House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

House committee advances “paycheck protection” bills

The House State Government Committee took nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon considering, and ultimately passing along a party-line vote, two bills that seek to provide so-called “paycheck protection” by disallowing certain automatic deductions of political-related dues from public employee union paychecks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmaker wants Congress to reimburse PA pension funds for quantitative easing losses

House lawmaker wants Congress to reimburse PA pension funds for quantitative easing losses

Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) struck an incremental win in his fight to have the federal government reimburse what he believes are state and municipal pension funds losses due to the Federal Reserve’s policy of quantitative easing in response to the 2008 economic downturn spurred by the subprime mortgage crisis when the House State Government Committee passed a resolution seeking Congress to reimburse Pennsylvania for the losses.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Can the budget deficit be solved with cuts alone?

Can the budget deficit be solved with cuts alone?

As legislators in the state House of Representatives have been spending the last month or so mulling over how to close the $2.3 billion deficit facing the current status of the state budget, most of the proposals in that chamber have focused on ways to avoid or at least lessen the potential prospect of broad-based tax increases.

 

While a group of self-titled “budget hawks” have been working on a solution that transfers money from non-General Fund pools of money into the Commonwealth’s main checking account as a way to solve the issue, others have not hidden the fact that they’d like to cut their way out of the problem to close the deficit from the last fiscal year and align the current budget with estimated state revenues for this fiscal year—currently sitting around $31.19 billion.

Thursday, August 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Lawmakers push legislation to protect taxpayers against municipal government malfeasance

Following the recent release of a Grand Jury report by Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlining the negligent and potentially illegal activity of former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed and other city and county government actors concerning the city’s incinerator, lawmakers at the state Capitol are hoping the event will act as a catalyst for bipartisan, bicameral legislation to make it across the legislative finish line.

 

Reintroducing, amending, and developing new proposals, a small group of House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday said some actions by municipalities and related authorities could put the taxpayers on the hook for bad financial decisions, illegal activity, or negligent actions; things that the package of bills being introduced are designed to prevent.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As REAL ID compliance effort advances in House, federalism issues come to light

As REAL ID compliance effort advances in House, federalism issues come to light

The House State Government Committee Monday moved along a Senate measure that would put Pennsylvania on the road toward compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, which requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

 

The debate, however, wrought out some Republican members’ strong belief in protecting Pennsylvania and its residents from federal encroachment and limiting the power of the governor to charge citizens for a federally mandated identification card.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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