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POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012, 3:54 PM

Parents and students at Penn State may get a smaller hit in the wallet this fall.

PSU president Rodney Erickson said today he is proposing a record low tuition increase for in-state students.

Erickson, speaking at news conference at the Capitol with Gov. Corbett, said he will present to the Board of Trustees a 2.9 percent increase for state students attending the University Park campus and a 1.9 percent increase at Commonwealth campuses.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 1:48 PM

The soundbite came back to bite House Majority leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) across the cable news airwaves in the past 72 hours, even making its way to "The Colbert Report" last night.

But lost in the frenzy over Turzai's statement on the new voter ID law, was the comment that came right before it.

Turzai, in ticking off the GOP-led legislature's accomplishments, mentioned the abortion facility regulations bill signed by Gov. Corbett in December ostensibly to protect the health of women patients.


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POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5:41 PM

Oops. The Corbett administration commits a wee budget week faux pas.

The Department of Public Welfare issued letters this week to 70,000 Pennsylvanians who receive General Assistance benefits telling them they would no longer receive any aid as of July 1, 2012.

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POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:58 AM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell made a cameo appearance this morning at the Bonusgate-related trial of onetime Democratic state Rep. Steve Stetler.

Stetler, a York County legislator who later became Rendell's secretary of revenue, was as good a worker as they get, the governor told a Dauphin County Court jury.

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POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:06 PM

As former lawmakers and as top GOP and Democratic staffers head to their permanent prison assignments in one case, a separate case, involving a Democratic leader and former Rendell cabinet official, wraps up its first week of testimony in Harrisburg.

Last week we reported that former House Speaker John Perzel was sent to SCI Laurel Highlands, the prison that houses the state's aged and infirmed inmates, in Somerset, about 230 miles west of his home in Philadelphia.

(It is the same prison housing former Democratic Whip Mike Veon convicted as part of a related legislative corruption probe.) 

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 12:38 PM

Not happy. That's what voters are saying about Gov. Corbett' job performance, according to a new poll released today.

Corbett's approval ratings slid to a new low since taking office last year, with voters saying they don't think the economy of Pennsylvania has improved under his watch. So says the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Overall, voters disapprove of the way Corbett’s is handling his job, 47 to 36 percent, down from a high of 50 to 32 percent approval last September, with more voters saying the economy is doing worse since Corbett took office in Jan. 2011.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 5:30 PM

Do some state lawmakers have differing ideas on what constitutes "intrusion" on a woman's body depending on the occasion?

Seems they do.

Consider Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler), writing in the latest edition of his newsletter "Transparency Times," who promotes a resolution opposing the Transportation Security Administration's search procedures.

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POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2012, 6:37 PM

He may have been light on specifics, but Gov. Corbett offered his most expansive remarks yet on negotiations with Shell Oil to build an ethane plant in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

In an ad hoc news conference after addressing insurance commissioners in Harrisburg, Corbett cautioned the deal is not yet done, but if Shell locates here, the massive plant has the potential to "reindustrialize" Pennsylvania.

"Manufacturing is leaving Pennsylvania and going to other countries. This is an attempt to bring manufacturing back," said Corbett.

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