Pittsburgh to start distributing free water filters next week

Pittsburgh to start distributing free water filters next week

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced this week that the city will start distributing free water filters next week as part of the citywide effort at lead remediation.

 

According to the administration, the effort will start with distribution first being available to expectant mothers and families with children less than six years old.

Thursday, May 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court tells PDE to rethink charter school payment reconciliation process

Commonwealth Court tells PDE to rethink charter school payment reconciliation process

In two decisions earlier this week, the Commonwealth Court found that the method the Pennsylvania Department of Education was using to conduct end-of-year charter school reconciliation payments was incorrect.

 

The two cases, KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools v. Department of Education and Richard Allen Prep. Charter School v. Department of Education, concerned the method by which the Department of Education sorts out the appropriate payment that should have been made to a charter school after the school claims a traditional school district shortchanged them.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Two Pennsylvania cabinet-level officials have expressed concern in recent days about how the budget bill crafted by the House Republicans and passed largely along a party-line vote last month will affect the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Education.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Conservative advocacy group invests in effort to push for liquor reform measures

Conservative advocacy group invests in effort to push for liquor reform measures

Americans for Prosperity-PA, a conservative advocacy organization, announced Wednesday they have engaged in a six-figure investment to help advocate for liquor reform bills that recently passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

 

According to AFP, the effort—labeled “free our spirits”—will be led by a multimedia push and “happy hour” events at Pennsylvania wineries, breweries, and distilleries that are aimed at highlighting what they perceive as a harm caused by Pennsylvania’s current liquor laws.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Revenue outlook might signal mayday for PA budget crafters

Revenue outlook might signal mayday for PA budget crafters

The first week of May saw worse news after bad for Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections that could potentially lead to a larger-than-anticipated budget deficit for the coming fiscal year.

 

Monday, the state Department of Revenue reported fiscal-year-to-date revenues are currently $1.2 billion behind estimate after April’s collections were released and the Independent Fiscal Office on Tuesday signaled weak economic growth in Pennsylvania, coupled with a potential shift in the realization of income into next year, has caused a downward revision in their revenue estimates for the current and coming fiscal years.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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