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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Auditor General says Act 13 impact fee needs clarification, better oversight

Auditor General says Act 13 impact fee needs clarification, better oversight

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released an audit of the Public Utility Commission’s oversight of Act 13 impact fee collections and noted corresponding findings demand a revision to the law to provide clarification on how the money can be spent and better oversight of how money is distributed and used.

 

Since its enactment in 2012, the impact fee has brought in around $856 million with $428 million of that split between counties and municipalities. DePasquale noted the performance audit his office recently concluded shows that local spending of the impact fee money is outside the intent of mitigating local impacts of natural gas drilling, some municipalities received overpayments, and changes to the law are needed to better support housing programs under Act 13.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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A week of woe for Pennsylvania’s fiscal health

A week of woe for Pennsylvania’s fiscal health

While last week’s election brought the prospect for change at the national level, the week following the election in Pennsylvania brought more of the same in terms of legislative leadership and, more importantly, Pennsylvania’s fiscal outlook.

 

The negative news concerning the current state of Pennsylvania’s budget and a depressing future outlook began Tuesday when the Independent Fiscal Office provided its five-year financial outlook that noted budget deficits are only likely to increase from $1.7 billion for FY 2017-2018 to $3 billion in FY 2021-2022.

Thursday, November 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
AG DePasquale discusses Commonwealth's financial situation

AG DePasquale discusses Commonwealth's financial situation

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Thursday morning where he discussed the financial challenges that the Commonwealth faces and how he has been working to make a difference. 

He also discussed the goals he has for his second term in the position of Auditor General. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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