Payday Loans en House Convenes to Finish Budget Item <p>State House lawmakers are coming back to Harrisburg to finish up budget business Monday. A final concurrence vote is expected to approve what's called the fiscal code, a bill full of key fund transfers.<br><br>The summer vote was prompted when the Senate took language out of the legislation that suggested the Legislature intended to legalize payday lending.<br><br>Such loans are controversial, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said it didn't belong in a budget-related item.<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:38:40 +0000 Mary Wilson 13131 at Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season <p></p><p>In the wake of <a href="">Governor Corbett’s budget signing</a> and the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, <strong>John Micek </strong><a href="">Opinions Editor of the Harrisburg Patriot-News </a>explains the many pressing issues at the state level.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12884 at Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season State Senate, House at Odds Over Last-Minute Addition to Budget-Related Bill <p>State Senate lawmakers are sending a budget-related bill to the governor’s desk, after a committee went along with a House move to remove Medicaid expansion from the measure.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Republicans say adding the Medicaid plan back to the bill would have been wasted effort, since neither the House nor the governor is open to an expansion right now.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>But Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia said he’s disappointed, since the earlier Medicaid expansion language passed in the Senate with bipartisan support. &nbsp;<br> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:38:24 +0000 Mary Wilson 12548 at