Democrats have swatted down a proposal by Governor Corbett to link votes for public pension reform to Philadelphia school funding.
Pa. Senator Vincent Hughes’ office sponsors the free two-day conference kicking off today.
The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.
Nelson Mandela came to Philadelphia 20 years ago, on two occasions in 1993 to receive the Liberty Medal and then after he became South Africa’s President.
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.
About 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett’s regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
The health center at 52nd and Haverford Avenue is owned and operated by Spectrum Health Service.
Gov. Corbett is proposing 30-percent cuts in state funding for three state-related universities — Temple, Penn State, and Pitt — and 20-percent cuts for state-owned universities.
Numerous polls show that Americans, with the steepest income gap of any developed country, are concerned about the growing trend but are divided over what to do about it.
Corbett is expected to sign a bill headed to his desk that would impose new regulations on abortion clinics over the objections of critics who say it will reduce access to abortions in Pennsylvania.
Activists in Pennsylvania are decrying the demise of mortgage assistance programs at both the state and federal levels.
Democrats don’t have the numbers to block the main budget bills, but bills that fund Temple, Lincoln, Pitt and Penn State require a two-thirds super majority to pass. After refusing to put up votes for the state-related universities Monday, Democrats changed course on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania continues to inch closer to a new state budget ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Lawmakers held a rare Sunday session as they attempt to wrap up work on the budget and other legislation.
As expected, the Pennsylvania Senate has approved Governor Corbett’s recall of Barbara Deeley’s nomination to serve as Philadelphia Sheriff.