Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, June 22, 2023

June 22, 2023


Efforts to Overturn Pennsylvania’s Landmark Education Funding Lawsuit Thwarted

Yesterday, a Commonwealth Court judge rejected Republican lawmakers’ challenge to overturn her previous ruling that found the state’s school funding mechanism unconstitutional. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Philadelphia’s Former Chief Public Defender Keir Bradford-Grey is Running for Attorney General

Keir Bradford-Grey announced her candidacy to be Pennsylvania’s Attorney General yesterday. She used to be the city’s former chief public defender and would be the state’s first Black attorney general and the first black woman to hold statewide office. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Tax Credits for Families Worth Billions of Dollars Are on the Table This Budget Season

Last week, two bills passed the state House that would result in families throughout the Commonwealth receiving $2.5 billion in tax breaks by 2028. However, it is unclear if the bills will pass the GOP-Senate, although the bills had bipartisan support in the House. Spotlight PA has more.

Plan to Fix Toxic and Crumbling Schools Passes House Education Committee with GOP Reservations

The House Education Committee voted to approve a bill that would provide up to $250 million to remediate school buildings. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.



City Council Passes Final Budget of Mayor Kenney and Council President Clarke’s Tenure

Today, City Council passed the Fiscal Year 2024 budget that will take effect July 1st. It includes modest tax cuts and increased police and municipal recruitment and retention spending. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

City Council Weighs Changes to Controversial Eviction System After an Officer Shot a Tenant

Yesterday, Philadelphia City Council held a hearing regarding the city’s landlord-tenant office. This hearing was called after a deputy landlord-tenant officer shot a woman in the head in April. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.



Pittsburgh City Council Considers $45 Million, 10-Year Contract for Police Cameras, Tasers, and Other Equipment

City Council is considering a new contract for updated equipment that would be given to 950 officers. The Tribune-Review has more.

Indiana County Community Appeals Presence of Fracking Residue Well

Over the past decade, Grant Township in Indiana County has changed its government from a township to a municipality to combat plans for a fracking injection well. The issue continues to play out in the court system. The Tribune-Review has more.

Bob Howard Secures Republican Nomination fort Allegheny County Controller

Former PPG controller secured enough write-in votes during the Republican primary to win a spot on the general election ballot. He will face current Squirrel Hill Democrat Corey O’Connor in the general election. The Tribune-Review has more.


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