Wagner, Manderino trade jabs over UC funding dispute at L&I budget hearing

Wagner, Manderino trade jabs over UC funding dispute at L&I budget hearing

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) and Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino traded jabs during the department’s Senate budget hearing Tuesday morning, as the spat between Senate Republicans and the Wolf administration over the failure to authorize UC call center service and infrastructure funding continues.

 

The failure to authorize the funding resulted in layoffs of nearly 500 employees and the closure of three unemployment compensation call centers around the state, as well as the Harrisburg overflow center.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers condemn threats to PA Jewish Community Centers

Lawmakers condemn threats to PA Jewish Community Centers

As a nationwide rash of threats to Jewish Community Centers hit Pennsylvania Monday with bomb threats levied toward Jewish Community Centers in Harrisburg and York, state leaders were condemning the threats of violence and destruction.

 

The threats also come on the heels of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia being desecrated over the weekend.

Monday, February 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

Senate caps off ambitious early session agenda by passing abortion restriction, “paycheck protection” bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has taken up an ambitious agenda early in the 2017-2018 term, addressing in its first three full session weeks bills dealing with natural gas minimum royalties and statute of limitations reform for child sex abuse cases.

 

As the Senate recessed for its annual round of budget hearings Wednesday, it did so after passing two other controversial proposals – one that would restrict abortions in Pennsylvania by disallowing them after the 21st week and one labeled “paycheck protection” in that it would prohibit the automatic deduction of public employee union dues money that would be used for political purposes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Sanctuary cities, “paycheck protection” bills move closer to final Senate passage

Bills that would punish so-called sanctuary cities and limit the ability of unions to have political dues money automatically deducted from public employee paychecks advanced through key Senate committees Monday in their move toward final passage.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors and poor decision-making within the Department of Labor and Industry have caused Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system to lose out on past federal funding, a recent internal investigation by the Wolf administration revealed.

 

Though Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced last month that his office would be conducting an audit of the UC system under the department and the associated Service Improvement Infrastructure Fund (SIIF) at the heart of a dispute between the Wolf administration and Senate Republicans, the Wolf administration had taken upon itself to conduct a parallel internal review, according to a letter sent by Budget Sec. Randy Albright to the Auditor General on Friday.

 

According to the letter, that internal review found two critical errors within the department that have caused the UC system to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Saturday, February 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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