Second Amendment rally urges support for constitutional carry, PICS elimination legislation

Second Amendment rally urges support for constitutional carry, PICS elimination legislation

The Main rotunda was filled with red Tuesday morning during a bi-partisan rally to support the Second Amendment. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

As budget bills advance, big questions still linger

A ray of hope broke through the proverbial clouds of Pennsylvania’s budget impasse Monday as a budget bill from the five-party framework agreement headed to the governor with the passage of the Public Welfare—now Human Services—Code bill.

Another budget bill, the Administrative Code, was sent back to the Senate for them to review changes made by the House.

However, as bills continue to chug along, questions are still lingering for members about questions concerning how the budget is going to be paid for, how budget dollars are going to be distributed to public schools, and even some of the procedure behind how the process will move forward.

Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) was beside himself Monday morning as he emerged early from a closed-door House Republican caucus meeting, where he told a small gathering of reporters that leaders from his caucus are telling members that they’re going to have to accept the $30.8 billion spend number as part of the budget framework.

“We’re just going to accept a $1.2 billion tax increase,” he asked. “We’re not going to push back on it?”

Monday, December 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Budget framework back on…kind of

Budget framework back on…kind of

Good news on Thursday if you were hoping to see that budget framework agreement come back together with all five parties on board; it has, but only kind of.

After discussions with Senate colleagues on how to move forward both Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, it appears there is movement in the House Republican caucus to support some version of to-be-tweaked budget framework agreement that was announced just before Thanksgiving.

Those close to the inner-workings of the budget deal say the legislative process behind getting the various pieces of legislation through the General Assembly could be wrapped up by the early to mid-part of next week.

What the tweaks would be was still a bit of a continuing mystery Thursday evening as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) left a meeting with Senate Republican leadership.

“There are some things around the edges potentially on all issues,” he said. “We just haven’t seen the final products yet."

Thursday, December 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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