Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy

With the 2020 Census looming, lawmakers are still considering the prospect of whether to allocate state funding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s commission charged with getting the word out about the survey, which proponents argue could help fight against undercounting in the state.

But lawmakers expressed an array of concerns at a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on the matter Monday. They ranged from ruffled feathers over Wolf’s decision to unilaterally bond $90 million to fund voting machine replacement in the state to criticism over a lack of communication from the commission and worries the commission has not done enough to ensure it targets rural residents.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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In an olive branch to General Assembly, PASSHE freezes tuition for first time in 21 years

In an olive branch to General Assembly, PASSHE freezes tuition for first time in 21 years

Students at Pennsylvania's 14 State System of Higher Education schools will not see their tuition rise next year for the first time in over two decades, after the Board of Governors voted unanimously to freeze tuition Wednesday.

In what one president termed a “risky move,” Chancellor Dan Greenstein framed the freeze as good faith signal to the General Assembly that PASSHE was moving in a different direction, even though the decision will leave schools with a $62 million shortfall.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Gov. Tom Wolf and State Treasurer Joe Torsella on Tuesday cheered a $317 million deposit in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, although they cautioned that more work needs to be done in order to better secure the state’s fiscal future.

Lawmakers elected to plow most of the state’s budget surplus into its cash reserves, which started the year ranked among the worst in the country. The decision was one of bipartisan agreement between Republican leaders and Wolf, although more than half of the surplus will be devoted to paying off pieces of last year’s budget.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

At least one member is taking another run at ensuring counties get upwards of $90 million to underwrite the cost of buying new voting machines, just days after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a larger bill that would have doled out money to local governments for that purpose.

Wolf vetoed SB 48 on Friday, a bill which would have raised the $90 million by bonding, covering up to 60 percent of the costs incurred by counties from complying with a Department of State mandate to replace all voting machines by the 2020 presidential election.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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