Legislators identify $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources

Legislators identify $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) led the bicameral legislative Taxpayers’ Caucus Tuesday in a news conference unveiling more than $3 billion in potential savings and nontax revenue sources they say should be used before lawmakers turn to taxpayers to fill any existing budget holes.

“This is a new day and I don’t think Harrisburg has seen this before,” said Sen. Wagner about the things identified in the report, which also include recommendations about how to more effectively budget and implement economic growth strategies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - May 20, 2016

Rotunda Ramblings - May 20, 2016

The podcast this week welcomes The PLS Reporter's new intern, Kyle Maguire. We also give a budget update, talk municipal pension reform, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, and a hearing related to the steel industry.

We have budget update audio from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). We also hear from Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) on his judgement day bill package, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) on municipal pension reform, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) on the ICA, and Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland) on steel.

Listen to this episode HERE.

Friday, May 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday divested itself of House Bill 414, legislation that contains significant reforms for municipal pension plans, and requested the legislation be sent back to the Senate Finance Committee where those hopeful of a comprehensive solution to the issue will renew their work to find a consensus product.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Retirement commission muddles through despite legal sword of Damocles

Retirement commission muddles through despite legal sword of Damocles

The Public Employee Retirement Commission—the embattled panel responsible for municipal pension administration and reviewing proposed changes to state pension laws—held its first public meeting Thursday, despite attempts by Gov. Tom Wolf to defund its operations and spread its work throughout state government.

Thursday, March 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - March 11, 2016

Rotunda Ramblings - March 11, 2016

This week Rotunda Ramblings brings back witty conversation in breaking down the week's top news items including the end of budget hearings, what the state's pension systems are up to, and the governor issuing an Executive Order providing for a limited increase in the minimum wage. We also sit down with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) to talk municipal pension reform.

Listen to the whole episode HERE.

Friday, March 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
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