Corrections manager pay compression, clean slate bills clear Judiciary Committee

Corrections manager pay compression, clean slate bills clear Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee took up two higher profile bills Tuesday - one would provide an increase to managers of state corrections officers to deal with the issue of pay compression where corrections officers could potentially earn more than their supervisors, and the other would provide for automatic sealing of criminal records of some misdemeanors to build on Act 5 of 2016.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

During a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment, and Government Operations, Department of Environmental Protection Sec. John Quigley told members that the department’s efforts to develop a state implementation plan for the federal Clean Power Plan has been put on “low boil” after the US Supreme Court put a stay on the plan’s implementation until the federal judiciary decides the ultimate fate of the federal mandates.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rotunda Ramblings - March 4, 2016

Rotunda Ramblings - March 4, 2016

This week Rotunda Ramblings from The PLS Reporter is talking government efficiency and cost-savings endeavors. We sit down with Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) to talk about PennSAVE, which was recently launched by the House Republican Caucus; Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) gives us the details on his SavePA effort; and Secretary of the Office of Administration Sharon Minnich provides and update on GO-TIME.

Listen to the latest podcast episode HERE.

Friday, March 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features
House Republicans form task force to find government redundancies, promote efficiency

House Republicans form task force to find government redundancies, promote efficiency

A special task force of the House Republican Policy Committee was announced Monday morning, appointed to find redundancies in government and promote efficiencies to find savings that could potentially mitigate the need for revenue increases.

The endeavor by the 17-member group of Republicans is called PennSAVE, the acronym standing for savings, accountability, value, and efficiency.

Monday, February 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate loads budget and pension bills that face uncertain future

Senate loads budget and pension bills that face uncertain future

Moving right along with the once-touted five-party budget framework agreement, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent a General Appropriations bill and pension reform proposal to the full Senate floor in accordance with the agreement.

However, their fate in the House remains anything but certain.

The budget bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee included a total spend number of $30.788 billion budget.

That number is over $500 million above an amount the House Republican caucus said it would be willing to support after contentious caucus meetings Friday and Saturday.

Sunday, December 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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