Growing Greener program, pollutants market bill strike up feud between admin, House

Growing Greener program, pollutants market bill strike up feud between admin, House

A hearing on an amended, omnibus environmental bill, which includes a nitrogen procurement plan to ease waterway pollution, brought up questions of funding and interbranch cooperation Thursday.

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee heard testimony on the bill, SB 799 by Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin). Originally, the bill only set up a procurement program to use public dollars to purchase nitrogen credits from the agricultural industry to keep runoff from heading into the commonwealth’s streams and rivers and into the Chesapeake Bay.

Then, in late January, the Senate amended the bill to include a reauthorization of the Growing Greener program, first set up under former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge in 1999.

Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move — but not for a few years

Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move — but not for a few years

The controversial Frank Rizzo statue that stands at the steps of the Municipal Services Building Plaza on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th and Broad Streets is not coming down any time soon.

Rather, it is looking like it won’t be moved for another two to three years, according to Mayor Jim Kenney. 

For Kenney, the statue just isn’t a priority right now. He said that he wants to deal with the opioid crisis and education first. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Wolf Administration provides update on workforce development in the state

Wolf Administration provides update on workforce development in the state

On Thursday morning Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko was joined by Department of Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani and others to give an update on what the Wolf Administration is doing to work towards strengthening workforce development in the commonwealth. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Environmentalists release state lawmaker rankings, turn eye to fall session, election

Ahead of the general election, state environmental groups released their rankings of Harrisburg lawmakers earlier this week based on their perception of green votes— and hinted at a bill they think might get pushed through ahead of November.

Ranked on a scale of zero to 100 — with 100 representing the most eco-conscious and 0 representing the least — the report card released by Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter and Clean Water Action gave both session and lifetime ratings to all 253 members of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Grand Jury report prompts legislative response

Grand Jury report prompts legislative response

On Tuesday afternoon Attorney General Josh Shapiro stood surrounded by victims as he made public the findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The report prompted legislators to speak out about their support and brought up a bill that echoes the grand jury's recommendations, Senate Bill 261.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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