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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