Pension forfeiture bill nears governor’s desk

Pension forfeiture bill nears governor’s desk

In what will likely be the first bill signed into law this session, SB 113 is nearing Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk and after confirmation to a House amendment by the Senate, is just a signature away from strengthening pension forfeiture requirements for public officials convicted of job-related felonies.  

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin), aims to close a loophole that currently allows public employees to keep taxpayer-funded pensions when convicted of certain felonies. If signed into law, those found guilty of crimes relating to public employment — including conspiracy — would have their pension benefits forfeited under the new law.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

In early February, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $24 million funding proposal designed to boost the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania. The move was applauded by both sides of the aisle, as it signaled the governor’s commitment to giving Pennsylvania farmers some assistance at a time when certain areas of the industry are in trouble. 

Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill would establish a $2 million Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center that would work as a resource for farmers to create business, transition, or succession plans for their farms. The bill also proposes $5 million for the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program to fund research and development, assistance in transitioning to organic products, and aid in processing and marketing. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Workforce development was a popular topic at the Capitol Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating a workforce command center, designed to coordinate state efforts to provide job training with the needs of private industry.

At the same time, a group of bipartisan lawmakers also announced an effort to boost the state’s career and technical education efforts as a means of bolstering its job force.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Many lawmakers and conservationists breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it would halt permit review on the controversial Mariner East pipeline.

But not Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester).

“On the heels of that announcement, I’m watching bulldozers roll into my neighborhood right now,” Friel Otten said. “As I drive through my community, they are ramping up to get started on construction throughout Chester County again.”
Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

For Louis Lepley, superintendent of the North Star School District, attracting and retaining teachers in his rural Somerset County district can be a tall task.

“You can’t blame them, we’re not one of the higher paying districts in the state, and when [teachers] get that experience then we see a lot of them leave,” Lepley said. “And hats off to them--unless they have local ties, there’s a good chance they’re leaving.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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