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
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

In this week's 3 under 3 The PLS Reporter looked into how cyber charter schools could be affected if Rep. Curt Sonney's (R-Erie) bill gets enacted, Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) discussed the possibility of being open to raising minimum wage, and legislators work to bring new life to nuclear power. 

Friday, March 1, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

Governor’s farm bill prompts discussion about what is best for Pa. agriculture

In early February, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $24 million funding proposal designed to boost the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania. The move was applauded by both sides of the aisle, as it signaled the governor’s commitment to giving Pennsylvania farmers some assistance at a time when certain areas of the industry are in trouble. 

Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill would establish a $2 million Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center that would work as a resource for farmers to create business, transition, or succession plans for their farms. The bill also proposes $5 million for the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program to fund research and development, assistance in transitioning to organic products, and aid in processing and marketing. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Majority Leader Corman: More 'reasonable' proposal needed for minimum wage hike

Majority Leader Corman: More 'reasonable' proposal needed for minimum wage hike

Senate Republicans are open to raising the state’s minimum wage, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said Monday, with the caveat that Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed increase to $15 an hour “is not a reasonable discussion” on the issue.

Corman’s remarks at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon is the latest in a series of signals that a key part of Wolf’s budget proposal will not move in a Republican-controlled General Assembly concerned about how raising the minimum wage will impact the state’s business climate.
Monday, February 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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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