Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing

Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing

Fees collected by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the ongoing debate on the effects of climate change are slated to be major issues for the House Environmental Resources committee this session, if a Tuesday hearing with top DEP staff is any indication.

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell presented his agency’s budget overview before the committee but spent most of his time fielding questions from members related to how his program spends money gained from fees it charges for permit applications, including for companies seeking to drill in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Community solar energy legislation introduced in House

Community solar energy legislation introduced in House

A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would expand access to solar energy by allowing Pennsylvania citizens to tap into off-site solar energy sources.

Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) was flanked by Democrats and Republicans as he introduced his community solar energy legislation Tuesday, which the lawmaker said could decrease costs for consumers and create jobs for Pennsylvania residents.

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) discussed Tuesday the progress made in reducing people jailed and re-arrested in the year since his removal of cash bail requirements for certain charges.

Last year, Krasner announced a new policy that removed cash bail requirements for 25 low-level charges. He cited the detrimental effect the bail had on lower-income residents, especially people of color. Thursday will be the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the new course of action.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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
Categories: News and Views
Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum

Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum

Philadelphia’s elected leadership and labor advocates have fully backed a raise to the minimum wage in the state. Now they have a plan to put it to a vote locally and see if the people can spur action in Harrisburg.

Councilmember Cherelle Parker (D-District 9) introduced a proposal Thursday to City Council that would make a ballot question on the future of the state’s minimum wage. It would appear on the May 21st primary.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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