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Time Ticking for On-Time PA Budget

06.18.14 | FL News Team

 Governor Corbett has issued an ultimatum-- on the budget. He says lawmakers will not be allowed to leave town-- until the budget is balanced. No matter how long it takes.   The session ends in a week and a half. The governor has posted ...

PA Lawmakers Rush to Finalize Budget

06.17.14 | Terry Diener

   Pennsylvania's state Senate majority leader says he's telling rank-and-file Republican senators to prepare to work in the Capitol into July on a $29.4 billion budget plan whose deficit seems to grow by the day. Senate Majority Leader ...

Affordable Care Act Could Deter PA Substitute Teachers

06.17.14 | Bill Price

 School districts in the Common Wealth will soon restrict substitute teachers from working more than 30-hours a week, despite sub shortages that left area classrooms uncovered this year. Starting in January, under the  Affordable Care ...

PA Lawmaker Pushes for State Immigration Office

06.16.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to create an Office of New Americans in the state.  Senator Jim Ferlo sent out letters last week seeking support of the bill, which would focus on attracting and integrating immigrants to Pennsylvania.  ...

PA Lawmakers Negotiate Liquor Sales

06.16.14 | Sarah Harnisch

  With 2 weeks before Pennsylvania state lawmakers call it quits until September, Senate leaders behind closed doors are negotiating the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores.  The House bill would phase out 600 state liquor stores and ...

PA's Largest Labor Union Endorses Tom Wolf

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania's largest labor organization is endorsing the Democratic ticket for governor. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's executive council voted Thursday to support Tom Wolf and his running mate, state Sen. Mike Stack. They are challenging Republican ...

PA's Democratic Chair Says He's Not Going Down Without A Fight

06.13.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn says he intends to challenge Katie McGinty, the hand-picked candidate of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf, when the party’s state committee chooses a new chairman later this month. Burn ...

Wolf Endorses McGinty for PA Democratic Chair

06.12.14 | Terry Diener

Gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf has endorsed a former opponent - Katie McGinty - for chairwoman of the state Democratic Party.  He also endorsed state Representative Jake Wheatley of Allegheny County as vice chairman. Wolf disclosed his choices ...

PA's Political Corruption Costing Taxpayers

06.12.14 | Terry Diener

A scholarly study based on data from the Justice Department says Pennsylvanians pay inflated taxes because the state's public corruption rate is among the highest in the nation.  The report in Public Administration Review shows public ...

PA Lawmakers Push for Medical Marijuana

06.11.14 | FL News Team

A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be ready for a state Senate committee vote this month, supporters say.The bill would set up state oversight of doctors to prescribe marijuana for a range of illnesses, said Sen. Mike ...

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