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Pa. tax revenues were down in March, as officials brace for bigger future hit from COVID-19 

BY: - April 1, 2020

The shortfall, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a statement, was only partially related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pensions position, lawmakers prepare as coronavirus economic impact trickles into Pa.

BY: - March 10, 2020

Pennsylvania’s school teacher pension fund made $1 billion off of the coronavirus-induced market shifts last week, as the state’s fiscal watchdog stressed budgetary uncertainty as the virus spreads.

Finding new money for higher ed is hard, but without a bump, there could be ‘hell to pay’

BY: - March 4, 2020

The confrontation came during back-to-back budget hearings Tuesday for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as well as the four partially-public universities, including Penn State University. 

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These states most closely match the U.S. electorate. How did Pa. do? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 2, 2020

Everyone complains about Iowa and New Hampshire. So which states are the most representative of the U.S. as a whole?

Could charging Pa. motorists for rush-hour driving pay for infrastructure? PennDOT wants to find out

BY: - February 26, 2020

Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told a House panel this week that they’re studying a congestion fee as a solution to the state’s constant search for cash to fund highway and public transit investment.

Facing skeptical lawmakers, Human Services official makes $3M pitch for funding for Planned Parenthood

BY: - February 26, 2020

In a Wednesday appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa D. Miller assured lawmakers that the healthcare provider would have to undergo independent audits, and sign a contract to ensure that the public funds are not used for abortions.

Erie lawmaker tells liquor regulators they need to spruce up rundown states stores in poor Pa. cities

BY: - February 25, 2020

The state board that controls alcohol sales in Pennsylvania touted its plans to renovate more liquor stores this year, leading one state lawmaker on Tuesday to decry what he saw as a disparity between state-run stores in poor urban areas and affluent suburbs. 

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3 things about the economy Dems need to sweat in Pa. And 3 things they don’t |Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 25, 2020

Majorities of Pa. voters say they're better off than they were four years ago. Dems need to explain why they deserve credit.

Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request

BY: - February 24, 2020

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee suggested that the fee hikes for for dumping in landfills and drilling for natural gas, are just a stealth tax hike. 

House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler isn’t running for Speaker — yet

BY: - February 24, 2020

Speaking to the Pennsylvania Press Club, the Lancaster County Republican touted accomplishments and gave the kind of answer you'd expect.

What are supplemental appropriations? The Pa. budget battle you’re not hearing about 

BY: - February 24, 2020

The appropriations “have become structural,” Rep. Matt Bradford, of Montgomery County, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, told the Capital-Star. 

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New report gives Pa. a ‘D-Minus’ for its reliance on one-time budget gimmicks| Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 24, 2020

That whole kick the can thing? Yeah. That's not working. At all.