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Wolf: Newly-bolstered reserve fund is ‘pathetic,’ but a big improvement

State leaders will transfer $317 million into the state's rainy day fund.
By Katie Meyer

To spend or not to spend? Pa. politicians get ready for annual debate.

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office has reported that Pennsylvania is going to end the year more than $800 million above budget projections.

By Katie Meyer

Bill proposes tax break for Olympians

Pa. would join the group of states with similar income tax exemptions already in place.
By Emily Previti

Cash for the poor? General Assistance welfare again under threat in Pa.

“These are folks who are really struggling to get by on a day-to-day basis, and General Assistance is the only income support that’s available to them.”
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Democratic state senator wants to flood the Capitol with data on poverty

"I'm hoping that it will reach to the better angels of my colleagues."
By Katie Meyer

More GOP state lawmakers soften stance on minimum wage hike opposition

"We're open-minded about it."
By Katie Meyer

Pa. Lottery on track for a record year, but challenges may threaten its support for senior programs

Republican senators fear the lottery’s revenue projections for the next year or two may come in as much as $50 million to $70 million short.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Pa. taxpayers continue funding state troopers in towns without cops after years of capitol debate

Republican leaders seem to favor a funding model driven by workload indicators, such as calls for service, instead of overall population.

By Emily Previti

Food stamp crisis looming in Pa. because of government shutdown

Early data suggest people are not budgeting early February SNAP benefits as hoped.
By Bobby Allyn/WHYY