House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall

The House Transportation Committee met Friday in Philadelphia to confront one of the major looming problems in the state’s future: the sunset on $400 million in annual funding that the Pennsylvania Turnpike provides to public transportation.
 
Act 89 of 2013 established the PA Turnpike Commission allocate $450 million annually to public transit and multimodal funding. Those payments will shrink to $50 million as of 2022. 
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Council returns for fall session

Philadelphia City Council returns for fall session

Philadelphia City Council reconvened Thursday for the first time since June. The body passed some resolutions and localized ordinances in their briefer than average return to session.
 
The session was the first of six weekly meetings before the city’s general election in November. 14 of the 17 members will be on the ballot; some without challengers. Two at-large seats will be up for grabs following retirements, while Councilmember Jannie Blackwell (D-District 3) lost her spot in a stunning primary upset in May.
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
House Commerce discusses business innovation, entrepreneurship at Temple University

House Commerce discusses business innovation, entrepreneurship at Temple University

In their last week before heading back to the Capitol for fall session, members of the House Commerce Committee went back to school. Legislators joined program leaders and professors at Temple University’s Fox School of Business to find out about the school’s efforts to promote new businesses and entrepreneurs.
 
Presentations, a facilities tour, and lunch helped educate committee members about the programs available through Temple’s business school and how they help students and community members start their own companies. Not only do these start-ups help create jobs and return tax revenue to the state, they tackle social problems and positively impact their neighborhoods and cities.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Joint Democratic Hearing considers youth courts as new avenue for justice

Joint Democratic Hearing considers youth courts as new avenue for justice

A joint hearing of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the House Democratic Policy Committee met Tuesday afternoon to hear from Philadelphia youth about their interactions with criminal justice and youth courts held in schools to resolve complaints that could otherwise escalate to police involvement.
 
Students and administrators shared their involvement with the Philadelphia Community Youth Court, a program started in 2012 that provides a court-like experience to deal with classroom behavior, shoplifting, and other offenses that might merit criminal charges. Instead, the offender is tried by a jury of peers, with classmates serving as judge, bailiff, and lawyers. They hear cases, render verdicts and punishment, and create follow-up plans to prevent repeat activity.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
PA Senate bill targets puppy mills

PA Senate bill targets puppy mills

As the legislature’s summer recess winds to a close, bills introduced earlier in the session should get further consideration. In the Senate, one bill might have a major effect on how Pennsylvanians purchase and adopt new pets.
 
Sen. Thomas Killion (R-Delaware) introduced “Victoria’s Law” in February, which would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from breeding mills. Pet stores would only be allowed to sell animals obtained from an animal-care facility or rescue organization, which must be displayed next to each individual cage in the store.
Monday, September 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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