Gov. Wolf proposes $33 billion budget that prioritizes education funding and workforce development

Gov. Wolf proposes $33 billion budget that prioritizes education funding and workforce development

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday gave his fourth budget address, the last of his current term, that proposes a spending plan ringing in at $33 billion in expenditures and prioritizes education funding and workforce development initiatives while once again calling for a severance tax, agency consolidations, and per capita municipal fee to pay for State Police coverage of municipalities without their own police force.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers make budget priorities known in advance of governor’s FY 2018-2019 budget address

Lawmakers make budget priorities known in advance of governor’s FY 2018-2019 budget address

While budget address week is a time traditionally reserved for governors to set their budget priorities and legislative agenda for the year, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate are making their budget and legislative priorities known in advance of the governor’s budget address, scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA redistricting legal drama grows in the absence of full PA Supreme Court opinion, stay decision

PA redistricting legal drama grows in the absence of full PA Supreme Court opinion, stay decision

With just a week until the deadline for the General Assembly to submit a new congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf as laid out in a January 22, 2018, Pennsylvania Supreme Court order, the legal drama surrounding the case and resultant appeals grew Friday as Republican leaders who are defendants in the case filed legal documents with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requesting Justice David Wecht recuse himself from the case and his participation in the case invalidated due to prior-expressed bias against partisan gerrymandering.

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Wolf tours state for voters' thoughts ahead of February redistricting deadline

Wolf tours state for voters' thoughts ahead of February redistricting deadline

As Harrisburg dusts off its cartography skills, Governor Tom Wolf attended his third panel in three days Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh to hear Pennsylvania voters’ thoughts on what the state’s new congressional map should look like. 

“I’m trying to understand what the people of Pennsylvania say is a fair map,” Wolf said. “We can bring all the experts together, but in the end it comes down to what values we have as citizens.” 
Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Farm Show transaction, gaming expansion money leads state revenue to exceed expectations

Farm Show transaction, gaming expansion money leads state revenue to exceed expectations

The Department of Revenue and the Independent Fiscal Office released information Thursday on how state revenue collections matched up with expectations, and both reported that January revenue numbers exceeded expectations.

Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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