Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Surrounded by local government officials, educators and business owners, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday called on legislators to rally behind funding to expand broadband access in rural areas as part of his Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

The plan — which proposes funding $4.5 billion worth of capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas — would create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Program, which would provide financial assistance to businesses, nonprofits, local governments and rural electric cooperatives to develop the infrastructure necessary to provide high-speed internet in low-access areas. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh City Council Paid Sick Leave law

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh City Council Paid Sick Leave law

In 2015 Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation allowing the city to mandate that private employers provide paid sick leave to employees. After a four-year legal battle the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the city had the authority to hand down such a mandate to joy of labor advocates, council, and the mayor’s office.

To City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-5), the legislation’s sponsor, mandating paid sick was a way to protect workers and ensure that Pittsburghers never feared losing their jobs if they fell unexpectedly ill. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Dept of State to re-examine Philly voting systems

Dept of State to re-examine Philly voting systems

The Pennsylvania Department of State announced Thursday that it will re-examine the ES&S 6021 XL Voting System scheduled for use in Philadelphia and Northampton counties next year.

Election Systems & Software won the bid to replace the thousands of voting machines in Philadelphia, the commonwealth’s largest county, earlier this year. Voters filed petitions Tuesday to review the decision, citing concerns over the system and procurement process.
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

From Pennsylvanians getting ready to see yet another raise in toll prices to one state legislator pushing to ban non-disclosure agreements relating to sexual assault in the workplace to a meeting on the 2020 census. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Murt, gun control activists hope third time is the charm to close state's gun show loophole

Murt, gun control activists hope third time is the charm to close state's gun show loophole

A Republican lawmaker is gearing up for another fight over closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” hoping that the third time's the charm for accomplishing one of the long-held goals for Pennsylvania gun control activists.

Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) is set to introduce a bill, currently being circulated for co-sponsorship, which would create a special check, valid for 48 hours, designed for gun show attendees. It would also require all gun sales be from a federally licensed dealer or take place in front of a sheriff’s deputy.
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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