After three false starts, school choice proponents look for progress in Tuesday Senate Education vote

After three false starts, school choice proponents look for progress in Tuesday Senate Education vote

Over the weekend, a vote on a controversial bill to create education savings accounts for low income Pennsylvanians was added to a Senate Education Committee meeting set for Tuesday morning.

The bill, SB 2, is now on the committee calendar for the fourth time since last fall as Republicans have tried to rally votes.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Former Gates Foundation higher ed director named head of Pa. public university system

Former Gates Foundation higher ed director named head of Pa. public university system

Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities have a new leader as they enter a turbulent period likely to include internal restructuring and a barrage of questions about their function and role in the commonwealth. 

At a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board meeting Monday, Dr. Daniel Greenstein was named the new chancellor of the system.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

A newly drafted amendment to redistricting advocates’ main bill attempts to strike a compromise between legislators and reformers’ wildest dreams.

The new language, written after a week of intensive negotiations between the advocates — including Common Cause PA and Fair Districts PA — and Senate State Government Chair Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would give legislators some say in choosing the commission.

Sunday, May 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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PUC utility bill credit decision draws praise from GOP lawmakers

PUC utility bill credit decision draws praise from GOP lawmakers

The Pennsylvania Utility Commission ordered 17 state utility companies to pass rate credits — estimated at $324 million annually — on to their customers this week, due to the impact of the 2017 federal tax cuts.

Friday, May 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Federal judge rules $200 million in last year's budget unconstitutionally allocated

Federal judge rules $200 million in last year's budget unconstitutionally allocated

A federal judge overturned part of Pennsylvania’s 2017 budget compromise Thursday.

The decision, by federal Judge Christopher Conner, found that a transfer of $200 million into the General Fund from a state-funded organization meant to finance the purchase of malpractice insurance violated the constitutional right to due process.

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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