By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies.

The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus, while only two, including New Hampshire and its 400-plus member legislative body, elected more new women.

Altogether, the House and Senate added 14 new women, per numbers from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

State female politicos greeted the news with a mix of excitement for the gains and resolve, for Pennsylvania still sat in the bottom half for female representation, moving from 39th to 34th highest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

It was a rare New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony to start the 203rd session of the Pennsylvania legislature. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Delaware River, representatives and senators joined in Harrisburg and vowed to uphold the laws and serve their constituents.

For some, it was the first day of a new job. Others returned for another term of elected service. Many shared the afternoon’s proceedings on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Turzai, Scarnati hold top positions as members sworn in on New Year's

Turzai, Scarnati hold top positions as members sworn in on New Year's

The 228 members of the House and Senate who stood for election in November were sworn into office New Year's Day.

Altogether, 50 new members of the General Assembly, including 43 representatives and seven senators, were sworn in, or nearly 20 percent of the total number of lawmakers.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
Final pension commission report aims for three times the required savings with centralized investment office, transparency

Final pension commission report aims for three times the required savings with centralized investment office, transparency

Taking 18,000 pages of notes over seven months of work, the state’s public pension review commission issued seven suggestions Thursday, that they hope could save Pennsylvania as much as $10 billion over the next 30 years.

The commission, led by chair Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) and vice-chair State Treasurer Joe Torsella, was mandated by the 2017 pension bill.

Among its suggestions were a central investment office for the state’s two pension systems, consistently full pension contributions from the state and added transparency measures from the State Employee Retirement System and the Public School Employees Retirement System.
Thursday, December 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
“Let us stand strong together”: Inside Philadelphia and the southeast’s ascension in the House Democratic caucus

“Let us stand strong together”: Inside Philadelphia and the southeast’s ascension in the House Democratic caucus

It was an opportunity too good to pass up.

As House Democratic leadership elections approached November 13, two of the top positions, Whip and Appropriations Chair, sat open due to retirements of their Western Pennsylvania holders. Meanwhile, Caucus Chair also was vacant as its holder maneuvered for a higher position.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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