Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Despite Independent Fiscal Office predictions of a $1.7 billion budget deficit, outgoing Budget Secretary Randy Albright struck an optimistic tone at a mid-year budget report Tuesday, citing a burgeoning state economy.

“We’re confident that we will end the year with not just a balanced budget but a surplus,” he said, adding that “we don’t think we face a $1.5 billion deficit for the proposed budget year.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Funding questions take center stage ahead of voting machine switch

Funding questions take center stage ahead of voting machine switch

A top Senate Republican is preparing a bill to let the General Assembly take control of the timeline for Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to replace their voting machines, but action could run afoul of a newly-settled lawsuit.

In response to a plan from Gov. Tom Wolf released in April, Senate Majority Whip John Gordner (R-Columbia) is circulating a co-sponsor memo to delay the decertification of any state voting machines until Wolf and the legislature can agree on funding the estimated $125 million expense.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session

While the House Republican majority chain of command made an orderly shift upwards, the chamber’s Democratic power base moved from west to east on Tuesday, following their 11 seat gain concentrated in the Philly suburbs.

For Republicans, in a long expected move, House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) replaced retiring Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) as the new floor leader for next session.

Then in two upsets, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) beat out Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) for Whip, while Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) defeated Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) for Appropriations Chair.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Wolf wins, GOP Senate super majority broken and double digit House seats flip in midterm

Wolf wins, GOP Senate super majority broken and double digit House seats flip in midterm

Here's the PLS Reporter crew's minute-by-minute replay of the midterms in the commonwealth that ended with Gov. Tom Wolf earning a second term. He'll be joined by new Democrats in both chambers, including at least three pickups in the Pennsylvania Senate and 10 blue House members, nearly all coming from the southeast.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Session Live Blog — September 24, 2018

Session Live Blog — September 24, 2018

Follow along here with regular updates on the course of a busy session day, from committee hearings to press conferences to the latest confirmed news

Latest update: 5:25 p.m.

Monday, September 24, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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