Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

Allegheny County considers establishing much-debated children’s fund

After a summer of lobbying, when given the choice to fund the $18 billion Children’s Fund through a property tax raise, Allegheny County voters narrowly rejected the measure. Months later, though the loss was disheartening for the initiative’s strongest supporters, it appears the county could have a children’s fund after all.

In a press release this week County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that a 26-member working group had been assembled to examine the feasibility of a children’s fund. Despite his being on record as opposing the property tax that would have funded the Our Kids, Our Future initiative, Fitzgerald said he felt the fund was necessary for the county’s children.  
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Freshman Focus: Rep. Stephanie Borowicz

Freshman Focus: Rep. Stephanie Borowicz

Meet Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton). Find out more about what goals she wants to focus on, why she decided to run and what she likes to do in her spare time. 

Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Did You Get The Memo? Vaccinations, mandatory minimums and vehicle registration stickers

Did You Get The Memo? Vaccinations, mandatory minimums and vehicle registration stickers

It was a busy week in the state Capitol — Gov. Tom Wolf signed the first bill of the session into law, strengthening penalties for public officials convicted of felonies. In the House, legislators argued over a bill that would end cash assistance payments to needy Pennsylvanians, while students from Pennsylvania colleges and universities visited the Capitol to rally for free college. 
 
With all of the action in and around the rotunda, there were a number of co-sponsorship memos that were filed by legislators to address everything from vaccination exemptions to criminal sentencing for drug dealers. In our latest edition of “Did You Get The Memo?” we take a look at some of the proposals you may have missed that were introduced in the legislature this week.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Legislators, labor call for funding to fix Philadelphia schools

Members of Philadelphia’s delegation to Harrisburg joined members of the city teachers’ union Friday in support of more funding to repair and better maintain some of the city’s aging school buildings.

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D), hosting the rally in her district, spoke about the need to fund $170 million in improvements and new hires outside of Francis Scott Key Elementary in South Philly, the oldest school building in the city.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - March 25, 2019

Tweets of the Week - March 25, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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