Pennsylvania in focus: New Pennsylvania law eliminates Keystone Exam requirement for career and technical education students

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Lancaster Online: New Pennsylvania law eliminates Keystone Exam requirement for career and technical education students Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Wednesday a bill creating an alternate pathway to high school graduation for students in career and technology education — one without Keystone Exams. The new law eliminates the statutory requirement for Keystone Exams […]

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Pennsylvania debate: Should state offer subsidies to keep nuclear plants afloat?

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are wading into a policy dispute that pits two groups of energy behemoths in the state against each other and raises the possibility of ratepayer subsidies going to struggling nuclear power plants. More than 60 Pennsylvania state lawmakers formed a bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus to foster discussions about the future of the […]

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Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Heroin use and addiction in the U.S. costs more than $51 billion every year, according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s school of Pharmacy. Researchers came to the figure by tallying the costs of crime and incarceration, lost productivity on the economy, and treatment of not only addiction but […]

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Pennsylvania in focus: Business leaders want Pittsburgh to become leader in sustainability

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Business leaders want Pittsburgh to become leader in sustainability The chief executives of 17 Pittsburgh-area companies engaged in a wide range of industries — from chemicals producers Covestro and Lanxess to the Pittsburgh Pirates and restaurant chain Eat’n Park — have officially launched an initiative to promote and collaborate on sustainable practices they […]

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Tax snuffs out Pennsylvania vape shops

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Note to readers: This story was written by the Commonwealth Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based policy institute. Facing a budget shortfall last year, lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf slapped a massive 40 percent wholesale tax on vaping products, forcing vape shop owners to pay the tax retroactively even on products already on their store shelves. The impact […]

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Pennsylvania in focus: Pennsylvania lawmakers have a gambling problem

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Philadelphia Inquirer editorial: Pennsylvania lawmakers have a gambling problem Gambling is the opioid of Harrisburg lawmakers. It comes with all the hallmarks of addiction: compulsive need, increasing tolerance, and the drive to continue to consume despite negative consequences. Lawmakers got their first real taste when they legalized gaming in 2004 and began opening slots parlors around […]

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