House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

The House Education Committee met Monday and unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the feasibility of and potential cost-savings from school district consolidation.

The resolution, House Resolution 910, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Pennsylvania enters new phase of criminal justice reform with JRI II

Pennsylvania enters new phase of criminal justice reform with JRI II

Following up on the success of the first rendition of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), Pennsylvania is now the only state in the nation to be selected to participate in the data-driven second part of the criminal justice reform program leaders from both parties in all three branches of government announced Thursday.

Thursday, February 18, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republicans stomp “Neverland” budget proposal delivered by Gov. Wolf

Republicans stomp “Neverland” budget proposal delivered by Gov. Wolf

If Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t mince words, Republican legislators didn’t hold back their punches when responding to the budget address and proposal delivered by the governor Tuesday.

“I was hoping [the governor] was going to come back from fantasyland, instead he left for Neverland,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) in response to the governor’s budget address. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget deal still on…for now?

Budget deal still on…for now?

Pennsylvania’s Capitol was a den of confusion Friday swirling with rumors, innuendo, and speculation of every degree as to what—if anything—would happen with the budget framework that has limped along in discussions since just before Thanksgiving.

After a day of long intra-caucus discussions for Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans, it appears as though all parties are still moving toward an eventual budget resolution and the plan has—as of yet—not completely imploded.

House Republicans met for about three hours Friday afternoon in an attempt to test the waters on a number of different revenue options, including a slate of sales tax exemptions that may be eliminated.

“I think every revenue generator that came up, members of the caucus formed their opinion and made them known very constructively,” said Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) after House Republicans had their discussion on revenue options and other budget related matters. “I don’t think there was any flashpoint in this caucus at all. I think it was a very positive thing."

Friday, December 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Democrats urge education funding restoration before new funding formula is used

Democrats urge education funding restoration before new funding formula is used

House Democrats serving on the Basic Education Funding Commission took to the Capitol newsroom Wednesday to call on House Republicans to put off implementing the new funding formula recommended by the commission until funding is restored to those schools that saw cuts over the last four years.

Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer) said the date of implementation should be done at the budget negotiating table.

“We believe there are three caucuses that are on the same page that it’s on the big negotiating table to talk about when the funding formula should come into place,” he said.

A bill moved out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday implementing the recommended funding formula, but not specifying a date for its implementation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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