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
Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Some citizens want to see legislatures pass bills with widespread partisan support in rapid fashion to target acknowledged problems. In the case of House Bill 1614, it might be a case of “be careful what you wish for.” 
 
The General Assembly passed a bill that offers “concurrent jurisdiction” in Philadelphia to address the rising gun violence problem in less than a month. Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) introduced the bill on June 11, received only one “nay” vote in both chambers, and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on July 2.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Gov. Tom Wolf approved $90 million in bonds to help counties buy new voting machines Tuesday. This decision came days after he vetoed Senate Bill 48, which called for the funding along with some election reforms.
 
Introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), the bill would have ended the option of the “straight party ticket” vote and the state’s closed primary elections. Pennsylvania remains one of seven states that allow voters to cast a whole ballot by pushing one button.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, legislators and advocates join in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day

Wolf, legislators and advocates join in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by legislators and members of CeaseFire PA and Moms Demand Action to discuss what Pennsylvania needs to do to continue to reduce gun violence in the commonwealth. 

The event was held in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day which is this Friday June 7th.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Wolf announces second year of grants towards Teacher in the Workplace programs

Wolf announces second year of grants towards Teacher in the Workplace programs

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by teachers to announce $2.6 million in grants for Teacher in the Workplace programs around the commonwealth. This is the second year that Gov. Wolf provided grants for this program. 

The goal is to strengthen the collaboration between educators and businesses to prepare students for the skills that are needed for in-demand jobs.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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