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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...

    Philly legislator plans assault weapons ban bill.

     
    Fresh off the presses from the office of Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia: “Words cannot express the sadness and anger that we as a nation are feeling right now.My thoughts and prayers, and those of Philadelphia and the nation, are with...

    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...

    Monday Morning Coffee: Tributes pour in for the late Arlen Specter.

     
    Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who died Sunday at age 82 from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma is being remembered this morning as a towering figure in Pennsylvania politics. Our Washington colleague...