Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

Reed on budget optimism: “Better this year than previous years”

With public pension reform signed into law Monday, lawmakers will soon turn their attention to crafting a state spending plan, which is due in just 18 days as of this writing.

 

While high-level five-party negotiations have not been the norm in crafting the coming year’s spending plan, The PLS Reporter caught up with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who relayed that with pension reform completed and budgetary pieces like a gaming expansion bill making their way to the finish line, negotiations are likely to heat up soon.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs Senate Bill 1

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs Senate Bill 1

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators as he signed Senate Bill 1, which extensively revises pension provisions.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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City Council aims to replace Pittsburgh's privately owned lead water service lines

City Council aims to replace Pittsburgh's privately owned lead water service lines

A month after Allegheny County’s controller warned of negative health impacts from partial lead line replacements, Pittsburgh City Council is looking to pause their construction.

Pittsburgh City Council will introduce new legislation at tomorrow’s meeting that will allow the city’s residents to enter into an agreement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority (PWSA) to replace their privately-owned lead water service lines. The resolution is currently in the Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, chaired by Councilman Dan Gillman.

“The city and PWSA are working with DEP on a consent order that would clarify how all parties can work together to systematically and clearly remove lead from city water,” said Tim McNulty, a spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
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Pennsylvania Housing Alliance seeks to prevent budget cuts to critical support programs

Pennsylvania Housing Alliance seeks to prevent budget cuts to critical support programs

On Monday morning in the Capitol Rotunda the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and NeighborWorks hosted a press conference where they spoke out on the need to prevent budget cuts that would affect housing and community development programs.

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

House committee advances legislation to centralize, incentivize agriculture education

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Monday unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) that would further centralize and incentivize agriculture education in Pennsylvania.

 

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education, which will be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 

Monday, June 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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