Special election results for the 37th state senate district

Special election results for the 37th state senate district

This story will be updated as results and more information become available. 
 
Today the battle for Pennsylvania’s 37th district state senate seat will come to an end, as voters head to the polls to choose between Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman D. Raja or former Assistant Secretary to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Pam Iovino for the Allegheny County state senate seat. 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Surrounded by labor union organizers, in Allegheny County Courthouse, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) with Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation intended to help workers unionize with greater ease on Thursday.

According to the legislation’s sponsors what’s being called the Workplace Freedom Act protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening bargaining. 
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators introduce property tax protection program

Legislators introduce property tax protection program

In Pittsburgh, as coffee shops and gyms moved into historic neighborhoods and prices have gone up, longtime residents have been displaced, making wariness about gentrification and redevelopment commonplace among the least well-off in the city.

To protect homeowners from displacement, state and local lawmakers announced Tuesday legislation that provides property tax relief for longtime residents in the city of Pittsburgh. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate Dems discuss the impact on Pennsylvanian's due to the US Government shutdown

Senate Dems discuss the impact on Pennsylvanian's due to the US Government shutdown

On Wednesday afternoon members of the Senate Democratic caucus joined to talk about the issue of how the United States government shutdown is affecting Pennsylvania residents. One of the biggest impacts includes residents not being able to use the SNAP program in Pennsylvania. They also discussed how their caucus is working to inform residents of what's available and what they are doing to try to help. 

Senate Democratic leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) discussed how there are Pennsylvania residents who are not getting paid or able to receive unemployment compensation benefits as well as other benefits and services that are being impacted. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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