Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

After weeks of speculation, lawmakers formerly unveiled Monday a proposal to devote millions of dollars to boosting the state’s nuclear power plants, but the measure is likely to prompt heated debate over what critics consider to be a bailout of the nuclear energy industry.

The plan, touted by Rep. Thomas Mahaffie (R-Dauphin) and other nuclear advocates, say their plan would add nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio, putting it on the same level as wind or solar energy. They argue it is necessary to save upwards of 16,000 jobs, as well as help the state achieve its clean energy and economic goals. 

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Advocates are calling for more of an investment in career and technical education (CTE) in the upcoming budget, and lawmakers say they are optimistic Gov. Tom Wolf will agree when he unveils his proposal next month.

report released by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children earlier last week praised the introduction of the Career and Technical Education Subsidy in the last budget but argued that school districts were still footing too much of the bill and that more state support is needed.
Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators unveil new legislation to up penalties for those convicted of human trafficking

Legislators unveil new legislation to up penalties for those convicted of human trafficking

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) were joined by their colleagues and advocates for a press conference where they unveiled the Buyer Beware Act. This act consists of joint pieces of legislation that focus on increasing penalties for criminals who are convicted on certain human trafficking offenses. 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Pennsylvania’s Auditor General takes on prescription drug “middlemen” in new report

Pennsylvania’s Auditor General takes on prescription drug “middlemen” in new report

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today released a special report on the role of the “middlemen” between pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers and pharmacists who fill customers’ prescriptions.

Standing in front of the pharmacy counter at an independent retailer in Lancaster County, DePasquale cited his report that shows the state’s Medicaid program paid $2.8 billion in 2017 to PBMs, which is a 100 percent increase since 2013.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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