House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

House lawmakers look to prioritize regulatory reform

A group of lawmakers in the state House of Representatives is looking to prioritize regulatory reform in Pennsylvania upon returning to voting session this coming fall.

 

After holding two public hearings on the issue earlier this summer, members of the House State Government Committee on Wednesday held a members-only informational meeting to discuss the previously submitted testimony and set a course of action for the committee to take on regulatory reform.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

Bill to delay proposed human services agencies consolidation advances from House committee

A bill designed to delay the proposed consolidation of four human services related state agencies for up to a year passed along a narrow margin from the House Human Services Committee Wednesday.

 

However, the bill has an uncertain future as more specifics about the consolidation plan become known.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republican cadre calls for more transparency, fiscal responsibility in budget process

House Republican cadre calls for more transparency, fiscal responsibility in budget process

Saying they are hoping to “blow up the politics of old,” where a minority of Republicans joined with Democrats to pass major policy initiatives, even budgets, a group of some of the most conservative members of the House Republican caucus held a news conference Monday to call for more transparency within their caucus on the status of budget negotiations and for a more fiscally responsible budget than what is rumored to be in the works.

 

“The way that they’re trying to cobble this budget deal together, so that the governor can spend more than we’re taking in, is a violation of the values and principles so many of us have run on as Republicans and so many people have entrusted us to do once we get to Harrisburg,” said Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). 

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Budget impasse spending transparency called into question by GOP lawmakers

Budget impasse spending transparency called into question by GOP lawmakers

A group of Republican lawmakers from the House and the Senate sounded the alarm Thursday on what they believe is a lack of transparency in how money is being spent by the Wolf administration during the protracted state budget impasse.

Including federal dollars, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said the Wolf administration has spent $30.4 billion in the period between July 1 and October 31.

A report authored by Rep. Grove and Representatives Chris Dush (R-Jefferson) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) was released with recommendations about how to bring more transparency to the way dollars are spent and calling on the auditor general to take a look at the issue.

“What we discovered in this report is the administration used prior year funds without any oversight from the legislature or transparency to the public to fund Harrisburg first,” Rep. Grove said.

Thursday, December 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As partial veto override attempt looms, budget stalemate rhetoric heats up

As partial veto override attempt looms, budget stalemate rhetoric heats up

As House Republicans work toward attempts to partially override Gov. Tom Wolf’s full veto of a GOP-agreed to budget passed in June, the rhetoric between legislative Republicans and Gov. Wolf once again heated up Tuesday.

Responding to a letter sent by the governor to House lawmakers on Monday calling the veto override attempt unconstitutional as it seeks to override only certain lines of the full veto, Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson) sent a letter to Gov. Wolf taking him to task for using "the neediest of our citizens as political pawns.”

"You had the opportunity to do what every other governor for over fifty five years has done, that is to fund those line items where there was agreement," he wrote. "This would allow the departments and agencies to provide services to the citizens of the Commonwealth while working with us on the rest."

He chided the governor for consistently asking for more concessions from Republican lawmakers during the course of ongoing negotiations while—he claims—GOP leadership continues to offer compromise ideas of pension reform and education spending.

Rep. Dush said it is this stance from the governor that has put legislators in the position where they must vote to override certain lines of the vetoed budget.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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