Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee advanced Senate Bill 250 Tuesday afternoon along an 8-4 vote.

 

The legislation, introduced by Committee Majority Chairman Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), would provide $15 million in funding from employee contributions to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wagner, Manderino trade jabs over UC funding dispute at L&I budget hearing

Wagner, Manderino trade jabs over UC funding dispute at L&I budget hearing

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) and Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino traded jabs during the department’s Senate budget hearing Tuesday morning, as the spat between Senate Republicans and the Wolf administration over the failure to authorize UC call center service and infrastructure funding continues.

 

The failure to authorize the funding resulted in layoffs of nearly 500 employees and the closure of three unemployment compensation call centers around the state, as well as the Harrisburg overflow center.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania started the process of complying with the federal REAL ID Act Wednesday with the Senate Communications and Technology Committee advancing legislation to repeal Act 38 of 2012 and asking the US Department of Homeland Security for another extension of time to allow Pennsylvania to develop a compliant identification card.

 

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

Renewed work on municipal pension reform legislation to begin soon

The Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday divested itself of House Bill 414, legislation that contains significant reforms for municipal pension plans, and requested the legislation be sent back to the Senate Finance Committee where those hopeful of a comprehensive solution to the issue will renew their work to find a consensus product.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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