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Budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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Pennsylvania’s carbon-cutting plan will await US court fight

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration isn’t planning to meet the first deadline for states to submit compliance reports under President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Wolf’s environmental protection secretary, John Quigley, said his agency is waiting for courts to settle legal challenges, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports. The first deadline is September. ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at night, as seen from the Monogahela River. (Image: Joey Gannon via Flickr)

IT’S UP TO TRUMP TO UNITE REPUBLICANS, May 5 With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party’s nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the “braggadocious” real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. ...

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Pennsylvania set to OK medical marijuana; Ohio could follow

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is set to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana as the Legislature sent a bill to the governor on Wednesday after parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures circulated the Capitol urging lawmakers to act. The House vote, 149-46, set off cheers in the ornate chamber and capped several years of door-to-door lobbying ...

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Wolf vetoes fiscal code bill related to Pennsylvania budget

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed the state’s fiscal code, which was passed along with the Pennsylvania budget, citing concerns about how it divides money for schools, borrows $2.5 billion, affects greenhouse gas emissions at power plants and regulates oil and gas drilling. The first-term Democrat made the fiscal code his first veto of the year Friday ...

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Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general won’t run again

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks to a news conference in Scranton, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Kane said she will not seek a second term, facing pressure from within her own party after being hobbled for months by criminal perjury charges and the suspension of her law license. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The state’s embattled attorney general said Tuesday she will not seek a second term, facing pressure from within her own party after being hobbled for months by perjury charges and the suspension of her law license. Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced the decision in Scranton, her hometown, just hours before a deadline to submit signatures ...

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Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s second state budget proposal

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Highlights of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plan for the 2016-17 budget year that starts July 1: THE BIG PICTURE — Increases spending through the state’s main bank account to nearly $33.3 billion. That is a two-year increase of $4.3 billion, or 14 percent, from the last full-year, enacted budget. — Raises taxes by nearly $3 ...

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Wolf administration to tighten methane rules for drillers

Wolf administration to tighten methane rules for drillers

A proposal to require natural-gas drillers to reduce methane emissions will help make Pennsylvania a “national leader” in efforts to combat global warming, the Wolf administration said on Wednesday. Requiring the industry to reduce methane leaks at well pads, compressor stations and processing facilities in the Marcellus Shale could result in a 40 percent reduction in emissions, Environmental Secretary John ...

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Few details as Pa. budget impasse lingers

The United States Capitol dome is seen down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s budget impasse entered its sixth month Tuesday, with scant new details about what shape a final deal might take. Frustrated lawmakers emerged from closed-door meetings with few revelations about if, how, or where progress had been made. Some rank-and-file House members wondered aloud what they might eventually vote on, and when. “The devil is in the details,” ...

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Group wants ‘bomb trains’ rerouted around Limerick plant

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Montgomery County, Pa. A Tri-County environmental advocacy group has asked federal, state and local officials to reroute railroad tracks that carry crude oil near the Limerick Nuclear Generating station to prevent a disaster in a derailment. Norfolk Southern and Limerick officials counter that there are safety features in place to respond to fires and other derailment hazards. Alliance for a ...

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