Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Amid national media attention, Senate Democrats set to push for restarting General Assistance

Senate Democrats are looking to reinstate a cash assistance program for the commonwealth’s poorest residents, coming just days after Gov. Tom Wolf officially signed a bill ending the initiative.

A quartet of freshmen, led by Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), are seeking co-sponsorship for what they are calling the “Emergency Relief Program,” designed to mimic the $200-a-month cash payments distributed under the newly ended General Assistance.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

The entirety of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus sent a letter to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday excoriating the lieutenant governor for allowing a Democratic senator to speak on the floor against Senate rules in the midst of a heated debate on ending a cash assistance program for the poor.

 

The letter, signed by all 28 Republican senators, accused Fetterman of scarring the institution when he allowed Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) to read a letter from a constituent as Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman was calling for a point of order.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf signs bill that creates a Pennsylvania based healthcare insurance exchange

Wolf signs bill that creates a Pennsylvania based healthcare insurance exchange

Governor Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to sign House Bill 3, which will create a health insurance exchange for Affordable Care Act individual market plans that is run by the state and not the federal government. 

By having a market place that is controlled by the state it will allow Pennsylvania residents to find the most cost-effective plans in the state that will provide what they and their families need. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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PHARE Fund gets boost from budget

PHARE Fund gets boost from budget

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund received a $15 million increase in the recently passed budget, raising their 2019-20 budget to $40 million. 

Established in 2010, the PHARE Fund helps create guidelines to establish and maintain affordable housing across Pennsylvania. There is money specifically allocated to help those making below 50 percent of the area’s median income. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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