Wolf vetoes workers' compensation bill

Wolf vetoes workers' compensation bill

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed controversial SB 936 Friday afternoon after a week of partisan battles over how the bill would actually affect injured workers.

In a statement, Wolf said the bill would ration care and hurt health outcomes for laborers across the state.

"Senate Bill 936 threatens health care for millions of workers who could be injured on the job, including police, corrections officers, and firefighters, who put their lives on the line every day, and whose injuries can be unique, debilitating and severe," Wolf said. "It is wrong to sacrifice health care for our first responders to protect the bottom-line for insurance companies and corporations." 

Friday, April 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Keeping up with the neighbors: Veto overrides are the new black

Keeping up with the neighbors: Veto overrides are the new black

In the latest installment of The PLS Reporter's "Keeping Up With the Neighbors" -- a periodic feature looking at state news in surrounding states -- we take a look at the trend of veto overrides in other states.

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From Oklahoma to Delaware, South Carolina to Maine, and of course in Pennsylvania, it has been a season of competing wills. Across the country, the concept of divided government is on full display as state legislatures have worked to override gubernatorial vetoes of bills on a wide range of subjects, from budgets, tax hikes and spending cuts, to education and campaign finance. 

Monday, May 23, 2016/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins

Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

The famous quote uttered by Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone in the otherwise rather flat Godfather III could be applied to Pennsylvania’s current budget Sitz im Leben.

As the General Assembly put the finishing touches on a revised Fiscal Code that contains controversial education funding components—a move Republicans at least claim will put the final touches on the FY 2015-2016 budget—a budget vehicle for FY 2016-2017 was put in place by the House Appropriations Committee that sets the stage for the slog toward what is hoped to be an on-time budget plan.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

Senate tries again with BEF formula, PlanCon bond in new iteration of Fiscal Code

While it started out as a barebones solution to the governor’s veto of the Fiscal Code bill sent to his desk back in March, the Senate early Tuesday evening put back into House Bill 1589 provisions providing for the use of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission formula in the current school year and allowing schools to draw from a $2.5 billion bond to fund school construction projects under PlanCon.

Both of the provisions placed in the legislation by the Senate were noted by Gov. Tom Wolf in his veto message as reasons why he disapproved the legislation.

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