General Assembly starts 2018 with fewer faces and minor shakeups as lawmakers seek to focus on non-budgetary priorities

General Assembly starts 2018 with fewer faces and minor shakeups as lawmakers seek to focus on non-budgetary priorities

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly returned to Harrisburg Tuesday to fulfill its Article II, section 4 state constitutional obligation to meet annually at noon on the first Tuesday in January, it did so with fewer faces, one new face, and a call to move beyond the fiscal debates that have weighed down policy progress in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans to prioritize welfare reform in 2018

House Republicans to prioritize welfare reform in 2018

House Republicans stood at a baker’s dozen Tuesday in support of a package of what will be 20 pieces of legislation that seek to implement welfare reforms, an agenda being pushed by the House’s majority caucus in 2018.

The effort, spearheaded by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) and Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), is said to be one of the many ways House Republicans are trying to tackle fiscal issues facing the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
PWSA should undergo restructuring, not privatization, according to panel review

PWSA should undergo restructuring, not privatization, according to panel review

After a tough year of water flush and boil advisories and partial lead-line replacement controversies, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Blue Ribbon Panel suggests that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority needs to completely restructure its management system, instead of being privatized.

According to its final report released last week, the panel says the reorganization should be completed by March 31 through a contract between the city and PWSA.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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