Governor nominates new Adjutant General

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday he is nominating the current acting-Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, to take on the role in a permanent capacity.

The Adjutant General is the head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Gen. Carrelli has worked in the acting capacity since January when then-Adjutant General James Joseph took a leave of absence and then later resigned.

Friday, June 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Resolution urges Wolf administration to finally solve statewide radio network issues

Senate Resolution urges Wolf administration to finally solve statewide radio network issues

After decades of waiting and millions of dollars spent to try to bring it online, the Senate is moving along a resolution that calls on the Wolf administration to once-and-for-always solve issues relating to the statewide radio network (STARNET).

Monday, May 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Concerns raised about bill expanding RTKL protections for 911 callers

Concerns raised about bill expanding RTKL protections for 911 callers

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously approved legislation swiftly moving through the General Assembly that would expand exclusions from Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law as it pertains to information that can be released about calls to 911 centers.

House Bill 1310, which was the subject of the committee action, has been introduced this session by Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia), who took over the effort from Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Chester), who left the General Assembly last year.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

The law mandating the current $1.00 fee on certain telecommunications devices used to fund county 911 services is set to expire on June 30, but as the Senate turns to consider a recently passed House reauthorization plan, the new fee amount remains at issue.

In House Bill 911, which passed the House in early May, the fee is increased to $1.65.

At a Senate hearing on the legislation Tuesday, government agencies and stakeholders all expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the proposed amount.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf’s budget plan: comprehensive vs. competitive?

Wolf’s budget plan: comprehensive vs. competitive?

Budget Secretary Randy Albright took center stage in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee to put on a defense of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget in the first of the Senate’s budget hearings Monday.

Sec. Albright’s message—along with that of the entire Wolf administration—was clear: the budget must be looked at in a comprehensive manner and not piecemeal. He repeatedly argued that when taken as a comprehensive package, the budget and other component proposals will bring Pennsylvania back into fiscal health and help the Commonwealth be more competitive with neighboring states.

“This is a comprehensive budget plan,” Sec. Albright told Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) in response to a line of questioning. “You can’t just address challenges that face Pennsylvania piecemeal, you just can’t address a structural budget challenge if we don’t address other deficits, other budget challenges, that we also face.”

Monday, March 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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