Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Federal tax policy changes adds small wrinkle to budget negotiations

Another week into June, and details on the budget are still slow coming, but Capitol observers think that could just be a sign that a deal is near.

In fact, one of the few disagreements to bubble up has had more to do with federal policy trickling down than the state level problems.

Saturday, June 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

After months of hearings, negotiations, rallies and maneuvering, redistricting reform has passed the Pennsylvania Senate — but with additional language that has upturned the debate.

SB 22 was moved to the House by a 35-14 vote today. Only two Democrats — Sen. Lisa Boscola (Northampton) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (Chester) voted for the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Optimism in supply in capitol even if budget details are short

Optimism in supply in capitol even if budget details are short

With the start of June, a wave of advocates has descended on Harrisburg to make their pitch for funding, from programs for people with disabilities to school safety.

Some of those priorities are bipartisan. Others shade to one party or another. But while no exact numbers or funding plans are out just yet, that doesn’t mean work isn’t getting done.

Friday, June 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

In addressing the state press club Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) showed an two month turnaround in attitude among legislative leadership.

While he echoed Republican colleagues in a scathing denouncement of the state Supreme Court, he also shared a reluctant acknowledgment of the need to reform redistricting.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf vetoes workers' compensation bill

Wolf vetoes workers' compensation bill

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed controversial SB 936 Friday afternoon after a week of partisan battles over how the bill would actually affect injured workers.

In a statement, Wolf said the bill would ration care and hurt health outcomes for laborers across the state.

"Senate Bill 936 threatens health care for millions of workers who could be injured on the job, including police, corrections officers, and firefighters, who put their lives on the line every day, and whose injuries can be unique, debilitating and severe," Wolf said. "It is wrong to sacrifice health care for our first responders to protect the bottom-line for insurance companies and corporations." 

Friday, April 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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