Chester County DA charges Energy Transfer official in Mariner East investigation

Chester County DA charges Energy Transfer official in Mariner East investigation

The Chester County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday they would file charges against a top official at Energy Transfer, the company behind the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline, for allegedly attempting to recruit state constables to provide security for pipeline sites and hide how they were paid.

DA Tom Hogan announced in a news release that he had filed bribery and corruption charges against ETP Security Manager Frank Recknagel, as well as officials at two security firms he alleges were used to “offshore” payments to the constables.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Amid deficit projections, fiscal conservatives warn of looming budgetary crisis

Amid deficit projections, fiscal conservatives warn of looming budgetary crisis

Some of Pennsylvania’s most ardent fiscal conservatives are pressing colleagues in the General Assembly to correct the state’s financial course before the impacts hit everyday Pennsylvanians. 

Representatives Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Seth Grove (R-York) are looking to instill a sense of urgency among state lawmakers as they spearhead a series of bills that aim to learn from the fiscal pitfalls experienced in other states — and enact reforms to avoid them. 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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New PennDOT secretary set to come at crossroads for agency, with senators airing concerns over local project funding

New PennDOT secretary set to come at crossroads for agency, with senators airing concerns over local project funding

With news that Gov. Tom Wolf will tap a top PennDOT engineer to replace outgoing secretary Leslie Richards, at least one member of the Senate has said they will oppose the nomination unless there is greater clarity regarding the completion of local projects.

Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) said in a letter to Republican leadership last week that he would not vote for PennDOT Executive Deputy Secretary Yassmin Gramian, Wolf’s choice to replace Richards, unless the agency gives assurances that they will finish “major projects” in his district on time.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Sen. Hughes continues to seek funds for school repairs

Sen. Hughes continues to seek funds for school repairs

As the Philadelphia School District plans to commit $500 million towards removing asbestos and other repairs in buildings districtwide, they’ve received promises of additional support from a rapper with connections and a legislator with plans.
 
Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) introduced two spending bills in June to offer emergency funding to school district looking to repair buildings. Recently, he’s mentioned plans to reintroduce Senate Bill 1276 from last session that created a $6 billion fund for renovations, bankrolled by taxes on shale gas production. 
Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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