Politics - State

 The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is expected to issue an advisory decision that would, in effect, allow distributors to sell cases of beer that contain a minimum of 128 ounces.

Pennsylvania beer distributors could soon sell 12-packs

According to multiple sources, the PLCB is contemplating a rule change that would allow beer to be sold in smaller quantities.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday in Harrisburg.

More goods, services to be taxed under Wolf proposal

Diapers, caskets, candy and certain legal services are some of the proposed goods and services the governor’s budget proposal will tax.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday.

GOP lawmakers dispute Wolf budget’s taxes

The governor has presented his plan as one with a general fund, the state’s main operating account, of $29.88 billion. Republicans disagree.

1 day ago

 Joe Sestak

Sestak begins journey for Senate

The retired Navy admiral stood across from Independence Hall to declare his candidacy.

1 day ago

 Gov. Wolf announced on Feb. 13 that he was instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take death penalty moratorium case

No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since 1999. Terrance Williams was scheduled for lethal injection today.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday  in Harrisburg, Pa.

Reaction swift to Gov. Wolf's budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal brought passionate responses from politicians, the business sector and advocacy groups Tuesday.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending

In his first budget proposal, the governor promises to increase support for school districts, community colleges and public universities.

2 days ago

 Joe Sestak

Sestak to challenge Sen. Toomey again

Retired Admiral Joe Sestak formally announce his bid in Philadelphia today to oust U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who won 51 to 49 percent in 2010.

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Wolf: Severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Wolf’s budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

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 In higher education, Gov. Tom Wolf proposes increasing funding for the State System of Higher Education by $45 million.

Gov. Wolf's budget plan focuses on Pennsylvania's middle class, education

“Our state is never going to get stronger as long as we make our schools weaker,” Mr. Wolf said in his prepared remarks.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

The proposal would raise about $765.3 million for the state’s general fund and another $225 million to replace a Marcellus Shale impact fee

2 days ago

 “This is an unfortunate, though not completely unexpected ruling.” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Stay issued on NRA suit against Pittsburgh

Common Pleas Senior Judge Judith Friedman’s one-sentence order means the city’s law remains in force, at least for now.

3 days ago

 At the Capitol on Monday, Republicans and Democrats said they expected something big from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal.

Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

The new governor’s plan also calls for dramatically reducing school district property taxes.

3 days ago

 “My original legislation would have called these institutions out as state agencies,” said state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna. “I ended up having to retreat from that.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers take another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

1 week ago

 Mr. Wolf’s office announced Thursday that his team has identified $109 million it believes it can save in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Wolf 's search for inefficiencies in state government finds $109 million in savings

Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries have identified $109 million they believe the state can save in the next fiscal year.

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 A Philadelphia developer is seeking a $10 million state grant to convert two floors of the Macy's building into a 155-room hotel. The department store would take up four floors and apartment units would be added to the other floors.

Development plans in Allegheny County built around wish list for Pennsylvania aid

A total of 57 projects in Allegheny County are seeking more than $235 million in state redevelopment capital assistance this year.

1 week ago

 "For too long the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hasn't been a place where businesses want to come, invest and grow," Gov. Tom Wolf, center, said. "Country-leading high corporate tax rates have slowed existing businesses from expanding and entrepreneurs from growing new ideas here."

Wolf seeks to halve Pennsylvania's corporate tax rate, close loopholes

The governor unveiled pieces of his economic plan to Lehigh Valley business leaders today.

1 week ago

 “The main thing is, this is supposed to be a full-time job,” said State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills.

DeLuca bill would put limit on Pennsylvania lawmakers’ outside income

For the third time, the Democrat representative from Penn Hills is trying to limit lawmakers’ outside income.

1 week ago

 A view of the sidewalk leading up to the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.

County Airport gets $2.9 million state grant

It was the biggest of six grants announced for smaller airports by PennDOT.

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 Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are sworn in Jan. 6.

Audit shows Pennsylvania Legislature's surplus at $161 million

The Legislature has created no special rules to limit the use of the money, and such a large surplus is nearly unheard of in other states.

1 week ago

 The state Supreme Court currently only has five justices serving.

State Senate will not fill two vacancies on Pennsylvania Supreme Court

While there was discussion of moving forward with the Democratic nominee, state senators agreed that having one candidate would not work.

1 week ago

 Ken Gormley is dean of the Duquesne University School of Law.

Senate GOP may not fill 2 vacancies on Pennsylvania’s high court

Gov. Tom Wolf’s package of nominees to fill two vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court fell apart Monday.

1 week ago

 Col. Marcus Brown grew up in Cumberland County and earned a business degree from Penn State.

Wolf's pick to lead Pa. State Police draws ire over wearing uniform on job

A group of retired troopers takes issue with Col. Marcus Brown, former Maryland police commissioner, wearing the uniform.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf.

After the campaign for Pennsylvania governor, the fund-raising continues

A look at this year's governor's race show how money is ever-present in the political process.

1 week ago

 Thomas K. Kistler, president judge of Centre County Common Pleas Court.

