Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

Bill aimed at ensuring subcontractors are paid promptly vetted in hearing

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) to strengthen the rights of subcontractors over their prime contractors and owners was the subject of a two-hour hearing in front of the House Commerce Committee Tuesday.

According to Rep. Tobash, the bill—House Bill 726—will ensure subcontractors are protected against unscrupulous contractors and owners.

“We’ve got some elements of the law right now that are setting the playing field to really allow misconduct by unscrupulous general contractors and, maybe in some cases, owners,” he told The PLS Reporter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf nominates Timothy Reese for State Treasurer

Gov. Wolf nominates Timothy Reese for State Treasurer

Just over two months after former-State Treasurer Rob McCord announced his resignation amid a federal investigation, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday announced the nomination of Timothy Reese to take over the post.

“Tim is a proven leader with a diverse financial background – as a consultant, an entrepreneur and an investor," Gov. Wolf said in a statement. "His outstanding management experience and fiscal expertise, along with a passion for promoting financial literacy, will help bring stability to the Treasury and refocus the department on its core mission."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana by a 88 to 10 margin.

Not surprisingly, legislators sponsoring proposals to legalize medical marijuana responded positively to the poll’s results.

“You can’t get much higher in a poll than 88 percent,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3, that chamber’s legalization proposal also sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). “These numbers are as close to unanimous as you get in politics.

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

Lawmakers seek to end public school prevailing wage requirements

A group of legislators are on a quest to end what they see as onerous prevailing wage requirements placed on public school construction projects.

Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has introduced House Bill 707, which would eliminate the requirement that union workers on public school construction projects exceeding $25,000 be paid the prevailing wage.

Rep. Topper led legislators and other supportive parties in a news conference Wednesday to support his bill.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Quick Hits for 3.31.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.31.15

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

  • Penn State University held a “Rally in the Rotunda” event at the Capitol today to visit state lawmakers and ask to keep state funding for education affordable and accessible.
  • Stakeholders gathered at the Capitol today for the first “Speak Out for Healthy Kids Day” – an initiative promoting the importance physical activity and healthy habits in schools play in positive child development.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a public meeting to discuss the Constitutional Amendment on Tax-Exempt Properties and Purely Public Charities. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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