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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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A Look at SB1

The education talk in Harrisburg has mostly been about Governor Corbett’s cuts to public universities and school districts in the state, but one of the most controversial issues in education reform has been the use of vouchers in the school choice bill.

April 5th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | 4 Comments

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Corbett Defends Use of Reporter Dungeon

Responding to criticism in recent days that his administration has been inaccessible to reporters, Governor Corbett was particularly adamant in his defense of the reporter ‘dungeon,’ the maximum security detention facility where journalists are sent when they publish or say incorrect or unflattering things.

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

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Redistricting Map to Be Drawn By Experts

To reflect the “practicable” district design prescribed in the Constitution, PA lawmakers will instead bring in Mr. Watson’s second grade class to try and stop voter-hungry partisan lawmakers. The team, who recently learned basic shapes, will be led by stand-out geometry student Timmy Reynolds.

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