In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

Decked out with more than 900 lights and 400-plus hand-crafted ornaments, Gov. Tom Wolf lit the annual Capitol Christmas tree Thursday.
Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Tags: Tom Wolf
State Capitol Christmas tree lit amid protest of Department of Corrections’ mail restrictions

State Capitol Christmas tree lit amid protest of Department of Corrections’ mail restrictions

Prior to lighting the state Capitol Christmas tree, Gov. Tom Wolf shared a message of “counting our blessings” and sharing them with others throughout the year.

But a group of about a half-dozen protesters, opposed to some recently enacted policies in the state prisons, had another message in mind.

Just as Wolf began to speak, the protesters jumped up from a crowd of spectators, shouting imploring Wolf to “have a heart.” The group held up cards and a banner referring to Wolf as “the Grinch” because of current mail restrictions placed on all state correctional institutions.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philly's City Council Finance Committee votes down loosening tobacco restrictions, forwards tax change

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed through five of six bills considered Wednesday, including an alteration to tax laws allowing businesses to carry net operating losses for a longer period on their tax returns. The only bill voted down was a change to tobacco licenses, allowing them to change locations or holders.

Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-District 1), the measure would roll back restrictions set in 2016 that blocked all transfers.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture

IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture

The Independent Fiscal Office latest numbers project a $1.7 billion deficit, a report that new Democratic fiscal chief Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) would have preferred not to have seen.

“I only read good news,” he joked.

But the Minority Appropriations Committee Chair will likely be hearing a lot about that total over the next few months, as the General Assembly turns the page from the smooth election year budgeting of this year to 2019.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom

Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom

Hunger and housing advocates from around the city gathered in Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council members to restore or increase funding to their respective organizations. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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