State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

Legislature sits on $118 million surplus

As of June 30, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly sat on a funding reserve of $118 million, a report from an independent auditor released Monday morning states.

 

The audit, performed by accounting firm Boyer & Ritter of Camp Hill for the price of $172,500 and accepted by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) Monday shows that the legislative surplus—oft the aim of criticism over legislative transparency and money-hoarding—was down from the surplus of $126 million reported as of June 30, 2015, and nearly $90 million less than the surplus was just a decade ago.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
In Pittsburgh, Aging Secretary Osborne kicks off regional forum on combatting Alzheimer's Disease

In Pittsburgh, Aging Secretary Osborne kicks off regional forum on combatting Alzheimer's Disease

Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne kicked off a series of regional Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forums in Pittsburgh Monday, to discuss the progress of the state’s plan on the disorders. 
“The challenges for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and those who selflessly care for them, are often staggering,” said Sec. Osborne. “In Pennsylvania, over 400,000 individuals are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and that number is expected to increase markedly as the baby boomer generation reaches the age of 65 and beyond.” 
Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Monday's press conferences have legislators decrying anti-Semitic acts and wishing for more opportunities for disadvantaged businesses

Monday's press conferences have legislators decrying anti-Semitic acts and wishing for more opportunities for disadvantaged businesses

Find out about what happened at press conferences at the Capitol today. 

Watch as legislators join to state that they stand together and don't condone the recent disrespectful acts against people of the Jewish faith. 

Also at a later press conference Rep. Wheatley, Sen. Hughes, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and the Women's Caucus hosted a Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Capitol Best of 2016 winners

The voting has been tabulated, the winners have received their awards! All that is left now is for all of us to congratulate the winners of "The Best of 2016"! There were a lot of close races but those listed below received the most votes from their peers.

Voting for the “Best of the Capitol” awards was held online and in the Main Rotunda in the fall of 2016. 

Keep your eye out for: Best of the Capitol 2017 awards coming later this year!

Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: The PLS Reporter
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