As revenue projections hold, IFO sees continued weakness in sales tax growth

As revenue projections hold, IFO sees continued weakness in sales tax growth

Appearing before the House State Government Committee Wednesday to brief members on their current and legislatively proposed job functions, the Independent Fiscal Office reported that while their current year revenue projections are holding firm, there is continued weakness in sales tax growth that is ultimately adding to undermined General Fund revenue collections.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf calls for statewide, universal blood-lead level testing of children

Gov. Wolf calls for statewide, universal blood-lead level testing of children

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday called on his Department of Health to work with the state General Assembly to craft legislation mandating statewide blood-lead level testing for children under the age of two.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swore in Brenda Pree as the newest City Clerk on Tuesday, much to the dismay of two Councilwomen.  


Councilwomen Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Darlene Harris (District 1) were the sole negative votes on the nomination of Ms. Pree, a Mississippi native, citing their disapproval of proper consideration of Pittsburgh locals, especially long-time Deputy Clerk, Kim Clark, an African-American woman.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Revenue discussion update: Wolf warns sternly as House GOP works toward consensus plan

Revenue discussion update: Wolf warns sternly as House GOP works toward consensus plan

Progress toward an eventual budget solution crept forward on Tuesday as several dozen House Republicans gathered in the state Capitol for a briefing on a plan some members have developed that relies mainly on special fund transfers to dig Pennsylvania out of its current $2.2 billion deficit.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
UC system’s future funding needs hinge on success of efficiency efforts, benefits modernization

UC system’s future funding needs hinge on success of efficiency efforts, benefits modernization

The House Labor and Industry Committee held a hearing Tuesday to further investigate funding needs related to Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system, still beleaguered after a major funding slash to its Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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