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

Tweeted: The week of February 20, 2017

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a number of controversial legislation this week, including measures punishing so-called “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting the deduction of union dues to be used for political purposes, and restricting abortions.

The Allegheny County state legislative delegation voting largely along party lines when the bills were considered on the Floor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County delegation discusses top priorities for upcoming legislative session

As the 2015-16 legislative session comes to a close, members of Allegheny County's state legislative delegation are looking ahead to next session and their top legislative priorities for the region.

At the top of that list is resolving the local share tax portion of state gaming legislation that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dubbed unconstitutional in September. Without this portion of the law, Pittsburgh and the county would stand to lose an annual $10 million contribution from its casino. 
Monday, November 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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