Lawmaker wants to bring OSHA to PA public employers

Lawmaker wants to bring OSHA to PA public employers

Public employers are exempt from the requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the law setting minimum workplace safety requirements.

Rep. Pat Harkins (D-Erie) is trying to change that in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General says state schools need to improve campus safety procedures

Auditor General says state schools need to improve campus safety procedures

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education which showed the university system needs to revise its policies related to reporting campus safety violations and Title IX compliance.

The audit also recommends the state system continue cost-containment procedures in order to keep tuition increases as low as possible.

“In general, our audit shows they are on track,” DePasquale said during a Monday press conference. “However, we did find that the system needs to step up its game to ensure that every campus has consistent policies and procedures in place to adequately address instances of sexual discrimination and sexual violence.”

Monday, April 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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CAPITOL CROWD: Dave Thomas, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman

CAPITOL CROWD: Dave Thomas, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman

Meet Dave Thomas, Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. Learn about his career throughout Pennsylvania state government, his day-to-day duties as Chief Counsel, and who he likes to play golf with. 

Monday, April 27, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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IFO report says Gov. Wolf’s revenue proposals will increase taxes across all income levels

The Independent Fiscal Office Thursday released a required analysis of revenue proposals articulated in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal and finds that the proposals will raise taxes on Pennsylvanians among all income brackets.

The report indicates that by FY 2019-2020, the proposals will increase net state and local tax revenues by $5.2 billion, which comprises of $9.8 billion in tax increases and $4.6 billion in tax and rent relief.

“Those new funds will be used to support additional spending on various priorities identified in the Executive Budget,” the report reads. “The proposals implement substantive changes to the current tax system and they will have disparate impacts across the Commonwealth based on a resident’s income level, consumption patterns, and school district of residence.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Committee hears about potential changes to small games of chance reporting requirements

The House Gaming Oversight Committee continued its spring series of hearings on gaming-related topics by hearing from regulators and clubs on the reporting requirements related to small games of chance.

Many members of the committee reported small, charitable clubs in their districts utilizing these games as fundraisers are disincentivized from doing so because of onerous reporting requirements and confusion about the law leaving them without small games of chance as a fundraising tool.

Minority Chairman Nick Kotik (D-Allegheny) told committee members and testifiers he would like to see changes to the current law—the Local Option Small Game of Chance Act—that help out these clubs.

“Anything we can do to make the process smoother, easy for the clubs that depend on this revenue, we’d appreciate it,” he said.

Thursday, April 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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