Capitol Update

(Sep 30) ‘Wild West’ charter school spending, lack of openness spotlighted in Roebuck report

Reining in overpayments could help resolve state budget impasse State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., today released a report on Pennsylvania charter schools that spotlights what he called the “Wild West” spending or borrowing practices of some, as well as a … Continue reading »

(Sep 10) Hanger: Wolf offering ‘major concessions’ in PA budget talks

by James McGinnis Bucks County Courier Times Seventy days into the state budget stalemate, Gov. Tom Wolf is offering major concessions to Republicans in Harrisburg, including a 401(k)-style pension plan for new state workers, John Hanger, secretary of planning and … Continue reading »

(Sep 3) Schools pension fund to Pa. districts: State budget impasse doesn’t mean a break on local obligations

By Charles Thompson The Patriot-News Pennsylvania’s Public School Employees Retirement System has notified its constituent school districts that, budget impasse or not, it expects on-time payment of the local share of employee pension contributions. That bill, one of the largest … Continue reading »

(Sep 3) One-on-one with Governor Wolf, talking budget stalemate

By Dennis Owens ABC27 News HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf concedes that job one in any budget negotiation is getting agreement from the two sides on how much money they have to spend. You need to know what … Continue reading »

(Sep 3) School Districts Squeezed By Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse

By Lauren Benshoff NPR Radio Click her to listen to the radio story. Due to lack of a state budget, teachers are working without pay in the Chester-Upland school system. The district says it can’t afford to pay them until … Continue reading »

(Sep 2) In Chester district, pomp, and tough circumstances

By Kathy Boccella The Philadelphia InquirerIt was a day for traditions as the new school year opened in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District this morning – the good and the bad. At 7:30 a.m., hundreds of students, teachers, staff, … Continue reading »

(Aug 31) Editorial: State budget impasse hurts poor schools most

Editorial by the Pottstown Mercury Two months past the deadline for a state budget, and little has changed since the July 1 start of a new fiscal year. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are no closer to resolution than … Continue reading »

(Aug 26) OP-ED: Pa. needs sensible budget compromises

By Mark Price, Ph.D. Economist and Interim Research Director, Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center York Dispatch The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday that Pennsylvania created 66,500 jobs in the last 12 months. At … Continue reading »

(Aug 26) Plan to override state budget fails

By Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but on Tuesday they went through the motions anyway, forcing Democrats to choose between … Continue reading »

(Aug 19) The GOP offer – a deal in sight, or a new chance for a #PaBudget breakdown?: Analysis

by John L. Micek The Patriot-NewsOkay – here we go.They didn’t call it a “last, best offer,” but House and Senate Republicans gave Gov. Tom Wolf the functional equivalent when they emerged from a brief negotiating session on Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »