Philadelphia Inquirer writer, covering PA state government. Typist. Mom. Dog mom. Grumpy Greek. There are no dumb questions - so I tell myself.

Pa. budget talks to resume next week — Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:47 PM HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania will continue to operate without a budget until at least until next week, when Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators are expected to return to the negotiating table to try and break the impasse over a new fiscal blueprint for the state.

Wolf vetoes entire GOP budget, says 'math doesn't work' — HARRISBURG - It's now up to Gov. Wolf. With just hours to spare to pass an on-time state budget, the Republican-controlled legislature motored through hours of debate Tuesday to send the Democratic governor a $30.1 billion spending plan as well as liquor privatization and pension reform legislation.

As Pa. budget deadline looms, partial shutdown appears likely — Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015, 7:33 PM HARRISBURG - With just one day left to achieve an on-time state budget and no further talks planned, the impasse between Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature seems certain to end in a partial government shutdown.

GOP introduces plan to privatize state liquor stores — Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015, 1:08 AM HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores.

Wolf to veto GOP budget plan — Last updated: Friday, June 26, 2015, 4:36 PM HARRISBURG - Republicans who control the legislature on Friday unveiled a $30.1 billion budget blueprint as an alternative to the Wolf administration's proposed plan, setting the stage for a veto by the Democratic governor.

GOP Pa. budget said to ignore Gov. Wolf — Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7:16 PM HARRISBURG - Republicans who control the legislature spent Thursday putting the finishing touches on their own budget blueprint, one that will exclude many of Gov. Wolf's priorities and pave the path for a veto.

Wolf aide: 'Hope is waning' in budget talks — Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 8:59 PM HARRISBURG - Budget negotiations in the Capitol took another tense turn Wednesday, with a top Wolf administration official accusing Republican legislative leaders of throwing up "a wall of ideology" to hamper talks. "Hope is waning," John Hanger, Gov.

Attorney General Kane fires another key aide — Last updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:47 PM Attorney General Kathleen Kane fired another aide Wednesday, terminating a senior official only weeks after he had recommended that she discharge her new and controversial chief of staff. The dismissed aide, George Moore, the office's labor-relations coordinator, said in an interview that a superior told him only that Kane wanted to "go in a new direction."

Wolf to GOP: Drop push for pension, liquor reform — Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 11:43 AM HARRISBURG - A visibly frustrated Gov. Wolf emerged from mid-morning budget talks Tuesday saying Republican leaders must back off their insistence on tackling liquor privatization and pension reform at the expense of other, more pressing budget items. Instead, the governor told reporters, he has asked Republicans who control both legislative chambers to seriously discuss the question of education funding and property tax cuts.

Deadline looming, no budget in sight — Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 1:08 AM HARRISBURG - With 10 days until a new fiscal year, the Wolf administration and the GOP-controlled legislature will have to pull the equivalent of a college cramming session to meet the deadline to enact a state budget.
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May 21, 2015

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May 18, 2015

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May 18, 2015

McGinty calls #PASenate pension bill is "not reform at all," and contends legislators will fare better under it than other employees.

May 18, 2015

McGinty refers to PA's impact fee on Marcellus Shale drilling as a "paltry substitute" for a severance tax.

May 18, 2015

McGinty pushing Wolf's proposed Marcellus shale tax, about which there has been very little buzz in the legislature.

May 18, 2015

McGinty talks about key bills passed by the legislature - but does not give a nod to #PASenate's passage of pension bill that Wolf opposes.

May 18, 2015

Katie McGinty, Gov. Wolf's chief of staff, to speak at the monthly PA press club luncheon at noon. Check back for updates.

May 18, 2015

Lawyers for Gov. Wolf told one of PA's biggest employers to hire 3 law firms, rather than just the one it wanted:…

May 17, 2015

State rep in sting case cites PA AG Kathleen Kane in claiming investigation was racially biased:…

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