PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is sitting in Harrisburg for this week’s round of oral arguments and is scheduled on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in the case of Scarnati v. Wolf, a case taken over by the current governor concerning gubernatorial authority to line-item veto portions of budget-related legislation like the Fiscal Code.

 

The case stems from actions taken by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in signing the 2014 budget bills, in which he line-item vetoed a number of items in the state budget and the accompanying Fiscal Code legislation.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf “bans the box” on state employment applications

Gov. Wolf “bans the box” on state employment applications

While legislation to “ban the box”—otherwise known as removing a requirement to disclose prior criminal convictions on job applications—is pending, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday announced a policy shift with state employment that would bring the practice to future non-civil service hires under the governor’s jurisdiction.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee announced Friday it has scheduled a long-awaited confirmation hearing for currently Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
AG Shapiro taps former state lawmaker to head environmental protection section

AG Shapiro taps former state lawmaker to head environmental protection section

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he has tapped former state House member Steve Santarsiero to lead the office’s environmental protection section.

 

According to Shapiro, Santarsiero—who will serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection—has as a strong background in the protection of the environment and natural resources.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh reports city pensions funded at highest ratio in seven years

Pittsburgh reports city pensions funded at highest ratio in seven years

The City of Pittsburgh announced Thursday that its city pension fund is at its highest funded ratio in the last seven years, currently sitting at 60 percent.

 

The funding ratio is the highest since the Commonwealth took over management of the fund in 2010; it also reflects a five percent increase in the funding ratio since the last meeting of board overseeing the fund, which was held in February.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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