VIDEO: Saylor announces $34 billion budget plan

VIDEO: Saylor announces $34 billion budget plan

House Majority Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) announced a $33.997 billion budget proposal during Monday afternoon's Appropriations meeting. 

Find out where money will be spent and what Minority House Appropriations Chair Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) had to say. 

Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

5 bills to watch for the week of June 17

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From 5G to budget reform, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 17.
Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

A top budget negotiator has said a raise to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage “is not on the table” for budget negotiations, though Gov. Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his desire to avoid kicking the topic to the fall. 

Remarks by House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) to The PLS Reporter Monday echo similar statements from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) to Capitolwire last week, signaling a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal could be put on hold. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

A push to raise the state’s minimum teacher salary has become a bipartisan effort, but it appears to not be enough to ensure a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal will make it into the final version of the spending document.

House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) said he would be “very surprised” if the plan, which would raise the minimum pay for teachers from $18,500 to $45,000, made the cut in the final version of the budget, which observers expect to be completed in the coming weeks.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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