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(Tom Wolf, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, center, chats with Alan Levin, CEO of Northeast Building Products.  Photo by Tim Jimenez)

Pa. Governor Candidate Tom Wolf Says State Should Do More For Philadelphia Schools

One day after Governor Corbett was in town to announce an advance of funds for the troubled School District of Philadelphia, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming election, Tom Wolf, made a campaign stop in Northeast Philadelphia.

08/07/2014

(Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, testifies before City Council about how the union would like to see the schools funded.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Teachers’ Union To Corbett: We’ve Already Offered Concessions

Governor Corbett yesterday called out the Philadelphia teachers union for not contributing to a solution for the school district’s fiscal mess. The union says the governor is wrong.

07/11/2014

Allegheny County Republican Mike Turzai speaks with reporters in Harrisburg. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Budget Puts Republican Corbett At Odds With GOP Lawmakers

Governor Corbett’s decision to trim legislative funding from the new state budget is shining a light on the rift between the Republican governor and the legislative leaders of his own party who control the House and Senate.

07/11/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett, accompanied by Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby, speaks with reporters after signing but vetoing portions of the new state budget.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Budget, Vetoes Legislative Funding

Gov. Tom Corbett is vetoing millions of dollars from the state legislature’s budget and urging lawmakers to make a new effort to address public-sector pensions.

07/10/2014

Corbett, making his budget address in Harrisburg.  (Photo from Pennsylvania Capitol TV)

Senate Majority Leader: Pa. Budget Headed For Overtime

The current fiscal year ends June 30th. That’s when a new budget is due and lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up work for the summer. But, Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader has told members of his caucus to prepare to be in Harrisburg in July.

06/17/2014

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Area Early Education Advocates Send A Message — With A Face — To Harrisburg

“People should take a selfie and they should tweet it with the hashtag #IamPreK,” said the head of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children at their annual conference.

03/21/2014

(Nutter speaks to a luncheon of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Wobbly Funding For Phila. Schools a Business Issue, Too, Nutter Tells Leaders

“There is not one business in this room that would operate that way,” he told the business leaders.

02/18/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

In Budget Address, Gov. Corbett Says Pa. Economy Is Recovering Thanks To Hard Choices

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is lauding the turnaround of Pennsylvania’s economy during the four years he was in office.

02/04/2014

(Members of Philadelphia's Democratic caucus in the Pa. State Senate.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. State Senate Dems Propose $300M Fix For Education Statewide

The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.

01/30/2014

(Pennsylvania revenue secretary Dan Meuser testifies before the State Senate Finance Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lottery Asking For Approval To Roll Out Keno Terminals Statewide

The state revenue secretary says the Pennsylvania Lottery could begin rolling out a keno game by the end of this year if a consensus can be reached.

01/29/2014

(File photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Wholesale Gasoline Tax in Pa. Goes Up By 9.5¢/Gal.

The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.

01/01/2014

(Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby briefs reporters on the state's fiscal condition.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Budget Secretary Sees Billion-Dollar Budget Gap Looming Next Year

Charles Zogby says one big area of growth is teacher and state employee pension increases of more than $600 million. And he says Gov. Corbett is still hopeful for pension reform.

12/18/2013

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Legislators Extend Talks Over Transportation Funding Bill

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House now says a vote on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges, and mass transit won’t happen until next month at the earliest.

10/22/2013

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Legislature Leaves Philadelphia School Bailout Funds Hanging in Limbo

Final work on the Pennsylvania budget will go into a second week of overtime, and maybe beyond, as the result of differences between the state House and Senate over one of the “companion” bills that make up the state budget package.

07/04/2013

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SEPTA Biding Its Time For State Funding as Pa. Rushes New Budget Into Law

A SEPTA spokeswoman says the transit agency wasn’t expecting the state legislature to approve transportation funding before the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30th.

07/01/2013

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