Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks

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 establish act on recommendations to reform the state pension system, provide more opportunities for municipal broadband deployment and require background checks for political candidates.

Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Snyder hopes to improve broadband access with state-owned asset inventory

Snyder hopes to improve broadband access with state-owned asset inventory

It’s clear that high-speed broadband internet access is an issue in Pennsylvania, but how exactly to connect Pennsylvanians in low-access areas has been a troublesome obstacle in Harrisburg this year.

 

But it appears that legislators may have found a starting point.

Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

After conducting more than 11 million internet speed tests across Pennsylvania, a prominent telecommunications researcher says that access to broadband internet in Pennsylvania is worse than publicly advertised.

 

Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications researcher at Pennsylvania State University, joined state lawmakers Tuesday to detail findings of a rural broadband internet study which found that data provided by the Federal Communications Commission paints an overly-optimistic picture of broadband access in Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by state and local lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for his “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, a $4.5 billion proposal that would fund a series of “high-impact” projects through revenue generated from a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas. 

Wolf’s plan aspires to tackle a number of projects, including rural broadband internet access, storm preparedness, blight and lead remediation, as well as various infrastructure and transportation-related initiatives. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From abortion to rural broadband, here are five bills to watch for the week of May 6.
Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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