House Republicans to float new gaming revenue proposal that axes the local share assessment

House Republicans to float new gaming revenue proposal that axes the local share assessment

A proposal led by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) and being floated by the House Republican Caucus to redirect local share assessment payments to Pennsylvania’s General Fund is under increasing consideration as an agreement on gaming expansion revenue is waning.

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

With rank-and-file legislators heading out of town Wednesday and not set to return to Harrisburg until just five days shy of the traditional June 30th budget deadline, legislative leaders were continuing to come up short on an agreement on a spending plan and revenue package that will close out the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 budget cycles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

A much anticipated pension reform proposal from the Senate was formally introduced Thursday, getting the designation of Senate Bill 1 for the second straight session.

 

The designation of Bill 1 in either chamber is traditionally set aside for legislation of the highest public importance or as a symbolic measure to articulate the priority of the majority caucus.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

In response to a letter from Senate Republican leaders and comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he has instructed his staff to conduct a thorough review of the grant agreement that allowed $10 million in taxpayer funds to go to help fund the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year, following reports that showed that a surplus in DNC funds went to staff bonuses.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

The most predominant visual reminder for lawmakers and staff of hunger issues facing Pennsylvanians, the Capitol Hunger Garden—located between the Capitol’s Ryan Office Building and the House side of the Main Capitol—was opened Wednesday morning with an initial planting conducted by legislative leaders and anti-hunger advocates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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