School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School reimbursement reform will help property-tax payers, advocates say

School board members and school business officials today said overhauling Pennsylvania’s “antiquated” school reconstruction reimbursement program, known as PlanCon, will save property-tax payers and provide school districts greater certainty when planning construction projects.

Together, they called for Senate action on House Bill 2124—legislation introduced by Rep. Seth Grove (R-York)—which they say will provide for needed changes to the current law.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Grove discusses wanted changes to PlanCon

VIDEO: Grove discusses wanted changes to PlanCon

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) held a press conference Wednesday to discuss HB 2124- a plan for a more modern and simplified process of reimbursement from the state to school districts for construction projects. This process is also known as PlanCon. In this clip, Rep. Grove discusses what he would like to see changed. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Resource deployment key in combating poverty, hunger

While many things in policymaking are difficult to ascertain, one thing is for certain: poverty leads to a greater chance of hunger or food insecurity.

“There’s a lot of working-class families in Pennsylvania with children who are missing meals because they are making life decisions between the meal and clothing or medicine and things like that,” said Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), co-chair of the Legislative Hunger Caucus. “Your economics definitely correlates to your ability to provide food for yourself and your family.”

Monday, September 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping Up with the Neighbors: New Jersey, Delaware, and Ohio

New Jersey battles with red light cameras; Delaware places time restrictions on former-legislators turning into lobbyists; Ohio offers spooky statehouse tours in October.

Monday, September 8, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization tops House Dems’ fall agenda

As a lead-in to the return of the General Assembly on September 15, The PLS Reporter is taking a look at what the four legislative caucuses hope to accomplish with the limited session days this fall.

We start with the House Democrats.

Thursday, September 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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