Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Workforce development was a popular topic at the Capitol Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating a workforce command center, designed to coordinate state efforts to provide job training with the needs of private industry.

At the same time, a group of bipartisan lawmakers also announced an effort to boost the state’s career and technical education efforts as a means of bolstering its job force.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

The surprising consensus Tuesday from both the House and Senate was that members of both parties were positive about the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, which Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) stated is "breaking tradition". 

"I think there is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," Corman said. "The governor laid out some priorities that I think we all share." 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Mirroring bipartisan efforts in over 30 other states, lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill aimed at reducing the number of Pennsylvanians on probation Monday at the state Capitol.

Senate Bill 14 would standardize guidelines issued to county probation officers as to what constitutes a technical parole violation. It would also aim to curb those technical violations, cap the total length of probation ordered for a defendant and allow termination of parole for those who demonstrate good behavior.
Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

Pennsylvania currently has the highest student loan debt load per person of any state in the nation. Hoping to alleviate some of that potential debt, the Treasury Department has kicked-off The Keystone Scholars Program.

“We are reaching a crisis point as we see Pennsylvanian graduates, on average, with the highest amount of student loan debt – higher than anywhere else in the nation – with more than $35,000 on their backs,” Treasurer Joe Torsella stated.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Representative wants to change food safety laws to allow outdoor dining with dogs

Representative wants to change food safety laws to allow outdoor dining with dogs

Currently 10 states have laws allowing food service establishments to permit dogs in outdoor dining areas: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Northampton) is hoping to add Pennsylvania to that list.

Simmons is circulating a cosponsor memo that would provide restaurant owners the choice to permit dogs accompanying their owners in outdoor dining areas.

Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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