JOBS1st summit talks innovation in connecting employers and job seekers

Monday kicked off Pennsylvania’s JOBS1st summit, a key gathering of policymakers, business officials, educators, and other employers to discuss ways to better connect both the current and future workforces with a newly developing job market.

The two-day summit, which concludes Tuesday, is being held in Pittsburgh and has been hailed as a mechanism for those involved in workforce development to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as share best practices and identify ways in which both the public and private sectors can collaborate to align education and training with needed workforce areas.

Monday, August 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping up with the neighbors: DE, OH, WV

A look at state government news across the region

Delaware lawmakers return to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, Ohio grapples with Common Core, and West Virginia's reserve fund rates high.

Monday, August 25, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Report: Pennsylvania has work to do on cancer public policy

A report released Thursday by the American Cancer Society shows Pennsylvania’s cancer-related public policy is lagging behind.

The report, How Do You Measure up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, shows Pennsylvania is falling well short on four of the twelve key public policy points the American Cancer Society considers crucial to winning the fight against cancer.

Thursday, August 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: cancer
A LOOK BACK with Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair)

A LOOK BACK with Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair)

We talked with Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) about his upcoming retirement from the General Assembly, his favorite memories in the Capitol, and all of his proud accomplishments. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: A Look Back
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Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

As the Basic Education Funding Commission held a hearing Wednesday to receive background testimony on basic education funding in Pennsylvania, one thing quickly became clear: the Commonwealth’s “hold harmless” provision will be a sticking point in developing a new way to fund basic education.

“Our basic education funding formulas have for many years included what is known as a ‘hold harmless’ to ensure no school district receives revenue less than the previous year,” said commission member Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) in a prepared statement on behalf of the House Republican Caucus. “The basic cost of keeping the lights on and the doors open are fixed. School districts depend on a stable level of funding to help pay these fixed costs.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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