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
Categories: News and Views
Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senate Appropriation Committee members focused on how the Department of Corrections (DOC) handles mentally ill inmates and inmates struggling with addiction during Thursday’s budget hearing.


DOC asked for an addition $2 million dollars in this year’s proposed budget.


According to DOC Sec. John Wetzel the extra $2 million would help to treat inmates with varying mental health issues.

Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
Senators question the necessity of the state system of higher education

Senators question the necessity of the state system of higher education

The majority of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the state system of higher education during Thursday’s budget hearing.


Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), Sen. John Eichelberger (R- Blair), and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) were the most vocal about their criticism.


The main issues, according to senators, are low enrollment and the system’s lack of self-sufficiency.


Thursday, February 22, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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
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