Category Archives: Pennsylvania Politics

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

Capital of Pennsylvania considers Chapter 9 bankruptcy

Pennsylvania State Capital Mulls Bankruptcy as a Budget Option

February 04, 2010, 12:21 PM EST

By Dunstan McNichol / Businessweek

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, will consider Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection along with tax increases and asset sales as options to address $68 million in debt service payments due this year, the chairwoman of a City Council committee said last night. Continue reading

Rendell warns “…budget pain felt by Pennsylvania in recent years can be expected to intensify.” Gov suggests raising personal income tax on Pennsylvania workers again, “…day of reckoning is coming.”

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rendell sounds budget warning at Chamber of Commerce event

Philadelphia Business Journal – by Bernard Dagenais Staff Writer

Gov. Ed Rendell told a group of business leaders in Philadelphia Tuesday that the budget pain felt by Pennsylvania in recent years can be expected to intensify. Continue reading

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

“In Pa. coal region, a mother lode of corruption”

Posted on Mon, Nov. 16, 2009

In Pa. coal region, a mother lode of corruption

First came “cash for kids.” Now, six school board members are charged with accepting bribes from would-be teachers.

By William Ecenbarger  For The Inquirer

WILKES-BARRE – Early in the spring, the FBI made an extraordinary appeal that was carried by newspapers and broadcast media throughout northeastern Pennsylvania: Continue reading

PA State Police commissioner lobbies for New York mayor’s gun control group

Pa. top cop backs lost handgun reporting

Commissioner supports mayors’ effort to get gun trace data to police.


WILKES-BARRE – The Pennsylvania State Police commissioner has sent a strongly worded letter of support to the Pennsylvania Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, confirming his support for lost or stolen handgun reporting. 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

Out of 6,784,786,286 PA Governor one of the best people in the world according to magazine

Ed Rendell Is the Best: “Esquire”

Pa. Gov. Named Among Best People in the World


Updated 5:02 PM EDT, Thu, Sep 17, 2009

He can’t get a balanced budget passed but at least Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is one of the best people around. Continue reading

“We have taken the [personal-income-tax increase] off the table,” House Speaker Keith McCall (D., Carbon) said during a late-afternoon news conference in the Capitol.

Pa. House Democrats say income-tax rise dead

Philadelphia Inquirer – Nick PipitoneAngela Couloumbis – ‎3 hours ago‎

Rendell spokesman Ken Snyder would not confirm that the governor had abandoned the tax increase. “But at every point in this process,” Snyder said,


“The earliest the measure could reach Rendell’s desk is Tuesday. It would take about five more days for the state Treasury to process checks…”

Pa. gov moves to pay workers as budget talks stall

Philadelphia Inquirer – Mark ScolforoMarc Levy – ‎3 hours ago‎

AP HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Ed Rendell outlined a plan Wednesday that holds out the promise of pay for thousands of state workers and government vendors