Inquirer by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer @newskag | firstname.lastname@example.org Updated: OCTOBER 6, 2017 — 1:18 PM EDT
Politico By KIMBERLY HEFLING 10/08/2017 07:06 AM EDT
WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 6, 2017 9:09 PM
(Harrisburg) -- Days after negotiations to balance Pennsylvania's late budget collapsed completely, lawmakers, the governor, and their staffers are still trading barbs over social media--and in more formal ways, too. Nearly 80 House Republicans have signed a petition demanding Wolf issue approval letters to businesses for tax credits that go toward scholarships. The money is past-due under state law. Both the Republicans and Democratic Wolf administration blame the problem on budget discord. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit go to businesses, which in turn give up to $750,000 to scholarship and education programs in their areas. The language that governs the credits was most recently updated in 2016, after Wolf delayed the payments during the previous year's nine-month budget standoff. It says the administration should send letters approving the funds by August 15. But Representative Seth Grove, a conservative York County Republican, said his--and other--constituents don't have approval yet. "Getting those letters signed and approved and doing everything those nonprofits need to do becomes very, very difficult the later those letters go out," he said. The administration has said it delayed this year because the budget is unbalanced again. But in an updated statement, spokesman JJ Abbott said Wolf "hopes to begin sending letters next week, even though House Republicans have failed to send a tax code to the Governor's desk to date." Budget talks aren't expected to resume for at least another two weeks.
Depending on one’s world view, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on September 28, 2017 in William Penn School Dist. v. Pa. Dep’t of Ed., 46 MAP 2015 was either a major step forward for education equality, or the work of an activist court that threw out more than 150 years of jurisprudence. Wherever on the continuum you fall, there is little doubt that the Court’s decision to allow Petitioners to press their constitutional claims against education funding at trial is a major departure from past practice. Simply put, the Supreme Court reversed a unanimous Commonwealth Court en banc decision in which that court, relying on its own precedent and that of the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Courts, held that Petitioners’ claims that the current state education funding mechanism violated the Education and Equal Protection provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution was a non-justiciable political question best left to the legislative branch. Now, on remand to Commonwealth Court, the focus shifts from whether Petitioners presented a justiciable claim to (1) defining the confines of a constitutional right to “a thorough and efficient system of public education”; (2) if the General Assembly has, through the current school funding mechanism, imposed a classification whereby the distribution of state funds deprives economically disadvantaged school districts of the resources necessary to provide a constitutionally adequate education; and (3) what level of scrutiny should be applied in evaluating that right. We make no pretense of a deep dive into the 86-page majority decision authored by Justice Wecht and joined by Justices Todd, Donohue, Dougherty and Mundy, nor Chief Justice Saylor’s 48-page dissent joined by Justice Baer. Instead, we seek to provide an overview sufficient to alert those whose interests may be impacted and if so to suggest potential paths of action on remand to Commonwealth Court.
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 9:00am-5:00pm Crowne Plaza Harrisburg, PA
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Join us for a one-day redistricting conference in Harrisburg for volunteers, supporters, academics, press and legislators. Gubernatorial candidates, legislative leaders and national redistricting experts have been invited to speak about gerrymandering and the potential for reform. In the afternoon there will be breakout sessions on redistricting issues of interest, including new gerrymandering standards and details on litigation in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and other states.
Seventh Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium, November 2, 2017 Camp Hill
The 2017 Pennsylvania Arts and Education will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center in Camp Hill. See the agenda here.
Early Bird Registration ends September 30.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
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Registration Opens Tuesday, September 26, 2017