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Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers Return

Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.

09/15/2014

Superintendent Dr. William Hite says a cash advance from the state doesn't solve the district's $81 million deficit. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

Phila. School District Superintendent Says Without New Money, Layoffs Could Happen This Week

State house majority leader Mike Turzai met with Superintendent Willliam Hite for about an hour at school headquarters. Turzai pledged he’d work to pass the cigarette tax.

08/12/2014

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Speculation Surrounds Liquor Reform In Harrisburg

Word this past week that liquor privatization talks are heating up again in the state capitol prompts the question: if a deal on legislation is reached, what might it look like?

01/12/2014

(A new weight limit sign on the Baltimore Avenue Bridge in Clifton Heights, Pa.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Fate of Pa. Transportation Funding Bill Still Uncertain

The future of legislation that would raise new money for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania remains up in the air.

11/15/2013

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Tavern Gambling Bill Heads To Senate

The Pennsylvania House has approved legislation that would allow for small games of chance in bars and taverns. The state Senate is expected to follow suit next week.

11/14/2013

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Transportation Bill Looks To Get Off The Ground In Harrisburg

The week ahead will be critical for a bill that generates new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit to win approval during the current legislative session.

10/21/2013

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Vote Expected Later This Month On Pennsylvania Transportation Funding Bill

Despite his opposition to it, the majority leader says he still expects the Pennsylvania House to vote later this month on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit. Meanwhile, a vote has been delayed at the request of the governor.

10/03/2013

(State rep. Mike Turzai, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club in Harrisburg.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Legislative Leader Says Transportation Bill Will Get A House Vote

Even though he doesn’t support it, House majority leader Mike Turzai says he’s angling for a vote this fall on a state Senate-passed bill to increase transportation spending by $2½ billion per year.

09/23/2013

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Trial To Open On Lawfulness Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law heads back to court Monday after nearly a year in legal purgatory. Opening arguments begin this afternoon in a trial that is expected to last two weeks.

07/15/2013

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Corbett Agenda Hits Snag In Legislature

It appears lawmakers will have to work past their scheduled Sunday night recess to finish work on the budget.

06/29/2013

File Photo House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (credit: www.repturzai.com)

House Leader: Members Prefer Gov’s Transportation Plan

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai says members of his caucus tend to prefer a less expensive transportation funding proposal put forth by Governor Corbett.

06/23/2013

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Measures To Ease Philadelphia’s Transition To AVI Pass In State House

The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a pair of bills that would ease the impact of Mayor Michael Nutter’s initiative to overhaul property taxes in Philadelphia.

05/16/2013

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Pa. State House Tackles Liquor Privatization

The state House will tackle liquor privatization this week, and it starts with a committee vote on a bill expected to take place today.

03/18/2013

(This woman got a Penndot ID card in anticipation that she would need it to vote.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

2012 Year in Review: Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law

Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law snagged national headlines for months this year, sparking protests and a major legal battle that reached the state Supreme Court.

12/27/2012

(Pa. state rep. Daryl Metcalfe, left, is interviewed by KDKA radio host Mike Pintek.  Credit: NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)

Sponsor of Pa. Voter ID Law Blames ‘Activist Judge’ For Tuesday’s Ruling

On a radio show in Pittsburgh, the sponsor of the bill — Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County, left) — savaged the ruling.

10/02/2012

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