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Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill

Jun. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is wading into a budget-season fight in Pennsylvania and asking Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf not to veto legislation to substantially expand state taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools. Toomey wrote to Wolf on Monday, saying...

Pennsylvania has a surplus, and lots of budget patches, too

Jun. 16, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In Pennsylvania, good fiscal times may not necessarily mean good fiscal condition. The rage in the state Capitol right now is the surplus that state government rolled up in the almost-ended fiscal year, helped by unexpectedly strong corporate and sales tax collections. That news...

Wolf tells group he'll fight for cash assistance program

Jun. 14, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

MOUNT WOLF, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is telling demonstrators that he'll fight Republican resistance to a Depression-era program in his budget proposal that provides a $200-a-month cash benefit for the poor who are disabled or otherwise unable to work. Wolf, a Democrat, spoke with demonstrators from the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jun. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: IT'S TIME, FINALLY, TO RAISE PENNSYLVANIA'S MINIMUM WAGE Easton Express Times, June 9 Wait, did we hear that correctly? A handful of Republican legislators in Harrisburg are saying this budget season might be the time to raise Pennsylvania's woefully deficient minimum wage....

GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

Jun. 12, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are refusing to commit to the millions of dollars sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties buttress election security by replacing their voting machines before 2020's presidential elections. Republicans who control...

Governor to veto $100M private schools bill in Pennsylvania

Jun. 12, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to substantially expand taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania. Wednesday's statement from Wolf's office comes a day after the Senate...

$100M private schools bill starts budget season fight

Jun. 11, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to substantially expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania won passage Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, although Gov. Tom Wolf is signaling that he will block it. The public dust-up ramps up a fight between supporters of...

Bill to take over insurance exchange wins House's backing

Jun. 11, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives is backing the state's effort to take over its online health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act in a bid to cut premiums for hundreds of thousands of people. The Republican-controlled House voted 198-1 on Tuesday for the...

Pennsylvania nursing homes get bad marks from national group

Jun. 11, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania nursing homes have received a failing grade from a national advocacy group. Families for Better Care issued its findings Monday. The group based its report card on eight measures collected by the federal government, including the number of problems found during...

Strong cash flow smooths budget work, but not Wolf's agenda

Jun. 9, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With strong tax collections oiling the gears, Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are working under the hood of a new spending plan as they head into the final weeks of voting sessions before lawmakers break for summer. Front and center is an...