Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, September 7, 2023

September 7, 2023


Shapiro Administration Announces $5 Million Awarded to Attract Sporting Events to Pennsylvania

Today, the Department of Community and Economic Development announced that several entities received state funding, including the United States Golf Association. Read the press release here.

Bill to Move Pennsylvania’s Spring Primary Earlier Would Put Time Crunch on Election Officials

The Senate State Government committee unanimously approved legislation that would move the primary up to March 19th for next year’s election.  Spotlight PA has more.

Pennsylvania Election 2023: A Complete Guide to the Candidates for State Supreme Court

Pennsylvania voters will get to choose a new state Supreme Court Justice during the general election on November 7th. Spotlight PA has more.

Taxpayers Sidelined Amidst School Funding Tit-for-Tat

Although portions of the budget have been passed, significant aspects of the state’s more than $45 billion in state funding is still up in the air. The primary dispute between the House (controlled by Democrats), the Senate (controlled by Republicans), and Governor Shapiro centers around education policy and funding. The Center Square has more.

“We Should Be Doing More”: Pennsylvania’s Expanded Environmental Justice Policy Goes Into Effect This Month

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released updates to its environmental justice policy that intend to enhance public participation in the permitting process and increase fines for violations within vulnerable communities. WHYY has more.

See How Much Money Your School District Has for Students

The Philadelphia Inquirer has created a guide to showcase the funding that students receive in each school district in the Commonwealth.



Governor Josh Shapiro is Backing Third-Party Progressive Kendra Brooks for Philadelphia City Council

This week, Governor Shapiro announced that he is endorsing incumbent Working Families Party Councilmember Kendra Brooks for reelection. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Police Commissioner Outlaw Resigning at End of September

This week, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced that she will be leaving her position by the end of the month. First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford will take on the role on an interim basis. City & State Pennsylvania has more.

Philadelphia Still Has Roughly 8,000 Property Assessment Appeals to Review

Thousands of city residents who appealed their property assessments are still waiting for a response. It is unclear when the Office of Property Assessment will complete rulings on those appeals. WHYY has more.

A Look Inside the Renovated SEPTA Trolleys

The Philadelphia Inquirer has taken an in-depth look at renovated trolleys that date back to the 1940s.



Property Taxes Divide Allegheny County Executive Candidates; Philadelphia’s Experience Looms Large

Allegheny County will; be electing a new County Executive in November, and the candidates have different approaches to addressing property assessments. PublicSource has more.

Pittsburgh Rolls Out Major Bike Infrastructure Improvements, Including Upgraded Mon Wharf Trail

Several major bike infrastructure improvement projects have been completed this year. WESA has more.



New Biden 2024 Campaign Ad to Debut in Pennsylvania

The Biden-Harris reelection campaign is launching a 30-second ad as part of its multi-million-dollar blitz leading up to the 2024 election. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.

U.S. Representative Scott Perry Gets a Congressional Challenger With “Top Gun” Resume

Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Mike O’Brien launched his congressional campaign this week. Although the 10th congressional district has a Republican voter registration edge, O’Brien believes he can appeal to independents and moderates. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.


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