Pittsburgh, Allegheny County continue cooperation on youth summer workforce program

As Pittsburgh Public Schools enter their second week of summer break, Pittsburgh City Council has moved along two bills to fund the city’s youth summer workforce program.

The two bills would allocate close to $1 million for the Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment Program, a six-week intensive workforce engagement for teenagers and young adults in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

The first of the two bills grants an $700,000 agreement with Partner4Work, a nonprofit workforce development organization, for the shared operation of the Learn and Earn program alongside the city and county. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Clean slate bills move ahead in General Assembly

VIDEO: Clean slate bills move ahead in General Assembly

New clean slate bills, Senate Bill 529 and House Bill 1419 would seal nonviolent misdemeanor offenders' records from the public after 10 years of staying out of trouble.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Rep. Kortz co-sponsors a bill that would result in lower fines and no loss of license for hunters' honest mistakes

VIDEO: Rep. Kortz co-sponsors a bill that would result in lower fines and no loss of license for hunters' honest mistakes

Rep. Bill Kortz (D-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter to talk about House Bill 359. This bill states that if an honest hunter turns themselves into PGC and surrenders the animal they mistakenly took, they may not face a hunting license revocation and would just pay a small fine, although this only applies to first time offenders. 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Legislative leaders report little substantial movement on reaching a PA budget deal

Legislative leaders report little substantial movement on reaching a PA budget deal

Returning from four days away from the state Capitol, and with just a handful of voting session days scheduled before the traditional June 30 budget deadline, legislative leaders returned to Harrisburg Monday reporting little progress on getting a consensus on a spending and revenue plan that will close out FY 2016-2017 and provide for FY 2017-2018.

 

While those responsible for crafting the fiscal plan promised to talk over the four days where members were away from Harrisburg, it appears those meetings—if they occurred at all—proved to move the ball forward only inches (or less) on getting a deal on the main points of a spending plan.

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

Advocates hold rally to call for new revenue sources, fair budget

As the Pennsylvania budget is due within the next several days, a group of advocates filled the main Capitol rotunda to call for a budget that is fair and creates new revenue sources for education, human services, and environmental protection.

The advocates are part of Pennsylvania’s Choice, a coalition that includes—among others—the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Keystone Progress, and Public Interest Law Center.

Currently, the legislature has proposed using cuts to state programs like the DEP and revenue sources like gambling and tobacco to try and close the deficit the Commonwealth is facing. 

Monday, June 26, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
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