Category Archives: Pennsylvania Legislature

Rendell is earmarking $10 million for the Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University and another $10 million for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Pennsylvania will borrow up to $600 million to pay for pet building projects

Published: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 10:49 AM     Updated: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 10:56 AM

The Associated Press

The new $28 billion state budget was part of a deal that would boost state borrowing by as much as $600 million to pay for construction projects such as new public buildings to be named after U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and late U.S. Rep. John Murtha.
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The new budget provides $5.1 million for the Pennsylvania State Police to initiate a new class of 100 cadets beginning in October 2010.

Governor Rendell Signs Budget That Restrains Spending in Difficult Economy, but Invests More in Education and Job Creation 

No Taxes Will Increase; Vital Public Health and Safety Funding Continues

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., July 6  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed a $28 billion General Fund budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that holds down spending as the state strives to live within its means using existing resources. Continue reading

Veon convicted in Bonusgate trial

By Mario F. Cattabiani – The Philadelphia Inquirer   03/23/10 at 6:57 AM 

HARRISBURG – Former Rep. Michael R. Veon, once among the most powerful politicians in the state Capitol, was convicted [last] night of masterminding a scheme to have the public underwrite the campaigns of House Democrats. Continue reading

[PA] State Attorney General Tom Corbett is planning to join a legal challenge of the bill.

Governor And A.G. Disagree On Health Bill

posted 03/22/10 6:23 pm   producer: Dennis Buterbaugh /

Harrisburg, PA – The governor said health care reform was long overdue from Washington. But a group that pushes for less government, not more, is very disappointed. Continue reading

House Speaker McCall says he will not seek reelection

House Speaker McCall says he will not seek reelection

Scranton Times-Tribune – robert swift – ‎45 minutes ago‎

HARRISBURG – Speaker Keith McCall, one-half of the Northeast Pennsylvania duo that took the reins of power in the

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Happy Days Are Here Again

Pennsylvania lawmakers OK table games for casinos

Reuters – Jon Hurdle  PHILADELPHIA

Wed Jan 6, 2010 6:20pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday completed passage of a bill to legalize games like poker and blackjack at casinos in a move to generate $250 million in revenue and balance the state’s budget. Continue reading

[Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Reading,] said he has attempted to garner support from Gov. Ed Rendell’s office. “It’s like talking to a wall…”

Pennsylvania state trooper shortage predicted

By Brad Bumsted
Monday, December 28, 2009
Last updated: 5:50 pm

HARRISBURG — The state budget doesn’t contain any funding for a new cadet class of state troopers and the prospects for hiring troopers with tight budgets over the next few years are bleak, lawmakers and the head of the troopers union said today. Continue reading

Should a PA homeowner be “obligated to retreat if confronted by an attacker”? State Rep. Paul Clymer says, No.

Opponents target gun legislation       


Bucks County Courier Times

The measure would allow citizens to stand their ground and use deadly force to fend off an attacker. Opponents call it shoot first legislation. Continue reading

PA Budget Agreement Reached

Breaking News: Budget Agreement Announced

Reported by: Jenni Joyce / CBS-21 News

Governor Ed Rendell announces Friday night, a budget agreement has been reached.  It will still be another week to 10 days before the budget will be signed.  Rendell says he now needs to go over the details of the budget with his members, before announcing the details to the press. Continue reading

Our Lodge received the below e-mail from FOP Secretary Dan Zakraysek

Thu 9/17/2009 7:51 PM

Subject: FW: FOP/Labor Victory in Senate! Continue reading