Thursday, December 20, 2012
Our Patches across the country will take part in a Web Moment of Silence on Friday, and Gov. Tom Corbett has requested that state residents pause to remember those lost last week.
Gov. Tom Corbett has asked for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and Patches across the country will join in a Web Moment of Silence to remember the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The moment of silence was requested by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who issued a proclamation calling on the citizens of Connecticut to observe Dec. 21, 2012, as a day of mourning. Malloy sent a letter to all the nation's governors asking them to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of the fallen. Patch sites across the country will mark the tragedy at 9:30 a.m. EST. Among other sites taking part in the Web Moment of Silence are AOL, Adobe, Foursquare, Hacker News, Duke University Jawbone, …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In the wake of mass shootings in Newtown, CT, and elsewhere, Patch examines the recent history of gun-control legislation in Pennsylvania.
On the books, Pennsylvania's gun laws are somewhat tougher than those found elsewhere in the United States, according to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The gun-control group gives Pennsylvania a 25 out of a possible 100-point rating on its state scorecard—the 10th-strictest rating in the country. "While Pennsylvania has some common-sense gun laws, including the requirement of Brady criminal background checks on all handgun purchasers, more needs to be done to stop illegal gun trafficking," according to the Brady Center website. Current Law In Pennsylvania, a person does not need a license to "open-carry" a gun by wearing it in a holster or in similar fashion anywhere but in Philadelphia, state police spokeswoman Diana Bates told…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Rep. Mike Turzai, township officials from Pine and McCandless, PennDOT officials and more join governor for ceremony.
With busy Route 19 as the backdrop, Gov. Tom Corbett today (Monday) joined with a host of officials to cut a ribbon to celebrate the expansion and improvements to the Wexford Flats section of the road in Pine and McCandless. At the ceremony in Wexford Plaza, Corbett used the opportunity to talk about transportation's part in the regrowth of southwestern Pennsylvania. "Southwestern Pennsylvania is at a critical juncture in its economic history," the governor said. "We are sitting in the middle of the largest economic boom in more than 150 years. We hope to become the location of the first ethane processing plant ever built in the northeast United States and this is all developing alongside a growing bio-medical and high technology sector …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Kathleen Kane has vowed to determine if politics played a role in the development of the case against Jerry Sandusky and other Penn State officials.
Friday, November 9, 2012
State officials release terms for the potential agreement—which calls for a $150 million upfront payment to the state—in an announcement today.
The state Department of Revenue on Friday announced key terms of a potential private management agreement for the Pennsylvania Lottery. Such an agreement would turn over some unspecified duties of managing the lottery to a private company, which would pay the state up front but then would be compensated for its work. State officials earlier this year began looking at privatizing the lottery as a way of maximizing its revenue. According to a release, key terms of the agreement would include: Now that the scope and terms of a management contract have been determined, a multi-agency team is exploring private management and is reviewing the business plans of qualified bidders. Those business plans will include each qualified bidder’s proposal …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Two mega-shelters will open Tuesday afternoon to house evacuees from New Jersey, along with Pennsylvanians who need a place to stay, Corbett said.
UPDATE: Gov. Tom Corbett stepped to the microphone for Tuesday’s midday storm update after spending a half hour on the phone with President Barack Obama, who held a conference call with a number of governors whose states are affected by the storm. Giving few details of the call, Corbett said the president understands that Pennsylvania still is dealing with Superstorm Sandy and is making the federal government’s resources available to the commonwealth. Obama signed an emergency declaration for Pennsylvania early Monday that allows state officials to request federal funding and other storm assistance. Corbett said it is too early to tell what funds Pennsylvania might qualify for; damage assessment numbers will not be available until next …
Monday, October 29, 2012
No injuries or deaths confirmed, the governor said at 6 p.m. update.
In a 6 p.m. update on Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Tom Corbett said major interstates around Philadelphia will be closed around 7 p.m. as the storm reaches land in New Jersey. The governor also reported more than 100,000 customers are without power in Pennsylvania and 308 are in shelters. He said he had no confirmed reports of injuries or deaths. To stay up to date on the storm, he recommended checking www.pa.gov. For road conditions, travelers can call 511 or check www.511pa.com. Keep checking back with Pine-Richland Patch for more details as they become available. If you haven't done so already, this is a real good time to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up with what is going on.
Monday, October 15, 2012
But Cecil and three other local communities will have their portions withheld until the state reviews their drilling ordinances.
Gov. Tom Corbett announced Monday that Act 13 has generated more than $204.2 million through the new impact fee. Most of this money will be distributed directly to local communities across the state—Pine Township's share is $355.66 and Richland Township will receive $357.23. Four communities' funds are on hold—Cecil Township, Mount Pleasant, Robinson and South Fayette. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that those communities will have their share of the local impact fee witheld until their ordinances governing drilling have been reviewed by the state and deemed in compliance with Act 13. In all four instances, residents lobbied the Public Utilities Commission to review those ordinances. In addition, Range Resources also filed a request …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The budget was enacted with just minutes to spare from the Saturday midnight deadline.
For the second year in a row, Gov. Tom Corbett beat a midnight deadline and signed a state budget that includes no new taxes. "Hopefully we're developing a habit, and I think the Pennsylvania citizens will appreciate that habit of on time," Corbett said after the signing ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. The final $27.66 billion budget package includes several significant victories for the Corbett administration, including a tax incentive aimed at luring a Shell Oil Co. plant to Beaver County, a measure to alter how teachers are evaluated, and a proposal to tame rising prison costs through targeted sentencing, the Post-Gazette reported. The spending plan, approved by the House on Thursday and the Senate late Friday, maintains funding at …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The final version was $500 million higher than Gov. Corbett's proposed budget.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed a nearly $27.66 billion state spending plan by a 32-17 vote late Friday, the Harrisburg Patriot-News is reporting. The budget is $500 million higher than Gov. Tom Corbett's initial proposal, according to the Post-Gazette. Other parts of budget package will still need to be acted on by the state House and Senate. The state House approved the budget on Thursday. The budget still requires action by Gov. Tom Corbett for final approval. The plan requires no increase in taxes or new taxes. It maintains funding at current year levels for public universities and most school districts, but some fiscally struggling districts received a little extra money, the Patriot-News reported. It cuts funding for human services by…