FY 2019-2020 Budget Passes PA House
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Despite some concerns from a few Democrats about the lack of a minimum wage increase requested by the Governor, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed a nearly $34 Billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year on Tuesday, within less than 24 hours of it being approved in committee. With a final vote of 140 to 62 the proposal increases spending by about 1.8% more than the 2018-2019 budget. The additional spending includes $492 million for education and an additional $19.5 million to benefit farmers. The 2019-2020 budget is expected to run a surplus of a quarter billion dollars and is currently being deliberated in the Senate. The new fiscal year is set to begin on July 1st.
Burned Refinery to Close Permanently in Philly
Philadelphia Energy systems has announced the closure of the 150 year old oil refinery in that was the scene of an explosion and fire last week after determining the damage is considered too severe to repair. The closure will end 1,000 jobs and is expected to raise the price of gasoline significantly as it produced up to 25% of all gasoline on the east coast.
Boy, 11, Injured when Car hits Bike
An 11 year old boy was hospitalized with serious injuries when a car collided with a bicycle in Sugarcreek earlier this week. Authorities report the child ignored a stop sign at the intersection between 3rd and Walnut Street and was hit by a motorist who could not stop in time. Cyclists are to behave like motorized traffic when on roads and follow all traffic signals and signs.
Spartansburg Man Attacks Woman with BB Gun
54 year old Donald Smith of Spartansburg is charged with Simple Assault, Harassment, and Reckless Endangerment after allegedly shooting a BB Gun at a 69 year old woman. He shot the weapon through a window at the woman and damaged the glass, but did not hit her.
Chaos in PA State Senate
The Pennsylvania State Senate erupted into chaos yesterday during a debate about a bill to cancel the General Assistance Welfare fund. As Democrats tried to propose amendments to the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman broke decorum to start a shouting match with Lt. Governor John Fetterman who was presiding over the debate and caused a complete breakdown in order. When Fetterman left the podium to attempt to calm the screaming match President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnetti Seized control and forced an immediate vote on the bill.