New poll says Pennsylvania voters support redistricting reform

New poll says Pennsylvania voters support redistricting reform

A new survey of over 900 voters released Wednesday suggests that Pennsylvania voters favor reforming how the state’s political maps are drawn, reinforcing results of a state report that said state residents would prefer maps to be drawn by an independent commission, rather than elected officials.

 

The September poll, conducted by Franklin & Marshall College and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Fair Districts PA, a redistricting advocacy group, found that 67 percent of respondents support the idea of an independent commission to draw state maps, a proposal that has been floated in the state legislature ahead of 2020 census.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Temple University to join Attorney General, city on Kensington Initiative

Temple University to join Attorney General, city on Kensington Initiative

A federal grant will help bring Temple University on board to study the Kensington Initiative, according to a statement released Tuesday. The partnership between the state attorney general and the city of Philadelphia will receive over $358,000 to include the university to examine the program’s methods and results. 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) started the initiative with local, state, and national law enforcement agencies to target major criminal drug organizations in the neighborhood. The drug problem in Kensington, notorious for what’s been called the “largest open-air drug market” in the United States, escalated with the opioid crisis. 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposes 2020 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proposed his eighth budget and 2020 Comprehensive Plan Fiscal Plan to Allegheny County Council in their Tuesday meeting.

Fitzgerald presented a $959.8 million budget; a $27 million increase from the previous year. According to Fitzgerald the current budget is the 18th time in 19 years that the annual capital and operating budget balanced without any increase in the property tax millage rate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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