Legislators stand against bullying with new bills

Legislators stand against bullying with new bills

On Tuesday afternoon Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) was joined by his colleagues in the legislature and advocates for a press conference with the goal of informing the public about bullying and hopefully putting an end to it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

The House Appropriations Committee focused primarily on how to improve the economy and the impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas at the Independent Fiscal Office budget hearing Tuesday morning.


Legislators allowed IFO representatives to testify to discuss the implications of Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget and give an overall economic outlook.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

State looks to begin crackdown of Philadelphia stop-and-gos

As Republicans in the state legislature look toward more private participation in the retail liquor and wine market, one current retail alcohol anathema is being examined for stricter enforcement: so-called “stop-and-go” locations in Philadelphia.

 

Operating on the fringes of the law or blatantly outside of it, the establishments are nicknamed “stop-and-go” due to their status as a convenience store or deli that also sells beer and liquor—sometimes in quantities as low as a single shot—often times consumed on premises or immediately outside the store.

Monday, April 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

A ray of hope broke through the proverbial clouds of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse Monday as a budget bill from the five-party framework agreement headed to the governor with the passage of the Public Welfare—now Human Services—Code bill.

Another budget bill, the Administrative Code, was sent back to the Senate for them to review changes made by the House.

However, as bills continue to chug along, questions are still lingering for members about questions concerning how the budget is going to be paid for, how budget dollars are going to be distributed to public schools, and even some of the procedure behind how the process will move forward.

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) was beside himself Monday morning as he emerged early from a closed-door House Republican caucus meeting, where he told a small gathering of reporters that leaders from his caucus are telling members that they’re going to have to accept the $30.8 billion spend number as part of the budget framework.

“We’re just going to accept a $1.2 billion tax increase,” he asked. “We’re not going to push back on it?”

Monday, December 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

Thursday marked the end of the three-week House Appropriations Committee budget hearing process where committee members and other interested Representatives heard from nearly every facet of state government receiving funding in the coming fiscal year’s budget.

The PLS Reporter caught up with a few of the committee’s member to get their thoughts on the budget hearing process and what they think will happen with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget going forward.

“Generally, it’s a lot of what we expected,” said Rep. Seth Grove (R-York). “Not a lot of answers on specifics, they kept it at ‘it’s a comprehensive plan,’ which kind of triggers ‘we want everything and we’re not willing to negotiate,’ which is very bad moving forward meaning it’s either this or nothing.”

In the end, he said, more questions remain.

Thursday, March 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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