House hearing starts look at ways to increase career and technical education opportunities

A select subcommittee of the House Education Committee held its first hearing Tuesday examining how to increase K-12 career and technical education opportunities.

The Select Subcommittee on Career and Technical Education was formed by House Resolution 102 with bipartisan support in early March and is chaired by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Patrick Harkins (D-Erie).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

Thursday marked the end of the three-week House Appropriations Committee budget hearing process where committee members and other interested Representatives heard from nearly every facet of state government receiving funding in the coming fiscal year’s budget.

The PLS Reporter caught up with a few of the committee’s member to get their thoughts on the budget hearing process and what they think will happen with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget going forward.

“Generally, it’s a lot of what we expected,” said Rep. Seth Grove (R-York). “Not a lot of answers on specifics, they kept it at ‘it’s a comprehensive plan,’ which kind of triggers ‘we want everything and we’re not willing to negotiate,’ which is very bad moving forward meaning it’s either this or nothing.”

In the end, he said, more questions remain.

Thursday, March 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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What’s to be done about municipal pension reform?

What’s to be done about municipal pension reform?

While many of the state’s top policymakers are focusing on reforming state and public school pension issues, others are sounding the alarm on another potential pension crisis: the one affecting Pennsylvania’s municipalities.

Back in January, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference noting 562 of Pennsylvania’s municipalities have underfunded their pension plans to the extent that they are now in distressed status.

Monday, DePasquale was again bringing attention to the issue, holding a news conference with York Mayor Kim Bracey following the audit of that city’s pension system.

The audit revealed the city is $10 million behind in its pension obligation payments.

Monday, March 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmaker, L&I secretary spar over effect of raising PA’s minimum wage

Lawmaker, L&I secretary spar over effect of raising PA’s minimum wage

Acting Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino was in front of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday for her department’s budget hearing.

Among a number of topics discussed by Sec. Manderino and committee members, a wide gap surrounding the likely effects of raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage between Republican members and the Democratic-secretary became apparent.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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