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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 3, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: The Philadelphia Inquirer on symbols of Independence Day July 3 We mark this Independence Day by a clash of symbols. On one hand, we have President Trump's multi-million dollar military parade rolling its tanks, fighting vehicles...

Senate GOP warns Fetterman over sticking to chamber's rules

Jul. 2, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Senate are warning that they'll reassign the duties of Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman as the chamber's presiding officer if he defies the chamber's rules again. Republicans issued the two-page letter publicly Tuesday. It came six days after...

Politics of elections snares Pennsylvania voting-machine aid

Jul. 1, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The fate of legislation to help Pennsylvania's counties afford new voting machines before next year's election is in doubt after getting wrapped up in the politics of voting and election laws. Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he will decide later in the week whether to sign or veto the...

Wolf signs bills to help ag marketing, foster young farmers

Jul. 1, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to help Pennsylvania agriculture was signed into law Monday, including measures to foster younger farmers, help clean water going into Chesapeake Bay and expand butchering services for small farmers. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed eight related farm bills in a Capitol...

State auditor general confirms that he'll run for US House

Jun. 30, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is confirming that he'll run for Congress and seek next year's Democratic nomination for the Harrisburg-area 10th District held by four-term Republican Rep. Scott Perry. DePasquale made the announcement on social media Sunday. The...

Governor signs $34 billion 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $34 billion compromise budget Friday after lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes on hundreds of pages of legislation that in some cases drew angry protests from his fellow Democrats. Fueled by strong tax collections, the budget boosts aid to...

Pennsylvania blocks plastic bag bans for at least a year

Jun. 28, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation barring Pennsylvania's municipalities from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags and other containers, wrappings and bags. The measure Wolf signed Friday is a 69-page budget-related bill that lawmakers unveiled two days ago. A...

Highlights of Pennsylvania's 2019-20 budget, related bills

Jun. 28, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Highlights of the spending package signed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania state government's 2019-20 fiscal year starting Monday, as well as the fate of Wolf's key initiatives: THE BIG PICTURE — Increases spending through the state's main bank account to $34...

The Latest: Wolf signs $34B 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the finishing touches of Pennsylvania's 2019-20 state budget (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a $34 billion compromise state budget after Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes. Wolf made the announcement Friday, shortly...

The Latest: Key school bill blocked as budget deadline looms

Jun. 27, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on budget-related legislation moving through Pennsylvania's Legislature before the 2019-2020 fiscal year starts July 1 (all times local): 9:30 p.m. A key budget-related bill that guides education policy has hit opposition at the 11th hour in Pennsylvania's House of...