House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Monday morning to discuss the topic of public higher education and the costs associated with it.

The hearing was designed to learn the impact of funding to the system and how legislators could aid the public higher education system through strategic state policy to increase dollars sent to higher education.

Act 188 of 1992 created the state system’s mission statement by employing the highest quality education at the lowest possible cost, but Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states for per student allocation for public higher education according to Dr. Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University faculties (APSCUF).

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Rep. McCarter discusses changing the way charter schools are funded

VIDEO: Rep. McCarter discusses changing the way charter schools are funded

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. McCarter (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Sturla (D-Lancaster) discussed the need for a fair, reasonable and accountable cyber charter school reimbursement plan.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Health and Human Services consolidation proposal examined by House Democrats

Health and Human Services consolidation proposal examined by House Democrats

The House Democratic Policy committee held a hearing Monday morning to analyze the consolidation of the proposed Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Department of Health and Human Services would combine the existing Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into the newly proposed department.

The consolidation efforts are headed by Gov. Tom Wolf in an effort to provide affordable healthcare to all and save funds for the coming and other future budget years, and—along with the consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole—was accounted for in a House-Republican crafted spending plan.

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

Pros and cons of legalizing VGTs examined by House committee

The House Gaming Oversight Committee held a marathon hearing Monday that examined a proposal that would legalize video gaming terminals (VGTs) as a means to produce revenue for the Commonwealth and local governments.

 

The proposal—currently enshrined in House Bill 1010, which is sponsored by Rep. Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)—would legalize the machines that host slot-machine-like games and allow them to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. 

Monday, May 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Implications of repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion examined by House Democrats in Pittsburgh

Implications of repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion examined by House Democrats in Pittsburgh

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting recently to discuss and explore the implications of a potential federal government repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. 

Republican members of Congress were expected to vote on a measure that would repeal the ACA and replace it with the American Health Care Act last week, but the vote was postponed due to a lack of support. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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