Common Sense Caucus lays out budget priorities in advance of governor’s budget address

Common Sense Caucus lays out budget priorities in advance of governor’s budget address

The Common Sense Caucus—a self-entitled voting bloc within the House Republican Caucus prioritizing lower state spending, regulatory and welfare reform, and economic growth—sought to get ahead of Gov. Tom Wolf’s upcoming budget address by laying out their budget priorities and concerns at a Thursday news conference.

Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court to find itself short on ordered redistricting data

PA Supreme Court to find itself short on ordered redistricting data

Based upon letters sent to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court submitted in advance of the Wednesday deadline they set out for the transmittal of information on redistricting and expert testimony, the court is likely to find itself short of the requested information.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

As the Pennsylvania Senate continues to advance a vehicle bill to house potential new congressional lines coming from the General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a fiscal note to Senate Bill 1034 that pegs the potential costs associated with redrawing the congressional map as high as $1.28 million.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Oleksiak takes on Labor and Industry lead full time without Senate confirmation

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), Jerry Oleksiak, will take over the reins at the department full time after the Pennsylvania Senate failed to give him an up or down vote on the floor in time to meet the constitutional requirement for consideration within 25 legislative days from the governor’s nomination.

                                                   

The L&I position became open after former secretary Kathy Manderino stepped down from the role in mid-July to take a spot on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate poised to urge Gov. Wolf to reverse portion of state park natural gas leasing moratorium

Senate poised to urge Gov. Wolf to reverse portion of state park natural gas leasing moratorium

A resolution making its way through the state Senate urges Gov. Tom Wolf to reverse his moratorium on new natural gas drilling leases in state parks by allowing drilling where there will be no surface disturbance.

 

The measure, Senate Resolution 104 sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), was passed out of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday along a party-line vote.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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