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Will Pa. ever get serious about property tax reform? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - March 23, 2022

Rep. Frank Ryan wants to tax retirement income. It's a good idea, which means it'll never happen.

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If it was easy to eliminate property taxes, it would have happened by now | Ray E. Landis

BY: - March 13, 2022

Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, who's retiring, is trying to sell this quick fix again.

Senate committee advances GOP fetal remains legislation

BY: - December 14, 2021

Proposed as the Final Disposition of Fetal Remains Act, the bill would require health care facilities, including abortion providers, to arrange for either a burial or cremation after a miscarriage or abortion. Parents also could make arrangements and assume potential costs.

Pa. legislators pitch plans to end automatic pay raises for lawmakers, other public officials

BY: - December 9, 2021

(*This story was updated at 12:29 p.m. on Thursday, 12/9/21 to clarify that Mastriano’s office did not return a request for comment on what he intended to do with the coming pay raise. It was updated again at 1:07 p.m. to reflect that Rep. Jerry Mullery, D-Luzrene, is sponsoring similar legislation in the state House.) […]

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‘We are committed to competition’: Top Wolf official says

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Wolf administration requested $340M in emergency contracts during the pandemic, according to a published report

Capitol siege lays bare GOP electoral misinformation in Harrisburg

BY: and - January 10, 2021

“I do believe words have consequences,” Republican state Rep. Natalie Mihalek, of Washington County, told the Capital-Star. “And those consequences were on full display” at the U.S. Capitol.

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The Electoral College meets today. Remember these GOP lawmakers who tried to stop it | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 14, 2020

The wheels of government will continue to turn -- despite the efforts of these Pa. Republicans.

Pa. conservatives’ hopes for subpoena-fueled election investigation quashed by political reality

BY: - November 22, 2020

The effort was first announced at a press conference last week, when 26 House and Senate Republicans — barely a fifth of all GOP lawmakers — called for the General Assembly to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s 2020 results until lawmakers could conduct their own election audit.

Attorneys denounce GOP rep.’s ‘politically motivated’ impeachment call for Pa. Supreme Court Justice Wecht

BY: - October 8, 2020

The resolution, now before the House Judiciary Committee, has garnered 35 co-sponsors, but it is unlikely to ever come to a vote.

Pension travel policy reforms meet pushback from teachers

BY: - June 11, 2020

Teachers sitting on the Pennsylvania’s educator pension board voiced their concerns Thursday with a reform proposed by the state’s Democratic treasurer and a Republican lawmaker. The brief, polite disagreement over how to reform the transparency and approval travel costs at the Public School Employees Retirement System comes in response to undisclosed trip expenses at the […]

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Pa. lawmakers need to try this fairer, more equitable approach to property tax reform | Ray E. Landis

BY: - March 8, 2020

Is it time to again have a debate about eliminating property taxes in Pennsylvania? Senate Republicans think so, because they’ve held public policy meetings on the topic. This renewed discussion does provide an opportunity to take a clear-eyed look at the issue. While rising property taxes threaten to make it unaffordable for some to remain […]

Capital-Star’s reporting prompts Pa.’s teacher pension fund to audit travel expenses to L.A.

BY: - March 6, 2020

Pennsylvania’s largest pension fund is auditing its travel expenses after reporting by the Capital-Star revealed opaque expense records for cross-country travel.