Rep. Rabb touts education fair funding at local school

Rep. Rabb touts education fair funding at local school

On the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) celebrated a school opening a new library. He also took time to discuss the need for fair funding for education.

Rabb has introduced legislation to funnel all the education budget through the proposed “fair funding” formula. Currently only new funds have gone through the student-weighted approach, which is about nine percent of the total state budget.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Rabb and Killion reintroduce legislation to push commonwealth towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

Rabb and Killion reintroduce legislation to push commonwealth towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

A bipartisan group of legislators joined together Tuesday morning to re-introduce legislation that would require by the year 2050 that the commonwealth get 100 of its energy from renewable sources. 

Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) introduced House Bill 1425 while Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 630. Killion is the first Republican senator to introduce this type of legislation in the country. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Democrats preparing new ‘Fair Share Tax Plan’ that would reform personal income tax

Democrats preparing new ‘Fair Share Tax Plan’ that would reform personal income tax

Pennsylvania Democrats are planning to unveil a tax reform proposal that would cut taxes for a majority of Pennsylvanians and raise over $2 billion in new revenue, all while working around the state constitution’s uniformity clause that prohibits progressive income taxes on state residents.

The proposal, called the “Fair Share Tax Plan,” would split the state’s personal income tax into two parts — a tax on wages and tips and a tax on wealth. House Democrats introducing the proposal want to reduce the personal income tax on wages and tips from 3.07 percent to 2.8 percent and increase the personal income tax on wealth — which includes money from interest, dividends, net income, capital gains, royalties, winnings and more — from 3.07 percent to 6.5 percent. 
Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Kirk Bloodsworth: "The only thing that needs to die in Pennsylvania is the death penalty"

Kirk Bloodsworth: "The only thing that needs to die in Pennsylvania is the death penalty"

The PLS Reporter joined two former death row inmates, Jimmy Dennis and Kirk Bloodsworth, before Rep. Chris Rabb's (D-Philadelphia) press conference where he and his colleagues called for an to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

A House committee overwhelmingly voted to approve a two-bill package designed to strengthen the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse, despite concerns from some that a change in tactic is unlikely to produce desired reforms.

The bills, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), attempt to skirt past concerns with a proposed retroactive window, where victims of pedophilia could file suit against their accusers and the institutions that shielded them if the statute of limitations had already expired.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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