Cash assistance for disabled adults is back. One Republican says the House won’t fund it

BY: - March 1, 2019

Before members of the House Appropriations Committee could ask questions of the state’s Human Services secretary Thursday, Rep. Stan Saylor wanted to get something off his chest. About that recently revived cash assistance program? The House isn’t “interested” in funding it, the York Republican told Secretary Teresa Miller. Saylor was referencing the General Assistance program, […]

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

BY: - February 14, 2019

Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the┬áHouse 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 […]

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 […]