Keeping up with the neighbors: Pennsylvania -- Don't call us Illinois

Keeping up with the neighbors: Pennsylvania -- Don't call us Illinois

In the latest installment of The PLS Reporter's "Keeping Up With the Neighbors" -- a periodic feature looking at state news in surrounding states -- we give a status update on Illinois' budget impasse and compare and contrast the situation with the one Pennsylvania faced in 2015-2016.

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Pennsylvania’s budget impasse was a dismal saga almost unique in the country for the length and scope of its futility. Almost - but not completely. 

The Commonwealth has one state in particular to thank for keeping it out of the record books. Illinois, which runs on the same fiscal calendar, is still without an enacted budget for 2015-16. 

Monday, May 9, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
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Keeping up with the neighbors: Atlantic City facing state takeover

Keeping up with the neighbors: Atlantic City facing state takeover

In the latest installment of The PLS Reporter's "Keeping Up With the Neighbors" -- a periodic feature looking at state news in surrounding states -- we take a look at the potential state takeover of Atlantic City.

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In no small part thanks to the success of Pennsylvania’s foray into legalized gambling, Atlantic City, New Jersey, has for years been coasting on a downward trajectory, caught in a vicious cycle at whose root lies a fading casino industry.

Things are so bad, in fact, that efforts are underway by various factions in Trenton to effect a state takeover of the city.

Monday, May 2, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Lawmakers, governor to resume talks Monday

Lawmakers, governor to resume talks Monday

Following several hours behind closed doors this afternoon, legislative leaders reported minimal progress on a budget agreement with the governor, who separately confirmed to reporters that he does plan to veto the stopgap measure, SB 1000, passed by the House earlier in the day.
Thursday, September 24, 2015/Author: Mike Howells
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House debates stopgap budget under cloud of veto threat

As expected today, the House followed the Senate’s work earlier in the week, approving stopgap budget legislation SB 1000 along a party-line vote of 117-83. The plan, referred to as an “emergency funding” measure by Republicans throughout the day’s debate, would effectively implement one-third of the budget passed by the General Assembly in June and subsequently vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Today’s vote was taken, however, under the threat of veto by Gov. Wolf.

Thursday, September 24, 2015/Author: Mike Howells
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UPDATED: The Wolf Transition Team - Mapped

Updated 12/12 - The PLS Reporter has mapped out the localities of the Wolf Administration's Transition Team. 

The latest update includes the localities of the Review Team Leads, and an improved maps overall.

Friday, December 12, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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