Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Surrounded by a gauntlet of metal detectors, dogs and guards toting machine guns, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th District) knows he’s well protected in the nation's Capitol Building.

But looking out to the nation’s schools — which recently have been the site of gruesome mass shootings drawing a gamut of emotions from sadness to fear to outrage — Barletta sees far fewer resources, and it makes him think.

Friday, June 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Minimum wage advocates rally, tacking on new issue for budget season

Minimum wage advocates rally, tacking on new issue for budget season

Taking stock of a subdued Capitol Rotunda on the eve of budget season, John Meyerson, spokesperson for Raise the Wage PA, made note that the building still has symbolic meaning.

“It’s not empty, because it’s filled with the hopes and aspirations of millions of Pennsylvanians who are looking for a fair and living wage,” Meyerson said.

Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Chips start to fall on how Pennsylvania will regulate sports wagering

Chips start to fall on how Pennsylvania will regulate sports wagering

At its regular meeting this week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the first round of regulations for sports wagering in Pennsylvania.

But a further change in the state's tax rate on sports gambling revenue may be necessary to increase access to legal bets outside casinos, according to gaming supporter Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong).

Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wagner to resign seat Monday to focus on governor's race

Wagner to resign seat Monday to focus on governor's race

Wagner’s resignation, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, was confirmed this evening by his campaign spokesperson Andrew Romeo.

“[Wagner] realizes that the way he can bring about the most change and do the most good for the commonwealth is to devote all his time and energy toward getting elected governor and giving Pennsylvanians a different choice,” Romeo said in an email.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pension reform review to begin with sights on $3 billion in savings

Pension reform review to begin with sights on $3 billion in savings

Following up on last year’s pension reform bill, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) and State Treasurer Joe Torsella announced the start of a review of the state’s retirement system Wednesday.

The bipartisan duo serve as the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Public Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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