Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
July 7, 2022
Sam Denisco, vice president of government affairs at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, has joined our government relations practice. See more on Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ website.
Pennsylvania’s 2022-23 budget has still not been passed, despite the new fiscal year beginning last week. However, the general appropriations bill passed the House today by a vote of 180-20. Increases in funding for Medicaid, environmental initiatives, and public schools are expected, as is a cut to the state’s corporate net income rate. Economic concerns are said to be a priority, including addressing staggering inflation and the threat of a potential recession. WESA has more.
In one of the nation’s most high-profile gubernatorial races, Democratic nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania and current state Attorney General Josh Shapiro has secured the support of nine former Republican officials over his Republican opponent, Doug Mastriano. City & State Pennsylvania has more.
According to a campaign spokesperson, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidate for the Senate, is poised to return to the campaign trail soon after having suffered a stroke days prior to the state primary election in May. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.
A dozen members of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives have opted to suspend their own pay until a 2022-23 budget has been passed. The first of the month on Friday marked not only the beginning of the new fiscal year, but also the day legislators typically receive their monthly paycheck. PennLive has more.
Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Philadelphia International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, and Lehigh Valley International Airport are set to receive $49 million in funding thanks to a new federal grant program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Airport Terminals Program. Funding will be used to update terminal facilities at each of the three airports. See more on Governor Wolf’s website.
The South Street shooting that left 3 dead and 11 wounded in early June has perpetuated a negative reputation in both local and national news outlets that is incongruous with data. According to police reports, the neighborhood is actually one of the safest in Philadelphia. Billy Penn has more.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will be issuing a new request for proposals for a concessionaire for the newly renovated Welcome Center in LOVE Park after Safran Turney Hospitality backed out of the current project. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania state House voted to approve the University of Pittsburgh’s appropriation despite House Republicans’ efforts to withhold funding in order to prevent the University from conducting fetal tissue research. This state funding is allocated to tuition discounts for in-state students. The Tribune-Review has more.
On Tuesday, Allegheny County Council voted to ban new fracking in county parks, but County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is expected to veto the bill. Fitzgerald’s administration currently has no plans to approve fracking in county parks. WESA has more.
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