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  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's first budget raises income and sales taxes, restores school cuts

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's first budget raises income and sales taxes, restores school cuts
    HARRISBURG — In his first budget address to lawmakers, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf laid out an ambitious $33.8 billion spending plan that raises taxes a combined 16 percent to slash corporate and property taxes, restore education cuts and wipe out the state's deficit.
  • Fritz Walker: Gun groups sue municipalities for fun, profit

    Fritz Walker: Gun groups sue municipalities for fun, profit
    On the last day of the 2013-14 legislative session, Pennsylvania passed a law with appalling provisions, Act 192. For the past four years, the National Rifle Association had been vigorously lobbying for a bill that grants standing to anyone who can...

    Politics as Usual

    Politics as Usual
    Swearing-in ceremony for Legislature The new two-year legislative session officially began Dec. 1. But the newly elected and re-elected full-time legislators will take the oath of office Tuesday. The swearing-in ceremonies for 203 members of the House...

    Fritz Walker: State House rejects common-sense gun control provision

    Fritz Walker: State House rejects common-sense gun control provision
    Background checks are a common-sense safeguard that require gun sellers to first check if a buyer is a convicted felon, domestic abuser or mentally incompetent, and therefore prohibited from purchasing firearms. By federal law, sales of all firearms by...

    Allentown mayor wants gun law repealed to avoid lawsuit

     Allentown mayor wants gun law repealed to avoid lawsuit
    Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has called for the repeal of a local gun law that could open up the city to a costly lawsuit, thanks to a move by the state Legislature. In the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, lawmakers approved a bill that...