With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - December 17, 2018

Tweets of the Week - December 17, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, December 20, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
For some, real pension reform hasn’t even started

For some, real pension reform hasn’t even started

Despite the bipartisan feel-good atmosphere that accompanied the June enactment of state government’s most recent attempt at pension reform, some inside and outside of the Capitol feel as though real pension reform—reform that directly addresses the combined unfunded pension liability some have put as high as $76 billion—hasn’t even started yet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

With public pension reform signed into law Monday, lawmakers will soon turn their attention to crafting a state spending plan, which is due in just 18 days as of this writing.

 

While high-level five-party negotiations have not been the norm in crafting the coming year’s spending plan, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that with pension reform completed and budgetary pieces like a gaming expansion bill making their way to the finish line, negotiations are likely to heat up soon.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor

It was a year ago this week that Gov. Tom Wolf signed major alcohol sales reform legislation, and this week the legislature sent him the largest public pension reform legislation Pennsylvania has seen in decades.

 

After years of work, debate, and emotion, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives put the final votes to Senate Bill 1, passing the measure by a vote of 143-52 Thursday morning.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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