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  • PA Senate passes bill banning cash gifts to elected officials

    PA Senate passes bill banning cash gifts to elected officials
    HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that bans cash gifts to lawmakers and other elected and appointed officials in state and local government. The bill would make it illegal for public officials and...
  • Pennsylvania Legislature looks to pluck 'low-hanging fruit' of ethics reform

    Pennsylvania Legislature looks to pluck 'low-hanging fruit' of ethics reform
    HARRISBURG — In the state Capitol, nothing sparks calls for reform like allegations of shady lawmakers with sticky fingers. Since Monday, six lawmakers have announced bills that would prohibit House colleagues from accepting gifts of cash, cap cash...
  • Penn State doesn't want public to have access to its files

    Penn State doesn't want public to have access to its files
    Officials from Penn State and three other state-related universities didn't put up a very convincing fight this week for why they shouldn't have to comply with the state's Right-to-Know Law. They said it would cost them money. They said it would...
  • Tuesday Morning Coffee: Senate panel drops statewide board from charters bill.

     
    Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. The state Senate tweaked a charter schools reform bill last night, dropping language that would have created a statewide authorizing board for the alternative public schools. The amended bill kicked out of the...
  • Friday Morning Coffee: The weekend warm-up.

     
    Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Well, here we are, starting one of the last working days before the Christmas interval. Hopefully you have all your shopping finished and you've laid in a sufficient supply of Curiously Strong Adult Beverages so......
  • Friday Morning Coffee: The Weekend Warm-Up.

     
    Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Ordinarily, we'd be using the preamble to this morning's post to urge you to ease into the weekend. But for some among us -- budget staffers, particularly -- the next 48 hours will be filled......
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee: What's $3.87 Billion Between Friends?

     
    Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Back in the early 1990s, when grunge ruled the Earth and everyone, by law, was required to wear flannel, look moody and drink truly psychotic amounts of coffee while listening to the first Pearl Jam......
  • Monday Morning News Analysis: Fight Over GOP-Backed Prevailing Wage Cuts Is The Most Important Argument You're Not Paying Attention To.

     
    Last fall, the South Western School District in York County went shopping for new roofs for four of its buildings. What it ended up with was an object lesson in the importance of checking the fine print. After jumping through......
  • Prevailing Wage Bill Advances In State House.

     
    The state House has advanced legislation making the first substantive changes to a state law dictating the cost of most public construction projects since it went on the books half-a-century ago. If, as expected, the chamber gives its final approval......
  • Prevailing Wage Bill Collapses In The House: Republicans Can't Muster Votes.

     
    A Planned Vote ... ... on a bill making changes to Pennsylvania's half-century-old prevailing wage law collapsed this afternoon after majority Republicans failed, in a comedy of errors, to muster the votes to pass it. "The Big Labor wing of......
  • It'll Be A Lonely Primary For A Lot Of Lawmakers This Year.

     
    Good Afternoon, All. If there was any doubt, it looks like the vogue for reform has passed and the wave of anger from the 2006 cycle has officially subsided. We've just gone and checked the list of candidates from the......
  • Friday Morning Coffee: The Friday Five.

     
    The Corbett administration's new Privatization Task Force (which we told you about yesterday) is packed with corporate-types and campaign donors. The folks at Democratic State Committee ran the numbers on some of the task force's more high-profile numbers...