Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, April 17, 2023
April 17, 2023
April 17, 2023
Last Tuesday, a working group assembled by Governor Josh Shapiro met for the first time — behind closed doors, drawing criticism from some — to devise a statewide plan to combat climate change. The administration’s primary challenge is to balance sustainable statewide initiatives without alienating or antagonizing businesses or workers. The Associated Press has more.
House Democrats have introduced legislation that would establish a state Solar for Schools Grant Program, which aims to simultaneously take on the issues of energy costs for K-12 districts and colleges while making more sustainable investments. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
Hearings on Governor Josh Shapiro’s proposed $44.4 billion budget are ongoing in the General Assembly, meaning officials from various departments within the Commonwealth are tasked with defending their budget requests to state legislators. However, despite their requested 12% budget increase over last year, the Pennsylvania courts will not be making an appearance for the fourth year in a row. SpotlightPA has more.
The “legality and appropriateness” of a website launched by the Shapiro Administration to help Pennsylvanians access abortion-related services is being questioned by some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly. PennLive has more.
Members of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus have introduced a bill to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and circulated a co-sponsorship memo announcing their intent to introduce legislation enshrining the right to same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania law. City & State Pennsylvania has more.
Following the large, rowdy gathering of teenagers that disrupted an otherwise normal Wednesday evening a few weeks ago, the Fashion District — a Center City shopping center which was the starting point of the commotion — has instituted a curfew for minors, who must be accompanied by a guardian after 2 p.m. starting today. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
After the closure of two more Philadelphia schools due to the discovery of damaged asbestos, officials have announced that both will remain closed for the rest of the school year. While local and state lawmakers are working to formulate a response, some fear that more building shutdowns potentially lie ahead. Chalkbeat Philadelphia has more.
A report published last Thursday by the Allegheny County Controller calls for Visit Pittsburgh, the city’s tourism promotion agency, to commit to transparency and improve its financial management practices. WESA has more.
Last Thursday, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh board voted unanimously to approve the sale of an Uptown site to be developed into a commercial and outdoor community space, which will also feature space for food trucks. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
Jury selection for the high-profile trial of the Tree of Life synagogue shooter is set to begin next week. The shooting, which killed 11 in October 2018, is believed to have been the deadliest attack against Jewish people on U.S. soil. WESA has more.
This week marks the return of U.S. Senator John Fetterman to Capitol Hill after several weeks of receiving inpatient treatment for severe depression at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Senator has not voted in the chamber since February 15. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Public Strategies’ Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Kaitlyn Martin ponder whether Dave McCormick may be the GOP’s ticket to a 2024 win in Pennsylvania and discuss how Senator Dianne Feinstein’s temporary replacement or permanent resignation could impact the Senate Democrats. Listen to the latest episode here.
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