UC funding tussle between Senate GOP, Gov. Wolf intensifies

UC funding tussle between Senate GOP, Gov. Wolf intensifies

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Pennsylvania Senate decided to not push to the governor’s desk a one-year extension of funds to the unemployment compensation system under the Service and Improvement Infrastructure Fund, and the ongoing fracas between Gov. Tom Wolf and Senate Republican leadership continued to boil over Tuesday.

 

In the latest episode, Senate GOP leaders sent a sharply worded letter to the governor urging him to reconsider furloughing nearly 600 workers in the Department of Labor and Industry, which the governor alleged is necessary as a result of the failure to extend the funding.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Appropriations Committee advances performance-based budgeting bill

Senate Appropriations Committee advances performance-based budgeting bill

Less than a week after holding a hearing on the measure, the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday advanced Senate Bill 1341, legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) that would require the state budget to developed based upon performance measures.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Summer Session: Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York)

Summer Session: Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York)

The PLS Reporter was joined by Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) Wednesday for a Summer Session interview. 

Sen. Wagner not only is a State Senator, but he also owns his own small businesses: Penn Waste, Inc. and KBS Trucking which are located in Thomasville, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, September 8, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senate returns budget to House with increased higher education funding, lower spend number

Senate returns budget to House with increased higher education funding, lower spend number

The Senate Wednesday afternoon returned to the House the budget that chamber passed less than a day earlier, but increasing higher education funding by 2.5 percent and lowering the overall spend number to $31.53 billion.

 

Only three Senators—Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango)—opposed the spending plan.

 

The spending plan voted on by the Senate Wednesday found its $40 million increase to be shared by Pennsylvania’s state-related schools and other institutions of higher education by shifting money from lines said not to be priorities to the House or the governor and was able to obtain its bipartisan support by increasing funding in areas like the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor

Legislators, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ), and allies of the LGBTQ community stood together in the main rotunda to lobby for fair and non-discriminatory legislation on this issue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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