House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

The diverse needs of transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania came into focus Wednesday at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Souderton.
 
Rep. Steven Malagari (D-Montgomery) hosted the event in his district. The event brought together professionals and advocates from across the region. Officials from SEPTA discussed their plans to invest in new infrastructure, while township managers talked about the need to fund mandates for street travel, both by drivers and pedestrians.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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
F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania

F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania

At a time when lawmakers from both parties are attempting to pass gun control measures in Harrisburg and Washington, a poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of Pennsylvania residents would support such actions.

The poll, conducted by Franklin and Marshall College, also showed strong voter support for a plan to repair infrastructure in the state similar to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania proposal, which is funded by a severance tax on natural gas. It also noted widespread support for finding another means of funding the State Police to replace shifting money from the Motor Vehicle Licensing Fund, another priority for Wolf.

Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Surrounded by local government officials, educators and business owners, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday called on legislators to rally behind funding to expand broadband access in rural areas as part of his Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

The plan — which proposes funding $4.5 billion worth of capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas — would create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Program, which would provide financial assistance to businesses, nonprofits, local governments and rural electric cooperatives to develop the infrastructure necessary to provide high-speed internet in low-access areas. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage

Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage

Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) and Gov. Tom Wolf were joined by other members of the House and Senate to ask for support for Sturla's House Bill 959 which would require municipalities to pay a fee if they do not have a local police department and rely on Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) instead. 

The money that is currently being used to support PSP covering these areas is coming out of Pennsylvania's Motor License Fund (MLF) which is the money that funds road and bridge maintenance. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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