HDPC listens to experts, citizens on school funding

HDPC listens to experts, citizens on school funding

The House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday filled the Spackman Center’s auditorium in Coatesville. Many of the attendees expressed frustration with increasing property taxes and confusing school budgets.

The committee met to discuss the state’s education funding formula. The recently passed budget added $200 million to the $6 billion state endowment to schools across the commonwealth, which will go through the new funding formula that will distribute a higher proportion to schools that have been short-changed over the years.
Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Democrats push for Pennsylvania to catch up to its neighbors with renewable energy policy

Democrats push for Pennsylvania to catch up to its neighbors with renewable energy policy

As more states are taking it into their own hands to address climate change issues, Democrats in Pennsylvania are hoping to get the commonwealth up to speed with some of its neighbors.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting on July 25 to discuss how Pennsylvania can transition toward using renewable energy and meeting a goal of 100-percent clean energy by 2050. Comitta told The PLS Reporter that her biggest takeaway from the testimony was the “urgency” from those who spoke about renewable energy, waste management, and the immediate need for change.

Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale gives recommendations after district justices wrongfully give out criminal records

DePasquale gives recommendations after district justices wrongfully give out criminal records

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Monday morning to announce recommendations and a call for action to ensure that Pennsylvania's district justices are not wrongfully giving people a criminal record for offences that should be classified as civil violations. 

DePasquale released an audit that showed in an Erie County District Court a former district justice incorrectly filed criminal charges for theft of services in situations that should have been civil complaints. 

Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Did You Get The Memo? Gun violence, vaccine transportation and eviction expungement

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would ban guns at public recreation areas, allow vaccine transporters to access state roads during emergencies and expunge certain eviction records to improve access to housing.

Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
PA dealing with problem gambling as state introduces online sports betting

PA dealing with problem gambling as state introduces online sports betting

Pennsylvania has seen substantial action to open online sportsbooks before the 2019 football season starts. However, even with the lure of more revenue and expansion of casino involvement, the state is maintaining its commitment to protect consumers from problem gambling.
 
With sports betting and other online betting options available to consumers this summer, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced in May a new form for players to self-exclude from online gaming. 
Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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