Oil train safety report released

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday released a report on oil train safety authored by rail safety expert Dr. Allan Zarembski, which focused on how to protect Pennsylvania residents from rail accidents involving Bakken crude oil trains.

“Every week, roughly sixty to seventy trains carrying crude oil travel through Pennsylvania destined for Philadelphia or another East Coast refinery, and I have expressed grave concern regarding the transportation of this oil and have taken several steps to prevent potential oil train derailments,” said Gov. Wolf in a release Monday. 

Monday, August 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Human services organizations plead for stop-gap budget measure

A survey released by a group of human services agencies calls on the legislature and governor to come to a budget resolution quickly or, alternatively, provide a stop-gap measure to allow these organizations to keep operating without the sting that a drawn-out budget impasse could provide.

The survey’s participants included a number of human services and health organizations that rely on state money. The survey was released Monday by the United Way of Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Amorphous progress reported by budget negotiators after pension meeting

Amorphous progress reported by budget negotiators after pension meeting

While it may just be a feeling, legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf again touted progress toward reaching a pension deal following a Thursday negotiating session on the topic.

“We had a good conversation, we’re making some progress on two really important issues: the pensions and education,” said Gov. Wolf. “We obviously have differences…but I think we had a good conversation, good discussion.”

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) noted that while pension reform and education funding are two items the negotiators have focused on over the last two days as necessary components of the final budget, differences still exist in those areas.

“We’re still working through those differences, we’re hoping to do so in a timely fashion because there are a number of other issues that need to come to the table before we can have a final budget agreement,” he told reporters.

Thursday, August 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Budget negotiations forge ahead with new proposals coming on pension reform, education funding

Budget negotiations forge ahead with new proposals coming on pension reform, education funding

Top legislative leaders from the four legislative caucuses met with Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon to discuss matters related to resolving Pennsylvania’s seven-week old budget stalemate and left the meeting to review new proposals offered by the administration dealing with pension reform and education funding.

The negotiators will meet again Thursday morning to discuss the new plans and see if they can find a way to forge ahead and agree to a spending plan.

“I think we made some progress,” Gov. Wolf said about the Wednesday meeting. “We’re going to get together at 10:00 tomorrow morning, we have some information [Budget Sec. Randy Albright] is going to be presenting to the leaders, both parties, so we can have a continuation of this tomorrow.”

While the governor stopped short of saying there was any sort of a breakthrough in negotiations, he remained optimistic saying again, “We made progress."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Dermody discusses pensions, education funding after latest budget meeting

VIDEO: Dermody discusses pensions, education funding after latest budget meeting

After a Wednesday afternoon budget meeting with the governor and Republican caucus, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody recaps what was discussed. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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