Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Gov. Wolf was off to a good start, but his tax plan may not make any sense.
HARRISBURG - Though Gov. Wolf has been working behind the scenes for weeks on his first budget blueprint for the state, legislators and others say his real work is only just beginning.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A proposal to let Pennsylvania crime victims witness trial testimony is advancing in the state Legislature.
Pennsylvania residents will likely hear a proposal for a broad-based tax increase when Gov. Wolf proposes his first budget next week.
WASHINGTON - As he begins his tenure facing a $2 billion budget gap, struggling schools, and aging bridges and roads, Gov. Wolf said there's another key area to improve: his state's self-esteem.
HARRISBURG - The details have been kept under lock and key, but when Gov. Wolf unveils his first budget early this week, all signs point to its being big, bold - and highly controversial.
Gov. Wolf said Friday that he wants to help 5,500 more Pennsylvania seniors get caregiving services in their own homes rather than in nursing homes, and promised to make the approval process for home health care much faster.
HARRISBURG - Two weeks ago, Gov. Wolf promised that his team would do its part to trim the $2.3 billion state budget deficit through government cost savings.
Gov. Wolf has appointed State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) to represent the governor on the SEPTA board. Wolf said he was "very confident" Evans would help advance the governor's plans for a "more robust transportation system" in the region, a spokesman for Wolf said.
HARRISBURG - A Centre County judge tapped by Gov. Wolf to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy is withdrawing his nomination after coming under fire last week for an e-mail that some claimed was racially insensitive.
Gov. Wolf was off to a good start, but his tax plan may not make any sense.
HARRISBURG - Though Gov. Wolf has been working behind the scenes for weeks on his first budget blueprint for the state, legislators and others say his real work is only just beginning.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A proposal to let Pennsylvania crime victims witness trial testimony is advancing in the state Legislature.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf, who replaced the chairman of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission partly because of his support for additional charter schools in the cash-strapped city, will discuss his plan for charter reform in Tuesday's budget address.
Days after Bill Green defied Gov. Wolf by voting to approve new charter schools, the governor has stripped Green of his chairmanship of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled House, for the second time in as many years, passed a bill Thursday that would privatize the often-maligned state wine and liquor stores.
Democratic state Rep. Cherelle Parker, who is running to fill the 9th district council seat of her former boss and mentor, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, twice appealed the conviction.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Gov. Wolf on Wednesday proposed cutting the state corporate net income tax rate in half by 2018, a step he said would allow Pennsylvania to move from the nation's second-highest rate to one of its lowest.
Pennsylvania residents will likely hear a proposal for a broad-based tax increase when Gov. Wolf proposes his first budget next week.
WASHINGTON - As he begins his tenure facing a $2 billion budget gap, struggling schools, and aging bridges and roads, Gov. Wolf said there's another key area to improve: his state's self-esteem.