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Joseph B. Scarnati

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  • Turzai: Booze debate put off until next week.

     
    House Majority Leader Mike Turzai says he's still gunning for a continued debate on his plan to get Pennsyvlania out of the state-run booze business. "It's on our calendar for Monday," the Allegheny County Republican said this afternoon as he......
  • Dinner Hour Budget Update: Second round of talks inconclusive, tensions mount.

     
    A second round of budget talks ended this afternoon without legislative Republicans and Corbett administration negotiators reaching agreement on a bottom-line spending number for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Testy Republican bosses stuck to a...
  • Midday Budget Update: The wheels do turn slowly.

     
    Good Afternoon, Everyone. Here's where things stand as of 12:34 p.m: 1. The House debated, and then went over, changes to the School Code Bill. The proposal would, among other things, place school superintendents' contracts under the auspices of...
  • 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......
  • Tuesday Morning Coffee: Supreme Court to hear redistricting challenges.

     
    Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Everyone knows the classic image of the campaign reporter. Rumpled. Maybe a touch grouchy. Definitely cynical and weary from endless hours on the road and endless meals at diners along the highways and byways of......
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee: #VoterID, the morning after.

     
    Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. We've all had them -- those hallucinatory nights, where you wake up in the darkness of your own 3 a.m. of the soul, wondering why you're dreaming about Spencer Tracy chasing after you with a......
  • Live-Blog: The last day of the 2011-12 legislative session.

     
    Today is the final day of the 2011-12 legislative session. State lawmakers are expected to work through the night today to try to wrap up any unfinished business before they depart for an Election Season break With the cancellation of......
  • With leadership elections, Senate Dems, Repubs stick with the tried and true.

     
    So much any hope for a palace coup. Senate Republicans and Democrats held the dullest leadership elections in the history of ever today, re-elecitng the same slate of leaders who saw them through the 2011-12 legislaitive session. Senate President Pro-...
  • Tuesday Morning Coffee: Turnpike pressures drivers to make E-ZPass switch.

     
    Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Some of you may recall that, about a week ago, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced that it could move to all-electronic tolling within about five years' time. Unremarked at the time was how the switch......
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee: Only one bid to privatize the PA Lottery.

     
    Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Happy Thanksgiving Eve. With any luck, most of you will be turning your attentions away from the affairs of state today and in the general direction of food, family and holiday travel. Wherever you're headed......
  • For Corbett, A Dilemma: What's The Difference Between A Fee and a Tax?

     
    What’s The Difference Between a Fee Increase and a Tax Increase? When you’re Gov. Tom Corbett, the distinction is more than rhetorical. And it’s a question he’ll have to consider carefully as lawmakers begin deliberations this...