HDPC listens to experts, citizens on school funding

HDPC listens to experts, citizens on school funding

The House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday filled the Spackman Center’s auditorium in Coatesville. Many of the attendees expressed frustration with increasing property taxes and confusing school budgets.

The committee met to discuss the state’s education funding formula. The recently passed budget added $200 million to the $6 billion state endowment to schools across the commonwealth, which will go through the new funding formula that will distribute a higher proportion to schools that have been short-changed over the years.
Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax

Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would cap insulin prices in Pennsylvania, eliminate the state inheritance tax for children with disabilities and repeal the attorney general’s concurrent jurisdiction over firearms cases in Philadelphia.

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Returning citizens, advocates offer solutions to House Democratic Policy Committee

Returning citizens, advocates offer solutions to House Democratic Policy Committee

The House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony from citizens who have served prison time, from the powerful to the pedestrian. They told legislators Tuesday night at Temple University that the system needs more resources to help rehabilitate inmates and avoid recidivism.

80,000 adults are currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania, about one percent of the state’s population, according to the Pennsylvania Prison Society. The state spends over $2 billion annually on the Department of Corrections and Governor Wolf has proposed an increase of over $5 million for the 2019-20 budget.

Thursday, April 25, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Freshman Focus: Rep. Dan Williams

Freshman Focus: Rep. Dan Williams

Meet Rep. Dan Williams (D-Chester). From the church on Sunday as a pastor to the political arena, Williams stated that his job as a pastor is what led to him running for office. He said he hopes to make an impact that changes people's lives in a way he believes he wouldn't have been able to do if it wasn't for getting voted into the legislature. 

Monday, February 11, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Primary season brings bevy of outsiders into system for chance in November

Primary season brings bevy of outsiders into system for chance in November

A 20-year-old college student, a few mothers who want to shake things up, and a lot of people who brand themselves as “not a politician” are just a few of the hundreds of candidates competing next Tuesday just to earn their place on the November midterm ballot.

Below, The PLS Reporter breaks out a few races to watch on May 15.

Friday, May 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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