Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

Metcalfe committee tirade prompts Democratic calls for chair resignation

After Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s (R-Butler) outburst Tuesday over a touch on the arm from Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery) that led to the former questioning the sexuality of the latter, Democrats are calling for Metcalfe to resign as majority chairman of the House State Government  Committee.

As the majority chair of that committee, Metcalfe controls whether any civil rights legislation could reach the House floor, including HB 1410, written by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), which would provide workplace discrimination protections for LGBT individuals to state law.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Following Auditor General’s report, calls mount to end state control of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Following Auditor General’s report, calls mount to end state control of Philadelphia Parking Authority

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently issued a scorching report of the management of the Philadelphia Parking Authority by its oversight board that he said allowed for an unchecked, irresponsible executive director and practices that led to the School District of Philadelphia missing out on nearly $78 million in funds from uncollected parking fines.

Friday, December 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration rolled out a new health care plan that partners with private insurance companies to coordinate care for elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians. 

The program, called Community HealthChoices, will be mandatory for all individuals over the age of 21 who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Wolf offers new state grant rules in response to Democratic convention audit

Wolf offers new state grant rules in response to Democratic convention audit

Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced new rules for spending state grants in light of an audit that showed little accountability for the spending of public money.
Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Bills give more flexibility to some parking authorities

Bills give more flexibility to some parking authorities

Two Senate bills seeking to provide more flexibility to some of Pennsylvania’s local parking authorities moved closer to the conclusion of their legislative process Wednesday as they were unanimously approved the House Local Government Committee.

 

The first bill, Senate Bill 252 by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny), seeks to provide the Pittsburgh Parking Authority with the ability to enter into private agreements for the lease or license of parking spaces and develop, operate, and/or finance mixed-use projects.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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