As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

For Louis Lepley, superintendent of the North Star School District, attracting and retaining teachers in his rural Somerset County district can be a tall task.

“You can’t blame them, we’re not one of the higher paying districts in the state, and when [teachers] get that experience then we see a lot of them leave,” Lepley said. “And hats off to them--unless they have local ties, there’s a good chance they’re leaving.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

From Valley Forge to Breezewood to New Stanton, truckers, commuters and joy-riders are paying six percent more out of their pocket to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The increase, effective January 6, isn’t just bothering motorists, it’s also caught the ire of the state’s chief executive, Gov. Tom Wolf.

“People using the turnpike are paying too much,” Wolf said in a late 2018 interview with KDKA Radio. “The turnpike is driving business away.”

The toll increase, a product of a decade old state law, is also driving a wedge between trucking groups that feel hosed by excessive rates and mass transit advocates who see them as essential to a millennial economy.
Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
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Saylor questions gloomy IFO projections, pushes for government “within its means” for 2019 budget

Saylor questions gloomy IFO projections, pushes for government “within its means” for 2019 budget

In a statement Monday, House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) pointed to rosy revenue numbers, a projected surplus from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and previous spending overestimates from the state Independent Fiscal Office in calling for no new taxes.

“As we head into the new legislative session, the focus of the House Republican Caucus will be on creating a budget that does not rely on new taxes or fees and that supports job creation,” Saylor said in the statement.

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Despite Independent Fiscal Office predictions of a $1.7 billion budget deficit, outgoing Budget Secretary Randy Albright struck an optimistic tone at a mid-year budget report Tuesday, citing a burgeoning state economy.

“We’re confident that we will end the year with not just a balanced budget but a surplus,” he said, adding that “we don’t think we face a $1.5 billion deficit for the proposed budget year.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

More state funding leads to less tuition hikes for state-funded schools, right? It’s a logical thought, according to university students and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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