Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

As the Basic Education Funding Commission held a hearing Wednesday to receive background testimony on basic education funding in Pennsylvania, one thing quickly became clear: the Commonwealth’s “hold harmless” provision will be a sticking point in developing a new way to fund basic education.

“Our basic education funding formulas have for many years included what is known as a ‘hold harmless’ to ensure no school district receives revenue less than the previous year,” said commission member Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) in a prepared statement on behalf of the House Republican Caucus. “The basic cost of keeping the lights on and the doors open are fixed. School districts depend on a stable level of funding to help pay these fixed costs.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Administration says Healthy PA approval coming shortly, others not so sure

In an update on the progress of Healthy PA negotiations, a Department of Public Welfare spokesperson told The PLS Reporter that “the end is in sight” for final approval of the Governor’s Medicaid expansion plan.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Investigation into Department of Health’s fracking health complaint policy unlikely

Investigation into Department of Health’s fracking health complaint policy unlikely

Health and environmental advocates want more than just assurances from the Department of Health that health complaints possibly stemming from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling will be handled differently. They want an investigation into past reporting practices.

Such was the call from PennEnvironment and allied healthcare provider organizations Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The call comes in response to press reports of the Department of Health directing its employees to not report health complaints that could possibly be linked to Marcellus shale natural gas hydro-fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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A LOOK BACK with Rep. Ron Miller (R-York)

A LOOK BACK with Rep. Ron Miller (R-York)

We sat down with Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) to discuss his memories in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, his greatest accomplishments, and what he plans to do once he leaves the Capitol.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Experts: heroin epidemic should have medical and legislative solutions

As the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concludes its hearings on the heroin epidemic’s impact on rural Pennsylvania Tuesday, experts say that its solutions should be medical.

As Deb Beck of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania notes, this is because the nature of the epidemic largely has a medical origin.

“It’s a drug problem that typically starts through getting a prescription for something, that’s the feature that’s new here,” she said. “We are seeing an increase in heroin use across Pennsylvania—including the rural areas—because of this prescription problem: the prescribing of opiates and then people end up converting to heroin because the withdrawal is so severe.”

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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