Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

Senate sets sea-change revenue proposal, budget implementation bills for final passage

The Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday night loaded bills that will provide for the substantial majority of a $2.2 billion revenue package needed to balance the current and just previously concluded fiscal year’s budgets and provide for the implementation of the budget through specific code bills.

 

About $570 million of the nearly $2 billion revenue package now set for a final vote in the Senate on Thursday represents a sea change in terms of where prior revenue discussions were heading since it does not rely mainly on gaming expansion, prior year lapses, and offline revenue transfers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A breakdown of the Senate code bills

A breakdown of the Senate code bills

The Senate advanced five budget implementation and revenue generating Code bills Wednesday that are set for final passage on Thursday. We take a look at what's in them.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Protesters ask Speaker Turzai to return to Harrisburg to finish the budget

VIDEO: Protesters ask Speaker Turzai to return to Harrisburg to finish the budget

On Wednesday, morning a group of protesters gathered outside of Speaker of the House Mike Turzai's office to demand a balanced budget that prioritizes the needs of Pennsylvania’s families.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
State Civil Service hiring program analyzed by House State Government Committee

State Civil Service hiring program analyzed by House State Government Committee

The House State Government Committee held an information hearing Wednesday morning to examine the implementation by the State Civil Service Commission of Act 69 and Act 167 of 2016.

These two laws work together to modernize the Civil Service Act application, examination, notification, and hiring practice to discontinue any patronage, cronyism, and or nepotism. The goal is to implement a stronger system to hire more qualified civil service applicants at a faster and more modern pace.

The Pennsylvania Office of Administration (OA) and Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) were both represented in the informational hearing to address members of the committee on how the timeline for civil service applications is being implemented. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

On the same day that Pittsburgh City Council passed a bill to expedite the process of removing lead water service lines from the city’s infrastructure, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner criticized the county’s health department’s response to lead contamination just hours later.

Wagner released her office’s audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) programs in response to elevated lead water levels. In April, Wagner announced that her office would perform the audit after concerns that the health department was not seriously considering water as a source of lead contamination.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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