CAPITOL CROWD: Clancy Myer, House Parliamentarian

CAPITOL CROWD: Clancy Myer, House Parliamentarian

The PLS Reporter joined House Parliamentarian Clancy Myer at the Speaker's Rostrum to discuss his career path to the Capitol, his favorite moments in the House Chamber, and what he likes to do in his spare time. 

Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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New Jersey a Useful Case Study as Commonwealth Mulls iGaming for Budget Gap

On televisions across New Jersey in recent months, commercial breaks have been peppered with advertisements for the latest addition to the Garden State’s extensive stable of gambling options - online gaming. The state legalized the activity, also known as iGaming, in November of last year, and though revenues have fallen far short of estimates over its first six months – Gov. Chris Christie was counting on upwards of $200 million from state casinos by the end of the fiscal year - the state Treasury still expects to collect millions in taxes by the end of June, and for the number to continue growing over time.

 

Given Pennsylvania’s growing budgetary concerns, namely a deficit now upwards of $1.4 billion, is the likelihood growing that the Corbett administration could take a similar step and legalize online gambling, incorporating lessons learned from New Jersey? The PLS Reporter finds out.


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Friday, May 30, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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As Budget Deadline Draws Near, Bill’s Introduction Lingers

In 2011, newly-minted House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) promised the House would pass a budget by Memorial Day, that year falling on May 30.

On May 24, 2011, that promise was made true when the House—after much debate—passed a budget by a 109-92 margin. While the budget was not finally signed into law until June 30 of that year, the passage in May was a sea change from prior years under the Rendell administration.

Fast forward three budget cycles to the present, May 30, 2014, and no general appropriations bill has been introduced in either chamber. By the time the General Assembly returns on June 2, Memorial Day will have been a week away.

So when can one expect to see formal legislation introduced, officially kicking off the annual June budget season?

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Friday, May 30, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.29.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.29.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • A group of Government reformers gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda to call for a gift ban for public officials. Former DEP Secretary John Hanger, Gene Stilp, and Tim Potts released a report that documents the influence of gifts over Gov. Tom Corbett. Stilp also noted that he has filed a formal complaint against the governor with the States Ethics Commission. 

  • Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) was joined by a group of environmental advocates in the Capitol Media Center to condemn Gov. Corbett’s Executive Order lifting the moratorium on natural gas drilling leases in state parks and forests. Joanne Kilgour, Director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, said that the administration’s assertion that these action will help to protect state lands is incorrect and the actions will “sacrifice” areas intended for natural preservation and recreation. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Commission Signs Off on Actuarial Analysis of “Rescue Effort” Pension Reform Plan, Skepticism Abounds

Commission Signs Off on Actuarial Analysis of “Rescue Effort” Pension Reform Plan, Skepticism Abounds

After an hour-long executive session and an hour long public meeting, the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) unanimously approved an actuarial note to the hybrid pension plan offered by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill).

Rep. Tobash called the plan a “rescue effort” in terms of pension reform and a first step in broader changes designed to attack an estimated $40 billion-plus unfunded liability.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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