5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Hughes continues to seek funds for school repairs

Sen. Hughes continues to seek funds for school repairs

As the Philadelphia School District plans to commit $500 million towards removing asbestos and other repairs in buildings districtwide, they’ve received promises of additional support from a rapper with connections and a legislator with plans.
 
Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) introduced two spending bills in June to offer emergency funding to school district looking to repair buildings. Recently, he’s mentioned plans to reintroduce Senate Bill 1276 from last session that created a $6 billion fund for renovations, bankrolled by taxes on shale gas production. 
Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Wolf urges MLB to strike out contraction plan for three state minor league teams

Wolf urges MLB to strike out contraction plan for three state minor league teams

Even though opening day at baseball diamonds across the state is still many months away, local and state officials are rallying in an effort to ensure that 2020 is not the final out for teams in three Pennsylvania towns which could potentially be contracted under a proposed plan.

The proposal, reportedly being championed by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and a handful of teams, would cut upwards of 40 teams in an effort to make the minor league system, which develops potential pro prospects, more streamlined.
Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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