GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

In Harrisburg, June is known  — sometimes infamously — as the month that bears the annual state budget. This year, some lawmakers are hoping to make reforms to the budgetary process to create a more transparent approach to the yearly negotiations.

Republican lawmakers in the House have put together a four-bill package that aims to provide the legislature with more oversight and information as they develop the budget. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf resists call from Republicans to send National Guard troops to border

Wolf resists call from Republicans to send National Guard troops to border

Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing back on a call from Republicans to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, labeling it a "stunt" in a radio interview and arguing the manpower is needed as the commonwealth enters its typically stormy summer months.

In a letter last week, five Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen sent a letter to Wolf urging him to support President Donald Trump’s plea for more manpower to help monitor the southern border.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Freshman Focus: Rep. Jim Struzzi

Freshman Focus: Rep. Jim Struzzi

Meet Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indianna). Take a look at why he decided to run, what goals he wants to focus on and what he likes to do in his spare time. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Major upsets shake City Council in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Major upsets shake City Council in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Election Day in Pennsylvania saw most favorites prevail in state, county, and municipal races. However, in the state’s two biggest cities, major upsets will take familiar names out of City Council.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Republicans looking to work with Democrats on Zero Waste PA package

Republicans looking to work with Democrats on Zero Waste PA package

With the General Assembly heading towards budget talks with positive expectations, another set of bills could find  bipartisan agreement. Republican leadership in the House has said it may take up at least portions of  the Zero Waste PA package, a group of bills promoting environmental policy authored by members of the House Democrats’ southeastern delegation.
 
Democrats introduced 13 bills this spring, covering topics affecting consumers, businesses, and municipal behaviors. Of the 14 primary sponsors, 13 are from the Philadelphia area.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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