Senate statute of limitations reform bill to get more discussion, changes in House

Senate statute of limitations reform bill to get more discussion, changes in House

While Senate Bill 261—legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would eliminate criminal and civil statutes of limitation in certain child sexual abuse cases—was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, the bill was ultimately passed over so committee members can further discuss the legislation with a possible aim toward amending the legislation at a future committee meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

As of June 30, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sat on a funding reserve of $118 million, a report from an independent auditor released Monday morning states.

 

The audit, performed by accounting firm Boyer & Ritter of Camp Hill for the price of $172,500 and accepted by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) Monday shows that the legislative surplus—oft the aim of criticism over legislative transparency and money-hoarding—was down from the surplus of $126 million reported as of June 30, 2015, and nearly $90 million less than the surplus was just a decade ago.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 38: PA Chamber

Our podcast this week features and interview with Sam Denisco, VP of Government Affairs for the PA Chamber of Business and Industry. We talk about Pennsylvania's business climate and their take on legislative issues as they relate to business. Also included is a rundown of the week's news.

Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Rep. Grove continues charge against Philadelphia Beverage Tax

Rep. Grove continues charge against Philadelphia Beverage Tax

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) has been a leading voice in Harrisburg circles pushing back against the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, and that voice was amplified this week with the Independent Fiscal Office releasing an analysis of the tax on state revenues requested by Rep. Grove.

 

According to Rep. Grove, he requested the review—and continues to push back against the city’s beverage tax—due to his belief that it is having a negative impact on the city’s economy, which could potentially affect state revenue and spending priorities.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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