Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

The surprising consensus Tuesday from both the House and Senate was that members of both parties were positive about the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, which Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) stated is "breaking tradition". 

"I think there is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," Corman said. "The governor laid out some priorities that I think we all share." 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

A boost in funding for education, expanding initiatives to target the state’s workforce development, and a previously announced minimum wage hike are cornerstones of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal, unveiled Tuesday in the first budget address of the governor’s second term.

Wolf’s plan spends a little over $34 billion, a 2.79 percent increase from last year, but adds in no new taxes, something he touted early and often throughout his address and was a line which drew a bipartisan standing ovation. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Committee advances cashless business ban

Committee advances cashless business ban

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Law and Government passed a measure banning businesses from refusing cash payments.

Philadelphia has seen an increase in cashless businesses, often higher-end quick service food retailers. Last week New Jersey passed a ban on such practices, the first state to do so since Massachusetts did so in 1978.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Senate advances bill expanding pension forfeiture requirement

Senate advances bill expanding pension forfeiture requirement

Nicholas Martino, who made headlines across the state last year when the state Department of Transportation employee was accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from a contractor, pleaded guilty to related charges last week.

But Martino would not necessarily be compelled to give up his pension under current law, according to Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin).
Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

After a year of what many praised as progress, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday he’s filing 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
When the state’s Department of Environmental Protection discovered elevated lead levels in city water in 2016, Pittsburgh was ordered to replace 7 percent or roughly 2,400 lead lines per year. Since 2016 the city has since been replacing lines throughout the city.
Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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