State and municipal pension reform plans could be tied together

State and municipal pension reform plans could be tied together

As Senate Republicans began circulation of their long-anticipated state and school district employee pension reform proposal Wednesday, in the House a committee held an informational meeting on reforming municipal pension systems as it pertains to public safety pensions.

As the day came to a close, it was said a number of times the two issues could be considered together (though procedurally in two different pieces of legislation).

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Pensions
Capitol Hunger Garden opens for sixth season

Capitol Hunger Garden opens for sixth season

Legislators, anti-hunger advocates, and hunger relief organizations gathered outside the Capitol building Wednesday morning to open and dedicate the Capitol Hunger Garden for the sixth consecutive season.

The small garden sits outside the Capitol building’s House side between the Ryan Office Building and its harvest goes to supply local food shelters.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Event Central
Tags: hunger
VIDEO: Scarnati discusses budget, reducing size of legislature

VIDEO: Scarnati discusses budget, reducing size of legislature

Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) discusses the latest on budget negotiations and a House measure to reduce the size of the legislature. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.5.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.5.15

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

  • Hundreds of nursing center administrators and caregivers from across the state rallied in the Main Rotunda to ask legislators to make the care of the frail, elderly, and disabled a priority in the state budget. Many who participated in the rally held posters with photographs of elderly residents or loved ones who are too frail to have their voices heard in Harrisburg.
  • Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) and other Senate Democrats held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda in support of SB 195- legislation that would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10 by January and automatic cost-of-living adjustment.
  • The Pennsylvania Public Policy Coalition of the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated “Alzheimer’s Association Harrisburg Action Day” to raise awareness and showcase the strength of their community to state lawmakers.
  • Students, parents, educators, program providers, community leaders, policy makers, business and faith-based leaders met in the Capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development.
  • The American Lung Association was joined by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) in the Main Capitol Rotunda to support comprehensive clean indoor air legislation that would remove all exemptions from the current clean indoor air law in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Event Central
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VIDEO: Acting General Services Secretary Curtis Topper is introduced during his confirmation hearing

VIDEO: Acting General Services Secretary Curtis Topper is introduced during his confirmation hearing

Acting Department of General Services Sec. Curtis Topper’s nomination was unanimously recommended to the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee by the Senate State Government Committee.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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