Democrats decry Republican agreed-to budget prospects

Democrats decry Republican agreed-to budget prospects

House and Senate Democrats Thursday responded to reports of an agreed-to budget among the Republican caucuses that is likely to take more detailed shape over the next several days.

Legislative Democratic leaders held a closed-door discussion with Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to detail strategy and plan for the coming days.

House Appropriations Committee Minority Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) couched the coming budget proposal as “more of the same.”

“They’re really not serious about talking,” he said. “The governor and Democrats have been at the table and offered some things to them that have been pretty much ignored and they just want to do what they’ve done for the last four years and kind of go on their merry way with all their really non-budget, gimmick-filled budgets, missed opportunity budgets.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations

Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) was involved in budget-related negotiations Thursday, partaking in a closed-door meeting with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Wolf administration proxies on property tax relief.

Upon leaving the meeting, Sen. Wagner was coy to discuss with reporters what was detailed in the meeting—calling it his Sgt. Schultz moment—he did note the importance of providing property tax relief to homeowners.

“The school tax issue, that’s the largest issue we have in Pennsylvania,” he said. “It’s driven pensions; there are a lot of issues.”

He said those in his district “are begging for relief.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Hughes discusses latest on budget

VIDEO: Hughes discusses latest on budget

The PLS Reporter sat down with Senate Appropriations Minority Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) to discuss the latest on budget negotiations.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Marsico to propose narrow medical marijuana legislation

VIDEO: Marsico to propose narrow medical marijuana legislation

After multiple House Judiciary Committee hearings on the topic of medical marijuana, Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) plans to introduce legislation permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes in a controlled fashion. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court

Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court

In a Thursday morning decision by the Commonwealth Court, Act 192—which allows membership organizations to challenge municipal gun ordinances on behalf of members—has been declared unconstitutional.

In the opinion in the case of Leach v. Commonwealth authored by Judge Robert Simpson, the court found Act 192 (formerly House Bill 80 in the 2013-2014 legislative session), was violative of Article Three, sections one and three of the Pennsylvania Constitution, dealing with original purpose and the single subject requirement.

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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