House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

The House Appropriations Committee questioned representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) about how the agency ensures it only provides services for those in need.


Republicans expressed concerns about welfare fraud and recipients that are not actively looking for work.


Republicans pushed for House Bill 59 that Gov. Wolf vetoed last session. The bill would have put stronger work requirements onto welfare recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

The House Appropriations Committee questioned the Department of Education about why Gov. Tom Wolf proposed to give the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) an extra $15 million in his proposed budget.


The Republicans, in particular, scrutinized PASSHE’s labor union contracts.


Pedro Rivera, the secretary of Department of Education, voted in support of those contracts but would not disclose the cost.

Monday, March 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Opioid disaster declaration reaches halfway point

Opioid disaster declaration reaches halfway point

The 90-day disaster declaration issued by Gov. Tom Wolf relative to the state’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis reached its halfway point Wednesday and state leaders were out highlighting achievements gained through agency coordination and a greater focus of resources on combating the problem.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee interrogated representatives of the Department of General Services (DGS) Wednesday about a $200 million contract that the General Assembly did not approve.


DGS, under the jurisdiction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is leasing out the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. It was originally a lease-leaseback agreement with a private operator that morphed into a finance agreement.


The transaction amounts to a front of $200 million that would require the Commonwealth to pay back about $377 million when taking into account interest and fees.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Wagner speaks at Press Club luncheon

Sen. Wagner speaks at Press Club luncheon

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) was the featured speaker at February’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon where he laid out his plans to prevent school shootings in Pennsylvania and how he would otherwise operate Pennsylvania differently from current Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

Sen. Wagner is currently the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, who still faces two primary challengers.

Monday, February 26, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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