Legislature sends Gov. Wolf $31.99 billion spending plan as revenue discussions heat up

Legislature sends Gov. Wolf $31.99 billion spending plan as revenue discussions heat up

After a day of debate in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, legislators in both chambers voted to send a $31.99 billion FY 2017-2018 spending plan to Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday.

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Members of the Clear Coalition, legislators urge passage of a natural gas extraction tax

VIDEO: Members of the Clear Coalition, legislators urge passage of a natural gas extraction tax

Adding fuel to the upcoming revenue discussion to support a proposed state budget plan, a bipartisan group of legislators and advocates from the Clear Coalition urged passage of a natural gas extraction tax in order to help with the Commonwealth's fiscal woes.

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Friday to move out a proposal by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-West Mifflin) to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the control of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

House Bill 1490 is only one of the proposal’s currently being considered in Harrisburg to help elevate the crumbling water and sewer infrastructure that is crippling some Pittsburgh residents with a lead water issue.

The other two measures, Senate Bills 656 and 649, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs- especially when public health or safety are at risk. 

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators poised to send Gov. Wolf $31.9 billion spending plan with revenue to follow at some point

Legislators poised to send Gov. Wolf $31.9 billion spending plan with revenue to follow at some point

After a late-night vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, members of the General Assembly could send Gov. Tom Wolf a $31.99 billion FY 2017-2018 budget as soon as Friday.

 

That being said, a lot remains up in the air—including how they plan on paying for the spend number.

Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs bill that would increase penalties for those who endanger children

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs bill that would increase penalties for those who endanger children

At a press conference Thursday morning Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 217, a bill that would increase penalties for those who endanger children.

This bill will now be Act 12 and will strengthen Pennsylvania’s child endangerment laws to help protect children from abuse.
Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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