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Saved by the bell? Phone call confusion scuttles state board’s vote on Reading charter school

BY: - February 25, 2020

An arts-based charter school that’s fought a years-long battle to open its doors in Reading may live to see another day, despite vocal concerns from Pennsylvania’s top education official that it can’t ensure transparent contracts or complete “the most rudimentary” components of a charter application.    The Berks Charter High School for Performing & Visual Arts, […]

Philly’s finances might not be strong enough to ride out severe recession, officials, watchdog warn

BY: - February 25, 2020

Although Philadelphia is better prepared for the next economic downturn than it was for the Great Recession in 2008, “we still have tremendous weaknesses in our fiscal health,” city Budget Director Marisa Waxman said.

Erie lawmaker tells liquor regulators they need to spruce up rundown states stores in poor Pa. cities

BY: - February 25, 2020

The state board that controls alcohol sales in Pennsylvania touted its plans to renovate more liquor stores this year, leading one state lawmaker on Tuesday to decry what he saw as a disparity between state-run stores in poor urban areas and affluent suburbs. 

‘Chaotic and impulsive’: In new ad blitz, Dem super PAC goes on the offensive against Trump in Pa.

BY: - February 25, 2020

Priorities USA said it’s already reserved $70 million for television and digital advertising in the 2020 campaign. Pennsylvania is at the heart of the push.

Ex-Philly Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown flip-flops, applies for DROP

BY: - February 25, 2020

It comes weeks after weeks the ex-pol took a $102K -a-year job in the Office of the Register of Wills. She's set to secure a hefty retirement payout.

In Philly, library advocates demand $19.3M in new funding ahead of budget negotiations

BY: - February 25, 2020

On Monday, the nonprofit volunteer group Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia unveiled a six-point plan that calls for Kenney and City Council to boost the library’s current $49 million budget to pay for staffing ($12 million), infrastructure upgrades ($5 million each year for the next five years), training, resources, and extending six-day service throughout the year.

Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request

BY: - February 24, 2020

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee suggested that the fee hikes for for dumping in landfills and drilling for natural gas, are just a stealth tax hike. 

Amid unrest, Pa. Rep. Austin Davis steps down as vice chair of Allegheny County Dems

BY: - February 24, 2020

Davis has thrown his support to disability rights activist Jessica Benham and incumbent Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, both were passed over for endorsement.

House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler isn’t running for Speaker — yet

BY: - February 24, 2020

Speaking to the Pennsylvania Press Club, the Lancaster County Republican touted accomplishments and gave the kind of answer you'd expect.

Youngblood protégé, 5 others running for soon-to-be-vacant Philly House seat

BY: - February 24, 2020

At least six candidates are seeking election to the 198th state House District seat, which soon will be vacated by state Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Philadelphia.

What are supplemental appropriations? The Pa. budget battle you’re not hearing about 

BY: - February 24, 2020

The appropriations “have become structural,” Rep. Matt Bradford, of Montgomery County, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, told the Capital-Star. 

In Philly, across race, class lines, a search for solutions to the city’s biggest challenges

BY: - February 24, 2020

When people of color suffer from poverty and gun violence, white people are not interested in solving those issues, a Philadelphia elected official says.