Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

Scarnati: “The need to govern is much higher in our chamber”

The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday morning narrowly passed and sent to the House a revenue package to balance the FY 2017-2018 spending plan and close out the FY 2016-2017 deficit.

 

While narrowly passing the chamber by a 26-24 margin, the revenue package cobbled together by the Senate with a mix of Republican and Democratic support was said to be a product of a chamber aimed at leading the state’s lawmaking bodies through a nearly month-long standoff on how to fund two budgets that are roughly $2.2 billion out of balance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor signs executive order on responsible contracting, job training efforts

Pittsburgh Mayor signs executive order on responsible contracting, job training efforts

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania and Oxford Development Co. Wednesday to announce an Executive Order to support the local construction industry and new job training opportunities in the city.

The Responsible Contracting order calls for a creation of a labor-management task force that will study ways to assist new businesses that want to invest in the city, support redevelopment in underserved neighborhoods, connect reputable contractors with local construction opportunities, write policy, and connect residents with the training necessary to find good-paying jobs in the construction industry. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Voting reform measures possibly headed to November ballots in Allegheny County

Voting reform measures possibly headed to November ballots in Allegheny County

Two petition measures are simultaneously progressing through the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County councils with the goals of enacting election reforms.

Pittsburgh City Council this morning approved of a petition from residents to request a public hearing in front of council to put a question regarding the city’s voting machines on the ballot this November. The ballot resolution requests that “voters be provided with and use new voting equipment for the 2020 presidential election cycle… that utilizes a human-readable, voter-verifiable paper records.”

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

The Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday night loaded bills that will provide for the substantial majority of a $2.2 billion revenue package needed to balance the current and just previously concluded fiscal year’s budgets and provide for the implementation of the budget through specific code bills.

 

About $570 million of the nearly $2 billion revenue package now set for a final vote in the Senate on Thursday represents a sea change in terms of where prior revenue discussions were heading since it does not rely mainly on gaming expansion, prior year lapses, and offline revenue transfers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A breakdown of the Senate code bills

A breakdown of the Senate code bills

The Senate advanced five budget implementation and revenue generating Code bills Wednesday that are set for final passage on Thursday. We take a look at what's in them.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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