VIDEO: Christiana calls for stronger government transparency with SchoolWATCH

VIDEO: Christiana calls for stronger government transparency with SchoolWATCH

Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) held a press conference Wednesday morning to discuss SchoolWATCH, a new online tool that gives taxpayers and the media greater access to the checkbooks of Pennsylvania's public school districts.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pension reform by consensus?

Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) believes the best way to tackle pension reform is to bring all stakeholders together to develop a solution.

On Tuesday, she announced she is introducing legislation to form a Public Pensions Review Commission (PPRC) to examine the pension reform issue, offer a bipartisan solution, and present its plan six months after the law forming the commission is enacted.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget chief, two more tapped by Wolf for cabinet spots

The list of nominations for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s cabinet increased by three more Tuesday afternoon when the transition team announced the nomination of long-time Senate Appropriations Committee minority executive director Randy Albright to be Wolf’s budget architect.

Wolf also picked former Rendell Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding to reassume the top spot within the Department of Agriculture and former Treasurer Robin Wiessmann to lead the Department of Banking and Securities.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Minimum wage hike, revenue growth to top House Democrats’ agenda

With the first voting days of the 2015-2016 session just days away, House Democrats hope to push an agenda in the coming session they feel is shared by Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Last week, The PLS Reporter previewed the session priorities of House and Senate Republicans.

Not unlike their Republican counterparts, House Democrats feel priority number one needs to be focusing on how to reduce the $2 billion planning deficit facing the upcoming budget.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf announces nominees for Corrections, General Services, and Insurance

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announced three more cabinet nominees Monday, revealing that current Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will continue in his current capacity, while former DGS deputy secretary Curt Topper has been tapped to head the Department of General Services, and lawyer and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) veteran Teresa Miller will lead the Insurance Department.

This brings the list of cabinet nominees named by Wolf who require Senate confirmation to six.

Monday, January 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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