Gov. Wolf nominates Timothy Reese for State Treasurer

Gov. Wolf nominates Timothy Reese for State Treasurer

Just over two months after former-State Treasurer Rob McCord announced his resignation amid a federal investigation, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday announced the nomination of Timothy Reese to take over the post.

“Tim is a proven leader with a diverse financial background – as a consultant, an entrepreneur and an investor," Gov. Wolf said in a statement. "His outstanding management experience and fiscal expertise, along with a passion for promoting financial literacy, will help bring stability to the Treasury and refocus the department on its core mission."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Legislation gives Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies

A bill introduced with bipartisan support that would give the Commonwealth a greater role in promoting local government efficiencies cleared the House Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 11 has been introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and will allow the Commonwealth to instruct local governments on the use of lean management practices to find efficiencies and innovations similar to that currently being sought by Gov. Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts

Thursday marked the end of the three-week House Appropriations Committee budget hearing process where committee members and other interested Representatives heard from nearly every facet of state government receiving funding in the coming fiscal year’s budget.

The PLS Reporter caught up with a few of the committee’s member to get their thoughts on the budget hearing process and what they think will happen with Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget going forward.

“Generally, it’s a lot of what we expected,” said Rep. Seth Grove (R-York). “Not a lot of answers on specifics, they kept it at ‘it’s a comprehensive plan,’ which kind of triggers ‘we want everything and we’re not willing to negotiate,’ which is very bad moving forward meaning it’s either this or nothing.”

In the end, he said, more questions remain.

Thursday, March 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Could Senate pension reform bill have contract impairment issues?

Could Senate pension reform bill have contract impairment issues?

Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) was the featured speaker at March’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon and the centerpiece of his remarks fell on pension reform.

“It’s the issue, there is no other issue to discuss until we do public pensions,” he said. “We need to resolve that first so we can move forward.”

He even noted the budget’s passage will have to wait until pension reform is complete, even if that means waiting until the Fall which the governor has indicated he would open to working on pension reform.

“If that’s what he means, that’s what it means,” Sen. Corman said. 

Monday, March 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would decrease access to justice

Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget would decrease access to justice

Calling the budget proposal for the Judicial branch “flat-lined,” Justice Michael Eakin said the currently proposed level funding of the Judicial branch in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal would put the court $30 million in the hole.

“If we do nothing, we can’t meet our budget because of increases beyond our control,” he said. “This year, specifically, the two major drivers that put us in trouble are the pension contribution increase requested of us at about $11 million and medical benefits, which best estimates are another $10 million.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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