As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

House Republicans aren’t closing the door on including components of their tax-free alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” plan in this year’s budget. 

As lawmakers reported two bills from the House GOP’s “Energize PA” package out of committee on Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said it’s possible that the package — which seeks to incentivize Pennsylvania’s energy sector by providing tax credits and additional grant opportunities for private businesses  — could be included in the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Computer viruses, slow solutions continue to hamstring First Judicial District

Computer viruses, slow solutions continue to hamstring First Judicial District

The wheels of justice have ground to a near-halt in Pennsylvania’s largest judicial system. A computer virus found before Memorial Day in the computer system of the First Judicial District, which oversees the criminal and civil courts in Philadelphia, has led to widespread shutdowns, inaccessible services, and aggravated citizens 
 
The virus turned up May 21 in a computer used by the First Judicial District. While the virus has been contained, it led to shutdowns affecting docket searches, electronic filing, landlord-tenant disputes, and other areas. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

A top budget negotiator has said a raise to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage “is not on the table” for budget negotiations, though Gov. Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his desire to avoid kicking the topic to the fall. 

Remarks by House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) to The PLS Reporter Monday echo similar statements from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) to Capitolwire last week, signaling a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal could be put on hold. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage

Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage

Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) and Gov. Tom Wolf were joined by other members of the House and Senate to ask for support for Sturla's House Bill 959 which would require municipalities to pay a fee if they do not have a local police department and rely on Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) instead. 

The money that is currently being used to support PSP covering these areas is coming out of Pennsylvania's Motor License Fund (MLF) which is the money that funds road and bridge maintenance. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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