PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

Lawmakers, security and schooling experts laid the groundwork for the distribution of $70 million in state school safety funding Wednesday at the second meeting of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee.

The General Assembly allocated the funding under this year’s budget with a wide list of uses, from installing metal detectors or security cameras to providing training for teachers or ordering a threat assessment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf visits Puerto Rico

Wolf visits Puerto Rico

Gov. Tom Wolf is visiting Puerto Rico for the next 48 hours.

The trip, meant to build business and cultural ties, started Tuesday night. Wolf, who is paying for the trip out of his own pocket, will return Friday morning.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Tom Wolf
After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

At a press luncheon Monday, gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner continued his campaign narrative that he, and not Gov. Tom Wolf, will be a true champion for public education, while criticizing media coverage of issues he sees as trivial.

Since June, his campaign has seized on two sets of remarks, one from Wolf himself, the other from a top aide, to claim that the governor wants to shift all school funding through the 2015 fair funding formula.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Briggs named new Democratic chair of House Health Committee

Briggs named new Democratic chair of House Health Committee

Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) has been named the new minority chair of the House Health Committee.

The position was left vacant following the death of former chairman Flo Fabrizio last month.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Suggested natural gas permitting hike opens debate on how to fund industry oversight

Suggested natural gas permitting hike opens debate on how to fund industry oversight

Citing a drilling slowdown amid continued fixed costs, the state Department of Environmental Protection proposed increasing the cost of unconventional gas well permits by 150 percent, to the cries of the industry and legislative allies.

Set in 2014, the permit for the unconventional natural gas wells used in fracking currently costs $5,000. However, under the proposed increase, the permit’s cost would increase to $12,500 — which industry allies claim would be the highest in the country.

Friday, August 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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