Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

Scarnati on budget: “How we close this out is yet to be seen”

With rank-and-file legislators heading out of town Wednesday and not set to return to Harrisburg until just five days shy of the traditional June 30th budget deadline, legislative leaders were continuing to come up short on an agreement on a spending plan and revenue package that will close out the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 budget cycles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

Pension reform proposal gets Senate Bill 1 designation for second straight session

A much anticipated pension reform proposal from the Senate was formally introduced Thursday, getting the designation of Senate Bill 1 for the second straight session.

 

The designation of Bill 1 in either chamber is traditionally set aside for legislation of the highest public importance or as a symbolic measure to articulate the priority of the majority caucus.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

Auditor General to review state grant agreement for DNC funds

In response to a letter from Senate Republican leaders and comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he has instructed his staff to conduct a thorough review of the grant agreement that allowed $10 million in taxpayer funds to go to help fund the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year, following reports that showed that a surplus in DNC funds went to staff bonuses.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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
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PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is sitting in Harrisburg for this week’s round of oral arguments and is scheduled on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in the case of Scarnati v. Wolf, a case taken over by the current governor concerning gubernatorial authority to line-item veto portions of budget-related legislation like the Fiscal Code.

 

The case stems from actions taken by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in signing the 2014 budget bills, in which he line-item vetoed a number of items in the state budget and the accompanying Fiscal Code legislation.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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