Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

House Speaker—and very-nearly-announced Republican candidate for governor—Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was optimistic about a lot of things when he spoke to a crowd gathered at the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

 

First and foremost, with just six weeks before the end of the current fiscal year, he stated his confidence that a state budget will be in place before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Health Secretary Karen Murphy leaves Wolf administration for private sector

Health Secretary Karen Murphy leaves Wolf administration for private sector

The Wolf administration announced Monday that Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy, is leaving the administration for a position in the private sector.

 

According to the governor’s office, Sec. Murphy is expected to remain in her current role until late June or early July.

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

A much anticipated pension reform proposal from the Senate was formally introduced Thursday, getting the designation of Senate Bill 1 for the second straight session.

 

The designation of Bill 1 in either chamber is traditionally set aside for legislation of the highest public importance or as a symbolic measure to articulate the priority of the majority caucus.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA unemployment rate ticks up to 4.9 percent in April

PA unemployment rate ticks up to 4.9 percent in April

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percent in April to 4.9 percent, the Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday issued an opinion that continued the judiciary’s line of increasing deference to charter and cyber charter schools who contract out the bulk of their services with for-profit companies.

 

The case—Insight Charter School v. Department of Education—stemmed from the denial of a charter application to Insight after the department and, later, the Charter Appeal Board denied Insight’s charter application.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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