Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, along with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development, held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a $200 million lease-leaseback proposal of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. 

In his 2017-2018 budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed seeking a private investment company  to pay an upfront fee, presumably $200 million, to the Commonwealth to help fill a hole in the Commonwealth’s $2 billion structural deficit. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

State legislators and school officials met at O’Block Jr. High School in the Plum Borough School District Friday to continue a series of eight statewide hearings on PlanCon- a program which aims to reimburse school districts for construction costs. 

The Pennsylvania Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction (PlanCon) Advisory Committee, consisting of both House and Senate Appropriation Chairs, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and other education stakeholders, are tasked with issuing recommendations for changes to the program by mid-May. 

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Though less combative than in past years following budget addresses by Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican leaders Tuesday offered their reaction to the governor’s FY 2017-2018 budget address.

 

Senate Republicans were first up to offer their spin on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion spending plan, noting their concern that the governor was silent on major budget cost-drivers like pension reform and long-term care where Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the governor “offered nothing to restructure the problem."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

In its first meeting of the 2017-2018 legislative term, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an operating policy that would limit the ability of the committee to consider amendments outside the fiscal implications of legislation.

 

In the past, the committee has been the Senate-jurisdiction-of-last-resort for some wishing to change legislation as standing committees often try to move the process along without consideration of amendments.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
New pension reform plan could be revealed soon

New pension reform plan could be revealed soon

As lawmakers try to wrap up major policy goals in the final days of the 2015-2016 legislative session, one issue they have been grappling over—public employee pension reform—might wait until the very end of the remaining voting days to see completion.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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