PennDOT Official Admits to Accepting Bribes
Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro
A former PennDOT official pled guilty to felony crimes in relation to accepting bribes from at least one state contractor. Nicholas Martino admitted to accepting money over an 8 year period to keep contracts open for an unspecified contractor even when no work was completed on them.
Protestors Decry Government Shutdown in Pittsburgh
News Service via Keystone State News Connection
Federal employees and workers for federal contractors held rallies outside of Senator Pat Toomey’s office in Pittsburgh yesterday, urging the Senator to vote in favor of proposals to end the longest partial government shutdown in history. The Center for American Progress reports that in Pennsylvania more than 2,000 federal employees are furloughed or not being paid and a further 600 people working for federal contractors will probably never get paid.
Pa Government Gets News Caucus
A brand new caucus has formed in Pennsylvania’s State Government. The Criminal Justice Reform Caucus has 30 members in the state legislature and is looking to make what they call common sense reform in victim’s rights and the criminal justice system.