Gov. Wolf, Republicans finalize budget work groups at Tuesday meeting

Gov. Wolf, Republicans finalize budget work groups at Tuesday meeting

House and Senate Republican leaders met with Gov. Tom Wolf for the second straight week Tuesday and finalized the working groups that will be dealing with the budget and component ancillary issues.

“It’s part of our continued meetings with the governor to discuss process and I think we now have a process in place with working groups that will begin budget-related conversations this week,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) following Tuesday’s meeting.

“We’ve got a revenue work group, a liquor [work group], education, and pensions,” he said. “I think everything is ready to go on that."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Property tax reform bill still on for May vote despite being pulled from committee agenda

Property tax reform bill still on for May vote despite being pulled from committee agenda

A scheduled vote Tuesday on Rep. Stan Saylor’s (R-York) much anticipated property tax reform proposal, House Bill 860, did not come to fruition as the legislation as pulled at the request of the Wolf administration with cooperation with House Republican leadership.

Despite the bill being pulled from the committee’s agenda Tuesday, the legislation is still on track to get a full floor vote in early May.

“We had a timeframe to move a bill in May on property tax reform and we are still on that timeline,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Whether the bill came out of committee today or the first week in May is really indifferent."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 4.20.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.20.15

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

  • Lt. Gov. Mike Stack was joined by legislators and advocates in the Capitol Rotunda this morning to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder. Lt. Gov. Stack noted that the governor has declared April as Autism Awareness month as recognition of the challenges faced by those with autism and their families.
  • Volunteers with the American Heart Association from across Pennsylvania met in the Capitol Rotunda to advocate for legislation that would add a hands-only, 30 minute CPR training program to the state education curriculum for high school students.
  • Reps. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) each honored a musician from their respective cities today in the Capitol Media Center in recognition of National Jazz Month.
  • The Humane Society of Pennsylvania organized an animal welfare rally on the Capitol steps with Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) as the opening speaker and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) receiving an award for his efforts to protect animal welfare.
  • The PA Coalition against Domestic Violence held an Advocacy Day to urge legislators to support state funding.
  • The Crime Victims Alliance of PA held their annual rally to commemorate National Victims Rights Week in the Main Rotunda.
  • Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) held a press conference in the Governor’s Reception Room to recognize April 16, 2015 as “Holocaust Remembrance Day” in Pennsylvania in commemoration of the millions of innocent victims of Nazi atrocities.
  • The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) held a Legislative Day press conference in the Main Rotunda with the theme “The Nurse Hero.” The theme recognizes nurses who take heroic action every day.
  • As part of its 2015 Immigrant Advocacy Day, the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) today discussed the issues affecting immigrants and refugees living in the commonwealth and outlined the agenda for the year. 

Monday, April 20, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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House Democrats sound off on budget, property tax reform

House Democrats sound off on budget, property tax reform

House Democrats are already chalking up a win in their column for this budget cycle: Being included in the process.

“The good news is, unlike the last four years, House Democrats have been meeting with the governor,” said Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). “That’s a welcomed change and it’s going well.”

He also said the caucus leadership is excited to see Rep. Stan Saylor’s (R-York) property tax legislation get a committee vote this week as it puts a vehicle in place to input common-ground findings on the issue.

“It’s an indication and a sign that we can hopefully find some common ground on the property tax issue and the rest of the budget issues,” he stated. 

Monday, April 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 1

Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 1

The PLS Reporter Goes Inside SCI-Camp Hill's Mental Health Units

The PLS Reporter recently took a tour inside SCI-Camp Hill's mental health units and, over the next week, will present a three part series detailing what it's like at the prison and what these facilities do to help mentally ill offenders.

In this first part, we go through R-Block, the reception unit of SCI-Camp Hill, where new offenders starting their journey through the state corrections process go through to be evaluated and tested.

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