Scrap your plans and come join us at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg for food, drink, and merriment this Wednesday beginning at 7pm for our monthly Central PA Tweetup! It may (or may not) pour like a bastard, so we may (or may not) be inside somewhere. Either way we’ll be on second floor. If the pile of laptops and iPhones doesn’t give our group away, just ask a bartender where the Tweetup is. They love us.
Yes. You read that correctly. Long-time readers know what I’m about to say. Everyone else gets an explanation after the break.
As you’ve probably already heard by now, those of us on the 8/7 pay cycle received our full pay (along with back pay) this past Friday. With a few exceptions, everybody on the alternate cycle will be paid this coming Friday. This is a bittersweet victory for us state employees who were asking for nothing more than our paycheck. While most of us have been released from being pawns to our governor’s and legislature’s political games, the budget has still not been passed.
And there’s still the issue of inappropriate behavior by our elected officials — both Republican and Democratic.
Senate Bill 850, “An Act to provide from the General Fund for the expenses of (the state)”, is on its way to the governor. Three legislators voted against the bill — Representatives Steve Santarsiero, Dennis O’Brien, and Paul Drucker. Rumors of a fourth are rumbling, but the bill passed by an overwhelming margin. The threat of angry voters promising to vote against every incumbent has apparently been felt.
You can see how your legislator voted by clicking here: SB 850
In a related note, I’ve had my hands full this past weekend, so the updates have been slow. I’ll attempt to resume this week.
Apologies for the lack of updates this weekend. I’ve had my hands full with personal matters. Among other problems, my house almost burned down Thursday afternoon: