Senate Democrats will assess support for Wolf’s spending plan after budget hearings

Senate Democrats will assess support for Wolf’s spending plan after budget hearings

A day after Democratic leaders from both chambers gave universal support to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget plan, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) said the full depth of the caucus’s support will be more accurately found following budget hearings.

“To say I have 100 percent of our members on board, I can’t say that and I will never say that,” Sen. Costa told reporters. “I will say to you we haven’t heard objections, significant objections from our members when they look at [the budget proposal] in a comprehensive way.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pashinski declares March "Music in Our Schools Month"

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), along with Rep. Eddie Pashinski  (D-Luzerne) hosted a press conference in the Main Rotunda this morning to highlight “Music in Our schools Month.”  Music in Our Schools Month is a nationwide event sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and each day during the month there are performances by high school, middle school and elementary schools in both the East Wing and Capitol Rotundas. During the event, Rep. Pashinski read HR 44 designating the month of March 2015 as Music in Our Schools Month. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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House Republicans see some positives to Gov. Wolf’s pension proposal

House Republicans see some positives to Gov. Wolf’s pension proposal

Some House Republicans are praising portions of the pension proposal laid out by Gov. Tom Wolf in his budget address Tuesday.

In that address, Gov. Wolf proposed borrowing $3 billion to refinance some of the PSERS unfunded liability with the debt service to be paid by $185 million per year obtained through revenues from liquor modernization.

He also called for reforming the investment strategies of both state-run pension systems so as to reduce the cost of fund management fees, which is hoped to save $200 million annually and reduce the unfunded liability by more than $2 billion over its anticipated life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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WATCH: Vereb asks Gov. Wolf to reverse suspension of the death penalty

WATCH: Vereb asks Gov. Wolf to reverse suspension of the death penalty

During a press conference this morning, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) was joined by law enforcement professionals, victims of crimes, and other lawmakers to unveil a resolution that calls on the governor to reverse his recent suspension of the death penalty in Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Republicans call Gov. Wolf’s budget a shell game

Republicans call Gov. Wolf’s budget a shell game

Republicans in charge of both chambers of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly forecast a tough road ahead for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, calling some of the proposals a “shell game.”

“This is the most massive tax and spend plan in recent history of the Commonwealth,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), who pointed out the budget includes $12 billion in tax increases over the next two fiscal years.

“If anybody doesn’t believe those tax increases—working, middle class Pennsylvanians—that those tax increases aren’t coming out of their pocket, they need to get a new pencil and calculator because they’re coming out their pocket,” he said. “If the governor thinks that Pennsylvanians have a low self-esteem now, wait until they get that tax bill.”

Tuesday, March 3, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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