Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Gov. Tom Wolf and State Treasurer Joe Torsella on Tuesday cheered a $317 million deposit in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, although they cautioned that more work needs to be done in order to better secure the state’s fiscal future.

Lawmakers elected to plow most of the state’s budget surplus into its cash reserves, which started the year ranked among the worst in the country. The decision was one of bipartisan agreement between Republican leaders and Wolf, although more than half of the surplus will be devoted to paying off pieces of last year’s budget.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
5 bills you may have missed during budget season

5 bills you may have missed during budget season

Amid the crunch of budget negotiations, the General Assembly was busy passing dozens of bills beyond the state’s $33.9 billion spending plan. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of them in recent days to much fanfare, but many others have flown under the radar. We took some time to profile five of the most interesting laws that came out of budget season.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Senate Democrats are looking to reinstate a cash assistance program for the commonwealth’s poorest residents, coming just days after Gov. Tom Wolf officially signed a bill ending the initiative.

A quartet of freshmen, led by Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), are seeking co-sponsorship for what they are calling the “Emergency Relief Program,” designed to mimic the $200-a-month cash payments distributed under the newly ended General Assistance.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 13: Budget recap

Right 2 Know Episode 13: Budget recap

This is how the budget ends, not with a bang but with Andrew and Justin discussing the finer points of the $33.9 billion spending plan. We break down where the legislative debate heads from here (minimum wage anyone?), the meteoric rise of Sen. Katie Muth and what is on the menu for our 4th of July cookouts. Like what you hear? Subscribe on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

The budget deadline of June 30th has been inching closer this week, and as of Friday morning the budget and all of its code bills have passed both chambers are headed to the Governor's desk. 

Also this week chaos broke out on the Senate floor over the General Assistance bill causing the Senate Democrats to leave the floor. 

And lastly, legislators did a toast to 13 agricultural and farm related bills passing and being sent out for a signature from Governor Tom Wolf. 

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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