New technologies help clean up coal piles from PA communities

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania has an estimated 212 million cubic yards of coal waste which have been a problem no one seemed able to fix. But a newer type of power plants is taking up that challenge.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: Making the rich pay their ‘fair share’

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Source: Tax Foundation

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he wants to make taxes in Pennsylvania more fair.

Some of the state’s wealthier residents might question his definition of the word.

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PA lawmakers grant NRA, other groups standing to sue over local gun laws

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Municipal leaders across Pennsylvania are fretting over legislation that would give the National Rifle Association the power to sue over local gun regulations that reach beyond state law, but the NRA believes it’s their own fault should they end up on the losing side of an expensive court battle.

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Justices behaving badly: PA Supreme Court has embarrassing history

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Checking in on the state of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court isn’t for the weak of constitution these days.
That’s thanks to the stunning development from earlier this week, when the state Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery from his duties.
Chief Justice Ron Castille blasted McCaffery in a sharply worded concurring statement, [...]

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: What we know, and what we don’t

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Education, Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

OF TOMS AND TAXES: Tom Wolf, left, the Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, says the state's richest residents should pay a higher share of the state's education costs. He wants to implement a more progressive tax system to shift the burden away from property taxes.

Four years ago, Pennsylvanians went to the polls and elected Tom Corbett as the 46th governor of their state.

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ACLU vows lawsuit against PA legislation targeting offenders’ speech

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Free Speech, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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State lawmakers fast-tracked legislation last week that would give victims the power to seek a civil injunction to silence their offenders if they believe their speech is re-victimizing them.

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