Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

The House Education Committee next week is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2125, legislation purported to combat the so-called “ghost teacher” issue in Pennsylvania.

Sponsors of the legislation say the bill will also save taxpayer resources that can be used elsewhere in the classroom. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
2016 priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 2

2016 priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 2

In the second and final part of our feature on his 2016 priorities, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office noted continuing goals of seeing the implementation of a natural gas extraction tax, an increase in education funding, progressing on workforce development initiatives, and finding government efficiencies.

The first segment outlined his priorities of getting minimum wage, anti-discrimination, and medical marijuana legislation enacted. 

Monday, January 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget impasse spending transparency called into question by GOP lawmakers

Budget impasse spending transparency called into question by GOP lawmakers

A group of Republican lawmakers from the House and the Senate sounded the alarm Thursday on what they believe is a lack of transparency in how money is being spent by the Wolf administration during the protracted state budget impasse.

Including federal dollars, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said the Wolf administration has spent $30.4 billion in the period between July 1 and October 31.

A report authored by Rep. Grove and Representatives Chris Dush (R-Jefferson) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) was released with recommendations about how to bring more transparency to the way dollars are spent and calling on the auditor general to take a look at the issue.

“What we discovered in this report is the administration used prior year funds without any oversight from the legislature or transparency to the public to fund Harrisburg first,” Rep. Grove said.

Thursday, December 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Budget politicking hits the road

Major players in Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate were on the road Monday trying to sell their message to the Commonwealth’s body politic before House members return to voting session on Tuesday.

The governor had a busy morning in Western Pennsylvania where he began the day giving remarks at the Pittsburgh Technology Council Breakfast Briefing Program.

He then stayed in Pittsburgh where he gave remarks at the VFW national convention.

By noon, Gov. Wolf was speaking at Big Beaver Elementary School in Darlington, Beaver County. That stop was part of his continuing “Schools That Teach Tour,” which is the governor’s ongoing push for his education funding plan.

It was that third stop that was met with Republican reaction in a joint statement from Representatives Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) and Jim Marshall (R-Beaver), who organized a rally held to counter Gov. Wolf’s trip to the area. 

Monday, July 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Wolf administration will continue effort to attract Shell ethane cracker plant

Acting DCED Sec. Dennis Davin told members of the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday that the Wolf administration is continuing efforts to attract and finally bring the proposed Shell ethane cracker plant to Beaver County.

“I think part of what we’ve done is look at opportunities to really significantly work with [Shell] going forward,” said Sec. Davin, noting the administration does not yet know when a final decision will be made.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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