Philly Dems opposed to pension-for-school-money vote swap, despite Mayor’s overtures

Gov. Tom Corbett Sunday evening tied pension reform to an issue other than the budget: Philadelphia school money through the authorization of a cigarette tax for Philadelphia.

“It is clear to me—and I believe Republican leaders agree with this—if there is a positive pension reform vote, there would be a positive cigarette tax vote on behalf of the school district of Philadelphia,” Gov. Corbett said. “That would be a huge step in helping the School District of Philadelphia, but so would the pension reform plan.”

The governor called on members of the Philadelphia delegation to support pension reform legislation in exchange for the tax authorization that would be applied to Philadelphia schools.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Budget negotiations continue as June 30th deadline approaches

VIDEO: Budget negotiations continue as June 30th deadline approaches

After a meeting with GOP leaders, Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi discuss the latest in budget negotiations. 

Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Meeting of legislative Republican leaders yields positive results for budget progress

A late afternoon meeting of Republican leaders from the House and Senate might have put the budget and implementation bills on track to be passed by June 30 or shortly thereafter.

“We’ve made significant progress in getting a common approach and timeframe with the House Republican leadership,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware). “We have details to iron out and…many times those details are the most difficult things to iron out, but we had a very productive meeting today.”

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Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.27.14

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

  • Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kane were joined by the Secretaries of the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Insurance and representatives from Highmark and UPMC to announce the existence of a consent decree between the two organizations. The decree addresses the transition of care once the existing contract between Highmark and UPMC expires at the end of this year.  

Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Medical Marijuana bill passes Senate committee

VIDEO: Medical Marijuana bill passes Senate committee

SB 1182, which would provide for the medical use of cannabis in the Commonwealth was voted out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee today, with amendment, and will now be sent to the Senate floor. Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) the sponsor of the bill, gives his remarks on the bill. 

Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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