Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power

Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power

A bipartisan group of senators are hoping their respective bills will put Pennsylvania on the path to an alternative energy-powered future by updating the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.
 
Senators Art Haywood (D-Montgomery), Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) unveiled a bill that would increase the requirement of alternative energy sold in the state under Tier I of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS) from 8 percent to 30 percent.
Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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While funding boost for community colleges possible, lawmakers skeptical of Wolf grant proposal

While funding boost for community colleges possible, lawmakers skeptical of Wolf grant proposal

Lawmakers are expressing skepticism of a grant program proposed in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget that would help underwrite community college tuition for students who stay in Pennsylvania, saying the proposal is presently lacking detail and the money could be better used elsewhere.

The $8 million line item, dubbed “Educate and Stay in PA,” would give one-time grants of up to $2,500 to community college students who stay and work in the state after graduation. 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Democrats need one Senate pickup to break the supermajority. Will it come from the southeast?

Democrats need one Senate pickup to break the supermajority. Will it come from the southeast?

If Marguerite Quinn wins in November, she knows it’ll be by a whisker.

The six-term state representative is running on her resume to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks). But the reliably Republican district is the focus of massive Democratic energy to finalize a liberal trend that can be traced back years, according to some state politicos.

Quinn, a moderate Republican who proudly asserts her ability to save taxpayer money and work in a bipartisan fashion, is running on her resume—underlined by the passage of HB 2060 to limit domestic abusers' access to firearms early in October.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

It all started one month ago in the waning days of budget season, with a meeting between advocates and the governor’s staff and some off-the-cuff remarks at a Philadelphia press conference.

But as the calendar turns to August, a controversy over the state’s school funding formula has held on as a campaign cudgel and legislative worry, as accusations of intimidation and collusion resound.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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