Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, May 1, 2023
May 1, 2023
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Earlier today, Governor Josh Shapiro signed a bill that will require insurers to cover preventative breast and ovarian cancer screenings to women who are considered high-risk at no additional cost. This marks the first bill Governor Shapiro has signed into law during his term. Learn more about the bill here.
A tax break intended by Governor Josh Shapiro’s administration to bolster Pennsylvania’s teachers, nurses, and police officers in a time of high vacancies and low recruitment has met backlash from Senate Republicans, who argue that the state’s corporate and flat personal income tax benefit should benefit all industries rather than a select few. SpotlightPA has more.
A lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Society on behalf of the Laurel School District in Lawrence County, Mars Area School District in Butler County, and Penncrest School District in Crawford County alleges that Pennsylvania’s Department of Education has included “woke” messaging in its new guidelines. PennLive 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 April. View the report here.
The highly anticipated results of this election cycle’s first independent opinion poll were released Friday by Committee of Seventy, revealing a statistical five-way tie among the Democratic mayoral frontrunners. Approximately 20% of those surveyed are still undecided, a higher percentage than any one candidate received. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Rising interest rates, capital availability, and recession are all looming threats to the Philadelphia region’s currently vibrant commercial real estate market — a part of “the real estate circle of life” — according to one local developer. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Late last week, Universal Vare Charter School was closed indefinitely due to the discovery of damaged asbestos, making it the sixth such school closure for the Philadelphia School District this year. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Beginning today, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) is cracking down on vehicles blocking bike lanes in Center City, University City, and South Philadelphia with its strengthened bike lane enforcement unit. Philly Voice has more.
On Friday, City Controller Michael Lamb gave the final financial report of his tenure, highlighting both the accomplishments of and areas for improvement within Mayor Ed Gainey’s administration. WESA has more.
When President Joe Biden announced his campaign for reelection last week, many eyes rightly turned toward the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Westmoreland County itself could once more serve as a bellwether for the rest of the commonwealth, — and by extension, the country. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
Last Tuesday, after months of teasing and a lot of built-up anticipation, President Biden announced he will seek a second term in office, joined by Vice President Harris as his running mate. And last Monday, Fox News star host Tucker Carlson was abruptly fired. Public Strategies’ Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Patrick Martin, Towner French, and Kaitlyn Martin talk about Biden’s announcement and discuss the impact on the conservative media landscape of Carlson’s sudden departure. Listen to the latest episode here.
While nothing is set entirely in stone, the 2024 presidential election increasingly seems like it may feature another faceoff between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Political experts and strategists from across Pennsylvania — and across the political spectrum — are weighing in on what they anticipate will be key factors in the next presidential election. City & State Pennsylvania has more.
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