Keeping Up with the Neighbors: So your governor ran for President

Keeping Up with the Neighbors: So your governor ran for President

In the newest installment of The PLS Reporter's feature "Keeping Up with the Neighbors"--a look at government news in surrounding states--we take a look at how running for President can affect the reputation and governing ability of a sitting governor.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Keeping up with the neighbors: State budget whiparound

Keeping up with the neighbors: State budget whiparound

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 how other states wrapped up their budgets as Pennsylvania tries to tie a bow on its own.

Friday, July 8, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Keeping up with the neighbors: Veto overrides are the new black

Keeping up with the neighbors: Veto overrides are the new black

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 trend of veto overrides in other states.

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From Oklahoma to Delaware, South Carolina to Maine, and of course in Pennsylvania, it has been a season of competing wills. Across the country, the concept of divided government is on full display as state legislatures have worked to override gubernatorial vetoes of bills on a wide range of subjects, from budgets, tax hikes and spending cuts, to education and campaign finance. 

Monday, May 23, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Keeping up with the neighbors: The Brooklyn Bridge is NOT for sale

Keeping up with the neighbors: The Brooklyn Bridge is NOT for sale

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 corruption in surrounding states with a particular focus on recent scandals in New York state.

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Pennsylvania, to be sure, has its own rich history of political corruption; one that continues to unfold in new and often ever more creative ways. By and large, however, the commonwealth’s political scandals tend to pale in comparison to its two neighbors to the east, New Jersey and particularly of late, New York.

Monday, May 16, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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
Categories: Features
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