The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced on Friday that the Commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month of December 2016 declined to 5.6 percent, down from November 2016’s rate of 5.7 percent.
PA Weekly is a glance at Capitol happenings as covered by the reporters of Pennsylvania Legislative Services.
The new session brings new chairmen to both the Senate and House Education Committees and this feature spotlights Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Right off the bat, Chairman Eichelberger said substantial change and more accountability need to be brought to Pennsylvania’s schools, particularly in tough state budget times.
During the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s (ICA) special public meeting Thursday evening, the board finally approved the the city’s $539 million operating budget.
In early October, the board voted to pass the proposed budget contingent upon the city securing the $10 million in gaming revenue it was owed from Rivers Casino after the state Supreme Court ruled the local share tax of casinos unconstitutional.
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Rep. Mark Longietti (D-Mercer)
Rep. Gary Day (R-Berks)
Rep. Bill Keller (D-Philadelphia)