House Republicans set out to the high SEAS for budget savings

House Republicans set out to the high SEAS for budget savings

As the three-week stretch of budget hearings is starting to wind down, House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an initiative that will allow them to hear from state employees instead of the agency heads that have been appearing before the appropriations committees since the end of February.

 

Dubbed “SEAS” for State Employees Achieving Savings, a cadre of House Republicans led by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) announced the creation of a web portal that will allow state employees to directly contact the House Appropriations Committee with cost-savings ideas they have developed while operating on the front lines of state government.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

While Gov. Tom Wolf was not hiding the fact that he was planning on agency consolidations, complement capping, and other efficiencies in the executive branch, the burning question around the Capitol since the beginning of the year was how much would the governor try to save through these efforts and how would he get it done.

 

In unveiling his $32.3 billion budget Tuesday before a Joint Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday, that question was answered.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Summer Session: Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland)

Summer Session: Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland)

The PLS Reporter joined Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) in his district office for our "Summer Session" series. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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FY 2016-2017 spending plan heads to governor, supporting revenue still under discussion

FY 2016-2017 spending plan heads to governor, supporting revenue still under discussion

The House of Representatives Thursday evening put the final votes on Senate Bill 1073 Thursday by a 144 to 54 vote, which will send the bill to the governor’s desk following a few procedural hoops.

 

The total for the spending plan on paper appeared about $20 million lower than the House passed budget of $31.55 billion, but a later-controversial move by the Senate to take $95 million transfer to the Commonwealth Financing Authority out of the General Fund was used to hide what amounted to an increase in the overall spend to about $31.63 billion.

Thursday, June 30, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans, school groups double-down on call for Gov. Wolf to reconsider promised veto of LIFO bill

Republicans, school groups double-down on call for Gov. Wolf to reconsider promised veto of LIFO bill

Republicans in the General Assembly Thursday double-downed on their effort to try and get Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his promised veto of House Bill 805.

The bill, known as the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, would end the practice of seniority-based teacher layoffs and replace it with a method of using teacher evaluations to inform suspension, furlough, and reinstatement decisions.

Thursday, May 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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