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20Sep

Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade

Share List By: Angela Couloumbis & Liz Navratil, HARRISBURG BUREAU Updated: September 20, 2017 HARRISBURG — As the budget deadlock in the Capitol drags on, a credit rating agency on Wednesday delivered a hard fiscal punch to Pennsylvania: a credit downgrade. Standard & Poor’s lowered Pennsylvania’s bond rating a notch, citing the state’s out-of-balance budget, its more than…

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18Sep

Webinar: Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): An Unnecessary and Dangerous Product

Webinar date: September 15, 2017

PACE loans are used to finance energy efficiency, renewable and other home improvement projects and result in a tax assessment lien repaid through the tax collection system.  These loans are typically very high cost both at origination and throughout life of the loan.  Legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly that would bring this risky product to Pennsylvania.

On this webinar, advocates from the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, the National Consumer Law Center, and Community Legal Services discuss the dangers of residential PACE products and why Pennsylvania should not enable PACE financing for residential mass market consumers.

Presenters:

Patrick Cicero – Executive Director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Charlie Harak – Senior Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Kerry Smith – Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services

 

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12Sep

Commissioners support 7-year extensions for several Keystone Opportunity Zones

Share List By: Jeff Horvath, Scranton Times Tribune Published: September 7, 2017 Hoping to attract potential developers, Lackawanna County commissioners support extending the tax-exempt status of several undeveloped parcels for an additional seven years. Wednesday’s 2-0 vote by Commissioners Jerry Notarianni and Patrick O’Malley represents the last local step required to extend Keystone Opportunity Zone…

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Sep

Wolf administration calling for universal blood-lead testing for young Pennsylvania children

Share List By Jenny Wagne, Doylestown Intelligencer Published: September 7, 2017 In an effort to gauge the scope of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf and other state officials are calling for universal testing of all children under age 2. The governor’s office said in an announcement last week that universal testing would allow…

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05Sep

Pa. restores LIHEAP funding and extends availability

Share List By Claudia Vargas, Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 30, 2017 — 9:56 AM EDT Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services will restore planned cuts to home-heating assistance for the poor this winter, a relief for thousands of people across the state who rely on the service. Earlier this summer, DHS proposed cutting the time and amount…

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Sep

Grant intended to spur Allegheny Co. landlords to accept ‘high-risk’ tenants

Share List By: Theresa Clift , Pittsburgh Tribune Review Published: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, 7:54 p.m. Allegheny County received a state grant to reimburse landlords for damage to properties rented by “high-risk tenants.” The $50,000 grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, is intended to encourage landlords to rent to tenants with criminal backgrounds, poor…

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16Aug

Lancaster Officials Discuss Methods to Alleviate Blight with State Lawmakers

Share List By: Sam Janesh, Lancaster Online Published: August 15th, 2017 Lancaster County officials said Monday they are taking steps to reinvigorate blighted and abandoned properties even as they continue to face challenges with the speed and funding of those efforts. In a public meeting organized by state senators, they discussed what’s been working well…

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10Aug

Guest Opinion: Senate bill would increase investment in affordable housing

Share List By: Phyllis Chamberlain, Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 10, 2017 — 8:22 AM EDT Did you know that every dollar of federal tax credits issued has been generating roughly 10 times the level of investment? When it comes to a housing program in Pennsylvania, thankfully, it’s become a proven fact. Each…

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