Limerick Fire Department receives $84K state grant for consolidation
LIMERICK — State Sen. Katie Muth, D-44th Dist., has announced that the Limerick Fire Department has been approved for grant funding that will help the department’s consolidation efforts.
The department will receive $84,520 to assist with legal fees and other costs associated with renaming and rebranding.
Pennsylvania lawmakers unveil bill to end death penalty
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of lawmakers plans to introduce legislation that would end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) say the death penalty has proven to be unsuccessful as a crime deterrent, incredibly costly, and a flawed system of punishment.
Democratic lawmakers seek end to death penalty in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG — Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) were joined by advocates as they called for ending the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
The lawmakers are introducing legislation in their respective chambers to repeal the penalty that is proven to be unsuccessful as a crime deterrent, incredibly costly, and a flawed system of punishment.
Pa. lawmakers introducing legislation to end death penalty in the state
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania lawmakers announced legislation Tuesday aimed at ending the death penalty in the state.
Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) are introducing legislation in their respective chambers to end the death penalty.
California Synagogue Shooting: Pa. officials react to violence at Congregation Chabad in Poway
It was a scene all-too-familiar: People gathering in a show of solidarity and support outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.
But this time, the vigil wasn’t for locals, but rather for Congregation Chabad in Poway, Calif., near San Diego, which left one person dead, and three more wounded. The California shooting, on the last day of Passover, came six months to the day of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life, which claimed the lives of 11 people.
Suburban Philadelphia state senators seek answers from DEP chief over Mariner East pipeline
A bipartisan group of state senators from Chester and Delaware counties wants to put off the reconfirmation of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell until multiple criminal probes of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline projects are complete.
Led by Chester County Democrat Andy Dinniman, the group asked Sen. Gene Yaw, majority chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Sen. John Yudichak, the minority chair, to delay what is typically a routine hearing on reappointment, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Pa. state senators push for student refinancing plan
Rider Brandau is a low-income, first-generation student at Elizabethtown College.
“When students borrow money for college, they agree to pay back that money,” Brandau said. “I will owe roughly $30,000 upon graduation, which is a fair price for what I have received from Elizabethtown.”
Berks County social workers urge commissioners to keep negotiating
Caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison have been working since January 2018 without a contract.
More than a dozen social workers who serve the county as caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison came to the Berks County commissioners meeting Thursday to encourage them to cooperate as contract negotiations continue.
Lawmakers talk about $15 minimum wage at town hall meeting in Reading
Reading, PA — When talking about raising the state’s $7.25 minimum wage to $15 an hour, state Sen. Judy Schwank said she sometimes hears from the owners of small businesses who say the increase could put them out of business.
“But when the owner of 13 McDonald’s restaurants tells me to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, that he welcomes it, it makes me feel a little bit better about it,” Schwank said.
Pottstown singled out for early education leadership
POTTSTOWN — As the state budget season kicked off with the presentation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, early education advocates kicked off their efforts to ensure that budget funds pre-kindergarten education.
By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly
A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies. The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus…
5 Berks lawmakers take leadership roles
Five Berks County lawmakers will be in leadership positions for the two-year session of the General Assembly just underway in Harrisburg. Judy Schwank, Tomas Caltigirone, David Argall, Katie Muth and Jim Cox assume posts.
House Democrats clean Valley Forge Park amid shutdown
KING OF PRUSSIA—Four freshman Democratic state representatives spent Thursday morning picking up trash at Valley Forge National Park, helping to keep the historic site beautiful during the ongoing federal government shutdown. State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard,...
More women, lots of new faces: Pennsylvania, meet your newest General Assembly
A record number of women will be sworn into office in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Tuesday with 50 of them in the House and 12 in the Senate. Another woman will take the oath of office in the House later this month.
More Democrats, more women — but the GOP still rules in Pa. legislature
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s legislature kicked off its two-year session Tuesday with celebratory receptions and swearing-in ceremonies, all devoid of the tension that could quickly settle over its dealings with the Wolf administration.