House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

House Republicans question constitutionality of Farm Show Complex financial transaction

Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee interrogated representatives of the Department of General Services (DGS) Wednesday about a $200 million contract that the General Assembly did not approve.


DGS, under the jurisdiction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is leasing out the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. It was originally a lease-leaseback agreement with a private operator that morphed into a finance agreement.


The transaction amounts to a front of $200 million that would require the Commonwealth to pay back about $377 million when taking into account interest and fees.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Senators question the necessity of the state system of higher education

Senators question the necessity of the state system of higher education

The majority of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the state system of higher education during Thursday’s budget hearing.


Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), Sen. John Eichelberger (R- Blair), and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) were the most vocal about their criticism.


The main issues, according to senators, are low enrollment and the system’s lack of self-sufficiency.


Thursday, February 22, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House lawmakers analyze effectiveness of job creation programs

House lawmakers analyze effectiveness of job creation programs

House legislators discussed how to increase job creation Wednesday after Pennsylvania lost 10,000 jobs last year.


The House Appropriations Committee invited testifiers that represented the Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to discuss the agencies’ various programs.


“We want to get rid of programs that don’t work and bolster the ones that do,” said Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

House lawmakers focus on severance tax and Pennsylvania's economic climate during IFO budget hearing

The House Appropriations Committee focused primarily on how to improve the economy and the impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas at the Independent Fiscal Office budget hearing Tuesday morning.


Legislators allowed IFO representatives to testify to discuss the implications of Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget and give an overall economic outlook.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Legislator wants to give veterans more economic opportunities

Legislator wants to give veterans more economic opportunities

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) has introduced two pieces of legislation that encourage economic opportunities for veterans.

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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