Cortes, three other Wolf nominees confirmed by Senate

Cortes, three other Wolf nominees confirmed by Senate

Tuesday afternoon the Senate confirmed four of Gov. Tom Wolf’s department head nominations, including Pedro Cortes as Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Among the four nominees considered on Tuesday, Sec. Cortes’s nomination was the only one subject to debate on the Floor.

Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) took the Senate floor to urge members to oppose confirming Sec. Cortes.

“After speaking with him on a number of occasions and asking him questions during the Appropriations hearings, I find his answers to be less than truthful," he said. "I’m very concerned about him being able to have this position for our Commonwealth.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pension reform likely before end of June

Pension reform likely before end of June

The House took its first look at the Senate pension reform bill Tuesday and two House Republicans in charge of making sure the legislation gets passed prognosticated that a major pension reform bill will likely pass within the confines of the budget cycle.

“I think ultimately we’re going to get pension reform done as part of this budget,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Whether that occurs in mid-June, late-June, who knows, that’s yet to be determined.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Majority Leader Reed details “serious discussion” with governor during working meeting

Republican leaders met with Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday morning to discuss the budget and related major topics including pension and liquor reform.

The PLS Reporter spoke with House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) about how that discussion went following Monday’s unanimous repudiation by the House of Gov. Wolf’s revenue plan.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Costa shows support for Shale tax to fund education

VIDEO: Costa shows support for Shale tax to fund education

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa was joined by democratic leaders and other democratic lawmakers to highlight and push legislation that would create a new $1 billion natural gas extraction tax for education in Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt

Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt

Due to some procedural wrangling Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf’s revenue plans was voted on by the entire House chamber Monday afternoon.

While Republicans said the vote was necessary to fund another amendment providing for the governor's spending plan, Democrats in the chamber called the maneuver a political stunt.

Monday, June 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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