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Pennsylvania Auditor General Targets ‘Excessive’ Charter School Spending

Auditor General Jack Wagner says Pennsylvania charter schools are spending a million dollars a day more than necessary.

06/21/2012

(The final meeting of the "Philly ReNew" program at the Pennsylvania Prison Society's headquarters on North Broad Sreet.  Credit: David Madden)

Pa. Funding Cut is Bad News for Philadelphia Program for Former Prisoners

A local program that aids fathers who had done prison time readjust to society is being phased out, because state funding has been cut off.

06/15/2012

(Gov. Tom Corbett addresses the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania.  Credit:  Tony Romeo)

Gov. Corbett Hints at Areas of Pennsylvania Budget Compromise

Corbett told a gathering of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania that he believes the revenue picture has improved enough that the state can spend more than he originally proposed in February.

06/11/2012

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Lawmakers Head Back To Harrisburg; Budget, Liquor Stores On Agenda

A new budget is definitely on the agenda, while House action on legislation to privatize liquor sales is a possibility.

06/04/2012

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Pennsylvania Senate To Vote On New Budget

With the state’s revenue picture improving, the Senate is expected to approve a budget plan that would restore the governor’s proposed cuts for state-owned universities and three state-related schools, Temple, Pitt and Penn State in exchange for a pledge from the heads of those schools to keep tuition hikes at or below the rate of inflation.

05/09/2012

(Arthur Evans, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health commissioner, testifies before a Philadelphia City Council budget hearing.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Official Warns of State Cuts Affecting Those With Mental Issues

“The amount of moving around of dollars that we can do is minimal,” said Arthur Evans, the city’s commissioner of Behavioral Health, “but we will do the best that we can to try to mitigate those kinds of catastrophic cuts.”

04/30/2012

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Lawmakers Return To Tackle Budget, Casino License

After a three week primary election break, Pennsylvania lawmakers return to the state capitol today to begin the busiest stretch of the year: the run-up to the June 30th budget deadline and summer recess.

04/30/2012

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Southeastern Pa. Counties Join To Battle Corbett’s Planned Budget Cuts

At issue at the Philadelphia City Council hearing was the governor’s plan to consolidate social service funding into “block grants” while shrinking the level of funding by about 20 percent.

03/20/2012

(At a Philadelphia City Council hearing, Angelita Dorsey, Lisa Brown, and Renee Norris-Jones testify about the need for shelters of domestic abuse victims.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Survivors of Spouse Abuse Plead For More Victim Shelters in Philadelphia

“One day — I’m not sure how — I ran. I packed only the clothes my children and I had, and left,” said one former victim.

03/19/2012

(Mayor Michael Nutter meets with members of his administration to discuss the possible impact of state budget cuts.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

As Philadelphia Eyes State Budget Cuts Ahead, Question Of City Tax Hike Looms

Mayor Nutter says it is too soon to say whether massive cuts in Governor Corbett’s proposed state budget will force the city to raise taxes to make up the shortfall.

02/23/2012

File Photo: Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for health and opportunity.  (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Warn State Cuts Will Decimate Mental Health Services Here

Dr. Donald Schwarz says he has “not seen anything like this before.”

02/21/2012

(Mayor Nutter, in file photo.  Credit: Bobby Bank/ Getty Images)

Nutter Concerned About Corbett’s Social Service Budget Cuts

Mayor Nutter is voicing alarm at certain aspects of the budget unveiled by Governor Corbett on Monday. He’s warning of a rough ride for mental health programs, libraries and homeless centers.

02/09/2012

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Phila. Chamber of Commerce CEO Will Head Penna. Higher Education Study Panel

The 30 members, headed by Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Rob Wondering, will include university presidents affected by the cutbacks.

02/07/2012

(Gov. Tom Corbett, in file photo.   Credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Offers Pennsylvania Budget With Cuts To Universities, Welfare

Gov. Corbett is proposing 30-percent cuts in state funding for three state-related universities — Temple, Penn State, and Pitt — and 20-percent cuts for state-owned universities.

02/07/2012

(Gov. Tom Corbett.  File photo by Tony Romeo)

Key GOP Senator Expects ‘Drastic’ Budget Proposal From Corbett

The top Republican in the state Senate says he’s braced for another painful budget process as Governor Corbett outlines his spending proposals during a speech before a joint session of the legislature today.

02/07/2012

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