Auditor General: More oversight needed of Game Commission finances

Auditor General: More oversight needed of Game Commission finances

The state Game Commission lacks basic oversight of money paid out by oil and natural gas companies leasing game lands, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday, as he announced the results of a three-year review of the agency’s finances.

DePasquale called on the commission to tighten how it reviews payments from oil and natural gas companies, noting that it does not verify royalty payments to ensure the correct amount is being collected. There also were a series of delinquent payments, which resulted in “significant” amounts of interest owed.
Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans prepare ‘no-tax’ response to Wolf’s infrastructure plan

Senate Republicans prepare ‘no-tax’ response to Wolf’s infrastructure plan

As Gov. Tom Wolf continues touring the state to pitch the possibilities of his Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, Senate Republicans are readying a similar plan that looks to address many of the same issues without a tax on natural gas extraction. 

Instead, Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) want to remove Wolf’s 2015 moratorium on natural gas drilling on state forest land, which would allow the state to lease the land to drilling companies, resulting in new revenue. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell

Freshman Focus: Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell

Meet Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia). She has been coming to Harrisburg for many years to fight for more and better opportunities for the people of Pennsylvania, hoping that more opportunities would result in less gun violence. 

Find out about what she hopes to work on now that she is in office and what she likes to do when she is not at work. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting

Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting

Once a year, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s board members host a public meeting for patients and the public to testify and to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made. With tension over labor unions rising and a consent decree set to expire in weeks, activists, workers on strike, patients, and a gaggle of elected officials on Tuesday took the meeting as a chance to air their grievances about the health enterprise’s labor practices and, in their opinion, less than charitable behavior.

However, in the blazing sun and with looming security at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, where the meeting was held, the crowd of 150 would find that easier said than done.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Citizens weigh in on PA Redistricting Reform Committee

Citizens weigh in on PA Redistricting Reform Committee

Cute shape names and stories about “wrong signs” across the street peppered the PA Redistricting Reform Committee meeting Tuesday. Despite the amusing anecdotes, the tone was serious regarding the need to provide more transparency and impartial input into redrawing the 18 congressional districts statewide. 
 
Voters and advocates from across the Delaware Valley gathered at Philadelphia’s Tindley Temple United Methodist Church to discuss how to fix the state’s map. The committee meeting served as an opportunity for citizens to interact directly with the members and offer suggestions.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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