Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday took action on two high-profile pieces of legislation: one that would significantly reform public pensions and the other expanding gaming.

 

Both concepts are seen as major priorities for Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf to name Insurance Commissioner Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services should consolidation become a reality

Gov. Wolf to name Insurance Commissioner Miller as Secretary of Health and Human Services should consolidation become a reality

Gov. Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday where he stated his intention to nominate Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be the Secretary of the proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

This proposed agency combines the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into one larger department.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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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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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
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Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the potential merger of four human services-related state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services, the proposal to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole has flown a bit under the radar.

 

On Monday, however, the Senate Appropriations Committee took another step toward advancing the proposal to the governor’s desk.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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