Politics - State


 Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville, is at the center of the charities debate in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed constitutional amendment, backed by nonprofits, purports to give legislators increased power to decide who receives exemptions.

about 23 hours ago


 Former Democratic congressman Joe Sestak speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Philadelphia. Sestak is planning walk to walk across the state to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey.

Joe Sestak on the march toward the Senate

He has to narrow a fundraising gap, confront lingering reservations of some Democrats and allay what he calls a rising skepticism of voters.

1 day ago


Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.

2 days ago


 The proposed 28-word amendment aims to cement the role of the Pennsylvania Legislature in defining “purely public charities.”

Proposed Pennsylvania tax-exemption amendment stalls

Senate Bill 4, a proposed state constitutional amendment, faces scrutiny in the House and may not make fall ballot.

3 days ago


 Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown.

Officials probe racist letter to Pennsylvania State Police nominee

The letter was placed Monday evening in the mailbox of acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown, state police confirmed.

5 days ago


 "He has all the qualifications I think you'd want," Gov. Tom Wolf said of Marcus Brown.

Pennsylvania troopers oppose Wolf’s nominee to lead state police

The Democratic governor’s nominee, Marcus Brown, has come under intense criticism in recent weeks.

6 days ago


 Eliana Jackson, center, a ninth-grade student at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, joins others in prayer Monday in front of Wilkinsburg High School, where local faith leaders announced plans for a “Fast for Family Values” to urge state leaders to fully fund public education. Joining Eliana were, from left, Michelle McMillan, a Duquesne resident and member of ACTION United; Alia Schindler of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and Sandra Woolley of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network. Each person clutched a paper lunch bag to symbolize the hunger for education.

Pittsburgh-area religious leaders urge fasting for public education

Local clergy who are members of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network held a news conference and prayer service Monday morning.

6 days ago


Trial to begin for man who won appeal in murder case

The state Supreme Court found that the prosecution’s comments on the defendant’s refusal to cooperate violated his rights.

1 week ago


Natural gas industry criticizes Pennsylvania DEP

Trade groups at an advisory board meeting Friday said they are being held to stricter standards than those that apply to similar industries.

1 week ago


 Col. Marcus L. Brown previously led the Maryland state police.

Republicans ask Gov. Wolf to ditch nominee for state police commissioner

The nominee, Marcus Brown, apologized for tearing down signs that were critical of him.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania State Police nominee  Col. Marcus Brown.

Pennsylvania's top police officer: Removing signs critical of him was a mistake

Some retired troopers criticize Col. Marcus Brown for wearing the state police uniform because he did not attend the State Police Academy.

1 week ago


Rescind school spending mandate, GOP leaders ask Gov. Wolf

House speaker Mike Turzai and majority leader Dave Reed sent the governor a letter Wednesday.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address March 3 in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf: Billions in revenue from proposed sales tax

The categories projected to bring in the most money include cable television, and higher education meal plans and other fees.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Colville says  he will not raise funds or accept campaign contributions for his upcoming primary for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court.

Colville won't take contributions in Superior Court bid

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert J. Colville said rules about judges avoiding outside influences could mean campaign money.

1 week ago


 Gov. Wolf’s proposal for Pennsylvania government also includes cutting business taxes and increasing education funding while meeting rising costs for items such as pensions.

Senate Republicans grill governor's budget secretary on tax proposals

The governor’s proposal includes cutting business taxes and increasing education funding while meeting rising costs for state pensions.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his Capitol offices.

Pennsylvania may do more for frail elderly living at home

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to add another 5,500 slots for the frail elderly to remain at home and avoid costly nursing home placements.

2 weeks ago


CMU grads are turning to crowdfunding to start new political party

The Direct Democracy Party would allow constituents’ votes to determine the course of their representatives.

2 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Wednesday walks from the State Supreme Court room at City Hall in Philadelphia. The court heard arguments on the legality of a special prosecutor who led a grand jury investigation.

Documents shed light on grand jury’s Kane decision

Unless the state Supreme Court rules otherwise, the Montgomery County district attorney must decide whether to bring a criminal case.

2 weeks ago


Pa. Gaming Control Board seeks update on Lawrence County casino plan

State board notes that it has been two years since developers applied for a gaming license.

2 weeks ago


 Thursday’s hearing was the first of four Auditor General Eugene DePasquale  will hold statewide this month.

Views on taxing nonprofits aired at hearing on proposed Senate bill

Taxing nonprofits would be far more damaging to small organizations than to giant ones, said W. Thomas McGough of UPMC at a public hearing.

2 weeks ago


 Commonwealth Court  is considering whether a lawsuit filed by school districts and others claiming Pennsylvania doesn’t provide sufficient funding for public schools, should continue. It’s been filed to force lawmakers and the governor to pump more money into education.

Commonwealth Court weighs fate of Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit

Lawyers for the state told a panel of judges Wednesday that education funding is not a matter for the courts to decide.

2 weeks ago


Janine Orie's appeal denied by state Supreme Court

She was convicted in 2013 of theft of services and related charges after a jury found that she helped run election campaigns for her

2 weeks ago


 State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, left, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, center, look on Tuesday as Gov. Tom Wolf tours the automotive center at the Community College of Allegheny County, West Hills Center, in Oakdale.

Governor lobbies for more funding for community colleges

Wolf again defended state income and sales tax increases intended, in part, to allow local school districts to lower property tax rates.

2 weeks ago


 Republicans who control the chamber emphasized the tax increases proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf and questioned the promise of accompanying property tax relief.

Republicans grill Wolf's staff about tax increases, budget proposals

Republicans say Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax proposals would hurt the middle class, but Democrats say they aren’t considering school tax relief.

2 weeks ago


 Left to right, Pennsylvania state Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee, and former Rep. Harold James, all Philadelphia Democrats, have been charged with corruption.

Three more Philadelphia politicians charged in revived sting probe

A grand jury brought charges against state Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michelle Brownlee and former representative, Harold James.

2 weeks ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf says his budget proposal would cut the average Pennsylvania homeowner’s property taxes in half.

His budget would take $3.8 billion, mostly from increased income taxes, and give it to the state’s 500 school districts.

3 weeks ago


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

How do Gov. Wolf’s Pennsylvania tax rates stack up against other states?

Residents in parts of 11 states pay 10 percent or more in state and local sales taxes, according to data from the Sales Tax Institute.

3 weeks ago


Pennsylvania board brews up broader beer sales rules

Distributors are happy, but taverns and some brewers aren’t, about the PLCB decision to allow beer warehouses to sell 12-packs.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 Joe Sestak

Sestak begins journey for Senate

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

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago


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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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

3 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago



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