Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

Wagner-helmed Senate Local Government Committee approves bills punishing sanctuary cities, eliminating local paid sick leave ordinances

In the first meeting of the Senate Local Government Committee since Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) took over as Majority Chairman, the committee voted along party lines to move to the full Senate for consideration a bill punishing so-called “sanctuary cities” and legislation that would eliminate local ordinances providing paid sick leave.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Increasing number of Senators demand investigation into prior UC funding

Increasing number of Senators demand investigation into prior UC funding

As three unemployment compensation call centers have stopped taking calls and a December 19 furlough date looms for nearly 600 workers in the Department of Labor and Industry, Republican Senators are increasing their demand for an accounting of how UC money has been spent and transferred in the past.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Wagner begins inquiry into UC call center closings

Sen. Wagner begins inquiry into UC call center closings

Starting what he hopes is a full Senate inquiry into the looming closure of unemployment compensation call centers and Department of Labor and Industry employees, Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) announced Monday the filing of a Right to Know request to obtain information from the administration about the closing of the centers.

 

The Senate declined to take up legislation prior to the end of the 2015-2016 term that could have extended funding for the call center.

 

Shortly after the Senate declined to take up the legislation for final passage before the constitutional end of session, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the failure to extend the funding for calendar year 2017 would require his administration to close three call centers and furlough more than 500 workers in the Department of Labor and Industry.

Monday, December 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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