Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces

A fight has been reignited in the Capitol over whether the state should end making general assistance cash payments to poor Pennsylvanians, after the program was reinstated in 2018 because of a technicality found by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
 

House Republicans are seeking to once again end the cash assistance program, which pays out monthly stipends of approximately $205 to Pennsylvania citizens who have under $250 in countable resources. The program was eliminated in a 2012 bill signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett, but was reinstated when the state Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the Pennsylvania Constitution's single-subject rule.

Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill creating new standards for lead in public building renovations Thursday. They also passed a resolution supporting Governor Tom Wolf (D) and his Restore Pennsylvania plan.

The lead bill came out of recent committee hearings calling for more stringent testing for lead in children and properties, both public and residential. While receiving more attention statewide recently, this has been an area of focus for years in Philadelphia, where youth have disproportionately tested highly? Positive? for lead in their bodies, which leads to a variety of developmental problems.
Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week's House session started out hectic, with controversy sparking over an opening prayer. On Monday Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-Delaware) reintroduced the #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act and then on Wednesday House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was joined by a unique guest.


Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll

Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll

Nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvanians express some support for raising the state’s minimum wage and over half are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a poll released by Franklin and Marshall University Thursday.

State Democrats will hope those data points could indicate public support is behind them in their uphill battle to push Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, as well as a possible fight to legalize recreational marijuana in the commonwealth.
Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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