Philadelphia cigarette tax, tied to pension reform, is likely dead

As an issue tied to pension reform, House Bill 1177—legislation authorizing a cigarette tax for Philadelphia—is likely dead for the summer as the administration-supported pension reform proposal in the House was sent back to committee Tuesday afternoon.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: DiGirolamo: "I felt that we were rushing this through" on pension bill

VIDEO: DiGirolamo: "I felt that we were rushing this through" on pension bill

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), Chair of the House Human Services Committee discusses why he moved to recommit HB 1353, a hybrid pension plan, to his committee. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

$29.1 billion budget set to become law, but governor is withholding signature

Whether it’s called “flim-flam” or responsible, the FY 2014-2015 General Appropriations bill is now set to become law after the House of Representatives passed House Bill 2328 Monday evening by a 108-95 vote, just in advance of the midnight end of the fiscal year.

Despite the bill's passage, the governor is withholding his signature.

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Monday, June 30, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Hope springs eternal with new pension reform amendment, but Republicans are still on their own

A new omnibus amendment to the Tobash hybrid pension reform amendment to House Bill 1353 is giving the plan’s sponsors renewed optimism that the changes will bring around enough members to obtain the necessary 102 votes for pension reform legislation in the House.

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Monday, June 30, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Kampf, Tobash discuss changes to hybrid pension plan

VIDEO: Kampf, Tobash discuss changes to hybrid pension plan

Representatives Warren Kampf (R-Chester) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) visited the Capitol press room to discuss an omnibus amendment to HB 1353, a hybrid pension plan sponsored by Rep. Kampf. 

Monday, June 30, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video
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