Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, July 14, 2022
July 14, 2022
July 14, 2022
Throughout the arduous process of negotiating the recently passed 2022-23 state budget, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a litany of individual bills ranging from trans athletes in school sports, poll watcher rights, and affordable housing, to name only a few — some of which were met with a veto from Governor Tom Wolf. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
During his Wednesday visit to the White House, Governor Tom Wolf highlighted the ways in which funds from the American Rescue Plan have been utilized to shore up Pennsylvania’s economy, including providing support to the state’s workforce and institutes of higher education. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.
The members of a newly formed legislative committee to investigate increasing levels of crime in Philadelphia were announced on Monday, including three Republicans and two Democrats. The committee may end up recommending impeachment of the city’s District Attorney, Larry Krasner. City & State Pennsylvania has more.
Earlier this month, the city-owned Ford Explorer belonging to 4th District Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr. was reportedly stolen from the home of his driver. While the vehicle was later recovered mere blocks away from where it was reportedly stolen, detectives have not yet concluded how the SUV was moved, nor who is responsible. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has been endorsed by the Philadelphia Firefighters’ & Paramedics’ Union, Local 22. The endorsement was far from guaranteed; in recent elections, the union endorsed Republicans like Donald Trump in his bid for reelection to the presidency and U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette. Shapiro has agreed to preserve Act 111, which allows for collective bargaining among emergency workers in Pennsylvania. WHYY has more.
As expected, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has vetoed a bill that would prevent fracking in county parks. Fitzgerald also vetoed a bill that would require Allegheny County Council confirm director-level appointees by the Chief Executive, a process that is already typically used and is currently outlined in the administrative code. WESA has more.
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