Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Flood optimistic about fate of probation and parole reform

Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood expressed confidence Monday that a sweeping retooling of the state’s pardons and parole process would clear the General Assembly, with the Senate slated to hold hearings on the bill later this week.

Flood told reporters following a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon that he did expect some potential changes to the bill, which will not likely be considered until the fall. But, he added, he expected the bill to still be a net positive for those on probation or parole in the state.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
UPMC and Highmark enter into new 10 year contract

UPMC and Highmark enter into new 10 year contract

After months of tense court dates and wary patients flanked by lawmakers, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday that the University of Pittsburgh and Highmark dispute has been resolved with a new 10-year agreement ensuring patients can keep access to their existing doctors. 

When a commonwealth judge declared two weeks ago that Shapiro’s office lacked cause to extend the consent decree that had held UPMC and Highmark together since 2014, it appeared that the agreement would expire on June 30 as planned, much to the disappointment of patients.  
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
House lawmakers unveil $33.9 billion budget proposal

House lawmakers unveil $33.9 billion budget proposal

After a series of closed-door negotiations, House lawmakers have unveiled a $33.997 billion spending plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year that would impose no new taxes and send over $250 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

 

The proposed budget — amended into House Bill 790 — was revealed in a House Appropriations Committee meeting on Monday and includes funding increases for public education, agriculture and school safety.

Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

While members of the General Assembly finalize the state’s budget, some in Philadelphia’s City Council have expressed their desire to see more funds to help repair aging schools.
 
State and city legislators joined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to launch the Fund our Facilities coalition in March to advocate for $170 million more of financial support for the school district’s buildings. Students, teachers, and allies have argued toxic conditions are causing health and learning problems.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Women join to celebrate the 100th anniversary of PA voting to ratify the 19th Amendment

VIDEO: Women join to celebrate the 100th anniversary of PA voting to ratify the 19th Amendment

Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar joined legislators and advocates to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania voting to ratify the 19th Amendment. 

This amendment would give women the right to vote, and Pennsylvania became the 7th state to ratify it. 

Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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