Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, April 3, 2023
April 3, 2023
April 3, 2023
Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) testified during a budget hearing Thursday about their goal to use state funding to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians, reconnect communities, and construct housing that is accessible to existing transit corridors. The Center Square has more.
As part of his proposed 2023-24 budget, Governor Josh Shapiro is calling for a $50 million investment in emergency dispatch systems, as well as $36 million for new equipment and training in order to better equip emergency services workers across the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
In response to last week’s landlord-tenant officer involved shooting in Philadelphia, State Senators Nikil Saval and Sharif Street have announced plans to introduce legislation that would require public officers rather than private contractors to enforce evictions. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), the state agency responsible for providing revenue projections and impartial analysis for state legislators, has released its monthly revenue update for the month of March, which shows higher than estimated General Fund collections. View the report here.
Over the weekend, the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart over her Democratic competitors. Meanwhile, State Senator Vincent Hughes endorsed former District 9 Councilmember — and former colleague in Harrisburg — Cherelle Parker. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Though property tax bills are due this Friday, many property owners are still waiting on responses from the city about appeals they had made to their property assessments. Approximately 17,000 property owners submitted appeals, which the city is still working through. WHYY has more.
This morning, the University of Pittsburgh announced that Joan T.A. Gabel will serve as its next president. Gabel, who currently leads the University of Minnesota System as President and CEO, will be Pitt’s first ever female president. Pittsburgh Business Times has more.
In an interview that aired on CBS Sunday Morning — his first since seeking treatment for his mental health — U.S. Senator John Fetterman spoke candidly about his experience with clinical depression ahead of his anticipated return to D.C. later this month. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Following a shooting hoax that shut down a Pittsburgh school last week — the latest in a growing statewide and national trend — U.S. Representative Summer Lee spoke out on the House floor to decry the hoaxes, as well as the lax gun laws that she states have led to the increase in school shootings and prevalence of lockdowns and evacuation drills. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
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