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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VIDEO: Rep. Saccone makes "ghostbusting" a priority

VIDEO: Rep. Saccone makes "ghostbusting" a priority

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) recently sat down with The PLS Reporter to talk about so-called ghost teachers in Pennsylvania and his new bill, House Bill 167, and how that would limit the days teachers are allowed to be out of their offices.

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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VIDEO: Rep. Rick Saccone discusses gift ban legislation

VIDEO: Rep. Rick Saccone discusses gift ban legislation

On Wednesday morning, The PLS Reporter joined Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) to talk about his bill, House Bill 39, which would limit the amount of gifts legislators can receive from lobbyists. 

After last week's protest where residents of Pennsylvania marched from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to rally in support of House Bill 39, the bill has gained more media coverage and Rep. Saccone discussed why this law needs to be in place.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers, activists rally to support gun rights in Pennsylvania

Legislators led by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and other gun rights activists gathered in the Capitol Monday morning for the 12th annual rally to advocate for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The rally not only advocated for the Pennsylvania constitution’s Article 1, section 21 right to bear arms, but was used by legislators to lobby for certain bills that uphold or strengthen the activist’s belief in their rights. 

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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House amends Senate’s version of child sex abuse statute of limitations reform, Rozzi retroactivity amendment to come

House amends Senate’s version of child sex abuse statute of limitations reform, Rozzi retroactivity amendment to come

The House Judiciary Committee Tuesday sent to the full House for consideration a measure that would substantially reform and raise Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations as it pertains to criminal and civil child sex abuse cases.

 

While the measure advancing to the Floor did not contain a controversial retroactivity component—a measure that would allow victims currently barred from bringing suit by the civil statute of limitations to bring their claims—the main proponent of that concept is planning on offering it as an amendment as the bill moves along for consideration.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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