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

Administration says Healthy PA approval coming shortly, others not so sure

In an update on the progress of Healthy PA negotiations, a Department of Public Welfare spokesperson told The PLS Reporter that “the end is in sight” for final approval of the Governor’s Medicaid expansion plan.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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