**This article was originally written on Law360 By Dan Packel Law360, Philadelphia (October 18, 2017, 5:21 PM EDT) — Lawyers for a set of health insurance providers on Wednesday challenged Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services’ handling of a $12 billion procurement process to administer the state’s Medicaid program before the state’s Commonwealth Court, focusing on an allegedly improper… Read More»
Update 10/18: Pennsylvania House OKs New Cash Package to Backfill Deficit Update 10/12: On Wednesday afternoon, October 25th, the Senate Education and Appropriations Committees will be conducting a joint informational hearing on the lack of funding to the state-related universities along with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. As you have read on our… Read More»
Budget Update 10/2/17: The Pennsylvania House adjourned on Monday, October 2nd with several members indicating that there indeed is a problem getting the 102 votes for a tax package that includes commercial storage, which is projected to bring in over $175 million in new and sustainable revenue. The Senate did convene for session but all… Read More»
Today’s announcement that Standard and Poor’s lowered its rating on Pennsylvania’s debt is now the second downgrade it has slapped on Pennsylvania in three years as budget makers have struggled to pull the state out of a stubborn post-recession deficit. Aside from today’s downgrade, Governor Wolf stated that the Legislature has until the end of… Read More»
While the electric vehicle industry is growing — sales increased by 37 percent in 2016 — it still faces many challenges. Why? Just as gas-powered vehicles rely on gas stations, electric cars depend on charging stations. And since electric vehicles are still a minority on the roadway, many state roads and highways aren’t equipped to… Read More»
As the PA budget drama continues, the team at Pugliese Associates has been walking the cobblestone-tiled halls of the Capitol staying up-to-date and connecting with key legislative folks on all that is slowly unfolding. When I say “slowly” I mean a process that seems to be neither completely stalled nor moving backwards. But with no… Read More»
Long a controversial political issue, medical marijuana has suddenly become a major economic issue as well. The pot market, including medical usage and states where the drug is legal such as Colorado, posted $6.7 billion in revenue last year, according to ArcView Market Research. That was a 30 percent jump from 2015, and the company… Read More»
Gov. Wolf has released his 2017-18 PA budget proposal. From agency consolidations to tax expansions, here’s what you need to know.
PA House and Senate caucuses convened in Harrisburg this week to choose leaders for the upcoming two-year session. Here’s what happened and what the leadership results mean.
What got done in the PA General Assembly’s 2016 Fall Session, and what is yet to come. Get the details here.