Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators in both the House and the Senate are calling for Pennsylvania to address an issue that often flies under the radar and affects residents from inside their own homes — lead poisoning.
 
The issue gained prominence in this year’s round of Senate budget hearings, as the Wolf Administration renewed calls for universal lead testing in children in an effort to better identify and treat cases of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, called upon lawmakers to pass legislation to require lead testing for all children in the state. Wolf made the same request in 2017, but bills in both the House and Senate failed to gain enough traction to make it to his desk. 
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Members of Philadelphia’s delegation to Harrisburg joined members of the city teachers’ union Friday in support of more funding to repair and better maintain some of the city’s aging school buildings.

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D), hosting the rally in her district, spoke about the need to fund $170 million in improvements and new hires outside of Francis Scott Key Elementary in South Philly, the oldest school building in the city.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan

Pennsylvania college graduates have the highest amount of student loan debt per capita in the nation, and over 1.8 million residents carrying student loan debt. Three Pennsylvania senators are hoping their latest proposal will make it easier for these students to pay back their student debt by providing them the opportunity to refinance their loans at a lower, fixed interest rate.
 

Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) spoke with reporters Wednesday to outline the Pennsylvania Student HELP Act, a multi-faceted bill that would allow students to refinance debt payments at a 4 percent fixed interest rate, while also enhancing protections for borrowers. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Surrounded by labor union organizers, in Allegheny County Courthouse, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) with Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation intended to help workers unionize with greater ease on Thursday.

According to the legislation’s sponsors what’s being called the Workplace Freedom Act protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening bargaining. 
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

The surprising consensus Tuesday from both the House and Senate was that members of both parties were positive about the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, which Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) stated is "breaking tradition". 

"I think there is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," Corman said. "The governor laid out some priorities that I think we all share." 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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