IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture

IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture

The Independent Fiscal Office latest numbers project a $1.7 billion deficit, a report that new Democratic fiscal chief Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) would have preferred not to have seen.

“I only read good news,” he joked.

But the Minority Appropriations Committee Chair will likely be hearing a lot about that total over the next few months, as the General Assembly turns the page from the smooth election year budgeting of this year to 2019.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale announces climate change report, release planned by budget deadline

DePasquale announces climate change report, release planned by budget deadline

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced he is planning his own report on climate change in Pennsylvania Monday.

The report, which he said would be out by the budget deadline of June 30, will focus on state government responses to climate change and how the state can prepare for its adverse effects, from increased strain on emergency services to degrading infrastructure.

“It will not be the same as national or international action, but it is up to states to do what they can,” DePasquale said.
Monday, December 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Redistricting advocates talk rule changes to aid reform with former lawmakers

Redistricting advocates talk rule changes to aid reform with former lawmakers

In their quest to create a new system to redraw Pennsylvania’s state political boundaries, Fair Districts PA is expanding their fight to another arcane area: House rules.

“The time is very short,” Carol Kuniholm, executive director of the redistricting organization, said.

The announcement came at an event attended by roughly 200 statewide advocates Saturday afternoon at the Pennsylvania State Museum.
Monday, December 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Scarnati asks Williams for proof of residency ahead of swearing in

Scarnati asks Williams for proof of residency ahead of swearing in

A letter from the Senate’s highest ranking Republican laid out the process for a recent election winner to prove she meets the state’s residency requirement.

First reported by WESA, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, (R-Jefferson) sent a letter to Senator elect Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) Thursday that asked Williams to provide a driver’s license, employment contracts, leases, tax documents and anything else to prove she was a resident of Pennsylvania in time for her to stand on the November 2018 ballot.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Brown sentenced to 23 month probation, still withholds resignation

Brown sentenced to 23 month probation, still withholds resignation

A lawmaker found guilty of bribery earlier last month was sentenced Friday.

Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) was ordered to complete 23 months of probation and pay $4,000 in restitution, ending a years-long limbo where the embattled lawmaker tried to hold onto her seat well after three other members caught in the same sting had accepted their charges and left public office.

Per the Associated Press, Brown declined to answer questions on if she planned to resign.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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