Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Sen. Bob Mensch’s (R-Montgomery) Senate Resolution 237, which would encourage county and local government and emergency services agencies to work with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Public Safety Radio to create interoperability for the latest iteration of the Statewide Radio Network (STARnet), recently was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 

It is the latest move in an effort to solve the decades-long process of creating a statewide public safety radio network.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Lawmakers to introduce zero-based budgeting legislation

Six “reform-minded” Republican state senators earlier this week declared their intent to introduce legislation that would require state agencies to engage in zero-based budgeting, essentially requiring them to build their budgets from zero dollars as a means to justify expenses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment & Government Operation held a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed operational fee for Pennsylvania State Police coverage.

In order to increase funding for state police, Gov. Wolf has proposed a $25 per capita fee on local municipalities that do not otherwise have full time or part time police coverage.

Legislators had preliminary concerns about creating the $25 fee, because the average cost is around $225 for a trooper, and they believe this number could rise in the future costing taxpayers much more money.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts

Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts

A report released by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee took a deep-dive into the financial impact charter and cyber charter schools have on traditional public school districts and recommended potential reform measures to help save costs and improve district-charter relations.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Mensch discusses PA Prostate Cancer Task Force report

Sen. Mensch discusses PA Prostate Cancer Task Force report

Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery)-the author of the legislation that authorized the prostate cancer task force, SB609/Act 66 of 2015 was joined by Jay Williams, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition. 

They held a press conference Tuesday morning where they asked the General Assembly to include recommendations from this report in the 2017-2018 state budget and to warn about the danger of prostate cancer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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