News & Brews September 13, 2023

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Basic Education Funding Commission begins hearings

The Basic Education Funding Commission held its first hearing yesterday to gather input on how to change Pa.’s education funding formula. Testimony was presented claiming Pennsylvania’s “pie” of education funding is too small. This even though our per-pupil spending is several thousand dollars above the national average. The testimony argued our schools are underfunded to the tune of $6.2 billion. Ironically, this is more than $1.5 billion more than the figure provided two years ago by the same testifier, raising questions among lawmakers. You can watch the video of the hearing here. The second hearing will take place this morning at 9:00 a.m. in Harrisburg. Click here to watch live.

Fetterman reacts to Biden impeachment inquiry

In case you’re wondering how U.S. Senator John Fetterman will react to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s impeachment inquiry into President Biden, wonder no more. He apparently thinks it’s funny and feigned shock and distress. Watch the video here.

Pa. Supreme Court to consider gun law case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider a case on whether Philadelphia can implement gun laws that are stricter than state laws. WHYY reports that the plaintiffs are challenging “the state over a 1974 firearms preemption law. The policy prohibits local jurisdictions from passing gun regulations that are stricter than those that exist on the state level. On Wednesday, the Pa. The Supreme Court will determine whether the case should go to trial.”

Lawmaker to host economic summit tomorrow in York County

GOP Rep. Seth Grove (York County) will host an economic summit tomorrow afternoon to examine “York County, Pennsylvania, and the nation’s economic conditions, as well as policies which can improve all three.” The event will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm tomorrow afternoon at the Alumni Hall at York College of Pennsylvania, York. The public is invited to attend. See more details here.

‘Sources’ say McCormick will announce soon 

Who doesn’t love unnamed ‘sources’?! According to two of them, Republican Dave McCormick will soon announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Reuters reports that per the sources, “McCormick will make his formal announcement in Pittsburgh before the end of the month.”

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