Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations

Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) was involved in budget-related negotiations Thursday, partaking in a closed-door meeting with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Wolf administration proxies on property tax relief.

Upon leaving the meeting, Sen. Wagner was coy to discuss with reporters what was detailed in the meeting—calling it his Sgt. Schultz moment—he did note the importance of providing property tax relief to homeowners.

“The school tax issue, that’s the largest issue we have in Pennsylvania,” he said. “It’s driven pensions; there are a lot of issues.”

He said those in his district “are begging for relief.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Hughes discusses latest on budget

VIDEO: Hughes discusses latest on budget

The PLS Reporter sat down with Senate Appropriations Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) to discuss the latest on budget negotiations.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Marsico to propose narrow medical marijuana legislation

VIDEO: Marsico to propose narrow medical marijuana legislation

After multiple House Judiciary Committee hearings on the topic of medical marijuana, Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) plans to introduce legislation permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes in a controlled fashion. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court

Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court

In a Thursday morning decision by the Commonwealth Court, Act 192—which allows membership organizations to challenge municipal gun ordinances on behalf of members—has been declared unconstitutional.

In the opinion in the case of Leach v. Commonwealth authored by Judge Robert Simpson, the court found Act 192 (formerly House Bill 80 in the 2013-2014 legislative session), was violative of Article Three, sections one and three of the Pennsylvania Constitution, dealing with original purpose and the single subject requirement.

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Democrats urge education funding restoration before new funding formula is used

Democrats urge education funding restoration before new funding formula is used

House Democrats serving on the Basic Education Funding Commission took to the Capitol newsroom Wednesday to call on House Republicans to put off implementing the new funding formula recommended by the commission until funding is restored to those schools that saw cuts over the last four years.

Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer) said the date of implementation should be done at the budget negotiating table.

“We believe there are three caucuses that are on the same page that it’s on the big negotiating table to talk about when the funding formula should come into place,” he said.

A bill moved out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday implementing the recommended funding formula, but not specifying a date for its implementation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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