Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults

Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults

Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Bucks) introduced legislation in August that would significantly alter the Older Adult Protective Services Act. His bill would place more emphasis on mandatory reporting, something he says is crucial to protecting Pennsylvania seniors.
 
Mensch’s legislation, Senate Bill 819, creates a framework for oversight and information sharing, including legal challenges to interference. It also removes a good portion of the original law passed in 1987.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives

Legislators and officials joined Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia to promote new efforts to remove lead and its devastating effects from the state.
 
Wolf called upon the legislature to mandate lead testing for all children at nine, 12, and 24 months of age. Aging houses that still contain lead paint, combined with aging water systems, contribute to Pennsylvania having the sixth-highest rates of lead poisoning nationally. Of the 30 percent of children tested statewide, 4.6 percent are found to have varying levels of lead poisoning. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf touts increased education spending

Wolf touts increased education spending

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) highlighted some of the education wins from the 2019-20 budget passed this summer at an event in Brook Haven Wednesday. Speaking at Coeburn Elementary in Delaware County, he discussed what has been possible by restoring funding he said had been cut in prior administrations. 

Joined by educators, administrations, and officials in the school’s library, Wolf repeatedly mentioned that 25,000 teaching jobs were cut under Tom Corbett’s (R) tenure. With the $200 million increase in this new budget, the state adds 465 Head Start slots and 2,200 more pre-K seats, which adds to the 13,500 seats created for early education under Wolf’s first term.
Thursday, August 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined Mayor Jim Kenney (D), members of the General Assembly, City Council, and Congress Thursday in applauding the efforts of Philadelphia Police in arresting an alleged drug dealer in North Philadelphia Wednesday night. He also joined them in calling for more legislation to prevent such assaults on police from happening again. 
 
“I will continue to move forward with efforts to reduce gun violence to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent a situation like this from occurring again,” he said. “This type of terror should never happen in our commonwealth.”
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) offered to cover $15 million of the debt accrued by Hahnemann hospital, according to a joint statement released Monday. They’re looking for matching funds from the federal government.
 
The Center City hospital is slated to close later this year, with owners claiming $300 million in debt, including $40 million to the city and state combined. The closure would cost over 2,500 jobs and create a major loss of coverage just north of City Hall.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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