Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

Laughlin-Alloway Education Committee switch made official

After days of speculation and one cancelled vote in committee as a result, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced Wednesday that Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) has resigned as a member of the Senate Education Committee and is being replaced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Franklin).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

With the Senate Education Committee expecting a change in membership, the committee declined to take up a previously scheduled vote on Senate Bill 2 Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Friday, the Senate Education Committee scheduled a Tuesday vote on Senate Bill 2, controversial legislation providing for Education Savings Accounts, which some have likened to previous iterations of private school voucher law efforts.

 

However, since the meeting’s sunshining on Friday, an interesting wrinkle has given hope to a bill that was not able to advance out of committee when last considered due to a voting error: the potential that a current member of the committee who previously voted in the negative on the legislation might have their committee assignment changed.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf offers new state grant rules in response to Democratic convention audit

Wolf offers new state grant rules in response to Democratic convention audit

Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced new rules for spending state grants in light of an audit that showed little accountability for the spending of public money.
Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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As budget-related revenue impasse continues, S&P downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

As budget-related revenue impasse continues, S&P downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

Standard and Poor’s announced on Wednesday morning that they are downgrading Pennsylvania’s bond rating amid the ongoing budget stalemate, the failure of lawmakers to fix Pennsylvania’s chronic structural imbalance, and weakening liquidity.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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