VIDEO: Turzai, Christiana discuss latest impact fee distributions

VIDEO: Turzai, Christiana discuss latest impact fee distributions

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) discussed the latest impact fee distributions across Pennsylvania, as well as protecting Marcellus Shale-related jobs at a press conference held in the Capitol. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Wolf highlights topics of latest budget meeting

VIDEO: Wolf highlights topics of latest budget meeting

Gov. Wolf answers questions after today's meeting with Republican leadership on budget negotiations. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Senate Education Committee discusses bill to delay Keystone Exams as graduation requirement

VIDEO: Senate Education Committee discusses bill to delay Keystone Exams as graduation requirement

During today's Senate Education Committee meeting, Chairmen Smucker and Dinniman discuss SB 880- delaying the implementation of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement until the 2018-2019 school year. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Turzai on budget talks: “There’s a wide gulf on many issues”

Turzai on budget talks: “There’s a wide gulf on many issues”

Following Tuesday morning’s meeting between legislative Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told The PLS Reporter “there’s a wide gulf on many issues.”

“We’re continuing to meet, there’s a lot of issues to cover, a lot of work to do,” he said exiting the meeting.

Also leaving the meeting was House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) who struck just a slightly more optimistic tone about resolving outstanding issues including pension reform and liquor privatization.

However, he said one sticking point continues to be the exact amount of the deficit that needs to be tackled in the FY 2015-2016 budget, until that can be determined, Rep. Reed said those issues will have to wait.

“We need to figure out what is a structural deficit [and] that folks are actually agreeing on what the numbers are,” he said. “There still is a significant difference between the House and the Senate, where the IFO and where the Budget Secretary is on what an actual budget deficit is.” 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House poised to vote on resolution condemning Gov. Wolf

House poised to vote on resolution condemning Gov. Wolf

The House Judiciary Committee moved to the full House a resolution calling Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty unconstitutional and condemning his actions in instituting the moratorium and issuing continued death penalty reprieves.

Three Democrats joined all Republicans on the committee in supporting the resolution.

“Pennsylvania law currently provides the use of the death penalty as punishment for some of the Commonwealth’s most ruthless, heinous criminals,” said Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of the resolution. “Shortly after taking office, the governor announced he was unilaterally implementing a moratorium on death penalty executions.”

In February, Gov. Wolf said he was issuing the moratorium until he receives and reviews the report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Capital Punishment and any recommendations in the report are addressed. The report was due in December 2013.

Monday, June 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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