As lawmakers praise improved PASSHE relations with General Assembly, system looks to cash in chips for $100 million investment

As lawmakers praise improved PASSHE relations with General Assembly, system looks to cash in chips for $100 million investment

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials have been clear that many moves in the first year of chancellor Dan Greenstein’s term have been about winning back the trust of the General Assembly, with an eye towards boosting dwindling state support.

It appears that PASSHE is looking to cash in their chips and ask for a one-time infusion of cash to help support the system’s reorganization efforts, something lawmakers told The PLS Reporter they could tentatively support.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations for federal and state lawmakers designed to reduce the effects that fentanyl has had on Pennsylvania.

 

The recommendations are the result of DePasquale’s new report on fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin that was found in 67 percent of the 5,456 overdose deaths Pennsylvania saw in 2017.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Legislators, officials, and citizens gathered at a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee at Cabrini University Wednesday to discuss the growing problem of student debt in Pennsylvania, along with some ways the General Assembly can ease the burden.
 
Currently 1.7 million Pennsylvanians owe over $67 billion in student debt, according to the Student Borrower Protection Center. Of those amounts, $7.2 billion held by over 230,000 borrowers is delinquent. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

For Republicans, permitting reforms offer a chance to attract businesses to Pa.

Upon returning from summer recess, Republican state lawmakers had their sights set on advancing a package of tax incentive and permitting relief bills designed to lure big employers to Pennsylvania.

But while roughly half of the bills in the package have either passed the House or become law, a series of permitting-related bills have stalled, prompting a larger conversation on the need for permitting reform in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Fitzgerald, Drozd sqaure off in debate as Allegheny County executive race heats up

Fitzgerald, Drozd sqaure off in debate as Allegheny County executive race heats up

With election day weeks away, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, and his challenger, Republican Matt Drozd, made a direct appeal to the voters of Allegheny County in a candidate forum on Tuesday night. 

As the night unfolded both candidates discussed their records, the environment, housing, and transit. Both Brozd and Fitzgerald have different visions but both feel they have a better plan for the county. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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