| May 22, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Good Sunday Morning, Fellow Seekers. We're traveling this weekend and are thus in a fairly languid state of mind. Our apologies for taking so long to deliver the usual assortment of links and odds and ends to make the weekend......
| Mar 30, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Gov. Tom Corbett's Pick ... ... to run the Department of Public Welfare told a state House panel Wednesday that he’s committed to ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse at the agency, which is one of the three biggest expenses......
| Feb 2, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. We're coming to you from the ice-encrusted confines of Casa de Capitol Ideas, where, like the rest of Pennsylvania, the driveway is an uninterrupted sheet of ice and we saw the neighbors skating to work.......
| Apr 10, 2010
House Republican leader Rep. Richard DeBolt: "It is unbelievable that the majority party has wasted $200,000 on a special session to raise taxes on people who don't have jobs, so they can give pay raises to people that do. It is obvious there is a...
| May 20, 2011
| 9:54 AM
The state’s budget debate has come down to the wire. Wednesday is the last day of the session and lawmakers have promised to work through the weekend. They're still crunching the numbers on how to fill a $5 billion gap, but both sides admit policy...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 6:03 PM
Republican lawmakers in Olympia continue to oppose Gov. Christine Gregoire’s push to increase the sales tax to help solve the state’s budget woes. But there is some new revenue that they actually will support.
Republicans now say that...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 8:02 PM
Leaders of both parties in Olympia agreed Monday to nearly $500 million in state spending reductions -- only about a quarter of what they need to shore up the state’s $2 billion budget hole.
But at least the lawmakers will have something to show...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 2:42 PM
A new bill before the state legislature would require emergency service workers to pay for their own state certifications. The bill, requested as a cost-cutting measure by the state Department of Health, would also apply to unpaid volunteers.
| Feb 22, 2012
| 5:53 PM
Better revenue forecasts and some unexpected cost savings means the state budget problem isn’t as big as was thought just a few weeks ago; the deficit is about $500 million smaller.
As a result, many Democrats think they can fill the $1 billion...
| Jul 20, 2009
A Washington lawmaker is worried about budget cuts that will hit the state Department of Social and Health Services.
That department is slated to lose close to 500 full time positions over two years.
Nearly 100 of those positions are from the unit...