Minimum wage hike, revenue growth to top House Democrats’ agenda

With the first voting days of the 2015-2016 session just days away, House Democrats hope to push an agenda in the coming session they feel is shared by Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Last week, The PLS Reporter previewed the session priorities of House and Senate Republicans.

Not unlike their Republican counterparts, House Democrats feel priority number one needs to be focusing on how to reduce the $2 billion planning deficit facing the upcoming budget.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Wolf announces nominees for Corrections, General Services, and Insurance

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announced three more cabinet nominees Monday, revealing that current Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will continue in his current capacity, while former DGS deputy secretary Curt Topper has been tapped to head the Department of General Services, and lawyer and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) veteran Teresa Miller will lead the Insurance Department.

This brings the list of cabinet nominees named by Wolf who require Senate confirmation to six.

Monday, January 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Over 100 strong and growing: Pennsylvania’s problem-solving courts

The Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) marked a new milestone Friday, announcing the number of problem-solving courts in the state has passed the 100 mark.

Problem-solving courts are a mechanism of the judiciary that focuses on remediation, treatment, and rehabilitation instead of incarceration for certain nonviolent offenders.

Monday, January 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Senate Democrats announce committee chairs

The Senate Democrats have named their committee chairs, according to a release sent out Friday afternoon.

As it looks from the line-up, a number of Democrats will be pulling double duty.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Senate Republicans announce committee chairs

On behalf of the Senate Republican Caucus, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced the Republican standing committee chairs for the 2015-2016 session.

The PLS Reporter has the list and takes a look at notable changes and where freshman members landed.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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