PASSHE leader: Closing campuses would be 'irresponsible'

PASSHE leader: Closing campuses would be 'irresponsible'

State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein reiterated Monday his stance that closing one of the system’s 14 campuses would be “irresponsible public policy,” despite enrollment challenges.

Greenstein told the Pennsylvania Press Club that the lack of state investment in public higher education “threatens the state’s economic well-being.” The state ranks 49th in the country for the state share of higher education funding, but Greenstein noted that bringing that number in line with the national average would result in a 22-percent tuition cut for students.
Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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
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Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power

Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power

If proposals soon to be introduced Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) are received favorably by other state lawmakers, nuclear power could be added to Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act, a program that requires a portion of energy sold by electric distribution companies and suppliers to come from alternative energy sources.
 
Aument said his bill would allow nuclear power to be recognized for its environmental benefits under the AEPS, which sets percentage goals for alternative energy production in the state. The bill could serve as a much-needed hand to two nuclear power plants that are scheduled to close in the next few years: the Beaver Valley power station in Beaver County and the Three Mile Island Generating Station in Dauphin County.
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Majority Leader Corman: More 'reasonable' proposal needed for minimum wage hike

Majority Leader Corman: More 'reasonable' proposal needed for minimum wage hike

Senate Republicans are open to raising the state’s minimum wage, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said Monday, with the caveat that Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed increase to $15 an hour “is not a reasonable discussion” on the issue.

Corman’s remarks at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon is the latest in a series of signals that a key part of Wolf’s budget proposal will not move in a Republican-controlled General Assembly concerned about how raising the minimum wage will impact the state’s business climate.
Monday, February 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
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