House Education approves bills to provide CTE graduation flexibility and increase funding for EITC/OSTC

House Education approves bills to provide CTE graduation flexibility and increase funding for EITC/OSTC

Meeting for the first time Monday for the 2017-2018 legislative session and under the helm of new Majority Chairman Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster), the House Education Committee took up a number of bills, including one that would provide graduation flexibility for career and technical education (CTE) students and another increasing the limit for the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC).

 

Both bills are sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).

Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
New bill introduced to help reduce opioid abuse

New bill introduced to help reduce opioid abuse

Dr. Patrick Smith, President of the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society joined legislators where they unveiled SB 299 and HB 253  which will ensure that when physicians prescribe medications they are delivered in the most effective and safe manner. 

New techniques to reduce patients need for opioids when it comes to pain management was also discussed.
Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors and poor decision-making within the Department of Labor and Industry have caused Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system to lose out on past federal funding, a recent internal investigation by the Wolf administration revealed.

 

Though Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced last month that his office would be conducting an audit of the UC system under the department and the associated Service Improvement Infrastructure Fund (SIIF) at the heart of a dispute between the Wolf administration and Senate Republicans, the Wolf administration had taken upon itself to conduct a parallel internal review, according to a letter sent by Budget Sec. Randy Albright to the Auditor General on Friday.

 

According to the letter, that internal review found two critical errors within the department that have caused the UC system to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Saturday, February 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor seeking outside advisory team to restructure the PWSA

Pittsburgh Mayor seeking outside advisory team to restructure the PWSA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration is calling for a financial and legal advisory team to assist the city in making improvements to the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

“The City of Pittsburgh owns the water and sewer system that was leased to the PWSA decades ago. It's time to reevaluate this structure,” said the Mayor in a statement. 
Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PA Weekly for the week ending February 3, 2017

PA Weekly for the week ending February 3, 2017

PA Weekly is a glance at Capitol happenings that as covered by the reporters of Pennsylvania Legislative Services. 

Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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