Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

As the Pennsylvania budget is due within the next several days, a group of advocates filled the main Capitol rotunda to call for a budget that is fair and creates new revenue sources for education, human services, and environmental protection.

The advocates are part of Pennsylvania’s Choice, a coalition that includes—among others—the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Keystone Progress, and Public Interest Law Center.

Currently, the legislature has proposed using cuts to state programs like the DEP and revenue sources like gambling and tobacco to try and close the deficit the Commonwealth is facing. 

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Wednesday brought multiple press conferences to the Capitol

Wednesday brought multiple press conferences to the Capitol

Starting with the American Red Cross, the Capitol saw lots of press conferences throughout Wednesday. 

Representatives from American Rep Cross joined to discuss certain safety measures.

Later lawmakers joined to discuss priorities of the PA SAFE Caucus which brings light to state firearm and public safety. 

Next Sen. Arthur Haywood (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Vincent Hughes(D-Philadelphia) joined others to announce a new plan to gain additional revenue for the Commonwealth. 

Lastly, several Democratic lawmakers joined to discuss the effects the commonwealth would face if the Affordable Care Act would be repealed.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Senators skeptical over proposed human services agency consolidation

Senators skeptical over proposed human services agency consolidation

In a situation unique to recent budget hearing history, four departments up for potential consolidation appeared jointly before the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday to answer questions about the proposed merger and various agency operations.

 

Normally appearing separately—as they did in the House—the agencies discussed the merits of the proposed consolidation and worked to assuage the fears of senators skeptical of the alleged benefits of the merger.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Veto-doomed controversial abortion measure advances from Senate committee

Amid controversy and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill along party-lines Monday that would limit abortions to occur only after the fetus has aged 20 weeks and banning dismemberment and extraction abortions.

 

Senate Bill 3, introduced by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer), was panned during the meeting by opponents as being fast-tracked without a hearing to include medical and stakeholder support.

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Removal of Attorney General Kane on hold…for now

Removal of Attorney General Kane on hold…for now

The Senate’s road to removal of Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being put on hold, following the Special Committee on Senate Address’s report that was released Wednesday afternoon.

The committee did not recommend a full-steam-ahead vote by the entire Senate on Kane’s removal, but rather advised it prudent to wait for the state Supreme Court to decide whether or not it will reinstate the attorney general’s law license.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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