Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Ever since updated revenue figures showing a positive balance were released this spring, Pennsylvania lawmakers have been clamoring to put as much of the state surplus as they can into the Rainy Day Fund. 

The fund, which serves as a state coffer for economic downturns and emergencies, has one of the lowest totals in the country, leaving Pennsylvania vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or recession. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor

Senate Republicans halt GA bill discussion causing Dems to leave the floor

In what Democrats called an “unprecedented” move, Senate Republicans Wednesday elected to abruptly halt amendments and pass a bill ending cash assistance for poor or disabled Pennsylvanians.

In a chaotic flurry of activity, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) took over as presiding officer from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, as Republicans moved to dispense with a half dozen Democratic amendments and vote on the bill.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing

Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing

A weekly look at new proposals from lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In our latest iteration of our weekly feature on new co-sponsorship memoranda, we take a look at proposals to ban the implementation of gun registries, require visible signage for Lyft and Uber drivers, and help small businesses.

Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators in both the House and the Senate are calling for Pennsylvania to address an issue that often flies under the radar and affects residents from inside their own homes — lead poisoning.
 
The issue gained prominence in this year’s round of Senate budget hearings, as the Wolf Administration renewed calls for universal lead testing in children in an effort to better identify and treat cases of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, called upon lawmakers to pass legislation to require lead testing for all children in the state. Wolf made the same request in 2017, but bills in both the House and Senate failed to gain enough traction to make it to his desk. 
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Members of Philadelphia’s delegation to Harrisburg joined members of the city teachers’ union Friday in support of more funding to repair and better maintain some of the city’s aging school buildings.

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D), hosting the rally in her district, spoke about the need to fund $170 million in improvements and new hires outside of Francis Scott Key Elementary in South Philly, the oldest school building in the city.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Anonym
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