Dems reintroduce free tuition plan, although funding questions remain

Dems reintroduce free tuition plan, although funding questions remain

A bevy of state Democrats are planning to reintroduce a bill providing free tuition for certain Pennsylvania students at the state’s public universities, but the measure has an uphill battle in the General Assembly.

Some form of free or low-cost college tuition has become a buzzword in progressive circles ever since U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Ver.) touted it during his 2016 presidential campaign. State Democrats appear to have an appetite for the idea as well, as over a dozen lawmakers flanked Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) and Representatives Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia) at a press conference Tuesday to announce the plan.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage

Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage

The state’s minimum wage would rise to $15 by 2025 under a plan unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday, despite the fact that past proposals have garnered little to no traction in the General Assembly.

Surrounded by a dozen Democratic lawmakers and a handful of hourly employees who would benefit from the changes, Wolf said it was time Pennsylvania joined neighboring states including Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey in boosting the minimum wage.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

When 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June 2018, the nation’s conversation about policing became very personal for Allegheny County.

Around the state elected officials and advocates called for police reforms, but when looking at the system as a whole local activists wondered if District Attorney Stephen Zappala was capable of seeking justice on Rose’s behalf.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia

Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia

The Legislative Oversight Committee of Philadelphia’s City Council passed a measure Tuesday to attempt to resolve the city’s issues with property assessments.

Property assessment has been a point of contention for years in Philadelphia. Between tax abatements on new construction, substantial discrepancies on the same block, along with an increasing number of low-income residents struggling to stay in their homes as tax bills increase, the city has battled to resolve these different issues.                

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

When employees have the option to gain stock in their companies with no upfront cost, it’s called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. To see what such plans could mean for Pittsburgh business owners and employees, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) called a post-agenda Tuesday to allow council to learn more about their costs and benefits.

In a world with an increasingly unpredictable future for social security, Kevin McPhillips, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, testified that employee ownership allows a necessary retirement plan for older employees.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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