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Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
Topic - Dominic Pileggi
As Pennsylvania lawmakers prepare to reconvene Monday after a four-week break around the primary election, there is no shortage of ideas for plugging a potential $1 billion-plus shortfall in state revenue.
Pennsylvania's new "impact fee" on the booming natural gas drilling industry is expected to generate $224.5 million from wells in 2013, up 10 percent over last year, Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said Friday.
Republicans in the Pennsylvania state Senate were digesting the news Wednesday that they will be joined by a conservative maverick who was heavily critical of them in an expensive and sharp-elbowed special election in which he soundly thumped the GOP's nominee.
Stepping into a heated political battle, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is urging Republican leaders of Pennsylvania's legislature not to move forward on a bill that would make it harder for labor unions to collect dues and political action contributions through payroll deductions.
Pennsylvania state Republican leaders are pushing to switch from the state's winner-take-all system in presidential elections to a format that would award electoral votes based on the winner of each of the state's 18 individual congressional districts.
"There's very broad support for increased education spending," he said.
With this year's budget set to expire June 30, "everything is under discussion," said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware.