Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022


Corman Drops Out of Governor ’s Race

Jake Corman, the President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, announced  the suspension of his gubernatorial campaign and endorsement of Lou Barletta. Read more here .

Changes to State Tip Wage Laws to Start in August

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced that a modernization of the state ’s minimum wage laws for tipped worker will go into effect August 5. The changes include increasing the threshold at which an employee can be paid the tipped minimum wage (which will require a minimum $135 in per-server tips per month). The Capital-Star has more .

Federal Meth Lab Database Undercounts Former Pennsylvania Labs

A review by Spotlight PA reveals that the only federal database that published meth lab locations — essential due to the toxic chemicals used for meth synthesis — significantly undercounts Pennsylvania locations.

Over 40 Groups Go to Harrisburg to Push for End to No-Excuse Mail-In Ballots

Different groups from across the state assembled in the Capital to protest no-excuse mail-in ballots and push for a return to the in-person or absentee ballots being the only options. PennLive has more .

PSERS Hires Law Firm to Pursue Suing Consulting Firm Which Botched Numbers

The Public School Employees ’ Retirement System is hiring Philadelphia-based Blank Rome to pursue legal action against Aon, a financial company which admitted to botching key calculations about the PSERS fund. Read more from the Inquirer.

Pocono Township to Review Plan for State ’s Largest Solar Field Next Month

The plan to construct a $111 million solar field in northeast Pennsylvania will be reviewed by the Pocono Township commissioners next month. The project has already gone through multiple rounds of review and suggestions from local officials and engineers. WFMZ has more.



Police Funding Per Person Sees $26 Increase in Kenney ’s Budget Proposal

Mayor Kenney ’s proposed budget would result in a $26-per-person increase in the police budget via the allocation taxes (not an actual increase in the amount of taxes paid per person). BillyPenn has more .

Editorial: Philadelphia Politicians Need to Do Work In-Person

The Philadelphia Inquirer ’s editorial board argues that city elected officials need to return to doing business in-person (such as City Council meetings) to demonstrate the importance of in-person work returning to the city.



Plans Unveiled for Palmer Airport Expansion

This week, Airport Authority officials released proposals for a major expansion of Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe. The renovation would double the commercial terminal in size and cost about $24 million. Read more from the Tribune-Review.

Plans for Churchill Amazon Warehouse Withdrawn

Plans for a controversial Amazon warehouse in Churchill have officially been squashed after the developer withdrew plans from the borough development process. The Tribune-Review has more .



Sen. Casey Supports Abortion Protection Bill in Senate

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D) voted in favor of a Democratic bill which would recognize abortion as a constitutional right on a federal level. It ’s a significant vote of support for Casey who has long opposed abortion. The Capital-Star has more .

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