UPDATED: Despite Bipartisan Call, Severance Tax Remains Unlikely

Legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle gathered today to call for a Marcellus shale severance tax that will fund education.

“With the budget crisis that we are having, it sometimes has the impact of over standing a broader issue that is of equal concern to all of us and every member and every citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” noted Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia). “Our schools are not funded the way they need to be and our education system is faltering.”

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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PA Jump$tart Coalition Celebrates Financial Education Month

The Pennsylvania Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy celebrated Financial Education Month Wednesday at the Capitol.

April is Financial Education Month in Pennsylvania and National Financial Literacy Month. Throughout the month, the PA Jump$tart Coalition hopes to help the public focus on the need for financial education, efforts taking place to improve financial education, and the status of financial education in Pennsylvania schools.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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PA Business Groups and Education Advocates Oppose Property Tax Elimination Bill

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and various education advocates gathered on a conference call Wednesday to voice their concerns about a property tax elimination plan.

The organizations sent a letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee opposing SB 76, a bill that would replace school property taxes with new revenue generated by increases in sales and income taxes. A total of 41 concerned organizations contended that the potential negative consequences of SB 76 are vast, and many significant questions still remain unanswered.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Event Central

Special Education Funding Bill Clears House Committee

Wednesday morning the House Education Committee voted out House Bill 2138, which is identical to legislation passed out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday that would provide for a new special education funding formula.

Prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) noted the bill is the culmination of the Special Education Funding Formula Commission, which presented its recommendations to the committee in January.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Education Funding Formula Bills Clear Senate Committee

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed to the full Senate two bills which could have effects on education funding in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 1316 by Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) would provide for changes to Pennsylvania’s special education funding formula in conformity with the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Formula Commission established under Act 3 of 2013.

House Bill 1738 by Rep. Bernie O'Neill (R-Bucks) would provide for a Basic Education Funding Formula Commission similar to that of Act 3. 

READ MORE to find out how the House and Senate are cooperating on changing the special education funding formula and when the bills could be considered by the full Senate.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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