Commonwealth Confidential Archive: July, 2009

Conference committee recesses, closed door talks to begin

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Has the (metaphorical) sun set on the budget process? Bogged down in procedural disputes and openly criticized by Gov. Rendell the barely 24... Read more

Gov. Rendell says he will sign temporary budget early next week

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Gov. Rendell said he will sign a sharply scaled-back budget early next week that will allow most state employees to be paid - but will not... Read more

How many lawmakers does it take to figure out a meeting time?

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So today is the first meeting of the much-ballyhooed savior of the state's budget-crisis: the joint conference committee. The six-member... Read more

No Pay? No Way!

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That was the chant of the day from more than 1,500 state workers, who gathered on the Capitol steps during their lunch breaks today to protest... Read more

No state stipend for Iraq troops, but sales tax, unemployment pay progress

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The ripple effect of the Pennsylvania budget crisis is being felt as far away as Iraq. National Guard troops deployed to Iraq who work for... Read more

Rendell senior advisor to assume spokesman's role

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Ken Snyder, a senior advisor to Gov. Rendell, will assume duties as the governor's lead spokesman beginning tomorrow. Gov. Rendell's press... Read more

Ex-Rep LaGrotta's blog "outs" lawmakers on per diems

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He may still be on probation, but ex-state House Rep. Frank LaGrotta has decided to speak out rather bluntly about what he calls questionable... Read more

Gov. Rendell's "voice" to resign...

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His quotes were always funny and shockingly honest, making him a darling of the press, but Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo now says he is done... Read more