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Joseph B. Scarnati

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  • Corbett sued over legislative spending cuts

    HARRISBURG — Hours before the polls closed Tuesday, state Senate leaders filed suit against Gov. Tom Corbett, claiming he had intruded on legislative authority by vetoing portions of the fiscal code, a bill that accompanies the state budget....
  • Pat Browne named to state Senate's top spending spot

    Pat Browne named to state Senate's top spending spot
    HARRISBURG — In a shakeup of legislative leaders Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley got a seat at the table of power. Republican Sen. Pat Browne of Allentown was named the chamber's budget point man. Browne's elevation to Senate Appropriations...
  • Crimes of convicted Pa. lawmakers now noted on official portraits

    Crimes of convicted Pa. lawmakers now noted on official portraits
    HARRISBURG -- On a quiet morning at the Pennsylvania Capitol, footnotes were added to portraits recognizing four past leaders of the House and Senate. The paintings of former House speakers Bill DeWeese, John Perzel and Herbert Fineman and photo of...
  • 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...
  • Politics as Usual

    Dent frustrated by border bill Divisions over a bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border delayed the House from leaving for its August recess — and left Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent frustrated...
  • 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...
  • Friday Morning Coffee: Two days and counting.

     
    Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Today is June 29, 2012. There's just two days remaining before the end of the fiscal year. Lawmakers have until midnight on Saturday to get a new spending plan signed into law and to pass......