Capitol Quick Hits for 5.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.13.15

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

  • A small group of legislators, advocates, and families of missing persons gathered together in the Capitol Rotunda in an effort to raise awareness of missing persons both in and around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Steve Santarsiero held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center focused on HB 1018, legislation that seeks to counter politically motivated pressure on colleges and universities to boycott or divest from Israel’s commercial interests by barring state funds to any Pennsylvania school that bows to such demands. Rep. Santarsiero said his bill to protect investments in Israel—which enjoys broad, bipartisan support—is a natural step in safeguarding our nation’s strong ties to the only democracy in the Middle East. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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House to consider budget amendments in first week of June

House to consider budget amendments in first week of June

Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee moved a vehicle budget bill to the House floor, setting the stage for the legislation to be considered on second consideration the first week of June.

House Bill 1192—which largely reflects the current fiscal year’s budget—moved the committee along a party-line vote.

“I’m not introducing House Bill 1192 as a final product,” said Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). “This is a vehicle, it’s simply a placeholder so that a bill will be in place to start the budget process and hopefully complete by June 30.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Passage of pension, property tax reform bills sets table for budget talks

Passage of pension, property tax reform bills sets table for budget talks

Wednesday saw the passage of two high profile reform proposals seen as critical for the budget’s passage. The Senate passed a Republican-backed proposal to reform public pensions and the House passed a bipartisan proposal to reduce school property taxes.

Republican leaders of both chambers noted the importance of Wednesday’s votes to the overall budget process.

“I think it’s a huge day that a bill of this magnitude, this type of reform gets passed in any body,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) on his chamber’s passage of pension reform. “We’ve been struggling with for this for years, to get this accomplished today is historic.”

“I think if either one of those would’ve failed, they’d have been off the table for the next six weeks,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Now I think we’ve narrowed the parameters by putting these two items on the table. I think it significantly changes the discussion from a broader perspective of what we’re going to be looking at."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Crowd: Jeanette Krebs, Managing Director of Communications at Bravo Group

Capitol Crowd: Jeanette Krebs, Managing Director of Communications at Bravo Group

Meet Jeanette Krebs, Managing Director of Communications for the Bravo Group in Harrisburg. Learn about Jeanette's extensive background in journalism and covering the Pennsylvania government, her role at the Bravo Group, and what she likes to do in her spare time. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Q & A with Gov. Wolf on property tax, pension reform, Philly train derailment

VIDEO: Q & A with Gov. Wolf on property tax, pension reform, Philly train derailment

At a Wednesday morning bill signing of HB 152, honoring First Responders, Gov. Wolf answers questions on the Philadelphia  Amtrak train derailment, and pending legislation on property tax and pension reform. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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