Proposal to designate October as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” causes House Floor kerfuffle

Proposal to designate October as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” causes House Floor kerfuffle

A resolution sponsored by Rep. Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery) to designate October 2017 as “Biodiversity Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania drew derision on Tuesday not commonly leveled at designation resolutions on the House Floor.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmakers introduce bill to help identify quality daycare centers

House lawmakers introduce bill to help identify quality daycare centers

Two freshman House lawmakers from different sides of the aisle came together Tuesday to announce the introduction of legislation aimed at improving the identification of quality childcare facilities in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Budget negotiators discuss new ideas as revenue talks continue

Budget negotiators discuss new ideas as revenue talks continue

While there was little in the way of public details, budget negotiators were in mid-June mode as new ideas made their way into revenue-related discussions that continued in earnest at the state Capitol Monday.

Monday, September 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Treasurer Torsella defends not loaning money to General Fund

Treasurer Torsella defends not loaning money to General Fund

State Treasurer Joe Torsella Monday defended his recent decisions to discontinue loaning funds from Treasury’s short-term investment pool and not authorizing the ability of the Commonwealth to seek outside borrowing without a balanced budget based on his interpretation of prudent lending standards and precedent in making similar types of financial maneuvers.

Monday, September 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate non-concurs in House revenue plan, seeks to restart negotiations in earnest

Senate non-concurs in House revenue plan, seeks to restart negotiations in earnest

In a day headlined by the state receiving a downgraded bond rating due to—among other reasons—its ongoing budget-related impasse, the Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday by a vote of 43-7 took the procedural step of voting to not concur in the latest budget-balancing plan passed by the House.

 

The hope is that the procedural move will set up a conference committee to swiftly move an agreed-to plan when one is reached.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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