Pennsylvania high court nominee in hot seat over 'Christmas' email

Thomas K. Kistler, president judge of Centre County Court, may have distributed an email that could be viewed as racially insensitive.

1 week ago

Six vie for Democratic Party endorsements in Pennsylvania race for high court seats

The Democratic State Committee is scheduled to vote on the endorsements Saturday as it winds up a two-day meeting in Hershey.

1 week ago

 Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania's Gov. Wolf slams visit by Fla. governor

Gov. Wolf’s office calls it a “political stunt”; Florida’s GOP governor says he’s coming to woo companies to the more tax-friendly South.

2 weeks ago

 Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Former Pa. treasurer pleads guilty to charges of attempted extortion

His plea agreement states that the maximum sentence for the two counts of attempted extortion is 40 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf gets personal with legislators from both parties

Gov. Tom Wolf is known to just drop in at the offices of Republican and Democratic legislators for get-acquainted and policy meetings.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf talks with Monroeville Mayor Gregory Erosenko after a press conference at the Monroeville Municipal Building Monday.

Wolf links tax on shale drillers, school aid in Monroeville visit

Gov.Tom Wolf, who is touring the state to pitch his 5 percent extraction tax, called it a “reasonable” and “competitive” approach.

2 weeks ago

 Political activist Gene Stilp's inflatable pink pig on the steps of the state Capitol in September 2010.

Pennsylvania political activist Gene Stilp will retire

Pennsylvania’s top political gadfly, Gene Stilp, who frequently used an inflated pig to criticize government officials, is retiring.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Governor places moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania

The moratorium will remain in effect until the governor receives and reviews a report of a task force established by the Senate in 2011.

2 weeks ago

Powdered alcohol not in mix for state stores, LCB decides

Don’t look for powdered alcohol in any of Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor stores.

3 weeks ago

House committee debates Common Core, Keystone exam requirements

The House Education Committee heard testimony on two proposals that may affect what the state’s public school students have to learn.

3 weeks ago

 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair

Rep. Murphy grills federal officials over report on mental-health services

Rep. Tim Murphy said the government isn’t properly serving people with mental illness.

3 weeks ago

 The bill approved last session would create 1,200 licenses to sell wine and spirits, with the possibility of up to 600 additional licenses as state liquor stores were phased out.

Pennsylvania House will try to privatize liquor once again

House Majority Leader Dave Reed has announced plans to approve the old House liquor privatization bill the last week in February.

3 weeks ago

House approves raising age limit for Pennsylvania judges to 75

An effort to allow Pa. judges to serve until 75, rather than 70, took another step for the second time.

3 weeks ago

Legislators propose bills to to protect children produced by rape

The bills would take away in Pennsylvania parental rights for a father who produces a child by rape but would continue financial support.

3 weeks ago

Leases on Pa. lawmakers' district offices exceeded $6 million in 2013

The Senate doesn’t limit how much members may spend on leases. House members’ office expenses are capped at $27,600 a year.

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 In this May 8, 2014, photo, then-Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord waits for the start of a Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial primary debate in Philadelphia.

Source of $125,000 donation to McCord campaign revealed

A report by The Enterprise Fund shows that it received $100,000 from Ross Nese of Pittsburgh.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf, left, campaigned on scrapping the Healthy PA plan of former Gov. Tom Corbett, right, in favor of a traditional Medicaid expansion.

Wolf begins dismantling Healthy PA in favor of Medicaid

The governor tells state health officials to withdraw parts of former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA plan from further federal consideration.

3 weeks ago

 The status of Overbrook Pointe at Lutheran Senior Life's St. John Community in Mars, Butler County, and facilities like it could change if the state adopts a new amendment governing the tax status of nonprofits.

Who gets to decide who doesn't have to pay taxes?

As a possible amendment vote looms, tax man and Pennsylvania nonprofits fight “wars” in at least 10 counties.

3 weeks ago

Planned Parenthood president ready to work with Wolf

Cecile Richards called Mr. Wolf “the first governor in the history of the country who was also a former Planned Parenthood clinic escort.”

3 weeks ago

 Former Pa. Rep Jesse White with his wife Eileen and son Atticus last year.

Ex-Pa. Rep. Jesse White's mother sues him, claiming credit card fraud

Mr. White, 36, of Cecil, said his mother opened the credit account for him more than 10 years ago to help him establish his law practice.

3 weeks ago

 Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigned last week.

PAC fined after making contribution to McCord campaign

The Pennsylvania Department of State said today that it has assessed the Enterprise Fund the maximum $500 in late filing fees.

4 weeks ago

 A proposed amendment in Harrisburg says that the Legislature may “establish uniform standards and qualifications which shall be the criteria to determine qualification as institutions of purely public charity.”

Language of proposed constitutional amendment too vague, experts testify

The amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution would help to determine tax exemptions for nonprofit institutions.

4 weeks ago

Reduce expenses, Wolf tells Cabinet

“This is not about cutting,” he said. “We’re all starting with what we already do, and just doing it more efficiently.”

4 weeks ago

Court hearing on state records chief delayed until next month

Erik Arneson, who was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett, contends Gov. Tom Wolf did not have the authority to fire him.

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