in Pensylvania to give night owls a couple more hours at the bar doesn’t appear to be on the fast-track in the Republican-controlled state House. The plan would let bars and restaurants apply for the power to keep serving alcohol until 4 o’clock in the morning.

Inching Toward A Schedule, If Not A Budget Deal

Apr 16, 2015
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Pennsylvania state budget negotiations are starting to take shape in Harrisburg. The backbiting has subsided for now, as meetings pick up between Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders.

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Many Pennsylvania municipalities are already taking steps towards reforming their pension plans. Because municipalities cannot legally break pension obligations already promised, reform usually means changing the pension plans for new employees while older employees' pensions remain intact. Keystone Crossroads asks, Is the younger generation bearing the brunt of pension reform?

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When Pennsylvania House Republicans presented their own proposal to cut local property taxes, the sponsoring lawmaker threw down a gauntlet along with it.