Philadelphia Port opens new auto processing center

Philadelphia Port opens new auto processing center

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined officials and business leader to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center at the Philadelphia Port. It is the first new terminal in South Philadelphia in 45 years.
 
The 156-acre location operated by Glovis America is a product of the governor’s Port Development Plan. Pennsylvania has invested $300 million in deepening the channel along the Delaware River.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center

State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center

State officials have quietly engaged in talks to repurpose a controversial immigrant detention center over the last four months, a spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf has confirmed. 

Negotiations to close the Berks Family Residential Center, one of only three federal facilities in the country that detains undocumented immigrants, began in July after a Berks County commissioner came out in opposition to the facility.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House appropriators add voting machine, census money to election reform bill

House appropriators add voting machine, census money to election reform bill

A bill that would overhaul the Pennsylvania Election Code underwent key changes on Monday as state lawmakers amended it in committee and on the House floor. 

  

Senate Bill 421, which would eliminate the straight-party ballot option and establish no-excuse mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, was amended Monday night to include $90 million in state aid to counties to help reimburse them for the cost of new voting machines.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

State lawmakers are facing a slew of questions about how electoral maps should be drawn ahead of the 2020 census.

 

But one question — pertaining to where incarcerated individuals get counted in legislative and congressional districts — is the prime focus of Pennsylvania Democrats who say that the current process of counting those in state prisons is fundamentally flawed.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

That’s the motto of lawmakers leading a push to alter the way teachers across the state are evaluated, with reports that the seven-year-old system is penalizing teachers in schools that are lower performing or in high poverty areas.
Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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