Pennsylvania’s administration is facing a tough budget year for 2013-2014, with an estimated $1.3 billion in cost increases.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Figuring out next year’s state budget may be the Corbett administration’s toughest balancing act yet. While facing unavoidable personnel cost increases and potential federal cuts, the state is promising taxpayers it won’t increase general fund taxes, or create new ones. Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby said Wednesday that while the state is not ready to announce a spending figure for next year, it knows it has to come up with at least half a billion dollars. Known cost increases for next yet tally around $1.3 million, though the administration estimates it will have $813,000, or 3 percent growth, in revenue. “In an environment where you’re not raising taxes, not generating more …
Post-election, Republicans consider rebranding message, demographics
Monday, December 3, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — There was a particular moment this election season when Clarke Cooper says he began to see the tide turn in the Republican Party. It was at the outset of the 2012 election cycle, when the National Republican Congressional Committee announced the first 10 candidates it would champion. “There were racial minorities, there were more women, a gay guy, and some religious minorities, all in that first tranche that was pushed out by the party,” Cooper said. “That was a smart thing to do.” But it was only a start. Cooper is the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Log Cabin Republicans, a national grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans. After the GOP’s Election Day defeats, …