JRI II parole reforms face uncertain future after recent murders by parolees

JRI II parole reforms face uncertain future after recent murders by parolees

Many state lawmakers hoped to move forward with reforms to Pennsylvania’s parole system this fall, but a recent spate of murders by parolees may slow passage of the second phase of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative. 

The reforms, known colloquially as JRI II, are designed to reinvest more funding into county probation and parole programs from savings created by other portions of the legislation. However, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee now wants an independent investigation into Pennsylvania’s current parole processes before advancing the bills. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Rep. Ryan unveils legislation eliminating school property taxes

Rep. Ryan unveils legislation eliminating school property taxes

Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) hosted a press conference Tuesday morning where he unveiled House Bill 13,  which calls for a total elimination of the school property tax within two years. 

Ryan's legislation would replace school property taxes with an increase of 1.85 percent to the local Personal Income Tax, an increase to the local sales tax of 2 percent on food and clothing, and a tax on retirement income at a rate of 4.92 percent. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

The diverse needs of transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania came into focus Wednesday at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Souderton.
 
Rep. Steven Malagari (D-Montgomery) hosted the event in his district. The event brought together professionals and advocates from across the region. Officials from SEPTA discussed their plans to invest in new infrastructure, while township managers talked about the need to fund mandates for street travel, both by drivers and pedestrians.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Three-way race heats up ahead of Tuesday special election to replace Keller in 85th HD

Three-way race heats up ahead of Tuesday special election to replace Keller in 85th HD

A trio of candidates will be vying Tuesday to represent the House 85th District, with a write-in candidate hoping to throw a wrench into what is otherwise a solidly conservative district.

The seat, which covers parts of Snyder and Union counties, was left empty after now former Rep. Fred Keller won a special election to Congress earlier this year. Lewisburg businessman David Rowe is the Republican candidate and will face off against Sunbury physician and Democratic hopeful Jennifer Rager-Kay. 
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

In an increasingly uncertain world many Pennsylvanians worry over their futures. To examine options in Pittsburgh and around the state, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) called a hearing Friday where educators, public servants, and legislators discussed ways to help residents plan better financial futures.

Although the backgrounds of those who gave testimony varied, the consensus among the panelists was that few people are taught meaningful ways to handle their finances. To remedy this a program called Fund My Future has opted to start the education process with young children.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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