Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

The Senate approved legislation earlier this month to create a bipartisan task force with the hopes of investigating the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem.  


Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced the resolution with the knowledge that lead exposure can threaten the health and well-being of every Pennsylvanian- especially seniors and children.  


The resolution calls for an advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a review of state law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months.  


Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Pennsylvania charter schools celebrate 20 years

VIDEO: Pennsylvania charter schools celebrate 20 years

On Monday in the Capitol Rotunda students, teachers, charter school supporters, and legislators joined to celebrate 20 years of Pennsylvania's charter schools.
Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Gaming expansion agreement continues slow progress

Gaming expansion agreement continues slow progress

With lawmakers and legislative staff holding nearly non-stop meetings to find some middle ground on a gaming expansion measure crucial to the coming fiscal year’s budget, progress on Monday toward that agreement was reported as slow.

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
GOP plan to balance the budget by leveraging state assets, borrowing draws mixed reaction

GOP plan to balance the budget by leveraging state assets, borrowing draws mixed reaction

As the page turns on a fresh week for state lawmakers to work on crafting a FY 2017-2018 budget plan, news bubbled up early Monday that Republican lawmakers—absent the desire for broad-based tax increases, a severance tax on natural gas, or closing tax exemptions—were looking at leveraging state assets and potential borrowing to help balance the coming fiscal year’s spending plan.

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Monday morning to discuss the topic of public higher education and the costs associated with it.

The hearing was designed to learn the impact of funding to the system and how legislators could aid the public higher education system through strategic state policy to increase dollars sent to higher education.

Act 188 of 1992 created the state system’s mission statement by employing the highest quality education at the lowest possible cost, but Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states for per student allocation for public higher education according to Dr. Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University faculties (APSCUF).

Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
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