Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022


Activists Send Letter to Department of Environmental Protection Urging Stricter PFAS Rules

Ahead of an April 27 deadline, over 24 activist groups sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urging the agency to set stricter rules on the legal limits of PFAS in Pennsylvania’s water supply. The Capital-Star has more.

Senate Majority Policy Chair Announces Statewide Hearings on Crime and Public Safety

Senator Scavello (R-Monroe, Northampton) announced that due to concerns about increased crime and violence, he will be spearheading statewide hearings to discuss public safety. Read the press release here.

Public Universities Merging Will Be Able to Keep Individual Sports Teams

NCAA officials said the six schools merging into two as part of a public university consolidation plan will be able to keep their own sports teams and continue participating in the Division II leagues. Read more from the Tribune-Review.

GOP Race for Lieutenant Governor Becomes Increasingly Contentious

As the May primary approaches, several candidates have attacked each other on a variety of fronts. PennLive has more.


Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson Corruption Case Declared a Mistrial; Prosecutors Say they Will Retry

After 24 hours of jury deliberation, a federal judge declared a mistrial in the alleged corruption case against Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson. Federal prosecutors said they would pursue a retrial. WHYY has more.

Philadelphia’s Economic Recovery Tinged With Concerns Over Safety, Prosperity

New surveys from the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that while Philadelphia’s slow economic recovery is good news, continued concerns exist for Philadelphia residents and workers over the safety of the city and real economic opportunities. Philadelphia’s unemployment rate is the second highest among large American cities, despite increases in building permits. Read more from the Inquirer.

Councilmember Announces Initiative to Address Quality of Life Issues

Today, Councilmember Jamie Gauthier held a press conference to tout her plan to improve quality of life issues throughout the city with particular emphasis on her district in West Philadelphia. The Inquirer has more.


Buoyed by Strong Demand, Area Film Workers Ask State for More Tax Credits

Pittsburgh’s recent success as a film and television show-making hub spurred representatives from the industry to plead their case before the state Senate, part of a pitch to increase the state’s film tax credits. The Post-Gazette has more.

AirBNB Regulations Put on Hold After Deadly Shooting

Pittsburgh’s City Council is postponing final action on a bill to increase regulation on AirBNB properties after a deadly shooting at an AirBNB over the weekend. Read more from the Tribune-Review.


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