Philly cig tax pushed back to September as House cancels August session dates

A memo was circulated early Thursday afternoon advising that the House’s scheduled session days for next week have been canceled.

The cancellation comes as legislators and the Corbett Administration continue to grapple with twin issues of pension reform and a local cigarette tax hike for the City of Philadelphia to help fund the city’s schools.

Thursday, July 31, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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Grell “Cash Balance” plan gains PERC approval

Grell “Cash Balance” plan gains PERC approval

Another effort to solve the state’s pension crisis cleared a significant hurdle today, as the actuarial note to an amendment by Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) to HB 1353 was approved by the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC).
Wednesday, July 30, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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VIDEO: Rep. Grell discusses pension plan after latest PERC meeting

VIDEO: Rep. Grell discusses pension plan after latest PERC meeting

Following today's Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) meeting, Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) gives a few comments about his cash-balance pension reform plan that was discussed by the Commission. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Philadelphia school funding in limbo as House decides whether to hold session

As the House continues to gavel in and out of non-voting session and rumors swirl about the possibility of session next week being cancelled, Philadelphia schools are losing out on critically needed money as they await the finalization of a cigarette tax authorization bill.

The bill—House Bill 1177—is expected to be the top item of the legislative agenda if the House returns to voting session next week. It is anticipated to generate up to $83 million in funding for Philadelphia public school funding in the first year. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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CAPITOL CROWD: Michael Schwoyer, Special Counsel to the House Democratic Leader

CAPITOL CROWD: Michael Schwoyer, Special Counsel to the House Democratic Leader

The PLS Reporter sat down with Michael Schwoyer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the House Democratic Leader to talk about his duties at the Capitol, as well as how he got to where he is today. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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