VIDEO: Gov. Corbett makes one more push for pension reform

VIDEO: Gov. Corbett makes one more push for pension reform

While Gov. Tom Corbett continues to review the budget passed by the General Assembly, he makes one more push for pension reform saying that it will bring relief for schools and property taxes across the state. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Attempt to authorize Phila. cigarette tax nixed in late-night Rules Committee meeting

The House Rules Committee met Tuesday night to consider House Bill 278, which comprises the Fiscal Code legislation needed for the implementation of the FY 2014-2015 budget. Committee Democrats tried, but ultimately failed, in their attempt to attach an amendment to the bill that would authorize a cigarette tax in Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 7.1.14

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

  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) held a teleconference this afternoon to discuss the $29.1 billion budget passed by the General Assembly last evening. Gov. Tom Corbett has yet to sign the bill. PBPC Executive Director Sharon Ward described the budget situation as “not quite done yet.” She explained the Senate amended and approved the House’s budget last night. Ward said Gov. Corbett’s announcement he would not sign the bill was shocking to some.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Caucuses urge budget’s signature as Gov. Corbett continues review

The day after the $29.1 billion FY 2014-2015 state budget was passed by the General Assembly, all four legislative caucuses urged Gov. Tom Corbett to sign the measure.

Gov. Corbett said in a release following the budget’s passage that he will review the budget so as to determine its impacts as he considers whether to sign the bill.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform sent back to committee, review to take place over summer

The administration-backed Tobash hybrid pension reform plan was sent to the House Human Services Committee Tuesday afternoon by a 106-95 vote. As a result of this action, a pension reform review group will be formed to examine the issue.

Despite having the support of the Corbett administration, and following weeks of lobbying by House Republican leadership and administration officials, the result of today’s House action was not surprising.

“We knew we didn’t have all the votes on our side,” said Steve Miskin, press secretary for the Speaker and House Majority Leader. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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