Senators skeptical over proposed human services agency consolidation

Senators skeptical over proposed human services agency consolidation

In a situation unique to recent budget hearing history, four departments up for potential consolidation appeared jointly before the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday to answer questions about the proposed merger and various agency operations.

 

Normally appearing separately—as they did in the House—the agencies discussed the merits of the proposed consolidation and worked to assuage the fears of senators skeptical of the alleged benefits of the merger.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bipartisan group of senators introduce new economic development initiative

Bipartisan group of senators introduce new economic development initiative

Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) unveiled a significant, bipartisan economic development initiative.

Senate Bill 234 will allow local governments to be able to work alongside private lenders on low-cost and long-term funding for renewable energy, water conservation projects, and energy efficiency on industrial properties. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers were rejoicing Thursday over the fact that all three of the region’s state prisons that were slated for potential closure will remain open.

 

The three that might have closed were SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

In the first meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee since Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) took over as Majority Chairman, the committee voted along party lines to move to the full Senate for consideration a bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and legislation that would eliminate local ordinances providing paid sick leave.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Mixed reaction follows announcement of two state prison closures

Mixed reaction follows announcement of two state prison closures

After the Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced Friday the department’s plans to close two state prisons as a cost saving measure and to cut Pennsylvania’s inmate population in half, a number of lawmakers and stakeholders from across the state voiced their concerns about the latest move from the Wolf administration to tackle the state budget deficit. 
Monday, January 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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