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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

Corbett’s chances at holding Pa. governor job tied to GOP nest egg

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — As he works to shore up his GOP base, Gov. Tom Corbett needs to improve polling numbers to keep money flowing from the …

Portraits of convicted Pa. legislative leaders have their crimes with images

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Two state lawmakers who advocated removing Capitol portraits of convicted legislative leaders say they’re satisfied with a compromise: plaques hung on Tuesday noting …

Gov. Corbett signs Pennsylvania state budget, vetoes legislative funding

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Intraparty warring among Republicans broke out on Thursday when Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29.1 billion budget but vetoed 20 percent of the …

Oversight board caught in jaws of Corbett’s veto

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — One casualty of Gov. Tom Corbett’s veto pen is Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, which will lose $300,000 the state Legislature had designated for the oversight board. Corbett struck that money and other line items from the budget on …

Veto, special session studied by Corbett to push Pa. pension reform

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is strongly considering using his veto power on Thursday to strike funding for the Legislature and calling a special …

Taxpayers on the hook for $1M more for Consol Energy Center lease

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Taxpayers will pay almost $1 million more for the Consol Energy Center lease to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of a budget-related bill …

Vague bill shrouds earmarks in secrecy, to get Pennsylvania Senate vote

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Millions of dollars are earmarked for projects in a budget-related bill scheduled for a Senate vote on Tuesday that, in most cases, provides few specifics about where or to whom the money goes. “It’s basically earmarks to make …

Down in polls, Corbett has limited options with Pa. budget, pension return

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Down by double digits in public opinion polls, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has few good political choices when deciding by Friday whether to …

Kane, District Attorneys Association duke it out over Sandusky report

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane found herself on the defensive on Wednesday, rebuked by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association for her critical remarks about …

Corbett mulling veto of Legislature money to push pension reform

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — GOP Gov. Tom Corbett is considering whether to veto money for the Legislature in the state budget to get lawmakers to act on …

Pa. Legislature approves $29.1B budget; Corbett withholds signature

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said late Monday he is withholding his signature from a state budget sent to him by the General Assembly …