Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Meeting on the ninth anniversary of the 2005 legislative pay-raise, government reform advocates gave the General Assembly a failing grade for reform efforts.

“Today, overall, the legislature has gotten an F-minus on the report card today,” said Gene Stilp. “[This is a] total failure on reform by the legislature.”

The legislative report card for mid-year 2014 focused on things like a total legislative gift ban, ending COLAs, ending legislative perks, campaign reform, requiring more documentation of expenses, and other similar areas.

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Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate returns to session Tuesday to consider amended Fiscal Code, Phila. cigarette tax authorization

The Senate is scheduled to come back to session Tuesday to consider amended versions of the Fiscal Code and legislation authorizing a cigarette tax in Philadelphia.

The Fiscal Code is needed for budget implementation and the tax authorization is needed—says Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter—to ensure Philadelphia public schools can open on time and safely in September.

Both bills were amended in the House in the waning hours of the pre-July 4 budget dash. The changes need to be agreed to by the Senate before the bills can be finally passed.

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Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Teplitz discusses his goals for state government reform

VIDEO: Teplitz discusses his goals for state government reform

As co-chair of the Government Reform Caucus, Sen. Rob Teplitz (R-Dauphin) talks with The PLS Reporter about what he would like to see be accomplished by the caucus. 

Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pension reform to be held until fall, while Philadelphia cigarette tax revived

Wednesday saw pension reform dominate debate and rhetoric in the hall of Pennsylvania’s Capitol as Gov. Tom Corbett reiterated his desire for a plan to reach his desk and legislative leaders worked to revive the reform plan sent back to committee Tuesday.

“It was disappointing to see members use a procedural maneuver to disguise the fact that they cannot stand up to the special interests that are out there at this time,” Gov. Corbett said of yesterday’s action. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Pension reform bill voted out of committee, House floor vote anticipated in the fall

VIDEO: Pension reform bill voted out of committee, House floor vote anticipated in the fall

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), Chairman of the House Human Services Committee gives his remarks on HB 1353, a pension reform bill, that was voted out of his committee. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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