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PA Treasurer McCord Announces Expansion of Money-Saving, Job-Creating Energy-Efficiency Loan Program
Pennsylvania homeowners considering geothermal heat pump systems can now take advantage of a new and innovative financing package through the Commonwealth's energy efficiency loan program, the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), which combines a low-interest HELP loan with a companion loan given in anticipation of federal tax credits available for the installation of these fuel-conserving systems.


Governor Rendell Signs Moratorium Protecting Sensitive State Forest Land from Future Natural Gas Leases
Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed an executive order protecting Pennsylvania's state forests from any new natural gas development activities that would disturb the surface of these areas and jeopardize fragile ecosystems.


Governor Rendell: Proposed Severance Tax Compromise is Fair
Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that a proposed compromise currently under consideration for a new natural gas severance tax is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the natural gas drilling industry and Pennsylvania taxpayers.


North Park Wetland Constructed by the PA Turnpike Commission
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, as part of the mainline total reconstruction project between mileposts 31 and 38, recently constructed a wetland and stream mitigation site in North Park


Governor Rendell Calls Special Columbus Day Meeting with Legislative Leaders to Work on Promised Severance Tax Bill
Governor Edward G. Rendell today asked leaders of the General Assembly to return to Harrisburg on Oct. 11, a state holiday, to "get to work" on passing a severance tax on natural gas extraction. When finalizing the budget over the summer, legislators agreed to pass a severance tax by Oct. 1.


Governor Rendell Urges Senate Leaders to Enact Promised Severance Tax
Governor Edward G. Rendell today wrote to Senate leaders and urged them to deliver on their promise to enact a severance tax on natural gas extraction this fall.


Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Sees Significant Improvements in Medical Malpractice Climate
Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced significant improvements in Pennsylvania's medical malpractice climate, as evidenced by a 61-percent decrease in Mcare fund pay-outs since 2003 - now at the lowest level in 19 years - and the number of Mcare claims dropping 44 percent since 2003.


Governor Rendell Announces Budget Savings and Reductions
Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that the travel restrictions he put in place two years ago have saved the state nearly $21 million and urged all agencies to follow his lead by cutting an additional 1.9 percent from their budgets.


Gov Rendell Announces Sept Revenue Figures; Mourns PennDOT Employee Killed in Work Zone
The Governor expressed condolences to the family of a PennDOT worker who was killed today. The individual is the 82nd PennDOT worker to be killed in the line of duty.; Pennsylvania collected $2.3 billion in General Fund revenue in September, which was $69.8 million more than anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $5.8 billion, which is $75.8 million above estimate.


Governor Rendell: Uninsured Pennsylvanians with Pre-existing Conditions Will Benefit from Health Care Reform
Governor Edward G. Rendell and White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle joined Allied Services medical clinic in Scranton today to highlight how the federal Affordable Care Act provides uninsured adults with pre-existing conditions the opportunity to get health insurance.


PA Turnpike Launches 'Text-Free Turnpike' Safety Campaign Statewide
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today launched a statewide safety-awareness campaign aimed at reducing the incidents of texting-related crashes on the state's toll highways. Officials unveiled new "quit-texting" signs that are now being put up at toll plazas, rest stops and on roadside message boards across the Turnpike system.


New Report Reveals Details on Pennsylvania's Unemployed People
Labor and Industry Secretary Sandi Vito today introduced A Profile of Pennsylvania's Unemployed People, detailing the demographics of unemployed people and the recession's effects on the workforce.


Governor Rendell Announces Command Change for PA National Guard
Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that Major General Jessica L. Wright will step down as commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard and as head of the state's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Oct. 29 to become deputy assistant secretary of defense for manpower and personnel in the U.S. Department of Defense.


Governor Rendell: Pennsylvanians Will Benefit from Health Care Reform
Governor Edward G. Rendell discussed how two milestones from the federal Affordable Care Act - better known as health care reform - go into effect today, providing new, expanded options and consumer protections in insurance coverage for Pennsylvania families.


Governor Rendell Highlights Success of Health Care Reform Act
Governor Edward G. Rendell today highlighted the early success of the federal Affordable Care Act - better known as health care reform - as tens of thousands of Medicare enrollees in Pennsylvania are receiving federal rebate checks for $250.