Finance - February 24, 2012

New Legislative Maps in Planning Stage

Since the state Supreme Court rejected the new state legislative maps approved by the legislature, the House and Senate may be considering a new map in the near future. The 5 member Legislative Reapportionment Committee has yet to give a report on their progress of a new map so the chambers' consideration is not yet scheduled. As reported in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "The commissioners have been intensely, some would say fiercely, but certainly intensely, trying to arrive at a plan," said Senior Judge Stephen McEwen, the commission chairman. "It has come close, but we're not there yet." The paper also reports that Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said he does not think it's practical to move legislation that would extend the primary date, as previously discussed.


Capitol Renovations Proposed

As reported by the Patriot News, Gov. Tom Corbett is calling for $55 million in capitol complex renovations to take place over the next 2-3 years. He plans to use money that was set aside for major maintenance and construction. According to the administration, if the projects are not taken care of, they could be a safety hazard or more expensive to fix in the future.