Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

A group of legislators are on a quest to end what they see as onerous prevailing wage requirements placed on public school construction projects.

Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has introduced House Bill 707, which would eliminate the requirement that union workers on public school construction projects exceeding $25,000 be paid the prevailing wage.

Rep. Topper led legislators and other supportive parties in a news conference Wednesday to support his bill.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senators agree to review casino owners’ proposals

Senators agree to review casino owners’ proposals

Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie), chairmen of the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee, responded Tuesday to a letter sent by ten Pennsylvania casino owners requesting the General Assembly consider certain proposals to help the industry remain competitive.

In a March 17, 2015, letter, the owners of Pennsylvania’s six Category 1 casino license holders and four Category 2 casino license holders called on the legislature to enact proposals that would, among other things, eliminate minimum staffing requirements, allow for 24-hour alcohol service, expedite slot machine placement, and provide for reinvestment tax credits.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

Thursday marked the end of the three-week House Appropriations Committee budget hearing process where committee members and other interested Representatives heard from nearly every facet of state government receiving funding in the coming fiscal year’s budget.

The PLS Reporter caught up with a few of the committee’s member to get their thoughts on the budget hearing process and what they think will happen with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget going forward.

“Generally, it’s a lot of what we expected,” said Rep. Seth Grove (R-York). “Not a lot of answers on specifics, they kept it at ‘it’s a comprehensive plan,’ which kind of triggers ‘we want everything and we’re not willing to negotiate,’ which is very bad moving forward meaning it’s either this or nothing.”

In the end, he said, more questions remain.

Thursday, March 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

School district administrative consolidation bill draws mixed views

Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fayette) is taking his long-running idea of consolidating school district administrative functions at the county level and turning it into legislation with his recently introduced House Bill 840.

According to Rep. Mahoney, while each school will still retain its individual identity, there would be one county-level school board.

He said he is introducing the legislation to help the educational process, save school districts money, and reduce property taxes and noted a study he conducted four years ago in Fayette County showed there stands to be a conservative estimate of $20 million in savings at the county level.

“It drives for education first,” he said. “It will save cost on the duplication of services, duplication of curriculum, bus contracts, food contracts…and it would eliminate a lot of administrative overload.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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