UPDATED: Treasurer McCord resigns, pursues private sector career

UPDATED: Treasurer McCord resigns, pursues private sector career

According to a resignation letter sent to Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday, State Treasurer Rob McCord is resigning from office, effective February 12, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

"It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth as their elected State Treasurer for the past six years," McCord stated in his letter.

"But with my goals at Treasury now achieved - and with a new Governor now in office to appoint my successor - it is time for me to return to the private sector, where most of my life's work has been."

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reinstatement of state park fracking moratorium draws mixed reviews

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an Executive Order Thursday morning in Philadelphia reinstating a Rendell-era moratorium in natural gas leases in state parks, an order that was ended under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

“Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the economic and environmental viability of our parks and forests,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement. “This is about striking the right balance. Our state parks and forests are unique assets that should be preserved, protected, and utilized by our residents for recreational purposes.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Pileggi resigns chairmanship

A quick announcement was made on the Senate floor Wednesday that Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) had resigned his chairmanship of the Senate Local Government Committee.

The resignation leaves the former Senate Majority Leader without any committee chairmanships. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Minimum royalty bills unanimously move through Senate

With little fanfare and no floor debate, legislation aimed at ensuring natural gas leaseholders receive minimum royalty payments for the gas industry unanimously passed the Senate.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill making advertisement of civil service veterans’ preference a requirement advances

Bill making advertisement of civil service veterans’ preference a requirement advances

Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) is continuing his quest to require the advertisement of the State Civil Service Exam veterans’ preference.

His bill—House Bill 192—would require the director of the State Civil Service Commission to advertise the veterans’ preference on all of the commission’s examination materials, announcements, advertisements, and the commission’s website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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