House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee interrogated representatives of the Department of General Services (DGS) Wednesday about a $200 million contract that the General Assembly did not approve.


DGS, under the jurisdiction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is leasing out the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. It was originally a lease-leaseback agreement with a private operator that morphed into a finance agreement.


The transaction amounts to a front of $200 million that would require the Commonwealth to pay back about $377 million when taking into account interest and fees.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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PA lawmakers introduce legislation in response to Parkland shooting

PA lawmakers introduce legislation in response to Parkland shooting

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Pennsylvania lawmakers are introducing legislation aimed at preventing a similar tragedy from happening in the commonwealth.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislators launch bipartisan effort to inform the public about retirement security programs

Legislators launch bipartisan effort to inform the public about retirement security programs

Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella Thursday joined together with a bipartisan group of legislators and retirement security advocates to launch a website aimed at promoting transparency about what Pennsylvania is planning to do for retirement security.

Thursday, February 8, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called "spot assessments" unconstitutional

In a majority decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that could limit school districts' ability to “spot assess” certain properties in their counties.

In the case, Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School, the owners of four apartment complexes argued that the Upper Merion School District contracted with a consulting firm to identify and recommend property assessments within Montgomery County to be appealed.
Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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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
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