Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

With public pension reform signed into law Monday, lawmakers will soon turn their attention to crafting a state spending plan, which is due in just 18 days as of this writing.

 

While high-level five-party negotiations have not been the norm in crafting the coming year’s spending plan, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that with pension reform completed and budgetary pieces like a gaming expansion bill making their way to the finish line, negotiations are likely to heat up soon.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

House sends sweeping gaming expansion bill to Senate

With some form of gaming expansion on everyone’s plate for revenue generation to fund the FY 2017-2018 budget, the House took an important step Wednesday by loading a “kitchen sink” gaming expansion bill that includes the legalization of controversial video gaming terminals and expands Pennsylvania’s current gaming apparatus to include iGaming, fantasy sports regulation, airport gaming tablets, legalized sports betting, off track betting slots, and casino simulcasting.

 

The legislation also takes the step of fixing the local shares assessment found unconstitutional last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and which lawmakers are obligated to fix in this budget cycle to ensure casino host communities get a share of the revenues.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

By a vote of 38-12 Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate sent to the House a piece of legislation that contains what many are calling the largest expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania since gambling was legalized in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive supports consolidation of state-level human services-related agencies

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald came out Monday in support of a proposed state-level move to consolidate four human-services related state agencies.

 

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed consolidating the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs into one Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

Lawmakers introduce proposal to delay human services-related agency consolidation

In the same session week that saw a House Republican crafted budget proposal make its way to the Senate, legislation has been put into the works that would delay a major portion of the budget plan: the consolidation of four human services-related state agencies.

 

The same day that the budget bill passed the House, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) and Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) began circulating a cosponsorship memo for legislation to delay the consolidation of the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Aging, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs until studies conducted by the Joint State Government Commission and the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee can be completed and shared with the legislature.

Friday, April 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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