School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

For the first time in a decade, Pennsylvania will have a nice chunk of change to squirrel away in its coffers.

As part of the 2018 budget, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf eight days ahead of time, the commonwealth is putting $22 million into its Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, or rainy day fund for short.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Another week into June, and details on the budget are still slow coming, but Capitol observers think that could just be a sign that a deal is near.

In fact, one of the few disagreements to bubble up has had more to do with federal policy trickling down than the state level problems.

Saturday, June 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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