Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Some of Pennsylvania’s top insurers were put on notice Monday by the state’s chief law enforcement official.

Speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he would be saying more in the coming months on the policies and practices of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark.

“We need to make sure UPMC and Highmark are held accountable to our state laws,” he said. “Anyone who injects confusion in the marketplace, who makes it difficult for seniors to access care, who create issues utilizing your money, my money, tax money in order to put money in their pockets...we’re going to have something to say about that.”

Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senator-elect Williams may not be seated as chamber Republicans question residency

Senator-elect Williams may not be seated as chamber Republicans question residency

A newly-elected Democratic state senator’s seat is in doubt even as the ink dries on her slim electoral margin.

Following up on a failed residency challenge to kick Lindsey Williams off the ballot of a northern Pittsburgh suburban Senate seat, Senate Republicans have started asking whether she should be seated in the chamber.

“The Lindsey Williams issue gives myself and the caucus great pause,” Senate President Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said.
Thursday, November 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Davis campaign plans lawsuit to challenge state absentee law, count late arriving ballots

Davis campaign plans lawsuit to challenge state absentee law, count late arriving ballots

The last senate race still being counted is going to court.

On Thursday, Rep. Tina Davis’s (D-Bucks) campaign for the 6th Senatorial District said they planned to pursue a lawsuit to demand that 192 absentee ballots that arrived after the state’s early deadline be counted.

The suit’s logic is similar to a suit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union state chapter over Pennsylvania absentee voting laws.
Thursday, November 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Despite big election swing, Senate leadership unchanged

While the Pennsylvania Senate had its biggest electoral swing since 1954, it was not roiled by the same number of leadership changes as in the House.

While eight incumbent senators, all Republicans, either retired, resigned, ran for higher office or lost an election, the chamber only lost one minor leadership figure: Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks), the caucus administrator, who retired.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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