“Shuttle diplomacy” being used to find a budget solution

“Shuttle diplomacy” being used to find a budget solution

A week to the day after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted FY 2015-2016 spending plan, the use of “shuttle diplomacy” has been used as the key force to move budget negotiations further as another face-to-face meeting between the governor and Republican leadership failed to make any significant progress toward a budget agreement.

“There’s both a formal and an informal process,” said House Democratic Whip Mike Hanna (D-Centre).

“The formal process you receive notice of meetings that have been scheduled…a lot of the formal process involves high-level staff looking at the various proposals, looking at what we can agree to and what we do disagree about, and hopefully that will refine things where we can focus on what we need to resolve to make this deal work.”

However, he said the informal process can sometimes be more productive in resolving big ticket items.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Hanna discusses his take on budget talks

Hanna discusses his take on budget talks

House Minority Whip Mike Hanna sat down with The PLS Reporter to discuss the latest in budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Commonwealth Court says police motor vehicle video recordings can be public records

Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court unanimously held that certain portions of State Police vehicle recordings can be considered public records and made available under Pennsylvania’s open records law.

In the opinion authored by Senior Judge James Gardner Colins, the court further held that audio recordings as part of some of the videos requested could be redacted as investigative materials exempt from the Right to Know Law.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Gordner gives latest on budget negotiations

VIDEO: Gordner gives latest on budget negotiations

Senate Majority Whip John Gordner sat down with The PLS Reporter to give an update on state budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Monday budget negotiation and pension reform bill update

It was quiet most of the day in the Capitol building Monday as leadership staff met with high-ranking Wolf administration officials to discuss the budget.

By observation, and according to Capitol sources, legislative leaders were trickling into Harrisburg Monday afternoon as they prepare to begin budget renegotiations in earnest.

Monday, July 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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