Likely Senate action on medical marijuana bill shines light on liquor dispute with House

Likely Senate action on medical marijuana bill shines light on liquor dispute with House

A rally bringing hundreds of medical marijuana advocates to the Capitol steps was held Monday morning to urge action on Senate Bill 1182, which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Supporters of the bill say a vote will occur in the Senate as soon as next week.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

Bills aimed at reducing Commonwealth’s capital debt move from committee

The House Finance Committee Monday considered two bills that would reduce the amount Pennsylvania would be able to borrow for capital projects in the coming years.

Both bills moved out of committee largely along party-lines with Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming) being the only Democrat to vote in favor of the measures.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Corbett’s major priorities still possible following meeting with legislative leadership

The conclusion from Monday morning’s “status check” meeting between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett was that there is still hope major priorities like liquor privatization and public employee pension reform will reach the governor's desk.

Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School board members and school business officials today said overhauling Pennsylvania’s “antiquated” school reconstruction reimbursement program, known as PlanCon, will save property-tax payers and provide school districts greater certainty when planning construction projects.

Together, they called for Senate action on House Bill 2124—legislation introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York)—which they say will provide for needed changes to the current law.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Resource deployment key in combating poverty, hunger

While many things in policymaking are difficult to ascertain, one thing is for certain: poverty leads to a greater chance of hunger or food insecurity.

“There’s a lot of working-class families in Pennsylvania with children who are missing meals because they are making life decisions between the meal and clothing or medicine and things like that,” said Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), co-chair of the Legislative Hunger Caucus. “Your economics definitely correlates to your ability to provide food for yourself and your family.”

Monday, September 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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