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  • Nathan Benefield: How to immunize Pa. taxpayers from chronic overspending

    Nathan Benefield: How to immunize Pa. taxpayers from chronic overspending
    Last week, two major bond-rating agencies (Fitch and Standards & Poor's) downgraded Pennsylvania's debt rating, citing poor fiscal health. While this should worry voters — taxpayers will be forced to pay more for state borrowing — it isn't too late to take our medicine and recover.
  • Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax

    Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax
    HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed into law a bill adding a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes sold in Philadelphia to help pay for the city's schools. The tax takes effect Wednesday and will push to about $7.80 the price of a pack of...

    Bills letting PA teachers carry guns and NRA sue municipalities await Legislature

    State lawmakers gradually return to session Monday from their summer break. Lawmakers don’t have to be in House and Senate chambers for roll call until 1 p.m. and neither chamber is expected to finalize many controversial bills dealing with...

    PA GOP Rep. Bill Adolph facing deep-pocketed Democrat in election

    PA GOP Rep. Bill Adolph facing deep-pocketed Democrat in election
    For months, political insiders have speculated whether Rep. Bill Adolph, the moderate Republican chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was angling to become the next Speaker of the House. But Adolph’s political aspirations, if they are...

    Marcellus Shale tax should be adopted

    I am not an environmentalist, but it annoys me that there was a $1.2 billion shortfall in our state budget even though more than half of that ($720 million) could be eliminated simply by imposing a 5 percent severance tax on companies that, in particular,...