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4% Pay Cuts for State Workers

A state savings of about $6 million to help lessen the state budget deficit. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Gov. Tom Corbett is now asking state workers to take a 4 percent pay cut in the first year of their next contract after rejecting a union offer for a pay freeze just months ago.

April 6th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Playbook | 6 Comments

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4/1 Morning Buzz

First, we’ve got this week’s edition of Up & Down featuring a candidate for AG and our representatives in Washington. The Miracle in the Hudson is back in the news as Congress debates the FAA Authorization Bill. One amendment in particular, offered by Rep. Shuster, is causing some controversy. We have collected the various statements Pa. Lawmakers have released in the wake of the President’s address on military action in Libya. In case you were confused, Gov. Corbett is not Gov. Rendell. To start with, Gov. Corbett does not like how Rendell dealt with Transportation issues and Corbett wants to sell a state bus. Rep. Mariano got a little confused with his geography, we’ve got the details and the Democrats want everyone to know about the mistake. Sen. Toomey had a Press Conference to discuss his Constitutional Amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced.

April 1st, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments

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3/31 Morning Buzz

PoliticsPA is on the Redistricting Watch where the buzz is growing that Reps. Altmire and Critz will have some inter-party fights ahead. Rick Santorum was in the news a lot yesterday as we crawl closer to a decision on the former Senator’s future political plans. Wereport that he had a solid weekend in Iowa but Rep. Bachmann stole a lot of the thunder. Gov. Rendell explained to us all why politicos should never throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. Up in NW Pa., there is talk that Kathy Dahlkemper might run for her old congressional seat.
Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s edition of the Buzz. If you have not seen it yet, check out PoliticsPA’s Harrisburg Superlatives. We would love to hear your comments; comment on our website, via Twitter or Facebook.

March 31st, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments

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3/30 Morning Buzz

We have the exclusive on NEPA prosecutor Kathleen Granahan Kane who will announce a bid for Attorney General today. Pa2010 alum Dan Hirschhorn takes an early look at an Altmire v. Critz primary (advantage Critz). Casey’s in the hot seat over Planned Parenthood funding. And Corbett takes heat for his strict press conference rules.

March 30th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments

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3/29 Morning Buzz

Today is the last day to submit suggestions for our Harrisburg Superlatives. Students pour into the Capitol to protest proposed cuts in higher education funding. And Senator Casey echoes Obama’s themes on Libya.

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments