Gladys Brown named PUC chairman

Former long-time Senate Democratic staffer and current Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown was selected by Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be the next chairman of the commission.

Brown will replace current PUC chair Robert Powelson who will remain on the PUC as a commissioner.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
And the nominees are... Department of Banking and Securities Sec. Weissmann

And the nominees are... Department of Banking and Securities Sec. Weissmann

Meeting Acting Banking and Securities Secretary Robin Weissmann. Learn about her goals for the department, her career background, and what she likes to do outside of serving the Commonwealth. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.6.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.6.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and many legislators gathered on the Capitol Steps to celebrate the birthday of and show support of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The party is hosted every year with the dual purpose of celebrating the highly-praised program and to thank the legislators for their continued support.
  • Moms Clean Air Force held “Mama Summit 2015” in the Main Capitol Rotunda today. The Summit was a chance to moms, dads, grandparents, and kids to show support for children’s health and to demand action to protect the air that they breathe-both indoor and outdoor- and call for action on climate change.
  • The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania hosted their annual “Home Matters Day” in the Main Capitol Rotunda today to raise awareness about the increasing need to provide home within reach of all Pennsylvania. The group also marked the release of “Real People, Real Results: A Snapshot of How Pennsylvania’s State Housing Trust Fund – PHARE- is Working,” a new research document featuring stories of communities and individuals who have directly benefited from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE).
  • Rep Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, held a press conference to release the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association’s Report on Overdose Death Statistics during the period of January-December 2014. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Event Central
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State and municipal pension reform plans could be tied together

State and municipal pension reform plans could be tied together

As Senate Republicans began circulation of their long-anticipated state and school district employee pension reform proposal Wednesday, in the House a committee held an informational meeting on reforming municipal pension systems as it pertains to public safety pensions.

As the day came to a close, it was said a number of times the two issues could be considered together (though procedurally in two different pieces of legislation).

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Pensions
Capitol Hunger Garden opens for sixth season

Capitol Hunger Garden opens for sixth season

Legislators, anti-hunger advocates, and hunger relief organizations gathered outside the Capitol building Wednesday morning to open and dedicate the Capitol Hunger Garden for the sixth consecutive season.

The small garden sits outside the Capitol building’s House side between the Ryan Office Building and its harvest goes to supply local food shelters.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Event Central
Tags: hunger
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