House Democratic leadership set to introduce budget, related bills

House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) and House Democratic Appropriations Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) announced Thursday afternoon the introduction of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan and intent to introduce other major components of the governor’s comprehensive plan next week.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Another pension reform plan to enter the mix

Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair) announced Thursday morning that—much like the Senate Republicans—he will be unveiling his pension reform plan at a news conference next week.

Rep. McGinnis’s House Bill 900 is said to pay off Pennsylvania’s unfunded pension liability over the next 20 years with level funding.

Earlier this year, Rep. McGinnis previewed the legislation by holding a press conference stating any true pension reform that will attack Pennsylvania’s unfunded pension liability will adopt the 2014 Blue Panel on Pension Funding commissioned by the Society of Actuaries.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Gladys Brown named PUC chairman

Former long-time Senate Democratic staffer and current Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown was selected by Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be the next chairman of the commission.

Brown will replace current PUC chair Robert Powelson who will remain on the PUC as a commissioner.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
And the nominees are... Department of Banking and Securities Sec. Weissmann

And the nominees are... Department of Banking and Securities Sec. Weissmann

Meeting Acting Banking and Securities Secretary Robin Weissmann. Learn about her goals for the department, her career background, and what she likes to do outside of serving the Commonwealth. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.6.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.6.15

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

  • Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and many legislators gathered on the Capitol Steps to celebrate the birthday of and show support of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The party is hosted every year with the dual purpose of celebrating the highly-praised program and to thank the legislators for their continued support.
  • Moms Clean Air Force held “Mama Summit 2015” in the Main Capitol Rotunda today. The Summit was a chance to moms, dads, grandparents, and kids to show support for children’s health and to demand action to protect the air that they breathe-both indoor and outdoor- and call for action on climate change.
  • The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania hosted their annual “Home Matters Day” in the Main Capitol Rotunda today to raise awareness about the increasing need to provide home within reach of all Pennsylvania. The group also marked the release of “Real People, Real Results: A Snapshot of How Pennsylvania’s State Housing Trust Fund – PHARE- is Working,” a new research document featuring stories of communities and individuals who have directly benefited from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE).
  • Rep Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, held a press conference to release the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association’s Report on Overdose Death Statistics during the period of January-December 2014. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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