Greenleaf bills to fund probation and parole enforcement through cuts to prison population move ahead

Greenleaf bills to fund probation and parole enforcement through cuts to prison population move ahead

Three bills meant to get low level criminals out of jail and use the cost savings for the state’s stressed parole and probation system passed the Senate unanimously this week.

SB 1070, 1071 and 1072, all sponsored by criminal justice crusader Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), were the second round of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) reforms, the first of which passed in 2012.

Friday, April 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf opioid executive orders add fuel to political fire of workers comp bill

Wolf opioid executive orders add fuel to political fire of workers comp bill

On the eve of deciding whether to sign or veto a bill that restricts workers’ compensation in the name of fighting quackery and opioids, Governor Tom Wolf announced a slew of executive orders to reform how injured workers heal.

“Pennsylvania’s injured workers must have access to reliable, safe, and effective prescription drugs that assist their recovery and ability to re-enter the workforce, while keeping in mind the need to safely and appropriately prescribe all medications, including and especially opioids,” Wolf said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for bills increasing gun control in the state Monday as elected officials weigh how best to reduce gun deaths.

A major target of Wolf’s encouragement was SB 501, the first major gun policy bill since the Parkland School shooting — which has brought the gun debate to blistering new levels — to pass a chamber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

A recently released Independent Fiscal Office review of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018 budget analyzed three marquee proposals found within — a cut in the state’s corporate net income tax, a natural gas severance tax and raising the minimum wage to $12.00.

Taken together, the IFO predicted an average annual gain of $418 million each year in state revenue, which peaks in the early 2020s before falling down by 2023.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views

Tweets of the Week - April 16, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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