House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

The House Appropriations Committee questioned representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) about how the agency ensures it only provides services for those in need.


Republicans expressed concerns about welfare fraud and recipients that are not actively looking for work.


Republicans pushed for House Bill 59 that Gov. Wolf vetoed last session. The bill would have put stronger work requirements onto welfare recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

The House Appropriations Committee questioned the Department of Education about why Gov. Tom Wolf proposed to give the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) an extra $15 million in his proposed budget.


The Republicans, in particular, scrutinized PASSHE’s labor union contracts.


Pedro Rivera, the secretary of Department of Education, voted in support of those contracts but would not disclose the cost.

Monday, March 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee interrogated representatives of the Department of General Services (DGS) Wednesday about a $200 million contract that the General Assembly did not approve.


DGS, under the jurisdiction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is leasing out the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. It was originally a lease-leaseback agreement with a private operator that morphed into a finance agreement.


The transaction amounts to a front of $200 million that would require the Commonwealth to pay back about $377 million when taking into account interest and fees.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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House lawmakers analyze effectiveness of job creation programs

House lawmakers analyze effectiveness of job creation programs

House legislators discussed how to increase job creation Wednesday after Pennsylvania lost 10,000 jobs last year.


The House Appropriations Committee invited testifiers that represented the Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to discuss the agencies’ various programs.


“We want to get rid of programs that don’t work and bolster the ones that do,” said Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

The House Appropriations Committee focused primarily on how to improve the economy and the impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas at the Independent Fiscal Office budget hearing Tuesday morning.


Legislators allowed IFO representatives to testify to discuss the implications of Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget and give an overall economic outlook.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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