Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.
House Bill 176 would require Pennsylvania public and private schools to provide education on the Holocaust and other genocides for students in grades six through twelve.
One big reason is that Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled House said they didn’t want to deal with alcohol privatization on a piecemeal basis.
Francine Lobis Wheeler, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, asked the Pa. House Judiciary Committee to subject the sale of long guns by private sellers to background checks.
School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.
The state senate favors expanding Medicaid, as provided for under the Affordable Care Act, while House Republicans do not.
A SEPTA spokeswoman says the transit agency wasn’t expecting the state legislature to approve transportation funding before the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30th.
House Republicans have said “no” to a $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city, but Nutter isn’t ready to throw in the towel on that proposal.
The amendment being drafted by Republicans who control the House would not only raise less funds for transportation overall than the Senate bill, it would, after the first five years at least, raise less than even what Governor Corbett has proposed.
The Advisory Council for the Office of Aging and Adult Services held a public hearing in Norristown.
Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks County) is the sponsor of one the bills that got committee approval, a measure providing a definition of child abuse.
The state senate approved a plan that would lift a cap on wholesale gasoline taxes and would increase vehicle fees and fines for moving violation.
About two dozen people, determined to make their voices heard, boarded a bus in North Philadelphia for the ride to Harrisburg.
The state House today is expected to vote on legislation intended to abolish Philadelphia’s corruption-plagued Traffic Court. The legislation has already sailed through the state Senate.
Thursday night’s passage of a so-called “doomsday” budget for Philadelphia schools isn’t likely to shake loose more money from the Republican-controlled state legislature in Harrisburg.