Corbett’s major priorities still possible following meeting with legislative leadership

The conclusion from Monday morning’s “status check” meeting between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett was that there is still hope major priorities like liquor privatization and public employee pension reform will reach the governor's desk.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
CAPITOL CROWD: Miriam Fox, Democratic Executive Director for the House Appropriations Committee

CAPITOL CROWD: Miriam Fox, Democratic Executive Director for the House Appropriations Committee

The PLS Reporter sat down with Miriam Fox, the Democratic Executive Director for the House Appropriations Committee to discuss her career, where she got her start, and the places she likes to hike. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Capitol Crowd
School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School board members and school business officials today said overhauling Pennsylvania’s “antiquated” school reconstruction reimbursement program, known as PlanCon, will save property-tax payers and provide school districts greater certainty when planning construction projects.

Together, they called for Senate action on House Bill 2124—legislation introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York)—which they say will provide for needed changes to the current law.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Grove discusses wanted changes to PlanCon

VIDEO: Grove discusses wanted changes to PlanCon

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) held a press conference Wednesday to discuss HB 2124- a plan for a more modern and simplified process of reimbursement from the state to school districts for construction projects. This process is also known as PlanCon. In this clip, Rep. Grove discusses what he would like to see changed. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Resource deployment key in combating poverty, hunger

While many things in policymaking are difficult to ascertain, one thing is for certain: poverty leads to a greater chance of hunger or food insecurity.

“There’s a lot of working-class families in Pennsylvania with children who are missing meals because they are making life decisions between the meal and clothing or medicine and things like that,” said Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), co-chair of the Legislative Hunger Caucus. “Your economics definitely correlates to your ability to provide food for yourself and your family.”

Monday, September 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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