Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 39: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

After we do an overview of the week's news, Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down for an interview with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for the feature of the podcast. Mayor Peduto talks about his start in office, the need for state action on municipal pension reform, his vision for Pittsburgh, and what his love of hockey and music.

Friday, March 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
PA game, fish commissions one step closer to setting own licensing fees

PA game, fish commissions one step closer to setting own licensing fees

After unanimous approval Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are one step closer to being able to set their own licensing fees.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

Senate committee advances short-term fix to UC call center funding

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee advanced Senate Bill 250 Tuesday afternoon along an 8-4 vote.

 

The legislation, introduced by Committee Majority Chairman Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), would provide $15 million in funding from employee contributions to the Service and Infrastructure Improvement Fund that would allow up to 392 currently furloughed call center and other unemployment compensation-related workers to return to work.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate statute of limitations reform bill to get more discussion, changes in House

Senate statute of limitations reform bill to get more discussion, changes in House

While Senate Bill 261—legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would eliminate criminal and civil statutes of limitation in certain child sexual abuse cases—was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, the bill was ultimately passed over so committee members can further discuss the legislation with a possible aim toward amending the legislation at a future committee meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State budget vehicle continues advance

State budget vehicle continues advance

With little fanfare Monday afternoon the vehicle for the eventual state General Fund budget continued its advance through the legislative process, receiving second consideration in the House without amendment.

 

The bill—House Bill 218—sets state spending at FY 2015-2016 spending levels with total state appropriations ringing in at just over $33 billion.

 

The $29.45 billion General Fund spend number is far below the $32.3 billion General Fund spend number proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February 7 budget address.

Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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