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POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:53 AM
The campaign of Allyson Schwartz released a cleverly-concocted YouTube video titled "Excuses" making fun of Gov. Corbett's comments.

More than a week after Gov. Corbett suggested that one reason for the state's high unemployment rate is that some of the unemployed are high, both sides of the argument continue to beat the drum.

The campaign of Allyson Schwartz released a cleverly-concocted YouTube video titled "Excuses" making fun of Corbett's comments. It includes an MSNBC clip of Chris Matthews weighing in, and ends saying "we're not high" but under Corbett job creation is "low."

You can see it here.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:52 AM

Couple, three things (okay maybe more) on the sentencing Tuesday of former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

If you missed it, the former jurist (she resigned May 1) was convicted of the same type of felonies that sent a bunch of other state officials, including her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, to prison.

Those crimes involved public corruption connected to the use of public dollars and other resources to run political campaigns. Currently, eight former lawmakers who held leadership positions, including Orie, are in jail.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:52 AM

And so it begins.

The annual dance of dollars in which policy, spending and taxes are set for a new fiscal year (and in many cases beyond) is underway in the state capitol.

Monday, a week after Senate President Joe Scarnati publicly complained there had been not one meeting of subtance on a new, roughly $28 billion state budget to take effect July 1, he and other GOP leaders met with Gov. Corbett in what House Leader Mike Turzai called "a positive" meeting, a prelude to introducing the governor's budget next week.

POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:00 AM

The online news service offers an interesting take on the state's still-growing pension problem, a fiscal nightmare that the Legislature continues to kick down the road.

The news service's Monday piece says even as the Corbett administration offers reform plans to reduce long-term costs of pensions for state workers and teachers, it appears such plans are going nowhere.

With a June 30 state budget deadline in sight and issues such as transportation funding and liquor privatization getting more push and attention -- in a legislature not known for doing more than one major thing at a time -- pension reform could be left in the dust.

POSTED: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 9:10 AM
Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) has authored a bill to legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer, file)

Somewhere in the flap over Gov. Corbett's statement that "many employers" can't find "anyone who has passed a drug test," lurks what seems like maybe a sensible solution.

This, of course, assumes the guv is correct about the "many" and the "anyone."

But lets say for the sake of argument that he and the biz types who rushed to affirm his conclusion that (to be kind) at least part of the state's unemployment problem is that too many folks seeking jobs are (or recently were) high.

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