Reflection: A look at AFSCME’s role in the passage of Act 5 of 2017

Reflection: A look at AFSCME’s role in the passage of Act 5 of 2017

With several weeks behind the signing of Act 5 of 2017, some leaders of public employee labor unions are reflecting on their role in the process and what they did differently from other pension-reform attempts that eventually led to the enactment of this legislation.

At the beginning of June, the Senate-advanced Senate Bill 1—a pension reform plan that overhauled the current pension system that was used in the commonwealth—was created after six or seven drafts from ongoing negotiations.

The bi-partisan legislation was created through agreement from all four legislative caucuses as well as Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration. 

Monday, July 24, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Budget revenue progress enters uncertain territory as House GOP balks at latest proposal

Budget revenue progress enters uncertain territory as House GOP balks at latest proposal

Work to balance the FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 spending plans entered uncertain territory Saturday after House Republicans—the majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives—failed to cobble enough votes to lift the latest revenue proposal crafted in large part by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and sent members home to once again remain on six-hour call.

Saturday, July 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf nominates PSEA’s Jerry Oleksiak for Labor and Industry head

Gov. Wolf nominates PSEA’s Jerry Oleksiak for Labor and Industry head

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday afternoon announced his intention to nominate Pennsylvania State Education Association president Jerry Oleksiak to take over for departing Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino.

Saturday, July 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program implementation remains on time, but applicants question license decisions

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program implementation remains on time, but applicants question license decisions

Pennsylvania’s timeline for implementation of the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program remains on track, despite some outside of the government involved in the process noting concerns with how the program has gotten off the ground.

Thursday, July 20, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

Republican leaders hold another revenue negotiation with no breakthrough in sight

The Republican leaders from both the House and the Senate huddled behind closed doors for the second day in a row Wednesday trying to come up with a consensus plan that will balance the spending plan that has been law for just over a week.

 

Much like discussions that have taken place throughout the week, progress toward bridging the differences that have caused disagreement between the two majority caucuses was incremental, if progress was made at all.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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