Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

More state funding leads to less tuition hikes for state-funded schools, right? It’s a logical thought, according to university students and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

City Controller Michael Lamb blamed the city’s increased realty transfer tax for sluggish revenue numbers in the first half of 2018 Tuesday.

“It was an unnecessary increase that has been counterproductive to affordable housing,” Lamb said at a press conference. “We’re fighting to keep families in this city and the tax is an added hurdle in the way of enticing new people into town.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale disappointed in findings from programs working to keep people warm, safer through winter

DePasquale disappointed in findings from programs working to keep people warm, safer through winter

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference on Tuesday morning where he released and discussed his special performance audit of two federally-funded programs to help keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe throughout the winter.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) is not shy about her concern that some bills introduced in Harrisburg have a main target: preempting policies set in place by Philadelphia’s local governing body.

“They want to put the handcuffs on Philadelphia and say ‘you can’t do that,’’’ Bullock said.

The issue of preemption, or to replace, reverse, or supercede another law that was already in place, has become a sticking point this year as state laws have attempted to roll back city policies.

Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Following a sudden retirement two months after the primary, a state House seat in the north Pittsburgh suburbs is now, temporarily at least, without a Republican nominee.

Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), a veteran and attorney, announced July 3 that he was not running for reelection. He is the 28th General Assembly member, and the 22nd Republican, to announce his retirement this year.
Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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