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
Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

The surprising consensus Tuesday from both the House and Senate was that members of both parties were positive about the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, which Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) stated is "breaking tradition". 

"I think there is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," Corman said. "The governor laid out some priorities that I think we all share." 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

Pennsylvania currently has the highest student loan debt load per person of any state in the nation. Hoping to alleviate some of that potential debt, the Treasury Department has kicked-off The Keystone Scholars Program.

“We are reaching a crisis point as we see Pennsylvanian graduates, on average, with the highest amount of student loan debt – higher than anywhere else in the nation – with more than $35,000 on their backs,” Treasurer Joe Torsella stated.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) announced Friday she won’t seek re-election in 2019. She has served five terms in City Council.


Reynolds Brown holds one of five at-large seats designated for the majority party in the 17-person council. Her decision to not run will likely add to an already crowded field of candidates for the May citywide primaries.

Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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