Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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DePasquale and Dinniman call for school districts to eliminate Keystone Exams

DePasquale and Dinniman call for school districts to eliminate Keystone Exams

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) to discuss how Pennsylvania could be savings tens of millions of dollars every year by eliminating the Keystone Exams.

In 2015, when the No Child Left Behind Act was replaced, the Keystone Exams were no longer required. Federal law does, however, require that all states give a secondary-level standardized test.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

A wide-ranging Fiscal Code bill was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday, bringing the 2019-2020 budget one step closer to enactment.

The legislation, which helps outline specifics of the annual spending plan, passed the House and the Senate on Thursday, setting in place procedures that could affect environmental policy, energy costs, and the state’s preparedness for emergencies.
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators introduce legislation to help prevent hate crimes

Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) joined on Monday morning to discuss legislation that they co-sponsored that deals with the hate crimes that have been happening in the Commonwealth.

SB 676 is called the Tolerance, Respect and Understanding Program, also known as TRU.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

Beleaguered by lawmakers and activists who vehemently oppose the Mariner East II pipeline in southeastern Pennsylvania, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell received a positive recommendation from the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday, paving the way for reconfirmation in the Senate. 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called for McDonnell’s confirmation hearing to be delayed at the end of April as they questioned the role DEP played in Mariner East’s 350-mile pipeline. The pipeline has been plagued by spills, sinkholes and the destruction of water wells, resulting in multiple criminal investigations, including those by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Chester County District Attorney. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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