VIDEO: Senate's Kane Committee to hear from AG's top deputies

VIDEO: Senate's Kane Committee to hear from AG's top deputies

After the second Special Committee on Senate Address hearing examining Attorney General Kathleen Kane's ability to perform her duties of her office with a suspended law license, Chairman John Gordner (R-Columbia) describes what's in store for the third meeting of the Committee on Wednesday. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Municipal pension reform could soon get its day

Municipal pension reform could soon get its day

At least some action is expected this week on much anticipated changes to Pennsylvania’s system of municipal pensions, a niche area where legislators and stakeholders have been looking to do significant reform for the last several years.

According a report from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale earlier this year, 562 municipalities—nearly half of those administering pension plans—have underfunded their pension obligations so much that those plans have ended up in distressed status.

As of January, the total unfunded amount of Pennsylvania’s municipal pensions reached $7.7 billion.

Those working on the issue hope a Wednesday committee vote is the beginning of the end to municipal pension issues as Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) will offer an amendment to House Bill 414 during a scheduled committee meeting of the Senate Finance Committee.

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Liquor privatization components take shape

Liquor privatization components take shape

The liquor privatization component of the budget framework began to firm up Monday as a legislative vehicle was moved from committee and negotiators continued working to pin down the specifics of what will be the final agreement.

Taking a largely procedural step, the House Liquor Control Committee voted to approve House Bill 1690 along a 14-9 party-line vote, putting the bill in place to be used as a vehicle for final liquor privatization language.

The bill was described as being nearly identical to House Bill 466, which was vetoed by the governor earlier this year.

Both bills are sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Education advocates support fair funding, oppose backend referendum proposal

VIDEO: Education advocates support fair funding, oppose backend referendum proposal

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding held a press conference in the Main Rotunda Monday to advocate for fair funding and oppose the backend referendum proposal. 

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Hope fading for a Thanksgiving budget?

As the budget framework Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders announced last week continues to take shape, some involved with crafting a plan to end Pennsylvania’s nearly five-month long budget stalemate were lowering expectations Monday that the impasse could be finally broken by Thanksgiving as first hoped.

“I’m hoping we can do it sooner [than December], I was hoping before Thanksgiving,” Gov. Wolf said to PJ Maloney on KQV radio Monday morning.

However, the governor later said that projections made earlier by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) of a December budget might be “more realistic.”

“We want to do it soon, quickly,” he said.

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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