Gov. Wolf taps gas executive for PUC post

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday announced he has nominated Andrew Place, corporate director for energy and environmental policy at EQT Corporation, to the Public Utilities Commission.

He will take the spot vacated by PUC Commissioner James Cawley, who is departing the commission after serving for nearly two decades of combined service, a portion of that time spent as chairman.

Monday, May 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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McGinty fires back at natural gas industry’s “distractions and distortions” over severance tax

During Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, took issue with what she called “distractions and distortions” proffered by the natural gas industry in opposition to the natural gas severance tax proposed by Gov. Wolf.

She particularly took issue with claims made by the industry that the severance tax would not be profitable due to the low price of natural gas and the tax would unfairly hurt the industry’s ability to thrive in Pennsylvania by hurting profits.

Monday, May 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
The Fairness Center says union leaders knowingly overcharge members

The Fairness Center says union leaders knowingly overcharge members

In a Monday morning press conference, Prof. Mary Ann Dailey, represented by The Fairness Center, says The Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF) deliberately overcharges its membership dues to raise money for the union treasury and its political action committee. 

Monday, May 18, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Crowd: Curt Schroder, Chief Counsel to the House Appropriations Committee

Capitol Crowd: Curt Schroder, Chief Counsel to the House Appropriations Committee

Meet Curt Schroder, Chief Counsel to the House Appropriations Committee, Republican Caucus. Find out about his time as an elected House member, his duties within the House Appropriations Committee, and what he likes to do in his spare time. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.13.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.13.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • A small group of legislators, advocates, and families of missing persons gathered together in the Capitol Rotunda in an effort to raise awareness of missing persons both in and around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Steve Santarsiero held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center focused on HB 1018, legislation that seeks to counter politically motivated pressure on colleges and universities to boycott or divest from Israel’s commercial interests by barring state funds to any Pennsylvania school that bows to such demands. Rep. Santarsiero said his bill to protect investments in Israel—which enjoys broad, bipartisan support—is a natural step in safeguarding our nation’s strong ties to the only democracy in the Middle East. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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