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
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GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process

In Harrisburg, June is known  — sometimes infamously — as the month that bears the annual state budget. This year, some lawmakers are hoping to make reforms to the budgetary process to create a more transparent approach to the yearly negotiations.

Republican lawmakers in the House have put together a four-bill package that aims to provide the legislature with more oversight and information as they develop the budget. 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Top Republicans cheer increased tax revenue but urge putting savings into Rainy Day Fund

Republican leaders are touting more than $800 million in more-than-expected tax revenues as a sign the state is on the right fiscal path but cautioned Wednesday that they will be looking to plow most of that money into the rainy day fund.

 

The Department of Revenue announced Wednesday they had collected a little over $464 million in tax revenue in April, 11 percent more than projected. That brings the total General Fund revenue to $29.2 billion, $828 million more than initially expected..

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA

Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA

Once the stuff of science fiction fantasy, more Pennsylvanians than ever are opting for electric vehicles. But the commonwealth still trails its regional neighbors in adoption of the technology and state officials are working to ensure that infrastructure is growing to support the burgeoning industry.

As part as of this push, the Department of Environmental Protection rolled out the Electric Vehicle Roadmap earlier this year, which attempts to survey the current electric vehicle landscape and chart out future barriers to its proliferation.
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

A fight has been reignited in the Capitol over whether the state should end making general assistance cash payments to poor Pennsylvanians, after the program was reinstated in 2018 because of a technicality found by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 

House Republicans are seeking to once again end the cash assistance program, which pays out monthly stipends of approximately $205 to Pennsylvania citizens who have under $250 in countable resources. The program was eliminated in a 2012 bill signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett, but was reinstated when the state Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the Pennsylvania Constitution's single-subject rule.

Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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