Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 45: Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny)

We have a budget-focused podcast this week where we sit down with House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) to discuss where things stand with developing a balanced FY 2017-2018 spending plan, what House Democrats hope to see out of the budget and related bills, and what needs to be done to rid Pennsylvania of its perennial structural deficit.

Friday, June 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow

In what is likely the beginning of an exhaustive series of high-level budget-related discussions among leadership between the House and Senate, Republican leaders gathered in the Senate Majority Leader’s office Wednesday morning to work on establishing a roadmap and timetable for wrapping up a budget for the coming fiscal year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA House starts legislation aimed at addressing Philadelphia Stop & Go issues

PA House starts legislation aimed at addressing Philadelphia Stop & Go issues

The House Liquor Control Committee Tuesday afternoon unanimously reported to the full House legislation that is designed to address issues related to so-called stop-and-go stores in Philadelphia that sell alcohol on the fringes of the law.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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