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Brad Bumsted is a state Capitol reporter for the Trib. Brad Bumsted can be reached via e-mail or at 717-787-1405

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants state to share in lottery luck

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If you win big money playing the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state doesn’t get a dime in tax. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to change that. Under ...

DA: Nothing illegal about Pa. police nominee’s sign removal

By Brad Bumsted
CARLISLE — Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed on Thursday declined to file charges against Col. Marcus Brown, saying Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to head ...

Pennsylvania Senate passes bill to curb pension benefits for state, school employees

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Saying they aim to protect taxpayers, Senate Republicans on Wednesday pushed through legislation to ban guaranteed pensions for future state employees and reduce benefits for current workers when they retire. Senate Bill 1, approved 29-19, requires 401(k)-type plans for ...

Pennsylvania Senate panel balks at recommending Wolf nominee

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A Senate committee Tuesday declined to recommend Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee Pedro Cortes for secretary of the Commonwealth because the panel is divided ...

Pennsylvania Senate expected to pass public employee pension overhaul

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A Senate vote this week on a bill to eliminate guaranteed pension benefits for state and school employees sets the stage for budget ...

Report: Drug overdoses kill at least seven Pennsylvanians each day

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — At least seven Pennsylvanians die each day from drug-related causes, a report released Wednesday shows. Overall, there were 2,489 drug-related deaths statewide in 2014, ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf’s general counsel tied to $358M bond project winner

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — General Counsel Denise Smyler’s aide approved using the Philadelphia law firm that Smyler co-founded to work for a state authority on a $357.5 ...

Prosecutor accuses AG Kane’s chief of staff of sexually harassing her

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A deputy attorney general says she was sexually harassed by the man Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted to acting chief of staff last ...

Public will be able to do online check of expenses submitted by governor’s cabinet

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf is the first governor in history to require that expenses of his Cabinet members be posted online. From airfare to hotel bills and meals, Wolf’s Cabinet members expenses will be posted for the public on a ...

Kane’s office locates grand jury legal bills it could not produce

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A day after saying documents weren’t available, Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office produced legal bills from outside law firms totaling more than $40,000 ...

Grand jury finding stuns publisher, leak subject of Pennsylvania AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — J. Whyatt Mondesire read the unsealed grand jury presentment with disbelief. It details the grand jury’s conclusion that Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaked secrets ...