Rep. Brian Ellis resigns amid sexual assault allegations

Rep. Brian Ellis resigns amid sexual assault allegations

Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) announced his resignation from the Pennsylvania General Assembly Monday 

amid an allegation of sexual assault that is currently under investigation by the Dauphin County District Attorney.  

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
PASSHE leader: Closing campuses would be 'irresponsible'

PASSHE leader: Closing campuses would be 'irresponsible'

State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein reiterated Monday his stance that closing one of the system’s 14 campuses would be “irresponsible public policy,” despite enrollment challenges.

Greenstein told the Pennsylvania Press Club that the lack of state investment in public higher education “threatens the state’s economic well-being.” The state ranks 49th in the country for the state share of higher education funding, but Greenstein noted that bringing that number in line with the national average would result in a 22-percent tuition cut for students.
Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
IFO releases projections for school property tax replacement

IFO releases projections for school property tax replacement

The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) has released their latest projections that detail how much of an increase in personal income taxes (PIT) the state would need to impose to generate revenue if school property taxes for homesteads were eliminated.
 
The IFO determined that to raise enough revenue through a PIT to replace homestead property tax revenues, the state would need to increase the PIT by 1.9 percent to generate the same amount of funding. This would raise approximately $8.5 billion in revenue in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, roughly the same amount that taxing properties is expected to bring in.
Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House Committee approves controversial response to SCOTUS' Janus decision

House Committee approves controversial response to SCOTUS' Janus decision

Public sector employees would receive more information about their rights pertaining to union membership following a landmark Supreme Court decision, under a controversial bill advanced by a House committee Monday.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), would require public sector employees be regularly notified that they are not compelled to pay union dues. 

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Joint City Council Committee discusses reducing gun violence in Philadelphia

Joint City Council Committee discusses reducing gun violence in Philadelphia

“How much does good cost?”

That question asked by Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr (D-District 4) Monday at a joint committee hearing in Philadelphia framed the discussion around fighting the city’s vicious cycle of gun violence.

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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