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What are supplemental appropriations? The Pa. budget battle you’re not hearing about 

BY: - February 24, 2020

The appropriations “have become structural,” Rep. Matt Bradford, of Montgomery County, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, told the Capital-Star. 

House Democrats accuse Speaker Turzai of making votes on defeated bills disappear

BY: - January 14, 2020

According to House Democrats, the minority party, both measures were defeated in bipartisan, majority votes, but the final results were not recorded. 

What is private equity and why are Pa. lawmakers concerned about the tens of millions of dollars of your money tied up in it?

BY: - December 22, 2019

What does a private equity firm do? And why has its work, which attracts rich individuals and well-endowed institutions, become a source of controversy?

Unions, immigration advocates divided over expanding work status checks to construction industry

BY: - June 13, 2019

That divide is also manifesting itself in the General Assembly.

State lawmakers question Wolf admin’s plan to fund environmental agencies

BY: - February 14, 2019

Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee made the heads of Pennsylvania’s chief environmental agencies defend a controversial funding shift Thursday. In his 2019-20 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed reducing general fund spending on the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by $62 million. The shortfall would be covered […]

Taxing video games won’t be enough to keep Pa. schools safe, bipartisan legislators say

BY: - February 13, 2019

A suburban Philly lawmaker’s suggestion to furnish school safety dollars by taxing violent video games received a lot of press — with occasional blowback — this week. Bills from Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware, would slap a 10 percent tax on all games rated M or higher to pay for school safety funding. According to the video […]

A state House hearing for Pa.’s budget watchdog turned into a minimum wage Q&A

BY: - February 11, 2019

A budget hearing Monday for Pennsylvania’s independent fiscal watchdog agency turned into a proxy fight over Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to boost Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee used a Monday appearance by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office to crack the hood on Wolf’s plan to increase the wage from the current […]