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By JENNIFER FITCH | August 4, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday passed a measure that will resume pay for nearly 77,000 state workers while the 2009-10 budget debate enters its sixth week after a missed deadline. The House voted 195-3 Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 850, a $27.3 billion spending plan senators approved in early May. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell was planning to line-item veto things that don't affect government operations, public health and safety, or workers' salaries. Franklin County's representatives in the House, Todd Rock and Rob Kauffman, said they voted "yes," but disliked doing so. Kauffman reiterated his complaint that Democrats, and Rendell in particular, created a "crisis" by holding state workers "hostage" using their paychecks.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 28, 2009
HARRISBURG, PA. -- Pennsylvania legislators and Gov. Ed Rendell are considering a stopgap funding bill to resume pay for nearly 80,000 state employees affected by a monthlong budget impasse. State Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said he has heard House Democrats have a strategy in which they'll bring up Senate Bill 850, a $27.3 billion spending plan that senators passed in May. It was voted down by the House and later resurrected by the House Appropriations Committee.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 14, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took steps Monday that were designed to move the legislature closer to adopting a 2009-10 budget, which was due to be passed two weeks ago. However, some lawmakers criticized the momentum as being in the wrong direction. "It was ridiculous what they did today ... All it is, is a back step for Pennsylvanians," said state Rep. Mario Civera, of Delaware County, as quoted by the Associated Press. The House reconvened at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about two spending plans OK'd by the Appropriations Committee just moments earlier.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 4, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- With Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed budget stalemated in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, 600 unhappy taxpayers rallied in Chambersburg's center square Saturday to declare their independence from looming tax increases. Likening their protest to that of a group of Boston patriots in 1776, Franklin County, Pa., joined in the nationwide TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement against taxation and government spending. State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin, said the lack of a state budget shows conservative representatives in Harrisburg, Pa., are listening to their constituents.
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By DON AINES | February 4, 2009
Rendell's budget draws criticism SCOTLAND, PA. -- Students and faculty at Scotland School for Veterans Children held something like a pep rally Tuesday morning, not to drum up school spirit for a basketball game, but for the upcoming fight to keep the school open. "I know you feel like our lives got flipped over yesterday," guidance counselor Lindsey Leonard said, referring to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal to close the school. She told the students what they do in the last months of the school year could determine the school's future.
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By DON AINES | December 6, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The CSX Intermodal Facility south of Chambersburg, which opened in the fall of 2007, will become part of the National Gateway, a proposal for a public-private partnership to improve three rail corridors for increased freight transportation from East Coast ports to the Midwest. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday put state funding behind the project - $35 million over the next three years that will be used to change clearances of railway tunnels and bridges to allow for double-stacked container freight shipments through the state.
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By DON AINES | October 31, 2008
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The polls in Pennsylvania are tightening between Barack Obama and John McCain, prompting Gov. Ed Rendell to criss-cross the state for the Democratic nominee, including a meeting with a group of students Thursday morning at the Ceddia Union Building of Shippensburg University. "My gut feeling is that this is a single-digit election," Rendell told the group of about 200 students, citing a Mason-Dixon poll showing Obama with a 4 percent lead with five days left before the election.
NEWS
July 25, 2006
"There's many a slip between the cup and the lip" is an expression that has been around in one form or another for the past 500 years. But though it may be an old adage, it's a good description of the tribulations Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has faced in trying to get slot machines legalized. We recommend that legislators go along with the governor's fix for the latest problem, or face the possibility that they'll be blamed when the property tax relief slots were designed to fund doesn't materialize.
NEWS
July 12, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Gov. Ed Rendell is scheduled to speak to Franklin County Democrats at a breakfast on Tuesday, July 25, at 8 a.m., at the Franklin Fire Co. Social Hall, at 158 W. King St. in Chambersburg. The menu will include a buffet of assorted pastries, fruit, breakfast casserole, juice and coffee. All interested supporters are invited, and there is no charge for admission. To attend, respond by July 18 to Beth Shupp-George at 717-398-8341 (cell), 717-262-4328 (home)
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June 29, 2006
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we will all hang separately. " So said Benjamin Franklin in 1776 as he signed the Declaration of Independence. Some of his descendants in Pennsylvania politics have decided that joining forces to cut taxes in an election year makes more sense than continuing to fight about it. Gov. Ed Rendell came into office promising to reform the state's school-funding system, which many felt relied too heavily on property taxes. Rendell aimed to relieve the financial pressure on the state's fixed-income elderly whose prime earning years were behind them.
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