IFO: General Fund structural deficits to continue over next five years

IFO: General Fund structural deficits to continue over next five years

The state’s independent economic forecasters are predicting General Fund deficits over the next five years, even while job and wage growth are both expected to increase in the short term. 

Matthew Knittel, the executive director of the state’s Independent Fiscal Office, said on Thursday that the state’s projected revenues are expected to increase along with expenditures, continuing a structural imbalance through Fiscal Year 2024-25.
Thursday, November 14, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations designed to address the threat posed to the state by climate change.

DePasquale’s 40-page report suggested that state and local entities are ill-prepared for the potential effects of climate change and that Pennsylvania will endure increased financial and health impacts if state lawmakers fail to act. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor on Tuesday said that an ethane cracker plant in southwestern Pennsylvania could play a role in transitioning the state toward an energy efficient future.

 

Speaking to KDKA Radio, Gov. Tom Wolf said that the Shell petrochemical complex in Beaver County will prove critical to producing materials needed to push Pennsylvania toward sustainable energy, including components for solar panels and electric vehicles. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Did You Get The Memo? Syringe exchanges, leave for military spouses, and smoking prohibitions

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

 In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would legalize syringe exchange programs in Pennsylvania, provide paid and unpaid leave for military spouses and tighten restrictions for smoking in public across the state.  
Friday, November 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
McCaffery, King lead in close race for Superior Court

McCaffery, King lead in close race for Superior Court

One Republican and one Democrat are leading in the race for two open seats on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, with one candidate having declared victory.

Democrat Dan McCaffery and Republican Megan King lead with close to 99 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday afternoon, a sign that both parties may pick up a victory on the Superior Court bench.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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