For the good of it: Rep. Readshaw and the Ride to Gettysburg

The PLS Reporter takes a look at charitable work by legislators

It started with a newspaper story about the upkeep of some monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

“It sort of caught my attention and I thought, ‘Well, someone should do something about that’,” said Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny), who started and leads the annual Ride to Gettysburg.

“I really didn’t think it was going to be me, but I thought it would be sort of a good idea if somebody did do something.”

The Ride to Gettysburg is held in September and consists of an average of 350 motorcycle riders going from the Capitol fountain to Gettysburg.

It is one of two events sponsored by Rep. Readshaw that raise money for The Pennsylvania Monuments Project, which provides for upkeep of unendowed Pennsylvania monuments.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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AG’s internal Sandusky review documents protected by attorney-client privilege

Wednesday, the Commonwealth Court issued an opinion in Bagwell v. Attorney General and held that documents requested by Ryan Bagwell related to the Office of Attorney General’s internal review of the Sandusky investigation are protected by the attorney-client privilege and attorney-work-product doctrine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

The law mandating the current $1.00 fee on certain telecommunications devices used to fund county 911 services is set to expire on June 30, but as the Senate turns to consider a recently passed House reauthorization plan, the new fee amount remains at issue.

In House Bill 911, which passed the House in early May, the fee is increased to $1.65.

At a Senate hearing on the legislation Tuesday, government agencies and stakeholders all expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the proposed amount.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: An interview with Labor and Industry Sec. Kathy Manderino

VIDEO: An interview with Labor and Industry Sec. Kathy Manderino

The PLS Reporter sat down with Kathy Manderino, the new Secretary of the Labor and Industry Department. Find out about her career in Pennsylvania state government, her goals for the department, and what she likes to do in her spare time. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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In maintaining bond rating, Fitch says PA is continually unable to address fiscal challenges

Bond rating company Fitch Ratings Tuesday maintained the Commonwealth’s current bond rating of AA- with a stable economic outlook.

However, Fitch noted not all is going positively for the Commonwealth, indicating the Commonwealth has shown a “continued inability to address its fiscal challenges with structural and recurring measures” which has led to a bond rating lower than most states.

“After an unexpected revenue shortfall in fiscal 2014, the current year budget includes a substantial amount of one-time revenues and expense deferrals to achieve balance and continues the deferral of statutory requirements to replenish reserves which were utilized during the recession,” Fitch said in a statement releasing the bond rating. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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