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Joseph B. Scarnati

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  • Allentown developers cultivating political influence

    The two men who have bankrolled much of the billion-dollar transformation of downtown Allentown are hoping to convert that commercial revival into a political force. City Center Investment Corp. co-owners Joe Topper and J.B. Reilly have launched a...
  • Tale of two legislators plot thickens in state's gas-drilling drama

    Tale of two legislators plot thickens in state's gas-drilling drama
    With apologies to Charles Dickens, it was the best of times (for Texas and Oklahoma gas industry aristocrats), it was the worst of times (for the Pennsylvania rabble suffering from the exploitation and destruction of their environment). In a tale of two...
  • PA lawmakers and lieutenant governor living longer

    Attempts to reduce the size of the Legislature and other branches of state government appear to be failing — again. In the words of Gomer Pyle: Surprise, surprise, surprise. The only way the 253-member Legislature can be reduce is through a...
  • Internet gambling revenue would do little to ease the state's budget deficit

    Internet gambling revenue would do little to ease the state's budget deficit
    Pennsylvania is facing a "growing" $532.5 million budget deficit, The Morning Call reported on Wednesday, and some politicians and some casino moguls see Internet gambling as a way to "help plug" it. A legislative study, it was reported, said revenue...
  • Schwartz first policy offering: Shale gas tax plan

     
    How can you quickly come up with lots of new revenue for a cash-strapped state like Pennsylvania, without hitting most taxpayers in the wallet? Allyson Schwartz, a leading democratic candidate for governor in 2014, offered up a plan Wednesday that......
  • Rep. Charlie Dent to endorse Romney for president

    Rep. Charlie Dent to endorse Romney for president
    Lehigh Valley Republican congressman Charlie Dent will endorse Mitt Romney for president at an event in Harrisburg Tuesday, sources confirm. Dent will make just the second Pennsylvanian to endorse the former Massachusetts governor in the 2012 presidential...
  • Corbett Opens The Door To Impact Fee On Shale Drillers?

     
    Gov. Tom Corbett ... ... has sent his clearest signal yet that he might be willing to consider a locally Tomcorbett levied impact fee on natural gas drillers working in the Marcellus shale. In a briefing with reporters this afternoon, the Republican,...
  • Cawley: Shale Panel Will Consider Local Impact Fee On Drillers.

     
    The head of the Corbett Administration’s ... new Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission says the panel will consider a locally levied impact fee to help communities affected by drilling, but he wants to see hard numbers first. “The governor has...
  • Thursday Morning Coffee: New DEP Policy On Shale Outrages Environmentalists.

     
    Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Environmentalists are doing spins over the news that field inspectors and regional directors at the state Department of Environmental Protection must obtain approval from acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer before...
  • Sunday Brunch: The Debate That Just Won't Go Away.

     
    Sitting in a state House hearing on Gov. Tom Corbett’s $27.3 billion budget proposal last week, Charles Zogby reached his boiling point. Pressed repeatedly Corbett’s opposition to a severance tax on natural gas drillers, the usually...
  • School Choice Advocates Pack The Capitol

     
    Updated, 1:11 p.m.: With the insistent threat of rain, hundreds of teachers, parents and their children gathered on the Capitol steps this afternoon to call on lawmakers to pass a bill allowing taxpayer-funded school vouchers. "What do we want? School.......