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  • PA Senate passes pension bill amid legal concerns, iffy $18 billion savings

    PA Senate passes pension bill amid legal concerns, iffy $18 billion savings
    HARRISBURG — On a near party-line vote that angered unions, the Republican-controlled Senate approved a pension bill Wednesday that reduces government's share of workers' retirement benefits to save taxpayers $18.2 billion over 30 years.
  • File this severance tax idea under 'dead on arrival'

    File this severance tax idea under 'dead on arrival'
    A group of Philadelphia Democratic senators on Friday proposed an 8 percent severance tax on natural gas drillers to go along with the roughly 1.9 percent impact fee they already pay. So that would equate to a cumulative tax of about 10 percent to pay...

    Thursday Morning Coffee: Budget Deal Imminent?

    Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. We have returned this morning from our tropical idyll on Isla de Capitol Ideas to find that an agreement on the 2011-12 state budget could be reached as soon as today. Our friends at Capitolwire...

    Public Welfare Secretary Goes Under The Budget Microscope.

    Pennsylvania Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander ... ...probably wasn’t expecting a cake walk when he appeared before a Senate oversight committee this morning to defend the Corbett administration’s decision to slash state spending...

    Voter ID Bill Headed For Senate Floor.

    Legislation that would require Pennsylvania voters to show photo identification evey time they cast a ballot is poised for a vote by the state Senate on Wednesday. This evening, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 15-11 to send an amended version...