Posts Tagged ‘Harrisburg’
Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

SEPTA may be in a funding fight for its life, and if they lose, don’t say they didn’t go down swinging. The Authority recently commissioned a study to show the effect of access to regional rail on the prices of suburban houses. It’s pretty much a naked attempt to prove their worth to the southeastern part of the state outside the city, and it may be just...

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Medicaid expansion passes committee

After over a year of advocacy, studies, political maneuvers and pressure, the word around Harrisburg was that a state Senate committee would vote on an expansion to the state’s Medicaid program, which is outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote, being considered by the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Welfare Committee, took place...

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Breaking: State Rep. Brian Sims to introduce marriage equality bill

Breaking: State Rep. Brian Sims to introduce marriage equality bill

State Rep. Brian Sims In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions which overruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California, state Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) has told Philadelphia Weekly that he will introduce a bill to legalize LGBT marriage in Pennsylvania. “About two hours ago, I shopped around a co-sponsorship memo...

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Philly protesters amongst those occupying Capitol for Medicaid expansion

Philly protesters amongst those occupying Capitol for Medicaid expansion

Adding to the insanity that is budget week in Harrisburg, protesters from at least seven cities all over Pennsylvania have descended upon the Capitol to push for an expansion of Medicaid, as outlined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And they say they’re not leaving until something is done to open the low-income government health care for those...

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Students march down Broad Street for school funding

Students march down Broad Street for school funding

Thousands of students poured off SEPTA buses and emerged from the Spring Garden stop on the Broad Street Line today to rally at the School District Building in Philadelphia. They were there to protest the ongoing school district budget cuts and to put pressure on both the Philadelphia government and the state government to fund the $300 million funding gap looming...

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Sen. Hughes wants a vote on Medicaid—and the public is with him

Sen. Hughes wants a vote on Medicaid—and the public is with him

Since Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett openly rejected adding 500,000 Pennsylvanians without health insurance to the state’s Medicaid rolls during his 2013 budget address, state Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) has made reversing that decision a front-and-center issue. And yesterday, he issued what’s called a discharge petition to get his bill regarding...

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Brian Sims Touts Bipartisanship in Anti-Bullying Bill: “No Longer a Wedge Issue”

Brian Sims Touts Bipartisanship in Anti-Bullying Bill: “No Longer a Wedge Issue”

Rep. Sims speaks in favor of the PASS Act Last week, it was reported that state Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), the first openly-gay-elected member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, had been urging his fellow House members to support House Bill 156, anti-bullying legislation known as the Pennsylvania Safe Schools (PASS) Act. “As many of you can...

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Amid Legislative Failure, Corbett to Introduce Liquor Privatization

Amid Legislative Failure, Corbett to Introduce Liquor Privatization

All the way back in August 2011, a source told Philadelphia Weekly that if the Rep. Mike Turzai’s (R-Allegheny) liquor privatization bill failed, Gov. Corbett would strike at the Legislature and introduce his own legislation. Who would have thought it’d actually come to that? On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Corbett will announce his very own liquor privatization...

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State Sen. Larry Farnese to Introduce Assault Weapon Ban

State Sen. Larry Farnese to Introduce Assault Weapon Ban

Image: State Sen. Larry Farnese State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) recently announced that he’ll be introducing an assault weapons ban during the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January. “Last week’s massacre, and the similarly horrible tragedies that have occurred over the last few years, have been happening more and more frequently...

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Calls for Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Amendments Following Obama Announcement

Calls for Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Amendments Following Obama Announcement

Pennsylvania politicians and activists had all sorts of reactions to President Obama’s announcement yesterday that he supports gay marriage. Many of those have already been dissected by the media, but in some local instances, advocates have been using the president’s words as fodder to promote not just a political agenda, but enthusiasm for specific legislation. “[Obama]...

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