| Apr 10, 2015
| 8:29 AM
It’s budget time in the state Capitol. And that means the Legislature once again will use tax dollars to hold public hearings stacked against a governor’s priorities that are embedded in his recommended spending plan.
In May 2013, Sen. Chuck...
| May 13, 2015
| 7:08 PM
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.
| May 8, 2015
| 6:41 PM
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf was at a Bethlehem elementary school Friday posing with students, parents and teachers as part of a feel-good statewide tour touting his proposal to raise classroom spending by $500 million.
But back in Harrisburg it was...
| May 7, 2015
| 2:31 PM
HARRISBURG — School teachers and most state workers would have to pay more out of their pockets if they want to keep the same level of retirement benefits they now earn, according to a new Senate bill.
A summary of the pension overhaul bill,...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 8:36 PM
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf demanded and received in writing a tuition freeze pledge from the board that oversees the 14 state-owned universities. But it also earned him ill will.
A reluctant and at times angry board of governors for the...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 2:46 PM
HARRISBURG — The board that oversees Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities narrowly endorsed a tuition freeze Thursday sought by Gov. Tom Wolf in exchange for a $45.3 million increase for the State System of Higher Education.
| Apr 9, 2015
| 2:42 PM
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has fired the head of her appeals office.
Kane's spokeswoman, Carolyn Myers, said James Barker's firing Wednesday was part of a restructuring of the criminal division.
Barker was responsible...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 8:29 PM
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Pennsylvania legislators must act to give the state power to hold its top law enforcement officials accountable for criminal wrongdoing.
Although the state Supreme Court last week upheld the...
| May 3, 2015
| 9:01 PM
Sen. Pat Browne, considered by many to be the Lehigh Valley's most influential state lawmaker, is in the hospital recovering from "considerable injuries" following a Saturday motorcycle crash that state police are investigating as a possible case of...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 5:45 PM
For four years, liquor reform advocates argued conditions were perfect to get Pennsylvania out of the booze business.
Pro-privatization Gov. Tom Corbett could count on Republicans in the House and Senate to help the party finally make good on its...
| Apr 29, 2015
| 3:40 PM
One of my favorite parts of the TV program "The Simpsons" is the prank calls Bart makes to Moe's Tavern.
Moe: "Yeah, just a sec; I'll check. Amanda Hugginkiss! Hey, I'm lookin' for Amanda Hugginkiss! Oh, why can't I find Amanda Hugginkiss?!"