Pa. legislators, how about a present for your constituents? Pass the Gift Ban bill | Editorial

PennLive Editorial Board | Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

A bipartisan House bill would make it illegal to bribe Pennsylvania lawmakers with gifts such as expensive meals, sporting event tickets, transportation, lodging and anything else of economic value.

HB 1291 is one of those proposals that makes you wonder: Why is this even a matter of debate? The answer in Harrisburg is always the same, because someone benefits from the way things are. And it’s not you, the voter and taxpayer.

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Ripple effects of raising Pa.’s minimum teacher salary concern House GOP lawmakers

Jan Murphy | Monday, March 4, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

The ripple effects of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise the state’s minimum public school teacher salary by 143 percent to $45,000 a year could be what costs it the support of some House Republicans.

At Monday’s House budget hearing with state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, GOP members voiced several concerns about the impact it could have on such things as teacher contracts, salaries of more experienced teachers, and school property tax rates.

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Budget mess may mean ‘real trouble soon,’ Pa. treasurer warns

Liz Navratil & Angela Couloumbis | Thursday, July 13, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Joe Torsella warned Thursday that the commonwealth could run out of money to pay its bills by the end of August unless the legislature quickly passes a responsible revenue package to balance its budget.

That’s alarmingly early in the year, said Torsella, who said he also fears that the state’s cash-flow problems could last for a worrisome eight straight months.

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State System approves tuition hike at 14 state-owned universities

Bill Schackner | Thursday, July 13, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tens of thousands of students attending Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned will see their tuition rise by 3.5 percent effective this fall after the State System of Higher Education’s governing board Friday unanimously approved the increase.

The new rate means in-state undergraduates attending full time in 2017-18 will see an increase of nearly $254 a year, said David Maser, chair of the board’s finance committee.

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