State Sen. Vincent Hughes said Thursday that Democrats will not budge on two core issues in the 44-day state budget impasse: restoring the cuts to education funding and exercising a severance tax on the Marcellus Shale sector.
Mayor Michael Nutter and others celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Voting Rights Act in the mayor’s reception room with a proclamation. He noted voting rights were being challenged in several states with restrictive voter registration laws and in many communities voter turn-out remains at an all-time low.
The political debate over the state budget has hit a lull within the walls of the state Capitol, but it's very much alive on roadside billboards, radio ads, and in mailboxes.
"We're in a messaging war, but that's on both sides," said Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) this week.
GOP ally Americans for Prosperity has radio ads and billboards blasting the governor for trying to raise taxes.
There's growing debate in Harrisburg about how to turn around troubled schools that have a long history of underperformance. As is typical when it comes to discussions about education, many experimental ideas have surfaced. In contrast, I suggest not a radical idea, but a plan that must be radical in its implementation:
A panel tasked with creating a fairer way of doling out state funding to school districts in Pennsylvania is expected to wrap up its work in early June, just weeks before the state budget deadline, when lawmakers expect a crush of issues to crowd the negotiation table.