House Appropriations Committee learns how state dollars help an ever expanding medical field in Pittsburgh

The House Appropriations Committee continued their stay in Pittsburgh on Friday by hosting a hearing on the duties of health and human services in the state budget. 

The committee heard from various public health and medical agencies, as well as schools and research programs on how their line items in the state budget help or stifle their developments in providing quality healthcare to Pennsylvanians.

Sunday, August 28, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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PA Weekly

PA Weekly

The week of August 22, 2016 - August 26, 2016

PA Weekly is a glance at Capitol happenings as covered by the reporters of Pennsylvania Legislative Services.

Friday, August 26, 2016/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Act 89 proves successful for transportation needs across Pittsburgh region

The House Appropriations Committee met in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon to learn about the ways in which Act 89 has impacted transportation infrastructure needs across the region. 

“Through the first three years [of Act 89 of 2013] we have generated an additional $3.15 billion for all modes of transportation,” said Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) in his opening remarks. “The purpose of today’s hearing is to see what impact the fund has had on the Pittsburgh region.” 

Friday, August 26, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll

House Finance Committee looks to increase funds for the Neighborhood Assistance Program

The House Finance Committee met in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and legislation to increase funds allocated to the program.

The goal of the NAP is to improve the lives of low-income people in distressed neighborhoods through partnerships between community-based organizations and the business and corporate community.

“As we’ve experienced an increase in need for the program, the demand and competitiveness for projects that could benefit from it are that much higher, placing an increased burden on how much the program can meet the need," said Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny/Brookline), the sponsor of SB 243, one piece of legislation that would increase the allocation for the NAP from the current $18 million to $25 million.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Saying it’s an indictment of Pennsylvania Department of Education processes and what he called “the worst charter school law in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday pointed out problems in the department’s charter school payment appeal process.


The payment appeal process is triggered when, after a school district does not pay a charter school the amount it believes it is entitled to under the current formula, the department deducts the disputed sum from the state subsidy due the school district and redirects it to the charter school.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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