Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In an olive branch to General Assembly, PASSHE freezes tuition for first time in 21 years

In an olive branch to General Assembly, PASSHE freezes tuition for first time in 21 years

Students at Pennsylvania's 14 State System of Higher Education schools will not see their tuition rise next year for the first time in over two decades, after the Board of Governors voted unanimously to freeze tuition Wednesday.

In what one president termed a “risky move,” Chancellor Dan Greenstein framed the freeze as good faith signal to the General Assembly that PASSHE was moving in a different direction, even though the decision will leave schools with a $62 million shortfall.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

The Senate approved the $33.99 billion General Appropriations bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf and paving the way for the completion of an on-time budget—often times a rarity in Harrisburg.

Eight Democrats voted against the spending plan, citing reasons ranging from defunding General Assistance, to funding cuts for conservation programs. Republicans cheered its investment in workforce development programs and its healthy deposit in the Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses

Legislators call for an age change for those receiving marriage licenses

Representatives Perry Warren (D-Bucks) and Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) joined Senators Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria) and John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) to push for their legislation that would make 18 the legal age to obtain a marriage license. 

The House recently passed Warren and Topper's legislation, HB 360, and the senators are confident that their bill will pass the Senate floor. SB 81 passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee unanimously and is waiting to be brought up on the floor. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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