Commonwealth Confidential Archive: June, 2011

PA budget highlights: On time, slimmed down

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Highlights of the nearly $27.2 billion state budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year that passed the House and Senate: THE BIG PICTURE: —... Read more

Trouble in GOP budget paradise

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With the legislature set to send Gov. Corbett a $27.15 billion spending plan for his signature, a last-minute disagreement over a school... Read more

House to move Shale tax bill today

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Amid the budget chaos, will the log jam on a gas tax/impact fee be broken? State House officials say a proposal to tax natural gas extraction... Read more

Lost in the budget noise: contract agreements with state's largest unions

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The tentative contract agreement reached between the Corbett Administration and two of the state's largest public employee unions fits the... Read more

Sec. Tomalis pushes for voucher bill before break

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State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis said Monday he is pushing to enact school tuition voucher legislation before state lawmakers breaks for... Read more

Temple, Lincoln, Penn State funding (mostly) restored

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In his March budget address, Gov. Corbett proposed slashing funding for state-related universities by 50 percent, sparking alarmed talk of... Read more

House Dems learn drinking and driving don't mix

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Perhaps the House Democrats ought to consider a DUI caucus - or at least providing members with alcohol awareness training. For the third... Read more

Sen. Hughes predicts $700m budget surplus, urges GOP to restore cuts

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The ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee today predicted the state's surplus could top $700 million by the June 30 budget... Read more