Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Legislators, officials, and citizens gathered at a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee at Cabrini University Wednesday to discuss the growing problem of student debt in Pennsylvania, along with some ways the General Assembly can ease the burden.
 
Currently 1.7 million Pennsylvanians owe over $67 billion in student debt, according to the Student Borrower Protection Center. Of those amounts, $7.2 billion held by over 230,000 borrowers is delinquent. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposed his eighth budget and 2020 Comprehensive Plan Fiscal Plan to Allegheny County Council in their Tuesday meeting.

Fitzgerald presented a $959.8 million budget; a $27 million increase from the previous year. According to Fitzgerald the current budget is the 18th time in 19 years that the annual capital and operating budget balanced without any increase in the property tax millage rate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

The House Transportation Committee met Friday in Philadelphia to confront one of the major looming problems in the state’s future: the sunset on $400 million in annual funding that the Pennsylvania Turnpike provides to public transportation.
 
Act 89 of 2013 established the PA Turnpike Commission allocate $450 million annually to public transit and multimodal funding. Those payments will shrink to $50 million as of 2022. 
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Rep. Rabb introduces “Fair Share Tax”

Rep. Rabb introduces “Fair Share Tax”

When the General Assembly reconvenes later this month, legislators will be looking for long-term revenue sources to continue the bipartisan success of June’s budget process. Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) has a plan he says could bring over $2 billion annually to state coffers. 

 

Rabb submitted HB 1738 in late August. Dubbed the “Fair Share Tax”, the measure would lower income tax rates for most Pennsylvanians, while increasing the wealth rate

Tuesday, September 3, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending

GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending

Two York County lawmakers are looking to curb government spending that exceeds budgeted amounts by bringing a constitutional amendment to the ballot box. 

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) announced Tuesday that they will be introducing legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to require supplemental spending requests to be approved by the General Assembly.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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