Can state fix problems with WAVs that Act 164 caused?

Can state fix problems with WAVs that Act 164 caused?

Pennsylvania citizens with mobility issues feel they have been let down by companies like Uber and Lyft when requesting rides. Ordering a wheelchair-accessible vehicle can mean longer wait times than other modes, higher costs, inconsistent quality, and more frequent cancellations.

Before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission last month, Liam Dougherty didn’t show much faith in the state legislature’s ability to resolve these problems. “In my role as Policy and Projects Coordinator at Liberty Resources, I can opine with great conviction that inadequacy of the PPA, compounded with the ambiguity of the legislation, have failed the Philadelphia disability community,” he said. “The Pennsylvania legislature has tried to fix an iPhone by giving a screwdriver to a monkey.”

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: UberLyft
Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

Skeptics decry 'bailout,' as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state's power plants

After weeks of speculation, lawmakers formerly unveiled Monday a proposal to devote millions of dollars to boosting the state’s nuclear power plants, but the measure is likely to prompt heated debate over what critics consider to be a bailout of the nuclear energy industry.

The plan, touted by Rep. Thomas Mahaffie (R-Dauphin) and other nuclear advocates, say their plan would add nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio, putting it on the same level as wind or solar energy. They argue it is necessary to save upwards of 16,000 jobs, as well as help the state achieve its clean energy and economic goals. 

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Special election preview: A look at races in the 114th and 190th legislative districts

Special election preview: A look at races in the 114th and 190th legislative districts

The two candidates vying for the 114th legislative district seat in Lackawanna County’s special election share similar goals for their district, but both believe in using different means to achieve them. 

In Philadelphia’s 190th District, Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell was not the first choice of Philadelphia Democrats—Daryl Thomas was initially tapped as the candidate to replace embattled Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown but dropped out after residency concerns.

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Mike Zabel

Freshman Focus: Rep. Mike Zabel

Meet Rep. Mike Zabel (D-Delaware). He decided to run after feeling that in 2016 the political environment took a turn for the worst and he wanted to rise to the challenge and hopefully make some improvements. 

Find out more about him in The PLS Reporter's interview Freshman Focus. 

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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