Pennsylvania has begun its second month without a state budget with no end to the impasse in sight.
Speaking at Harrisburg’s monthly Press Club luncheon, Allegheny County Republican Mike Turzai, the speaker of the state House, continued to defend the GOP-passed budget vetoed by the governor.
Medical marijuana was on a fast track in the Pennsylvania Senate. But the speaker of the House says concerns of medical experts must be fully understood before there is action in his chamber.
Lawmakers returned to the state capitol with a budget deadline looming, and developments on Monday do not bode well for meeting that June 30th deadline.
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House Mike Turzai spoke with Talk Radio 1210 WPHT’s midday host Dom Giordano about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget .
He says he plans to go to Commonwealth Court for a ruling on whether Gov. Wolf had the authority to strip him of his School Reform Commission chairmanship.
For the second time in two years, the state House is sending senate legislation to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania.
The School Reform Commission tonight is deciding whether to approve any or all of the 39 applications for new charter schools in the city of Philadelphia.
The SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.
Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.
State house majority leader Mike Turzai met with Superintendent Willliam Hite for about an hour at school headquarters. Turzai pledged he’d work to pass the cigarette tax.
Word this past week that liquor privatization talks are heating up again in the state capitol prompts the question: if a deal on legislation is reached, what might it look like?
The future of legislation that would raise new money for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania remains up in the air.
The Pennsylvania House has approved legislation that would allow for small games of chance in bars and taverns. The state Senate is expected to follow suit next week.
The week ahead will be critical for a bill that generates new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit to win approval during the current legislative session.