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
Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

In the absence of new state laws that would strengthen oversight of pipeline development in southeastern Pennsylvania, Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) hopes that a constitutional amendment granting more power to municipalities could be the answer to combatting pipeline development in her community.

Faced with the construction of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline in her own community, Otten wants to add a “local self-government” amendment to the state constitution that would provide local government bodies with the power to enact laws that withstand state attempts to supersede them.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP

AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) told citizens at the Community College of Philadelphia Monday night he’s planning to send his oldest child to college next year while he’s still paying his own college loans. 
 
Shapiro held a town hall to hear from residents about their struggles with student loans as his office continues their lawsuit with Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan financers. The state’s suit began in 2017.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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