Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts

Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts

A report released by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee took a deep-dive into the financial impact charter and cyber charter schools have on traditional public school districts and recommended potential reform measures to help save costs and improve district-charter relations.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Mensch discusses PA Prostate Cancer Task Force report

Sen. Mensch discusses PA Prostate Cancer Task Force report

Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery)-the author of the legislation that authorized the prostate cancer task force, SB609/Act 66 of 2015 was joined by Jay Williams, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition. 

They held a press conference Tuesday morning where they asked the General Assembly to include recommendations from this report in the 2017-2018 state budget and to warn about the danger of prostate cancer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

Senate Appropriations Committee to limit consideration of non-fiscal amendments

In its first meeting of the 2017-2018 legislative term, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an operating policy that would limit the ability of the committee to consider amendments outside the fiscal implications of legislation.

 

In the past, the committee has been the Senate-jurisdiction-of-last-resort for some wishing to change legislation as standing committees often try to move the process along without consideration of amendments.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Appropriations Committee advances performance-based budgeting bill

Senate Appropriations Committee advances performance-based budgeting bill

Less than a week after holding a hearing on the measure, the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday advanced Senate Bill 1341, legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) that would require the state budget to developed based upon performance measures.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committees examine performance-based budgeting

Senate committees examine performance-based budgeting

The Senate Appropriations and Senate Republican Policy committees held a joint hearing Tuesday afternoon to look at experiences with, and the potential benefits and detractors of, performance-based budgeting.

 

The specific proposal being used as the topic of conversation is Senate Bill 1341 introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery).

 

That bill would form an independent state board responsible for examining whether state programs are meeting objective goals based on their funding so that the political branches can use that information in determining where state funds can be spent to advance successful programs while cutting funds to programs where taxpayer dollars have been for naught. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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