House Republicans set out to the high SEAS for budget savings

House Republicans set out to the high SEAS for budget savings

As the three-week stretch of budget hearings is starting to wind down, House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled an initiative that will allow them to hear from state employees instead of the agency heads that have been appearing before the appropriations committees since the end of February.

 

Dubbed “SEAS” for State Employees Achieving Savings, a cadre of House Republicans led by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) announced the creation of a web portal that will allow state employees to directly contact the House Appropriations Committee with cost-savings ideas they have developed while operating on the front lines of state government.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

The House and Senate committees responsible for oversight of gaming-related legislation began the process Tuesday of examining much-discussed proposals to expand gaming in Pennsylvania and also fix the local share assessment paid by brick-and-mortar casinos to host municipalities that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found unconstitutional last year.

 

Tuesday’s joint hearing kicks off the start of considering comprehensive changes to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act that are under significant time constraints.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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AG DePasquale believes regulating and taxing marijuana in Pennsylvania could help reach the $3 billion budget deficit

AG DePasquale believes regulating and taxing marijuana in Pennsylvania could help reach the $3 billion budget deficit

At a press conference Monday morning, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale discussed the benefits that would come from regulating and taxing marijuana in Pennsylvania. 

He estimates that Pennsylvania could gain around $200 million, and believes that would be a recurring number. 
Monday, March 6, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveils $4.4 billion city budget proposal that relies on $222 million in state aid

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveils $4.4 billion city budget proposal that relies on $222 million in state aid

Philadelphia Major Jim Kenney on Thursday unveiled a $4.38 billion city budget for FY 2018 to Philadelphia City Council along with the city’s five-year plan.
 
It’s the second budget delivered by the mayor since taking office in January 2016.

Thursday, March 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
A continuing trend: February state budget revenues come in below estimate

A continuing trend: February state budget revenues come in below estimate

Revenue figures released by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Wednesday evening continue to cast a pessimistic light on those hoping General Fund revenues will perk up to help balance the current and coming years’ state budgets.

Thursday, March 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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