Capital Reports

Auditor General to Review Public Pension Systems

By John L. Kennedy |

The financially troubled state pensions systems, for state employees and public school employees, will undergo a review by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. DePasquale made the announcement last week saying it had been planned for a while and had nothing to do with the recent revelation of federal charges against ex-state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and Richard Ireland, whose firm marketed the services of some of pension systems' private investment managers.

Blue Lives Matter Legislation Introduced

By John L. Kennedy |

Attacks on police officers, firefighters, correctional officers and first responders could fall under the state's hate crimes statute, making the attacks liable for additional penalties, under two bills recently introduced in the statehouse. The so-called "Blue Lives Matter" legislation follows the final passage of similar legislation in Louisiana in May. The legislation has been introduced in several other state legislatures as well.

Blue Lives Matter Legislation Introduced

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative activity for the week of July 25. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session Sept. 19; members of the Senate on Sept. 26.

Capitol Report

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative activity for the week of Jan. 4. Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to return to Harrisburg on Jan. 11; Senate members on Jan. 19.

Capital Stock and Franchise Tax Expires

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative activity for the week of Jan. 4. Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to return to Harrisburg on Jan. 11; Senate members on Jan. 19.

Pennsylvania Budget Proposals Collide

By John L. Kennedy |

On Feb. 9, Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to give his annual budget address, where he will outline a spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Legislative and Executive Action During the Week of Dec. 28

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative and executive activity for the week of Dec. 28. Members of the House stand at a six-hour call of the speaker and Senate members, a six-hour call of the pro tem.

Business-Funded Scholarship Programs OK'd

By John L. Kennedy |

Two scholarship programs funded by businesses received the go-ahead from the Wolf administration just before the Dec. 31 deadline.

General Fund Money Could Begin Flowing

By John L. Kennedy |

Pennsylvania Treasurer Tim Reese said that the Treasury received payment requests last week from the governor's Office of the Budget for approximately 16,400 delayed payments totaling nearly $3.3 billion to school districts, counties and human service organizations.