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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

Feds tapped top Pa. treasury official’s phone during McCord probe

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The FBI tapped the phone of the Pennsylvania Treasury Department’s chief investment officer for a month in 2014, records show, though he was ...

State House knocks down Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Nine Western Pennsylvania Democrats broke ranks with Gov. Tom Wolf and joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat his plan to raise the personal ...

Wolf still seeking to raise income tax, impose tax on shale-gas drilling

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — House Republicans will proceed with a historic vote Wednesday enabling Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to test support for a tax plan that would ...

Fired aide Barker files lawsuit against Pa. Attorney General Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A former top lawyer who testified under a protective order against Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging she violated ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf pushes ‘broad-based tax increase’ to avoid $2B deficit

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — At a critical point in the 97-day budget stalemate, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and House Democrats on Tuesday will present a revised tax ...

Kane releases emails as distraction when woes mount, analysts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — When she faces trouble, Attorney General Kathleen Kane releases pornographic emails sent or received by her perceived enemies and antagonists, legal and political analysts say. “It is the pattern she has turned to, anytime the political and legal pressure ...

Kane charged with new perjury count, other crimes; releases porn emails

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Signed documents and a notary’s log book show that Attorney General Kathleen Kane lied to a grand jury, the state Supreme Court and ...

Republican leaders invite vote on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has a high-stakes showdown with Republicans next week on whether House members of both parties are willing to vote ...

$10M tax credit proposed for Pennsylvania waterfronts may be budget casualty, state senator says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — With advocates singing praises of waterfront development tax credits, Senate Majority Policy Chairman David Argall on Wednesday posed the stark reality before them at an informational hearing. The state faces a “very, very difficult budget,” said Argall, R-Schuylkill ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf vetoes GOP ‘stopgap’ budget bill

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Taxpayers will pay the cost of borrowing by school districts that need money during a state budget crisis that will escalate because Democratic ...

Chief Justice: No partisan deal to forge unanimous opinion for Kane’s suspension

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court justices did not cut a political deal to reach a unanimous decision to suspend the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane, an accused felon, Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor said Monday. Saylor, who spoke ...