Auditor General: Jobs programs lack proper oversight

Auditor General: Jobs programs lack proper oversight

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit of grant programs in the Department of Community and Economic Development aimed at job creation, which found that accountability and transparency in the department in relation to the programs are lacking.

“These tools in the department that they have are important tools for job creation in Pennsylvania, I believe they do a good job there in the department,” DePasquale said. “They’ve done good work, and I think we just need to get better at it.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

State’s revenue woes could impact tax refunds

At last week’s mid-year budget briefing, Budget Secretary Charles Zogby noted one potential risk that has arisen since the passage of the FY 2014-2015 budget: Come tax season, revenues will not be enough to cover refunds.

“The Department of Revenue is anticipating that we may have more in refunds than what we have available in terms of resources,” said Sec. Zogby. “[It’s] a potential weakness out there on the horizon.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Will committee assignments come early this year?

Though the 2013-2014 legislative session came to a close in just the last few days, the process of forming next session’s legislative committees has already begun in both chambers.

Speaking to sources in both chambers, The PLS Reporter gives you an insider’s view of how committees are formed in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Friday, December 5, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General: York City School District audit impeded by state receivership petition

Auditor General: York City School District audit impeded by state receivership petition

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday took to the Capitol newsroom to express his frustration that his matter-of-course audit of the York City School District has to be halted due to the state’s request for the district to be put in receivership.

“One thing that I would say is odd, is that I have found the Department of Education is not efficient about anything,” DePasquale told reporters at Thursday morning’s briefing. “Yet, they seem to be efficient about this, that’s what I find odd.”

Thursday, December 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget deficit is nothing new, Budget Secretary says

Budget deficit is nothing new, Budget Secretary says

Budget secretary Charles Zogby held the administration’s mid-year budget briefing Wednesday morning where he confirmed prior estimates of a nearly $2 billion planning deficit heading into the coming fiscal year.

However, according to Sec. Zogby, this should not come as a surprise.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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