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Tom Corbett

  • Expert: Pa. didn't address fracking health impacts Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.

  • Corbett signs budget, takes on lawmakers, pensions Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    Tom Corbett signed the state budget 10 days late on Thursday and used his line-item veto power to spotlight what he called the Legislature's failure to sacrifice with the rest of government or to curb rising public-sector pension costs that are fueling school tax increases.

  • Budget bill passes, but Philly schools in limbo Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    The Senate narrowly passed a key budget-related bill, 26-22, that is a companion to the $29.1 billion spending plan that is sitting on Gov.

  • Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82 Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects to discredit President Bill Clinton, has died. Scaife died early Friday at his home, his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported.

  • House suspends debate on public pension bill Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    Tom Corbett was abruptly halted Tuesday when a majority of members of the state House of Representatives voted to send the proposal back to committee. Gene DiGirolamo to return the bill to the Human Services Committee, despite a plea by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai to continue floor debate and put the Republican-crafted bill to a vote.

  • Pension bill tied to aid for Philadelphia schools Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Approval for a cigarette tax increase in Philadelphia was being held up in the Pennsylvania Legislature on Sunday by Republicans who were trying to scrape up enough support to pass legislation backed by Gov.

  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 2- Shamokin, Pennsylvania, tucked away in the coal country about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia, has $800,000 of unpaid bills and can't get a loan from a bank. The law was passed in a bid to help Pennsylvania cities battered by the decline of the American steel industry in the 1970 s and' 80 s.

  • Feb. 3- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who is facing an uphill battle as one of the most vulnerable U.S. governors up for re-election this fall, is expected to propose spending more money on education in what could be his last annual budget address on Tuesday.

  • Who's living large in Michigan? The governor. Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 1:57 PM ET

    Twenty-two U.S. governors make over $140,500 a year, and they've been investing in some impressive digs. Click ahead to take a peek at the homes of some top-paid governors.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy began battering the U.S. East Coast on Monday with fierce winds and driving rain, as the monster storm shut down transportation, shuttered businesses and sent thousands scrambling for higher ground hours before the worst was due to strike.

  • Pa. utility agency slapped by judge, admits error Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 4:03 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission was ordered Friday by a state judge to stop reviewing or challenging municipal ordinances that affect natural gas drilling, the same day the agency admitted to miscalculating how much money some municipalities will receive from the booming drilling industry.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- The outcome of a court hearing set to begin on Thursday will determine whether a major regional healthcare system in Pennsylvania is driven into bankruptcy or will be allowed to seek other suitors after a $475 million merger deal with insurer Highmark Inc crumbled.

  • Report: Pa. has 4th-highest in-state tuition costs Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:46 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- A new report from the College Board says Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest in-state tuition charges in the nation for four-year public universities. The Penn State University Park campus topped the list nationally with in-state tuition and fees totaling more than $17,200 for the current class.

  • 14 eco groups ask Pa. to change drill/water policy Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- Fourteen environmental groups have asked Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to reverse a recent change in how official notifications of possible water pollution related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling are handled.

  • Pa. gov gets bill to let firms keep payroll taxes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A new state tax incentive designed to encourage companies to hire in Pennsylvania passed both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday and was sent to Gov. "The beauty of this approach is that this is not revenue that is in the state currently," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman, R- Centre, told colleagues. "

  • Pa. health-insurance exchange plan stalls Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A state-run health insurance exchange is unlikely to be ready for a scheduled January 2014 rollout, Pennsylvania's top insurance regulator said Wednesday.

  • Bill with child labor rule changes sent to Pa. gov Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 3:12 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A bill to revamp employment rules for children, particularly those working in entertainment, is on its way to the desk of Pennsylvania Gov. The House voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the measure, which in many ways is patterned after California's law and brings Pennsylvania closer in line with federal rules.

  • Pa. to distribute $200M from gas drilling fees Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania state agencies and local governments in places where drilling for natural gas is occurring learned Monday how much money they will get out from a fund that has already collected more than $200 million in "impact fees" from drillers.

  • Auditor general wants Pa. to license tattooing Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- Auditor General Jack Wagner wants to Pennsylvania Department of Health to license and regulate the state's 750 tattoo parlors. Wagner, a former Pittsburgh City Council president, was in the city for the announcement Tuesday.