Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

Governor signs budget eight days ahead of deadline in bipartisan deal heavy on education

In the span of a week, Pennsylvania moved a budget from the backrooms of the legislature to governor’s desk — where it was signed into law early this evening.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s $32.7 billion dollar budget with $560 million in increased spending and no new taxes Friday night after it passed both chambers in a whirlwind week.

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

Budget bill with no tax increases, increased school spending put on fast track

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $32.7 billion 2018-19 budget in what lawmakers hope will start a swift march to finish it ahead of the state’s traditional June 30 deadline.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he expected a final floor vote on the bill Wednesday before sending it to the Senate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force concludes listening tour in Allegheny County

Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force concludes listening tour in Allegheny County

The Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force wrapped up its statewide listening tour Tuesday morning at Woodland Hills High School. Formed a month after the deadly Parkland shooting, the task force has held six meetings to receive input from students and educators and determine best practices for improving school security and safety.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Optimism in supply in capitol even if budget details are short

Optimism in supply in capitol even if budget details are short

With the start of June, a wave of advocates has descended on Harrisburg to make their pitch for funding, from programs for people with disabilities to school safety.

Some of those priorities are bipartisan. Others shade to one party or another. But while no exact numbers or funding plans are out just yet, that doesn’t mean work isn’t getting done.

Friday, June 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers push bills to buttress crumbling state historically black colleges and univerisites

Lawmakers push bills to buttress crumbling state historically black colleges and univerisites

State Senator Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), and Representative Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) announced the introduction of the bills last week that affect Lincoln University and Cheyney University specifically. 

The proposed office would be responsible for helping Cheyney and Lincoln work with federal departments and agencies, educational associations, and philanthropic organizations. 

Friday, June 8, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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