Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

Consolidation of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole takes a step toward passage

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the potential merger of four human services-related state agencies into one Department of Health and Human Services, the proposal to merge the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole has flown a bit under the radar.

 

On Monday, however, the Senate Appropriations Committee took another step toward advancing the proposal to the governor’s desk.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
As REAL ID compliance effort advances in House, federalism issues come to light

As REAL ID compliance effort advances in House, federalism issues come to light

The House State Government Committee Monday moved along a Senate measure that would put Pennsylvania on the road toward compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, which requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

 

The debate, however, wrought out some Republican members’ strong belief in protecting Pennsylvania and its residents from federal encroachment and limiting the power of the governor to charge citizens for a federally mandated identification card.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Press Conference Overview - May 8, 2017

Press Conference Overview - May 8, 2017

Watch an overview of some of the press events held at the Capitol Monday.
Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday was joined by education and law enforcement officials to stress the importance of providing a large increase in pre-K and early childhood education funding similar to what he offered in his proposed budget.

 

In February, the governor included as part of his $32.3 billion budget proposal a $75 million increase in early childhood education spending that includes pre-K programs and the Head Start program.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is sitting in Harrisburg for this week’s round of oral arguments and is scheduled on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in the case of Scarnati v. Wolf, a case taken over by the current governor concerning gubernatorial authority to line-item veto portions of budget-related legislation like the Fiscal Code.

 

The case stems from actions taken by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in signing the 2014 budget bills, in which he line-item vetoed a number of items in the state budget and the accompanying Fiscal Code legislation.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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