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Annual LGBT Rights Conference Opens in Philadelphia

But even as the American public becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, Pennsylvania has been slow to make a move when it comes to same-sex marriage or to expand LGBT civil rights.

05/02/2013

(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.

04/29/2013

(Pa. state senator John Rafferty, center, announces transportation funding proposal in Harrisburg.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmakers Propose Penndot Fee Hikes To Fund Transportation Projects

Vehicle license and registration fees, and fines for moving violations, would all increase under a transportation funding plan rolled out by Republicans in the GOP-controlled state senate.

04/16/2013

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Tax Filers Across Pennsylvania Get Deadline Extension Because of Web Problems

In both Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania, tax deadlines have been extended by one day due to government web site problems.

04/16/2013

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Pennsylvania’s Fatal Traffic Accident Rate Ticked Upward in 2012

There were 1,310 people killed in Pennsylvania traffic accidents last year, twenty-four more than in 2011.

04/01/2013

(Gov. Tom Corbett, in 2011 file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Popularity Continues to Slide Among Pennsylvania Voters

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that voters say, by a 51-to-31 percent margin, that the governor does not deserve to be re-elected.

01/29/2013

(Pennsylvania DPW secretary Gary Alexander listens as Gov. Corbett talks about his next budget.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Corbett Says His Next Budget Will Include More Money For Disabled Pennsylvanians

Now midway into his first term, Gov. Corbett says there are “many causes crying out for funding.”

01/23/2013

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Top Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Shut Down Corruption-Plagued Phila. Traffic Court

State senator Dominic Pileggi of Chester County says that because reforms have failed, it’s time to have Municipal Court take over its functions.

01/11/2013

(Flu shots are administered at a Philadelphia health clinic.   File photo by Steve Tawa)

Pennsylvania’s Flu Season Is Worst in Three Years

There are about 11,000 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania so far this season, and 22 deaths.

01/10/2013

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Pennsylvania Launches New Government Information Web Site

The Pennwatch web site was created by an act of the state legislature.

12/24/2012

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Gov. Corbett Says Accepting Free Vacation Trip Was Not Improper

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett was peppered with questions about his belated disclosure that he accepted free trips paid for by a campaign contributor who sits on his privatization advisory panel.

12/20/2012

(Pennsylvania electors are sworn in prior to casting their votes.  Photos from Commonwealth of Pa. TV)

Pennsylvania Officially Goes Blue As State Casts Its Electoral College Votes

“The electors of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have cast 20 votes for the Honorable Barack Obama…”

12/17/2012

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office in City Hall.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Joins Other Democratic Mayors Across Pa. In Call For Fiscal Cliff Solution

Mayor Nutter said Philadelphia and other cities in the Commonwealth would face “devastating” cuts in services if the fiscal cliff spending cuts kick on at the start of the new year.

12/10/2012

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Pennsylvania Still Looking For Sales Tax From Online Purchasers

If you would pay sales tax on an item in a brick-and-morter store, Pennsylvania wants you to pay sales tax when you make a purchase online.

11/27/2012

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Part 1: The EITC — What Is It?

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.

11/08/2012

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