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Could it be Happy Valley is happy again? Ever since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal roiled Pennsylvania State University, dozens of candidates have vied each year for the three open alumni seats on its board of trustees.
The reintroduction of a Pennsylvania bill that would bar undocumented immigrants from state and federal benefits is again drawing fire from immigrant advocacy groups. They contend the legislation would cost the state $20 million to verify what it already knows - that Pennsylvania immigrants are not illegally accessing public benefits.
Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday. The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday by the House.
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.
A man on death row will not be executed Wednesday, after the state's highest court denied the Philadelphia district attorney's request to an expedited decision on a petition seeking to overturn Gov. Wolf's temporary reprieve.
The Democratic governor’s first budget proposal seeks to launch big change. But Republicans who control the Legislature aren’t interested in liftoff.
Gov. Wolf's proposed funding boost for state colleges has strings attached. He wants them to freeze tuition.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Top Republican lawmakers say Gov. Tom Wolf's new spending proposal goes too far with a 16 percent increase.
Gov. Wolf's proposal Tuesday for a historic increase in state education spending was received like a Christmas bonus in March by school officials in the region, and they said they were especially pleased about what it might mean for property owners - lower taxes.
The reintroduction of a Pennsylvania bill that would bar undocumented immigrants from state and federal benefits is again drawing fire from immigrant advocacy groups. They contend the legislation would cost the state $20 million to verify what it already knows - that Pennsylvania immigrants are not illegally accessing public benefits.
Could it be Happy Valley is happy again? Ever since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal roiled Pennsylvania State University, dozens of candidates have vied each year for the three open alumni seats on its board of trustees.
Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday. The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders.
Gov. Wolf went to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday to push his plan to radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican legislators who had immediately labeled his budget proposal dead in the water.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday by the House.
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $30 billion spending plan that would raise the state income and sales taxes to pay for sweeping property-tax cuts in every school district.
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.