DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district

DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district

Since 2013, the Wilkinsburg School District has been on Pennsylvania’s financial watch list. According to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale despite the additional oversight the district entered into a risky tax collection agreement that cost saddled them with even more debt.

“My audit found the school district bundled its delinquent real estate taxes into a payday-type loan, which is akin to gambling with public money,” DePasquale said. “That deal should never have happened.”

Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power

Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power

If proposals soon to be introduced Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) are received favorably by other state lawmakers, nuclear power could be added to Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act, a program that requires a portion of energy sold by electric distribution companies and suppliers to come from alternative energy sources.
 
Aument said his bill would allow nuclear power to be recognized for its environmental benefits under the AEPS, which sets percentage goals for alternative energy production in the state. The bill could serve as a much-needed hand to two nuclear power plants that are scheduled to close in the next few years: the Beaver Valley power station in Beaver County and the Three Mile Island Generating Station in Dauphin County.
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are rolling out a bipartisan package of workforce development bills that aim to improve access, awareness and enrollment in career and technical education (CTE) across the state.

Known as #GoodJobs4PA, the initiative looks to provide resources to both students and career and technical centers in an effort to better prepare Pennsylvanians for workforce needs. The package, made up of bills sponsored by an array of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, would increase resources available to students, while also encouraging investment in career and technical centers. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board

Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board

Lawmakers are expecting a renewed push to codify the consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole after Corrections Secretary John Wetzel called for legislative action on the matter Thursday..

In 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his administration would combine overlapping services in the two agencies, mainly focused on re-entry programs, that would be formalized in a memorandum of understanding signed by Wetzel and then-PBPP Chair Leo Dunn.
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Local activist launches campaign for Allegheny County Council

Local activist launches campaign for Allegheny County Council

Liv Bennett had been approached about running for office before, but despite her years of activism, she feared she wouldn’t be taken seriously. After a summer of organizing for police reform in Allegheny County in the wake of Antwon Rose’s death, she decided Allegheny County Council needed new blood for things to really change. Tuesday night she kicked off her campaign for the District 13 seat.

Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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