Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1 begins advance through House

Senate Bill 1—the major pension reform bill making its way through the General Assembly—easily cleared the Senate by a vote of 40-9 Monday afternoon. Within only a few short hours, the legislation was quickly taken up by the House State Government Committee where it advanced to full House along bipartisan lines.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

Pennsylvania natural gas industry hindered by regulatory processes

The Senate Majority Policy Committee and Senate Environmental Resource and Energy Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday morning on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, where they heard from industry insiders on the difficulties they face in dealing with Pennsylvania’s regulatory environment.

Pennsylvania has grown to be the second in natural gas production behind Texas, according Policy Committee Chairman Sen. David Argall (R-Berks). 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

Turzai: “I’m convinced we’re going to have an on-time budget”

House Speaker—and very-nearly-announced Republican candidate for governor—Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was optimistic about a lot of things when he spoke to a crowd gathered at the monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

 

First and foremost, with just six weeks before the end of the current fiscal year, he stated his confidence that a state budget will be in place before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General releases performance audit of UC system, calls findings “stunning”

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday released a long-awaited audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation system call centers and funding that was supposed to be used for technology upgrades and system infrastructure improvements.

 

DePasquale’s office started the audit earlier this year after a number of legislators requested his office look into spending related to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund within the UC system following the refusal of Senate Republicans to vote on legislation extending SIIF funding due to concerns over mismanagement of money and the failure of the Wolf administration to lay out a plan to relieve the state of funding what used to be federal obligations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

What could have been last session’s last enacted bill is on its way to be this session’s first enacted piece of legislation.

 

With a 41-8 vote on Wednesday, the Senate sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that would provide $15 million to fund operations at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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