Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

Senate advances high-profile pension reform and gaming expansion measures

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday took action on two high-profile pieces of legislation: one that would significantly reform public pensions and the other expanding gaming.

 

Both concepts are seen as major priorities for Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, along with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development, held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a $200 million lease-leaseback proposal of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. 

In his 2017-2018 budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed seeking a private investment company  to pay an upfront fee, presumably $200 million, to the Commonwealth to help fill a hole in the Commonwealth’s $2 billion structural deficit. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

PlanCon Advisory Committee hears program recommendations from Western PA schools

State legislators and school officials met at O’Block Jr. High School in the Plum Borough School District Friday to continue a series of eight statewide hearings on PlanCon- a program which aims to reimburse school districts for construction costs. 

The Pennsylvania Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction (PlanCon) Advisory Committee, consisting of both House and Senate Appropriation Chairs, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and other education stakeholders, are tasked with issuing recommendations for changes to the program by mid-May. 

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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