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Wolf: December budget ‘more realistic’


HARRISBURG — Al though the monthslong impasse over a state budget seems poised to end, a final spending plan probably won’t be enacted until December, Gov. Wolf said Monday. In a radio interview, the governor said he had hoped the deal would be complete by Thanksgiving — as he and legislative leaders said last week — but called “more realistic” ...

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Wolf: Renters may bear bigger burden in ‘half a loaf’ budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A proposed 21 percent increase in Pennsylvania’s sales tax — part of a plan to end a nearly five-month-old state government budget stalemate — will fall more heavily on people who don’t own a home, Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged on Friday. The first-term Democratic governor suggested that the sales tax proposal was the result of concessions he ...

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From the budget table: Pennsylvania’s proposed pension deal trades cuts in future workers’ benefits for hoped-for taxpayer savings

The pension reform department of the final state budget talks is aimed toward producing a new benefit plan for future state and public school employees that’s come to be known as a “side-by-side hybrid.” That’s side-by-side, as in it’s really two distinct pension plans working for the employee from their first day on the job: one part a traditional defined ...

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Pittsburgh-based TEN takes client-centered approach in energy efficiency

When municipal leaders in Harrisburg decided to replace the financially ailing city’s network of inefficient streetlights with LEDs — all 6,127 of them — international firms came to town offering their name-brand services and products. The team from The Efficiency Network, the least-known candidate for the contract, was the only bidder that offered options, including samples from different manufacturers that ...

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Tax increase on sales or income seen as unlikely in deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat says a final budget agreement probably won’t include an increase in the sales or personal income tax that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has sought to boost education funding and wipe out a deficit. Still, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Monday that differences remain between Democrats and Republicans in talks to end ...

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Wolf says he won’t cave on demand to fix state’s deficit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he won’t cave on his demand that lawmakers agree to measures to wipe out the state government’s long-term deficit that has plunged its credit rating into the bottom ranks of states. Wolf, in a regularly scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM, reported no progress in budget talks since ...

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Wolf imposes state hiring freeze and travel restrictions

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As Pennsylvania budget stalemate enters its fourth month, Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering a hiring freeze and restrictions on travel. The Democratic governor issued the order Thursday. It imposes a general hiring freeze for most salaried and wage positions, although it says job offers made through Thursday will be honored. It doesn’t apply to caregivers and people ...

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DEP releases final draft of new environmental rules governing oil and gas operations


HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released a final draft of new rules Wednesday that will govern environmental protocols surrounding gas drilling across the state. The rules will be different for conventional drilling and for shale gas drilling, although some of the new protocols overlap when it comes to environmental protection. One of the more significant rule changes ...

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Pipeline Task Force: First official meeting

It is official, Pennsylvania’s brand new pipeline task force is holding its first meeting this Wednesday in Harrisburg. The meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southcentral Regional Office located at 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesday.  The meeting will also be available for live-streaming online for those ...

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Editorial: The power of Marcellus: Real & impressive

Impressive as they are, statistics tell only part of the positive economic story of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale natural-gas industry. The stories of entrepreneurs who depend on and partner with the industry to succeed tell the rest. Former miner Frank Puskarich, 61, has seen his Hog Father’s Old Fashioned BBQ boom along with gas production, drawing about 40 percent of his ...

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