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
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Krueger-Braneky seeks to keep PA subject to Paris Climate Accord

Rep. Krueger-Braneky seeks to keep PA subject to Paris Climate Accord

June 1st of this year President Donald J. Trump announced his plan to withdrawal the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris Climate Accord was a global coalition created in December of 2015 to promote the reality of global climate change and implement a plan to reduce gas emissions 26 percent-28 percent from the 2005 levels. 196 nations signed the pact to reduce emissions and fund approximately $100 billion into developing nations so they could also reduce emissions.

After the withdrawal, Pres. Trump did say he would remain in negotiations for the deal, but that it was fiscally irresponsible for the United States to remain in the deal. 

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Women in Pennsylvania Government: Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware)

Women in Pennsylvania Government: Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware)

Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) joined The PLS Reporter for our on-going series "Women in Pennsylvania Government."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

In a rare move Tuesday, both the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees took the step of voting to disapprove regulations promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection that would put new requirements on Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industries.

The regulations are due to be considered by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission next Thursday, and while Tuesday’s action by the committee does not stop the regulations from moving forward, it does start the process of allowing the legislature to take the formal step of moving a disapproval resolution should the commission approve the regulations next week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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