A Closer Look: The Public Employee Retirement Commission, with James McAneny

A Closer Look: The Public Employee Retirement Commission, with James McAneny

James McAneny, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Commission, sat down with The PLS Reporter to discuss the commission’s history and functions.

 

McAneny also touched on the current pension issue facing the Commonwealth, and what PERC is doing to help in the process of dealing with it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014/Author: Josh Levy
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A Closer Look: The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, with Executive Director Phil Durgin

A Closer Look: The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, with Executive Director Phil Durgin

The PLS Reporter sat down with Executive Director Phil Durgin to get a behind-the-meetings look at the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.

Durgin discussed the difficulties as well as the luxuries that the committee deals with, and detailed both the committee's creation and how it currently operates.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014/Author: Josh Levy
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The most enacted topics from last session were…

Each session, the General Assembly deals with a number of topics in legislation. However, most sessions have their concentrations given the pertinent issues of the day.

The 2013-2014 legislative session saw the General Assembly trying to tackle issues such as child abuse reporting, reforming Pennsylvania’s health care landscape in the wake of the federal Affordable Care Act and Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA initiative, as well as trying to jump start Pennsylvania’s economy.

So, how did these main themes compare with the amount of legislation sent to the governor this session?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Keeping up with the neighbors - NJ, WV, NY

Questions abound for sports betting in New Jersey, fracking under the Ohio River in West Virginia, and shipping wine across state lines in New York.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
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Session ends with comparatively high bill pass rate, but what does it mean?

As the sun sets on the 2013-2014 legislative session, it does so on a legislature that had a historically high pass rate for introduced legislation.

During the two-year legislative session 3,988 bills were introduced in the General Assembly and referred to a standing committee. Of those, 366 made it all the way through the legislature and made their way to the governor’s desk; this equates to 9.1 percent of all bills introduced and referred.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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