For the second time in two years, the state House is sending senate legislation to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania.
The School Reform Commission tonight is deciding whether to approve any or all of the 39 applications for new charter schools in the city of Philadelphia.
The SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.
Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.
State house majority leader Mike Turzai met with Superintendent Willliam Hite for about an hour at school headquarters. Turzai pledged he’d work to pass the cigarette tax.
Word this past week that liquor privatization talks are heating up again in the state capitol prompts the question: if a deal on legislation is reached, what might it look like?
The future of legislation that would raise new money for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania remains up in the air.
The Pennsylvania House has approved legislation that would allow for small games of chance in bars and taverns. The state Senate is expected to follow suit next week.
The week ahead will be critical for a bill that generates new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit to win approval during the current legislative session.
Despite his opposition to it, the majority leader says he still expects the Pennsylvania House to vote later this month on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit. Meanwhile, a vote has been delayed at the request of the governor.
Even though he doesn’t support it, House majority leader Mike Turzai says he’s angling for a vote this fall on a state Senate-passed bill to increase transportation spending by $2½ billion per year.
Pennsylvania’s voter ID law heads back to court Monday after nearly a year in legal purgatory. Opening arguments begin this afternoon in a trial that is expected to last two weeks.
It appears lawmakers will have to work past their scheduled Sunday night recess to finish work on the budget.
State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai says members of his caucus tend to prefer a less expensive transportation funding proposal put forth by Governor Corbett.
The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a pair of bills that would ease the impact of Mayor Michael Nutter’s initiative to overhaul property taxes in Philadelphia.