Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle

Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle

A perfect storm of grievances sunk the final remaining piece of the state budget Thursday evening, as the House voted down the School Code bill over what Democrats called broken promises, while Republicans expressed concern over a provision to alter the compulsory school.


By a vote of 77-121, a bipartisan group of lawmakers voted against the bill, which was unveiled in the Senate late last night.


Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf's desk; code bills to follow

The Senate approved the $33.99 billion General Appropriations bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf and paving the way for the completion of an on-time budget—often times a rarity in Harrisburg.

Eight Democrats voted against the spending plan, citing reasons ranging from defunding General Assistance, to funding cuts for conservation programs. Republicans cheered its investment in workforce development programs and its healthy deposit in the Rainy Day Fund.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
State intervenes to temporarily save Philadelphia hospital

State intervenes to temporarily save Philadelphia hospital

The Department of Health sent a cease and desist letter to the owners of Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital, preventing a shutdown of the emergency room planned to start as early as Friday.
 
Members of Philadelphia City Council joined employees of Hahnemann Hospital Thursday in solidarity and called for state intervention to keep the hospital open. The hospital’s owners announced Wednesday plans to close the Center City hospital after months of multi-million-dollar losses. Many who spoke outside City Hall called for assistance from Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and elected officials. 
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
ACLU announces lawsuit against PA State Police over discriminatory traffic stops

ACLU announces lawsuit against PA State Police over discriminatory traffic stops

After 10 motorists were allegedly targeted by Pennsylvania State Police for vehicle stops due to being Latinx, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania announced that they filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the State Police and the seven troopers involved.

According to ACLU, the police stopped the vehicles and unlawfully detained the motorist and their families while they investigated their immigration status.

Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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