PA Business Groups and Education Advocates Oppose Property Tax Elimination Bill

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and various education advocates gathered on a conference call Wednesday to voice their concerns about a property tax elimination plan.

The organizations sent a letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee opposing SB 76, a bill that would replace school property taxes with new revenue generated by increases in sales and income taxes. A total of 41 concerned organizations contended that the potential negative consequences of SB 76 are vast, and many significant questions still remain unanswered.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Special Education Funding Bill Clears House Committee

Wednesday morning the House Education Committee voted out House Bill 2138, which is identical to legislation passed out of the Senate Education Committee Tuesday that would provide for a new special education funding formula.

Prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) noted the bill is the culmination of the Special Education Funding Formula Commission, which presented its recommendations to the committee in January.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views

Education Funding Formula Bills Clear Senate Committee

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed to the full Senate two bills which could have effects on education funding in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 1316 by Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) would provide for changes to Pennsylvania’s special education funding formula in conformity with the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Formula Commission established under Act 3 of 2013.

House Bill 1738 by Rep. Bernie O'Neill (R-Bucks) would provide for a Basic Education Funding Formula Commission similar to that of Act 3. 

READ MORE to find out how the House and Senate are cooperating on changing the special education funding formula and when the bills could be considered by the full Senate.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Organization Raises Awareness for Hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease

A chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to bring awareness to bleeding disorders in Pennsylvania.

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation held a press conference to talk about Hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease and to call on lawmakers to continue important state funding to the seven hemophilia programs in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Equal Pay Need Highlighted in Several Capitol Actions

Equal Pay Need Highlighted in Several Capitol Actions

Tuesday was marked as “Equal Pay Day” in Pennsylvania with a number of events in the Capitol.

Following a House Labor and Industry Committee meeting where House Resolution 716, which would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the issue of equal pay in Pennsylvania, was reported out with one negative vote, a group of legislators gathered to call for more action on equal pay issues.

Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) who sponsored the aforementioned resolution, explained Equal Pay Day marks the day in 2014 on which it takes a woman to earn as much as a man of equal qualifications and experience did in 2013. She said calling for equal pay is not a battle of the sexes, but about leveling the playing field.

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley remarked the issue is not partisan and should be of interest to all Pennsylvanians since having equal pay will bring fairness and equity to the state. He argued it is important that every man or woman who wants a job in Pennsylvania be employed and get a fair wage.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said all businesses employing equal pay practices should be celebrated and encouraged as a mechanism to attract women to the workforce. He further called on employers to do more to attract young girls to enter traditionally male dominated fields in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: Event Central
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