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Feb

New Pa. Congressional Map Is Out With The Old, In With The New

Share List The Pennsylvania Supreme Court offered up a new Congressional map Monday that easily bests the old one on traditional redistricting principles like geographic compactness and avoiding border splits. But it also got some hard reminders that fairness is always in the eye of the beholder, as at least one independent analyst tagged the majority with…

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Feb

Yudichak, Baker Host Roundtable on Lead Exposure and Testing

Share List Sen. John Yudichak and Sen. Lisa Baker, joined by members of the Senate Lead Task Force, hosted a roundtable Tuesday on lead exposure, lead testing, and lead abatement policies in Pennsylvania. The roundtable featured Luzerne County Head Start, Maternal and Family Health Services, Early Intervention Services for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, and St….

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14Feb

White House Budget Calls For Deep Cuts To HUD

Share List The White House’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, released Monday, calls for work requirements for those who receive public housing subsidies and slashes funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by $8.8 billion. The budget outline also zeroes out the Public Housing Capital Fund, dedicated to rehabilitating and modernizing public housing developments,…

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Feb

Scranton Eyes ‘Economic Opportunity Zones’

Share List The city’s downtown and neighborhood business districts may be designated as economic opportunity zones. President Donald Trump’s tax cut program includes a provision to steer funding into distressed communities by allowing investors to delay or avoid paying capital gains taxes on their investments in state-created opportunity zones. Mayor Bill Courtright recently sent a letter to…

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