Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Just days after he vetoed a bill offering $90 million to help counties pay for new voting machines, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced that his administration will be providing that same amount to counties through a state-issued bond.

The move from Wolf comes after the Democratic governor vetoed Senate Bill 48, legislation that would have amended the Election Code to give the General Assembly more oversight over the decertification of voting machines.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

The House Appropriations Committee moved to approve $90 million in bonding Wednesday night to help counties underwrite the costs of new voting machines, ending a protracted string of negotiations on the issue.

The Department of State last year issued a mandate requiring counties to purchase new election equipment, citing security concerns ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Gov. Tom Wolf asked for $75 million over five years to help local governments with those costs but Republicans removed that funding from the budget, in part as a rebuke of the Wolf administration’s edict.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Ever since updated revenue figures showing a positive balance were released this spring, Pennsylvania lawmakers have been clamoring to put as much of the state surplus as they can into the Rainy Day Fund. 

The fund, which serves as a state coffer for economic downturns and emergencies, has one of the lowest totals in the country, leaving Pennsylvania vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or recession. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

The House voted Tuesday to approve the $33.9 billion General Appropriations budget, sending it to the Senate, who are set to follow suit later in the week.

The budget bill is agreed to by both chambers, as well as by Gov. Tom Wolf. But there are still no shortage of loose ends to tie up outside that bill, with lawmakers and the Wolf Administration still in discussions on a range of issues present in the numerous code bills set to be passed in the coming days.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
House lawmakers unveil $33.9 billion budget proposal

House lawmakers unveil $33.9 billion budget proposal

After a series of closed-door negotiations, House lawmakers have unveiled a $33.997 billion spending plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year that would impose no new taxes and send over $250 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

 

The proposed budget — amended into House Bill 790 — was revealed in a House Appropriations Committee meeting on Monday and includes funding increases for public education, agriculture and school safety.

Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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