Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat

Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat

When Pam Iovino finished college, she was at a crossroads in her life. Thinking it would help her figure out the next step she joined the Navy.

“I thought I would just stay four years,” Iovino recalled. “I had a specific objective to get leadership experience and start building a resume with some nice bullets on it and to also earn some education benefits so that I could go to graduate school.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed

House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed

A series of bills in the House are drawing attention to the longtime controversy surrounding a moratorium on fracking issued by the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is presently considering a full ban on the practice.

The DRBC launched the current moratorium in 2010, following concern from environmental activists that allowing the practice would get in the way of the agency’s mission of protecting the health of the watershed, which comprises parts of Philadelphia, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

Philadelphia City Council began weeks of budget hearings Monday by looking at the city’s five-year plan. 

Council started their work on the budget presented by Mayor Jim Kenney (D) earlier this month. The five-year plan goes into fiscal year 2024, when Kenney would be finishing his second term should he win re-election. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers re-introduced a bill Tuesday that would require all schools in Pennsylvania to test for lead, after a report card from PennEnvironment gave the state an “F” grade for its response to lead in school drinking water. 
 
House Bill 930, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna), would require annual testing of all water outlets used in schools for drinking and cooking, require all testing results to be disclosed to parents and set a statewide standard for lead in school water to 5 parts per billion.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, PSEA members support raising teacher salary minimums

Legislators, PSEA members support raising teacher salary minimums

Members of PSEA joined Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Rep. Tarah Tohill (R-Luzerne) and Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-Lackawanna) at a press conference, where they discussed their support for raising the minimum teacher salary in Pennsylvania to $45,000.

Currently Pennsylvania has a minimum teacher salary of $18,500 which hasn't been updated in more than 30 years. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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