DePasquale defers unemployment compensation funding audit decision until January

DePasquale defers unemployment compensation funding audit decision until January

After receiving a number of requests from legislators to conduct a financial and performance audit of the unemployment compensation system in Pennsylvania, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Wednesday that he will defer making a final decision as to whether to pursue and audit until January.

 

Requests from lawmakers to examine how finances have been spent in the past and the operational efficiency of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation call centers started almost immediately after the Department of Labor and Industry announced in November that the legislature’s failure to pass a funding extension for certain aspects of the UC system would result in nearly 600 layoffs within the department and the closure of three call centers as well as the Harrisburg overflow center.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Increasing number of Senators demand investigation into prior UC funding

Increasing number of Senators demand investigation into prior UC funding

As three unemployment compensation call centers have stopped taking calls and a December 19 furlough date looms for nearly 600 workers in the Department of Labor and Industry, Republican Senators are increasing their demand for an accounting of how UC money has been spent and transferred in the past.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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UC funding tussle between Senate GOP, Gov. Wolf intensifies

UC funding tussle between Senate GOP, Gov. Wolf intensifies

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Pennsylvania Senate decided to not push to the governor’s desk a one-year extension of funds to the unemployment compensation system under the Service and Improvement Infrastructure Fund, and the ongoing fracas between Gov. Tom Wolf and Senate Republican leadership continued to boil over Tuesday.

 

In the latest episode, Senate GOP leaders sent a sharply worded letter to the governor urging him to reconsider furloughing nearly 600 workers in the Department of Labor and Industry, which the governor alleged is necessary as a result of the failure to extend the funding.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Women in Pennsylvania Government: Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne)

Women in Pennsylvania Government: Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne)

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) sat down with The PLS Reporter to tell us a little bit about herself for our series "Women in Pennsylvania Government." 
Friday, November 18, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legality of budget impasse spending approvals put in legislative crosshairs

Legality of budget impasse spending approvals put in legislative crosshairs

Two Senate committees—Appropriations and Finance—held a joint hearing Monday to determine the legality of payments being made by the Treasury Department under the auspices of “public health, safety, and welfare” that are above budgeted amounts.

“In the past, when the General Assembly has not been able to approve a fiscal year spending plan along with the governor by the end of the fiscal year, payments of these costs are normally understood to be made under the platform of health and safety,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh). “A question has arisen: is it appropriate and legal for payments to be made when a fiscal year appropriation act has been approved and payments are made in excess of that appropriation in that same fiscal cycle.”

Monday, February 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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