Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 35: AARP - PA

This week the podcast talks to Ray Landis, Advocacy Manager for AARP-PA. We discuss what it means to age in Pennsylvania, how the lottery and lottery fund affect Pennsylvania's seniors, and their take on retirement security and the agency consolidations proposed by Gov. Wolf.

Friday, February 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney blast Senate-passed abortion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined in Philadelphia Wednesday by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and abortion rights advocates to reiterate his promised veto of Senate Bill 3, legislation that passed the Senate earlier this month that would restrict abortions to only occur before 20 weeks and ban so-called dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Commonwealth Court reasserts school district autonomy in creating own police force

Commonwealth Court reasserts school district autonomy in creating own police force

A panel of the Commonwealth Court Wednesday delivered an opinion that reasserted the authority of school districts to create their own police force.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Department of Environmental Protection gives final approval to PA pipeline project

Department of Environmental Protection gives final approval to PA pipeline project

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that it has awarded final approval to the PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania’s southwestern counties to a Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook, Delaware County.

 

The entire pipeline is a $2.5 billion infrastructure project anticipated to support over 15,000 jobs annually over a two year-period and ultimately have $150 million annual economic impact on the Pennsylvania economy once completed.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers recently filed an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court arguing against the legality of Philadelphia soda tax.

 

The group of 36 members from the state House of Representatives and state Senate hailing from 28 counties, encompassing nearly every corner of Pennsylvania say they are directly impacted by the implementation of the tax "because the tax is not Constitutional, violates the law, and will result in lost sales tax revenue collection into the Commonwealth’s general fund, directly impacting the budget and jeopardizing the ability to pass a timely budget and the funding of important services."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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