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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

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would ...

Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan ...

Wolf vetoes $30.1 billion budget pushed by GOP

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The General Assembly on Tuesday sent a $30.1 billion budget that doesn’t raise taxes to Gov. Tom Wolf, who vetoed it. “It’s what I ...

Employee who wrote letter supporting Kane got $11K raise

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — An employee who wrote a public letter defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s leadership received a salary increase of about $11,300, state records show. Becky Berkebile, formerly an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, wrote that things were ...

In historic vote, Legislature approves bill selling state liquor stores

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — For the first time in state history, the General Assembly Tuesday approved legislation to privatize the state liquor system. “It is a historic ...

Liquor privatization bill receives a major boost in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A proposed House-Senate bill to privatize state liquor sales was approved in committee Sunday, setting up a historic vote by the full Senate. ...

Priest sex abuse allegations lead to Pa. AG agents’ monastery search

By Andrew Conte  and Brad Bumsted
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The only way to stop Catholic clerics who abuse children is to prosecute the people who oversee them and let it continue, said ...

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats offer plan to slash property taxes

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a plan they said would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners and reduce them for an ...

House leader: Phase-out of state stores being considered to generate education funds

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG – House and Senate negotiators are close to an agreement on legislation to phase out the state’s retail liquor stores and lease the state-controlled wholesale system to provide an estimated $200 million a year in education funds, House Majority ...

Scaled-down shale tax in Pa. could spur deal on pensions, liquor privatization

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — With potential for government gridlock growing, lobbyists and lawmakers see a scaled-down version of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 5 percent natural gas severance ...

GOP leaders, Gov. Wolf accuse each other of bad-faith budget negotiations

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration accused each other Monday of failing to negotiate in good faith on key state ...