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Pickett urges PUC to address insurance coverage gaps for ride-sharing companies

Pennsylvania state Rep. Tina Pickett, the chairman of the state House Insurance Committee, recently urged the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) to address gaps in insurance coverage for ride-sharing companies as part of the review process.

Philadelphia's Valley Green Bank to merge with Univest

The Philadelphia-based Valley Green Bank will merge with Univest Corp. next year as part of a deal valued at $76 million.

Uber seeks approval from PUC of emergency application

Ride-sharing company Uber updated an emergency application on Monday before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to get permission to operate in the state, complete with signed supporting statements from Pittsburgh residents who voiced support for the service.

Vantage Energy files for $400 million IPO

The Colorado-based Vantage Energy, one of the largest natural gas producers in southwestern Pennsylvania, recently filed with the SEC for a $400 million initial public offering, with plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

House environmental committee votes to end summer gas requirement

Pennsylvania's House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee passed legislation on April 9 that would end the required use of "summer gas" in seven counties in western Pennsylvania.

Molchany submits resolution to PUC to allow ride-share companies to operate

Pennsylvania state Rep. Erin Molchany filed a resolution on Monday requesting that the state's Public Utility Commission (PUC) grant immediate experimental service licenses to ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to allow them to operate in the state.

Wolf criticizes Corbett for Pennsylvania budget crisis

Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for the gubernatorial seat in Pennsylvania, toured a start-up incubator in East Liberty on Monday, where he criticized current Governor Tom Corbett for what Wolf called a leadership problem.

Unemployment expected to decline across tri-state area

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia recently forecast a drop in unemployment across the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for the month of June.

Pa. legislature approves bill to allow in-state expansion of Tesla Motors

Lawmakers approved legislation last week that would allow the Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors to expand its retail operations in Pennsylvania and add more service locations in the state.

Meuser warns of budget deficit, rising pension costs

Dan Meuser, Pennsylvania's secretary of revenue under Governor Tom Corbett, recently warned of the budget deficit facing the state, with pension costs expected to grow by more than $4 billion in the next two years.

Emrick votes in favor of $29.1 billion Pennsylvania budget for 2014-15

Pennsylvania state Rep. Joe Emrick recently joined a majority of lawmakers in the House to approve Senate amendments to the $29.1 billion 2014-15 fiscal year budget, which allocates $10.5 billion in funding to K-12 education.

Thomas calls for budget secretary's resignation, forensic audit of school district finances

Pennsylvania state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia) criticized recent comments by state Budget Secretary Charles Zogby about how the state funds Philadelphia's school system, calling on the secretary to resign from his post.

Philadelphia Democrats criticize Corbett administration over budget stalemate

Members of the House Philadelphia delegation recently criticized a plan by the Corbett administration to withhold support for a local cigarette tax to fund education in order to garner support for a pension reform bill.

Lancaster County Republicans vote to approve of 2014-15 state budget

The Lancaster County Republican delegation voted on Wednesday in favor of a $29.1 billion state spending proposal - a $536 million increase over the 2013-14 budget - that would raise education spending without a tax increase.

York County Republicans support $29.1 billion House budget

Pennsylvania Republican state representatives from York County voted on Thursday to approve the $29.1 billion House state budget plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year that increases K-12 education spending without raising taxes.

DeLuca lauds UPMC, Highmark Blue Cross transition plan

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) agreed last week to allow some Highmark Blue Cross customers to continue using the facility at in-network rates as part of a new agreement settling a dispute between the two healthcare providers.

Swanger "extraordinarily pleased" with $29.1 billion budget passed by House

Pennsylvania state Rep. RoseMarie Swanger expressed support last week for the $29.1 billion budget passed by the House of Representatives, which now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

York County Republicans support higher education funding under approved budget

Pennsylvania's York County Republicans recently voted to support the $29.1 billion House 2014-15 fiscal budget, which allocates additional funding to K-12 education and environmental programs without raising taxes.

Parking fee hike in Pittsburgh underscores need to lower spending

A recent policy analysis by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy found that while the city of Pittsburgh's recent move to boost parking rates may generate new revenue for the city, it must rein in spending.

Committee approves bill to separate regulation of different drilling operations

The Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee recently approved legislation that would require the state's environmental regulators to adopt separate regulations for different drilling operations, part of an effort to reduce the burden on smaller operators.

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