Eliminating reports could save legislative study committee nearly $500,000

The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) reported at an informational meeting of the House State Government Committee that eliminating unnecessary or unhelpful recurring reports could save nearly $500,000.

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Monday, July 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
CAPITOL CROWD: Eric Fillman, Deputy Chief Counsel for Ethics for the House Democratic Caucus

CAPITOL CROWD: Eric Fillman, Deputy Chief Counsel for Ethics for the House Democratic Caucus

Continuing its series of interviews with those who operate behind the scenes at the Capitol, The PLS Reporter recently sat down with Eric Fillman, Deputy Chief Counsel for Ethics for the House Democrats. In the interview, Fillman discusses what his job entails, how he got started at the Capitol, and what he likes to do in his free time.

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Monday, July 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: VideoCapitol Crowd
A Look Back with Rep. RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon)

A Look Back with Rep. RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon)

In the second installment of "A Look Back," which features interviews with retiring members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, The PLS Reporter sat down with Rep. RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon) to discuss her four-term stint in the House of Representatives. Rep. Swanger discussed her first impressions of the General Assembly, her major achievements, what she hopes to do during her retirement, and much more.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: VideoA Look Back

Reed’s property tax reform proposal draws concern from taxpayer coalition

Wednesday, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) announced the introduction of House Bill 2425, a proposal he argues would reform school property taxes.

Rep. Reed told The PLS Reporter that his proposal combines a number of different proposals that have been floating around in the legislature the last few years and is similar to a proposal he introduced when he was first elected to the General Assembly.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Potential challenge to line-item veto of Fiscal Code will likely hinge on whether bill contains “appropriations”

Almost immediately following Gov. Tom Corbett’s announcement that he line-item vetoed $72.2 million of appropriations for the legislature and legislative-designated expenditures from the General Appropriations Act and the Fiscal Code, questions about the constitutionality of line-item vetoing items in the Fiscal Code began to emerge.

“Today the governor also announced that he has cut, eliminated or placed in budgetary reserves several state programs directly, and through the unprecedented, and likely unconstitutional step of a line item veto to sections of the Fiscal Code bill,” read an emailed statement from Senate Republican leadership.

House Democrats also told The PLS Reporter that their legal staff is examining the constitutionality of the governor’s action.

So, what’s the big deal about?

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Friday, July 11, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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