Pa. Lawmaker Urging Passage of Bill Giving Crime Victims Right To Watch Their Court CaseForty-two states and the federal government make it a priority for crime victims not to be forced to wait outside while their alleged attacker has their day in court.
Philadelphia Schools Chief Lukewarm to State Takeover of Some Low-Performing SchoolsLow-performing schools in Pennsylvania could wind up in a state-run district, under a new proposal in Harrisburg. Philadelphia superintendent William Hite says that could put additional financial pressure on Philadelphia.
Commonwealth Court Nixes Lawsuit Over 'Adequate' Education in PennsylvaniaIn dismissing the suit brought by six school districts, parents, and the NAACP, Commonwealth Court ruled that funding schools is an issue for the state legislature, not the courts.
Pa. House Republicans Still Tweaking Their Rival Plan For Statewide Property Tax ReliefStan Saylor (R-York County) told the committe that the GOP property tax relief plan, like Gov. Wolf’s plan, would reduce but not eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania.
State Sen. Vincent Hughes Backs Wolf's Nominee to Head Pa. State PoliceHughes says reports that nominee Marcus Brown recently received an anonymous, racist letter underscores the need to get him approved.
Pa. Lawmakers Hold Philadelphia Hearing On Medical Marijuana LegalizationOpinions differed among experts on whether the Pennsylvania legislature should join 23 other states in approving marijuana for medical use.
Pa. Lawmakers Hear From Casino Execs About How to Protect the Gambling Industry HereA Pennsylvania House committee charged with overseeing casino gambling within the commonwealth held a pair of hearings in our region, looking into ways to keep the industry more competitive.
Pa. Gaming Control Chair Says Approval of 2nd Philadelphia Casino Was The Right ThingAppearing today at state House budget hearings, William Ryan defended the board’s decision to award a license for a second casino in Philadelphia.
Public Education Advocates Take Pennsylvania To Court Over School FundingThe suit, filed last fall by parents' groups and a coalition of school districts, claims the current state funding system shortchanges students.
Gov. Wolf's Budget Address Outlines Far-Reaching Overhaul of Taxes -- Some Up, Some DownWolf called for a tax on natural gas drilling, to increase the state’s contribution to public schools to 50 percent.
Governor Wolf Plays It Close To The Vest As He Prepares Budget AddressPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he thinks there will be some “nice surprises” in the budget address he is preparing to deliver to the state legislature next week. But for now, he’s not tipping his hand.
Gov. Wolf, in Chesco, Promotes Natural Gas Drilling Tax as Benefit For Pennsylvania's SchoolsWolf says his natural gas drilling tax plan could raise $1 billion, most of which would go to education.
Pennsylvania Legislature Revisits Proposed Law To Limit Parental Rights of RapistsDelilah Rumburg, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, says as it stands now under Pennsylvania law, a rapist has parental rights when his victim chooses to keep the baby.
Philadelphia Workers Attend Minimum-Wage-Hike Rally in HarrisburgOrganizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.
Pa. Lawmakers Holding Montco Hearing on Revising Statewide Public School Funding FormulaIt’s part of an ongoing series of meetings of the Basic Education Funding Commission, created by a 2014 law with the goal of coming up with a formula for distributing state funds to school districts.