Amid deficit projections, fiscal conservatives warn of looming budgetary crisis

Amid deficit projections, fiscal conservatives warn of looming budgetary crisis

Some of Pennsylvania’s most ardent fiscal conservatives are pressing colleagues in the General Assembly to correct the state’s financial course before the impacts hit everyday Pennsylvanians. 

Representatives Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Seth Grove (R-York) are looking to instill a sense of urgency among state lawmakers as they spearhead a series of bills that aim to learn from the fiscal pitfalls experienced in other states — and enact reforms to avoid them. 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House reception to minimum wage proposal frosty, as governor pulls overtime regulations from IRRC

House reception to minimum wage proposal frosty, as governor pulls overtime regulations from IRRC

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration withdrew controversial overtime regulations from a meeting of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission Thursday, banking on the House moving a plan to raise the minimum wage--pausing the overtime changes in the process.

But the proposal, which passed the Senate on a 42-7 vote Wednesday night, has been met with a frosty reception in the House, both from conservatives skeptical of any increase and Democrats who are frustrated that the governor backed off his push for a $15 minimum wage.
Thursday, November 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law

Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law

A new report from a powerful House committee found there are shortcomings in the state’s lobbying law that negatively impact transparency and compliance, despite efforts to comply from most lobbying firms.

 

The 42-page report was made public with a 9-0 vote on Wednesday from the House Government Oversight Committee, concluding their first investigation since being formed with the passage of the most recent House rules.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would overhaul campaign finance laws, ban public officials from working as lobbyists after elected office, and improve the cash flow between state funds.

Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

As the newly-formed House Government Oversight Committee reviews a 2018 lobbying disclosure law, one of Harrisburg’s top lobbying firms is seeking even more stringent reporting requirements for government affairs professionals.

The recommendation comes from Greenlee Partners, a prominent State Street lobbying firm that is urging policymakers to consider a policy that would track all lobbying expenses from the moment they begin, not just when they reach a certain threshold.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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