Lawmakers introduce bills aimed at ending budget impasses

Lawmakers introduce bills aimed at ending budget impasses

Once again mired in a budget-related standoff, legislators have started to form bills and co-sponsorship memos to address how the General Assembly should act when such impasses occur. 

Monday, August 7, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Tweets of the Week - July 24, 2017

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

Friday, July 28, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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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
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Reflection: A look at AFSCME’s role in the passage of Act 5 of 2017

Reflection: A look at AFSCME’s role in the passage of Act 5 of 2017

With several weeks behind the signing of Act 5 of 2017, some leaders of public employee labor unions are reflecting on their role in the process and what they did differently from other pension-reform attempts that eventually led to the enactment of this legislation.

At the beginning of June, the Senate-advanced Senate Bill 1—a pension reform plan that overhauled the current pension system that was used in the commonwealth—was created after six or seven drafts from ongoing negotiations.

The bi-partisan legislation was created through agreement from all four legislative caucuses as well as Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration. 

Monday, July 24, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Tweets of the Week - July 17, 2017

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Friday, July 21, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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