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  • Wolf seeks $4.5B capital program paid by Marcellus Shale tax

    From pennlive.com Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to approve a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan for a wide range of projects, from controlling floodwaters to fighting blight. Wolf, a Democrat, is kicking off his second term by floating a Marcellus Shale…

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  • Gov. Wolf again pitches plan for taxing Marcellus gas drillers

    From postgazette.com Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday announced plans to once again seek a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, promising to use the money for disaster recovery, infrastructure and the expansion of broadband internet, among other projects. The Democratic governor plans to approach state lawmakers with a proposal to borrow $4.5 billion…

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  • Gov. Wolf: Raising Minimum Wage Will Save Taxpayers Millions In Public Assistance Money

    From pittsburgh.cbslocal.com Pennsylvania should raise the state’s minimum wage, says Governor Tom Wolf. “When we give people a living wage for their work, it will lift them out of poverty, and as people earn more they can work their way off public assistance,” Wolf told a press conference in Harrisburg on Wednesday. Wolf asked the…

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  • Republican PA senator retires, leaving another opening in chamber

    From philly.com Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Don White announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of February, leaving a third vacancy in a chamber where the GOP majority recently shrank. White, 69, of Indiana County, has served in the Senate since 2001, most recently holding leadership roles on the Banking & Insurance and…

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  • Having lost fire to do the job, Richard Alloway announces retirement from Pa. Senate

    From the Chambersburg Public Opinion Sen. Richard Alloway II announced Friday that he will retire effective Feb. 28 and leave the state Senate midway through his third term. Alloway, a Republican, has represented the 33rd Senatorial District for 10 years. The district includes all of Adams County, most of Franklin County, and parts of Cumberland…

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  • Sen. Casey ends consideration of a presidential run in 2020

    From the Associated Press U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is ending any consideration of joining a potentially crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020. Casey’s statement Friday comes a couple months after he dropped hints that he was considering a run, fresh off easily winning a third term in the Senate. The mild-mannered…

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  • Pennsylvania jobless rate stable as payrolls hit record high

    From abc27.com Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stayed the same in December, at close to a two-decade low, although payrolls still jumped to a new record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent last month. The national rate is 3.9 percent. A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s…

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  • PHEAA finds its next CEO inside its Harrisburg headquarters

    From pennlive.com Once again, the state’s student financial aid agency conducted a national search for its next president and CEO and landed on someone already on its payroll. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board of directors on Thursday named its interim CEO James Steeley to lead the 3,300-employee agency on a permanent basis. Steeley,…

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