PA unemployment rate drops to lowest level since 2008

PA unemployment rate drops to lowest level since 2008

The month of March brought good news to Pennsylvania on the unemployment front: the commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 4.8 percent, the lowest level since the early stages of the Great Recession in February 2008.

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

State regulatory review commission approves modernized taxicab regulations

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission Thursday unanimously approved a set of final regulations from the Public Utility Commission that are aimed at modernizing the commission’s regulation of taxicabs in order to help them better compete with the recently legalized transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.

 

Stemming from enabling legislation in Act 85 of 2016 and Act 164 of 2016 that allowed the temporary then permanent legalization of TNCs, the legislature tasked the PUC with promulgating new regulations as they pertain to taxicab and motor carrier companies that would allow them to better compete with TNCs, which operate on a different business model than traditional taxi companies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

House Democrats have mixed results in amending charter school reform bill

While House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills they said would bring equality to the public school system by providing parity between traditional and charter schools, when those proposals were offered as amendments to House Bill 97—the charter reform proposal before the House—they were met with mixed results in altering the bill.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

Short-term UC call center funding fix awaits governor’s signature

What could have been last session’s last enacted bill is on its way to be this session’s first enacted piece of legislation.

 

With a 41-8 vote on Wednesday, the Senate sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that would provide $15 million to fund operations at the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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