It appears another $30 million piece of the Philadelphia schools’ budget puzzle may soon happen.
The state Senate inserted Medicaid expansion language into the state welfare code, part of the package of bills to enact the budget, but the House removed it.
Final work on the Pennsylvania budget will go into a second week of overtime, and maybe beyond, as the result of differences between the state House and Senate over one of the “companion” bills that make up the state budget package.
Effective immediately, Traffic Court functions are under the supervision of Philadelphia Municipal Court, though the complete transition may take weeks or months.
With less than two weeks before the legislature’s scheduled summer recess, Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled state Senate have taken the wraps off their proposal to reform liquor sales in Pennsylvania.
The vote was unanimous for the new cigarette tax, which would take effect next January and bring an estimated $45 million to city schools. State approval is required.
Chris discusses the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and whether Governor Chris Christie will appoint a Republican to fill his seat. He also details a family’s struggle to get a lung transplant for their daughter and why the government should not be involved. He also talks to Rich Zeoli and climate scientist Steve Goreham.
Last week, Governor Corbett officially rolled out a proposal he considers a top priority.
Chris covers the details of the close of the Kermit Gosnell trial, reviews Chris Christie’s appearance with Joe Scarborough yesterday, and analyzes the reaction to NBA Player Jason Collins announcement that he is gay. He talks to Bucks Country Courier-Times Columnist JD Mullane, Dennis Michael Lynch about his documentary They Come to America II: The Cost of Amnesty, Marc Summers about the annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl, State Senator Dominic Pileggi, and the Reverend Dr. Kevin Johnson.
Former US congressman Joe Sestak likened the plan to an old Tammany Hall political boss sentiment: ” ‘It doesn’t matter what a citizen does with his vote if I can count the votes.’ “
The State House dominated the headlines this past week by passing a bill to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania. But it will be weeks, at least, before the Senate tackles the issue.
State senator Dominic Pileggi of Chester County says that because reforms have failed, it’s time to have Municipal Court take over its functions.
A bill that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s arson laws – spurred by a string of arson fires that plagued Coatesville several years ago – has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate.
State senate majority leader Dominic Pileggi is introducing legislation that would make it a crime to recruit gang members in Pennsylvania.
Prospects have improved for an extension of Philadelphia’s red light camera program, currently set to expire June 30th. But lawmakers are now proposing to change the way revenues from the program are handed out.