PA Budget Would Still Derail Oil and Gas Regs, Clean Power Plan

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2015-12-23 07:54
The PA budget framework advanced by the House yesterday still contains language derailing conventional oil and gas drilling regulations pending approval by the Department of Environmental Protection,...
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Will Tom Wolf Veto Fiscal Code Amendments Derailing Oil and Gas Rules?

Keystone Politics - Sat, 2015-12-12 11:32
A quick update from Dave Hess: PennLive.com reported late Thursday Gov. Wolf opposes loading up the Fiscal Code to gut oil and gas regulations or slow implementation of the EPA Clean Power Climate...
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PA GOP Using Budget to Derail Traditional Oil and Gas Regulations

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2015-12-10 11:15
Did some big environmental setbacks just get horse-traded for Republican budget votes? A Fiscal Code amendment that randomly showed up over the summer, which would effectively derail the Department...
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Lynch Valley College

PA Watercooler - Wed, 2015-12-09 21:27
Are we about done being stupid yet? Students at a small Pennsylvania college are demanding that administrators rename a building called “Lynch Memorial Hall” because of the racial overtones of the word “lynch.” The building is named after Clyde A. Lynch, who was president of Lebanon Valley College from 1932 until his death in 1950. […]
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PA GOP Won’t Disinvite Trump from PA Society Fundraiser

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2015-12-08 14:37
Everybody in the Republican Party is making official statements denouncing Donald Trump for calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration, but the proof is in the pudding. Tom Fitzgerald reports that...
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PA Budget: House Republicans vs. The World

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2015-12-07 12:34
Via Charles Thompson: Pennsylvania House Republicans abandoned the fragile state budget “framework” Saturday after members told caucus leaders they could not support the roughly $2...
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New FAST Act Pilot Could Let PA Collect I-80 Toll Revenue

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2015-12-07 08:14
The new FAST Act transportation funding bill signed by President Obama contains a pilot allowing up to three states to toll their interstates, so it’s time for the Wolf administration to...
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PA GOP Choosing a Worse Overall State Business Climate Over a Severance Tax on Marcellus Shale Coalition

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2015-11-30 14:27
The latest reports seem to suggest there is once again some fragile agreement on a state budget framework, but in case it isn’t finalized yet, everybody really needs to step back and reflect on...
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1.25% Sales Tax Hike to Benefit Philadelphia

PA Watercooler - Wed, 2015-11-11 18:12
FFS The framework is there for a new Pennsylvania budget, months after it should have been passed in mid-summer, but the devil is in the details, especially as it relates to the final increase in the sales tax in Philadelphia. If approved as is, Pennsylvania would have the second highest state sales tax, after California, […]
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Budget Deal Reached?

PA Watercooler - Mon, 2015-11-09 23:22
Of course… The deal would call for raising the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent, Corman said. That would create about $2 billion in new revenue, which could cover a major property tax reduction and permit the state to increase basic education funding by $350 million in the current fiscal year. Special […]
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LOL, Again

PA Watercooler - Mon, 2015-11-02 16:01
My heart really weeps here… An annual Pennsylvania tradition may take a backseat to state budget negotiations. Every December, the commonwealth’s top politicians head to New York City to see and be seen at a long weekend of fundraisers, parties, and one swanky gala collectively referred to as Pennsylvania Society. But some are already talking […]
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Wolf Protested Over Budget

PA Watercooler - Mon, 2015-11-02 10:46
LOL The appearance of diametrically opposed sides and the tension of how it was all going to play out almost made the visit of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Gov. Tom Wolf an afterthought Saturday. As a flatbed truck sat in the middle of Veterans Square Saturday afternoon, the scene was mostly quiet until […]
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Philly Papers to Merge

PA Watercooler - Fri, 2015-10-30 14:28
Long overdue. The newsrooms of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com will merge, the publisher of the papers told reporters today, part of a radical restructuring of parent company Philadelphia Media Network that will include job reduction in “every area” of the company, the city’s biggest news organization. The Inquirer and Daily News will continue […]
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Runaway Military Blimp Floating Over Pennsylvania

PA Watercooler - Wed, 2015-10-28 15:00
www.cnn.com A blimp associated with NORAD’s surveillance of the East Coast has become untethered from its mooring in Maryland and it’s now flying over Pennsylvania, according to NORAD spokesman Lt. Joe Mavrocki. Two F-16s scrambled from the New Jersey National Guard are tracking the JLENS aerostat, a Pentagon official said, after the aircraft came loose […]
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Twenty Seven. Twenty Seven Billion.

PA Watercooler - Wed, 2015-10-28 11:26
In a row. When the government is shutdown, it does not mean what you think. Since July, Pennsylvania has spent $27 billion — without a state budget. Even many insiders didn’t know it. “It floored me,” said Rep. Chris Dush, R-Jefferson County, who filed a request under the Right-to-Know Law to obtain the information. The […]
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State Agency-Crippling Bill Heads to a Vote in the Senate Rules Committee Today

Keystone Politics - Wed, 2015-10-28 09:32
When we last left the IRRC bill Republicans cooked up to completely defang Executive branch rule-making, it had passed the House on close to a party-line vote, and has now headed back to the Senate....
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House & Senate Caucuses: Broke

PA Watercooler - Tue, 2015-10-27 17:59
PennLive.com The now 119-day state budget impasse has gone on so long that all four legislative caucuses have exhausted their oft-criticized legislative reserves. With no more financial cushion, the House and Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses have had to identify an alternative funding source to keep the legislative branch open for business for the duration […]
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