Capitol Quick Hits for 6.9.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.9.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents filled the Main Capitol Rotunda to rally against SB 1316 and HB 2138, identical legislation that proposes an overhaul of special education funding that charter school operators say would make it difficult for them to operate. Students and charter school administrators gave testimony of how their charter schools have positively affected their lives and urged legislators to reject the legislation.
  • Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) held a conference call to announce the formation of the Progressive America PAC. The PAC will be dedicated to “recruiting, vetting, training, funding, exposing, and electing progressive candidates,” said Sen. Leach. He indicated that the PAC will focus on Pennsylvania candidates initially and then expand nationwide.
  • Health care and disability rights advocates held a press conference in the Main Capitol Rotunda to call on lawmakers to “close the budget gap by closing the coverage gap,” lifting up Medicaid Expansion as the solution to Pennsylvania’s budget problem.  
  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) held a teleconference to discuss a new report on the amount of taxes oil and gas extraction companies actually pay. PBPC Executive Director Sharon Ward said lawmakers are considering a possible severance tax on natural gas as a possible solution to filling a potential $1.5 billion budget shortfall. 

Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Scarnati ready to let voters decide if size of state government should be reduced

VIDEO: Sen. Scarnati ready to let voters decide if size of state government should be reduced

During today's Senate Appropriations Committee voting meeting, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati discusses what he would like to see happen with SB 324 - a joint resolution to abolish the office of Lt. Governor and reduce the size of the Senate and the Superior and Supreme Courts. 

Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Hughes: "It's not quite ready for prime-time" on bill to limit size of government

VIDEO: Sen. Hughes: "It's not quite ready for prime-time" on bill to limit size of government

Minority Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Vincent Hughes thinks more time and public input should be involved before moving ahead with SB 324- a joint resolution to abolish the office of Lt. Governor and reduce the size of the Senate and the Superior and Supreme Courts. 

Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Pileggi Discusses Reducing the Size of Pennsylvania Government

VIDEO: Sen. Pileggi Discusses Reducing the Size of Pennsylvania Government

During an off the floor Senate Appropriations Committee voting meeting on SB 324- a joint resolution to abolish the office of Lt. Governor and reduce the size of the Senate and the Superior and Supreme Courts- Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi discusses what he would like to see happen with the legislation. 

Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.5.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.5.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Gov. Tom Corbett was joined by Pocono Raceway President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky, co-chairman of the House Motorsports Caucus Rep. John Payne (R-Dauphin), and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse to host a first- of- its kind hauler parade through Harrisburg. The unique procession of NASCAR racecar haulers were on their way to the Pocono 400 at the Pocono Raceway, one of Pennsylvania’s “great sports destinations,” said Gov. Corbett. This event marked the first time an official hauler parade came through Pennsylvania and offered NASCAR fans the opportunity to see team haulers up close, at no charge.
  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Administrators (PASBO) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) held a conference call this morning to discuss the findings of the fourth annual report on school district budgets. Jay Himes, Executive Director of PASBO, explained that 279 school districts responded to the survey which represents 1,000,000 of Pennsylvania’s traditional K-12 school students.
  • Environmental, faith-based, civic, and human rights groups held a teleconference to call on governors from NY, PA, and MD and the Susquehanna River Basin to complete a comprehensive study of shale gas operations’ cumulative impacts on water quality in the Susquehanna River Basin. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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