Saylor questions gloomy IFO projections, pushes for government “within its means” for 2019 budget

Saylor questions gloomy IFO projections, pushes for government “within its means” for 2019 budget

In a statement Monday, House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) pointed to rosy revenue numbers, a projected surplus from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and previous spending overestimates from the state Independent Fiscal Office in calling for no new taxes.

“As we head into the new legislative session, the focus of the House Republican Caucus will be on creating a budget that does not rely on new taxes or fees and that supports job creation,” Saylor said in the statement.

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city councilmembers, joined by Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators, announced a package of gun control legislation Friday. 

The move comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in October which left 11 dead and seven injured, while the official announcement was held on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4), whose district includes the synagogue, said the tragedy was a call to action to not accept gun violence as the norm. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Tweets of the Week - December 10, 2018

Tweets of the Week - December 10, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, December 14, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

In this week's 3 under 3 find out what the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid epidemic, see which representative resigned via email and find out who is replacing the current Budget Secretary. 

Friday, December 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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Pharma regulations held in Philly City Council’s final 2018 meeting

Pharma regulations held in Philly City Council’s final 2018 meeting

Philadelphia City Council passed a variety of bills and resolutions Thursday in their final 2018 voting session. However, the most anticipated bill on the agenda, a measure introducing regulations on pharmaceutical sales and marketing in the city, was held until next month during floor debate.

Introduced by Councilman Bill Greenlee (D-At Large) and Councilwoman Cindy Bass (D-District 8), the bill called for the registration of pharmaceutical sales reps with the city, submission of marketing materials, and a ban on all gifts for doctors and medical professionals. While supported by Mayor Jim Kenney (D), the bill was met with resistance from drugmakers and other business entities in the city.

In other news, Council also presented a resolution to Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia), celebrating her historic election to Minority Caucus Chair in the House.

Friday, December 14, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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