Treasurer warns of $860 million in delayed state payments as House GOP seeks to regroup on budget-balancing plan

Treasurer warns of $860 million in delayed state payments as House GOP seeks to regroup on budget-balancing plan

Things didn’t quite go as expected Tuesday for the House Republican Caucus who, as late as Monday afternoon, was eyeing a vote on some version of a plan to balance the state budget by transferring special fund money into the General Fund as an attempt to close the state’s $2.2 billion deficit.

 

By Tuesday afternoon, the House adjourned without taking up the plan and legislative leaders met with the House Taxpayer Caucus—the main proponents of the special funds plan— and some Southeastern lawmakers to try to rework their strategy in order to gain enough votes to get some budget-balancing plan to the Senate by week’s end.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Frankel leads the charge on legislative action against hate-crimes in Pennsylvania

Rep. Frankel leads the charge on legislative action against hate-crimes in Pennsylvania

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill), along with House colleagues and faith leaders held a news conference Monday morning in Pittsburgh to discuss the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and to call for legislative action on House Bill 505 and/or Senate Bill 96, also known as the Fairness Act.  


“No group was left untouched in Charlottesville, said Frankel. “It was racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim, it was anti-LGBT, anti- anything you can think of was found in that demonstration. While we saw a comprehensive expression of hate, we want a comprehensive reaction to it. And one of the ways to do that is to finally address hate crimes in Pennsylvania in a comprehensive way.”  

Monday, August 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts

Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts

A report released by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee took a deep-dive into the financial impact charter and cyber charter schools have on traditional public school districts and recommended potential reform measures to help save costs and improve district-charter relations.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

Capitol Hunger Garden opens 8th season of growing

The most predominant visual reminder for lawmakers and staff of hunger issues facing Pennsylvanians, the Capitol Hunger Garden—located between the Capitol’s Ryan Office Building and the House side of the Main Capitol—was opened Wednesday morning with an initial planting conducted by legislative leaders and anti-hunger advocates.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Afterschool Caucus members joined to discuss new report

Afterschool Caucus members joined to discuss new report

A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon where members of the afterschool caucus joined to discuss the importance of afterschool programs. 

Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. (D-Allegheny) discussed results from the recent report "Afterschool: Improving Lives in Pennsylvania". 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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