Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

In response to a letter from Senate Republican leaders and comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he has instructed his staff to conduct a thorough review of the grant agreement that allowed $10 million in taxpayer funds to go to help fund the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year, following reports that showed that a surplus in DNC funds went to staff bonuses.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senators want to sell naming rights to state office buildings to help offset operational costs

Senators want to sell naming rights to state office buildings to help offset operational costs

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania owns and leases a lot of office space across the state: 16 million square feet in total. This week, two senators from different sides of Pennsylvania—Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny)—unveiled their proposal to sell the naming rights to just about every state-owned office building help offset the operational costs of these facilities.

 

The proposal comes out of recommendations from a report issued by the Joint State Government Commission at the end of last year in response to a resolution sponsored by the two senators seeking answers to questions they had about reports of unused/unmanned state office space still requiring maintenance, upkeep, and—most importantly—money by the Commonwealth.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
2017 primary election wrap

2017 primary election wrap

The results from the 2017 primary election in Pennsylvania are in and, like with any election, while a lot looks set to change, much will continue to remain the same.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
DEP floats fee increase to pay for enhanced water quality monitoring

DEP floats fee increase to pay for enhanced water quality monitoring

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday that its rulemaking arm—the Environmental Quality Board—will be examining a proposal at its Wednesday meeting to increase fees for new and amended water permits and implement annual fees for community water systems, non-community water systems, and bottled, vended, retail and bulk water suppliers in order to hire more water quality inspectors.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf says DNC surplus should’ve been returned to PA taxpayers

Gov. Wolf says DNC surplus should’ve been returned to PA taxpayers

Gov. Tom Wolf over the weekend said a $4 million surplus in funds left over from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia should have been returned to Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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