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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

Sales, income taxes increases expected in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State lawmakers and political analysts predict Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday will propose slashing property taxes and paying for it with higher ...

AG Kane’s spokesman leaving after 2 months on the job

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The parade of press secretaries for Attorney General Kathleen Kane continues. Aaron Sadler, her spokesman, said Friday he is leaving to take a job with the Louisiana attorney general’s office as director of communications. He began working for Kane ...

Legislation would broaden crimes for which public officials forfeit state pensions

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Legislation to prevent public officials convicted of crimes such as conflict of interest from collecting state pensions appears headed for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill’s sponsor said Friday. The bill by Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks County, ...

Pennsylvania House pushes liquor system privatization bill through

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — For the second time in two years, the state House on Thursday approved comprehensive legislation to privatize the state liquor system by selling ...

Governor Wolf proposes halving key corporate tax in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday said he wants lawmakers to cut the state’s corporate net income tax by half as part of a ...

As House looks to dismantle state stores, hybrid system might be option

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — With the Republican-controlled state House on Thursday poised to approve a liquor privatization bill, and Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf demanding “modernization” ...

Wolf says goal is ‘fairness’ amid talk of looming tax increases

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday declined to provide details about his first budget address set for next week as talk intensified among lawmakers ...

Judge, law school dean out as nominees for Pennsylvania Supreme Court

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appears destined to start its spring session in March with five justices because a nominee for one vacancy withdrew ...

Pennsylvania legislature sitting on $161M surplus

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — While the legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf grapple with a budget deficit the governor’s analysts predict will exceed $2 billion, the House and Senate are sitting on a surplus of as much as $161 million, an audit reported ...

Grand jury recommended charging Kane with criminal contempt, judge says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Saying the “truth is crying to be heard,” a judge supervising a statewide grand jury on Wednesday disclosed that the panel recommended a ...

Former state Treasurer McCord ready to plead guilty to extortion

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to two counts of extortion for shaking down two state contractors for ...