Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

The heads of three Senate committees stated Wednesday that they will be scheduling hearings in the coming weeks to vet the recent potential impact of the recently announced prison closures.

 

Late last week, the Department of Corrections announced the coming closure of two state prisons and released a list of five potential closures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Mixed reaction follows announcement of two state prison closures

Mixed reaction follows announcement of two state prison closures

After the Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced Friday the department’s plans to close two state prisons as a cost saving measure and to cut Pennsylvania’s inmate population in half, a number of lawmakers and stakeholders from across the state voiced their concerns about the latest move from the Wolf administration to tackle the state budget deficit. 
Monday, January 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 24

In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Sen. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) about property tax reform/elimination, his efforts in that regard, where things stand, and where things are going.

Friday, September 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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