Senate Appropriations Committee advances performance-based budgeting bill

Senate Appropriations Committee advances performance-based budgeting bill

Less than a week after holding a hearing on the measure, the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday advanced Senate Bill 1341, legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) that would require the state budget to developed based upon performance measures.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Proposed Pittsburgh budget adds more city police and EMT's

An increase in public safety personnel, capital improvement projects, and a departmental reorganization are all part of Pittsburgh’s proposed 2017 operating and capital budget plans, as well as a five year financial plan.

Mayor Bill Peduto held the line on tax increases in his proposed $539.4 million spending plans that he submitted to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) on Friday for approval. 

The 2017 budgets and five year financial plan are projected to hire 50 new police officers to reach 900 full-time officers, the highest staffing level since 2002, according to the Mayor. One firefighter and two police recruit classes would be funded, and EMS would have funding to hire 20 EMTs.
Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
E-cigarette and vape rally takes over Capitol Rotunda

E-cigarette and vape rally takes over Capitol Rotunda

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians joined together Monday afternoon to rally against the 40 percent tax increase on e-cigarettes and vape products.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House committees examine proposal to require civics education graduation test

House committees examine proposal to require civics education graduation test

The House Education and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees held a joint hearing Monday morning to review House Bill 1858, legislation that would require Pennsylvania students to pass a civics education test as a prerequisite to high school graduation.

 

The test would be identical to the one immigrants take before becoming US citizens and students would have to pass the test with a score of 60 percent or higher.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Parents rally for exception to the Truancy Law for chronically ill children

Parents rally for exception to the Truancy Law for chronically ill children

Parents and advocates joined in the Capitol Rotunda Monday morning to rally for an exception to the Truancy Law for chronically ill children. 

Ashley Matheiy, a parent to two children with hydrocephalus, a disorder characterized by excess fluid in the brain, told her story at the rally hoping to push legislators to pass new laws which would exempt parents of chronically ill students from being penalized. 

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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