Conservation Fund Moving Toward Permanent Reauthorization

Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. - A package of public-lands bills that would preserve and strengthen the nation's most popular conservation program has broad, bipartisan support. The Land and Water Conservation Fund distributes money collected as royalties on offshore oil and gas leases and uses it to preserve natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage sites, and to provide … Continue reading Conservation Fund Moving Toward Permanent Reauthorization

Judge Sued for Calling ICE to Detain Groom

Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania judge who detained a Guatemalan immigrant on his wedding day now faces a federal lawsuit. Alex Parker, a lawful permanent resident, and his then-fiancee, a U.S. citizen, went to court in Cumberland County in 2017 to get married. But despite being presented with valid identification, District Judge Elizabeth Beckley ordered … Continue reading Judge Sued for Calling ICE to Detain Groom

Governor’s Budget Proposal Draws Praise

Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. - Budget analysts say the spending plan proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday points the way to a future that most Pennsylvanians want.The governor's budget would increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour, increase funding for basic education, special education and pre-K, and raise new revenue through corporate … Continue reading Governor’s Budget Proposal Draws Praise

Gov. Wolf Proposes Pay Boost for PA Teachers

Andrea Sears HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum teacher salary in the Keystone State for the first time in 30 years.The minimum salary for Pennsylvania teachers is set by state law and has been stuck at $18,500 a year since 1989.The Pennsylvania State Education Association represents about 180,000 active and retired educators … Continue reading Gov. Wolf Proposes Pay Boost for PA Teachers

School Administrators Urged to Support Transgender Students

By: Andrea Sears PHILADELPHIA - Standing with transgender and gender nonconforming students is the right thing to do. That's the message some education advocates want school administrators to hear. The Education Law Center has sent an open letter to the Eastern Lancaster County School District supporting its policy allowing students to use facilities that match their gender identity. … Continue reading School Administrators Urged to Support Transgender Students