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  • Teplitz's 'Judgment Day' budget reform package draws support

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive

    Sen. Rob Teplitz braced himself for some strong reaction to Wednesday's unveiling of his "Judgment Day" state budget reform idea of imposing stiff consequences on his legislative colleagues and top executive branch officials if a budget doesn't get done by the June 30 end of the fiscal year.  But the Dauphin County Democrat was surprised to find that no one was critical or said his plan was wrongheaded.  Instead, the gist of his proposed package of bills gained the support of fellow Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County as well as many of those who cast votes in PennLive's informal unscientific poll about it...


  • Should lawmakers, governor face 'Judgment Day' if state budget is 6 months late?

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive

    Legislation is in the works that would subject the governor, lieutenant governor, and state lawmakers to a recall election if another state budget impasse occurs that lasts as long as this year's.  Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin County, said on Wednesday at a Capitol news conference it's time to make people responsible for getting a budget done on-time feel some pain, not just schools, social service agencies and individuals dependent on state-funded programs and services...


  • Ballot question votes exposed a flaw in our electoral system that we need to fix

    Monday, May 16, 2016 | Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive

    Teplitz's measure is a worthy one. It deserves a committee vote and consideration by the full Senate - at least...