While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

For the first time in a decade, Pennsylvania will have a nice chunk of change to squirrel away in its coffers.

As part of the 2018 budget, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf eight days ahead of time, the commonwealth is putting $22 million into its Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, or rainy day fund for short.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Gov. Wolf launches PAsmart program

Gov. Wolf launches PAsmart program

On Wednesday morning Gov. Wolf joined labor, business and tech sector leaders to sign an executive order and formally launch PAsmart.
Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Waving signs saying “public service, not lip service” and chanting “hey hey, ho ho, gerrymandering has got to go,” three dozen redistricting advocates gathered outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s home in York County Wednesday demanding a special session to focus exclusively on redistricting reform.

Ever since the state’s General Assembly left for the summer in June following an ahead-of-time budget, leaving redistricting as well as a host of other big bills on guns, abortion and hazing on the table, Fair Districts PA, a preeminent advocacy group, has been pushing Wolf to call for a special session.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

More state funding leads to less tuition hikes for state-funded schools, right? It’s a logical thought, according to university students and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

City Controller Michael Lamb blamed the city’s increased realty transfer tax for sluggish revenue numbers in the first half of 2018 Tuesday.

“It was an unnecessary increase that has been counterproductive to affordable housing,” Lamb said at a press conference. “We’re fighting to keep families in this city and the tax is an added hurdle in the way of enticing new people into town.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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