List by Author: Sarah Harnisch

There May Be A Way Out Of Common Core In NY

03.18.15 | Sarah Harnisch

New York lawmakers are expected to vote soon on a bill about the Common Core.The Common Core Parental Refusal Act would reinforce the right of parents to refuse to have their children participate in Common Core testing.The bill also makes sure ...

Cuomo Says Paid Family Leave Is Not Likely In NY This Year

03.18.15 | Sarah Harnisch

On paper, it appears New York is closer than ever to becoming the fourth state to have paid family leave. The Assembly today passed its plan for paid family leave. The Senate majority, for the first time, has a proposal for paid family leave. But ...

Retirement Age For Firefighters And Police In PA May Change

03.18.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Raising the retirement age for police and firefighters and the state funding for distressed communities were among a slew of suggestions proposed this week in Pittsburgh as fixes for Pennsylvania's $7.7 billion municipal pension crisis. The House ...

Teacher Layoff Protocol May Change In PA

03.18.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Efforts are underway once again in Harrisburg to change the state law that calls for teachers to be laid off by seniority and certification area. Legislation was introduced Tuesday in both the House and Senate that call for school districts to be ...

PA To Consider Rule Change On Vaccination Exemptions

02.16.15 | Sarah Harnisch

There is a proposal in the works in Pennsylvania that would set limits on what court records you can see. Pennsylvania court records have a readership any writer would envy, with 59 million state court dockets accessed online last year alone. ...

PA Considering Limiting What You Can See On Court Records

02.16.15 | Sarah Harnisch

There is a proposal in the works in Pennsylvania that would set limits on what court records you can see. Pennsylvania court records have a readership any writer would envy, with 59 million state court dockets accessed online last year alone. ...

Longer NY Lifespans Impact State Pension Fund

02.16.15 | Sarah Harnisch

New Yorkers are living longer. That's good news for the state's 19 million residents. But for Governor Cuomo, it's a budget headache. State retirees are living an extra two years-- and it means Cuomo has to come up with another 355-million dollars ...

NY Extends Health Exchange Deadline For Those Who Started The Process

02.16.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Late signing up for insurance? If you started it yesterday- but didn't finish-- you're still ok. New York's health care exchange will allow people who applied for coverage by Sunday the 15th to finish the process by February 28th and still avoid ...

PA Governor Tom Wolf Says He's On Board With A Higher State Minimum Wage

02.11.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf says passage of a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania is a priority of his in the current legislative session. At an impromptu news briefing after speaking before a closed-door meeting sponsored by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Wolf ...

NYS Senate Meets With Cuomo Over Second Incomes

02.11.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Lawmakers in the New York State Senate held active talks Tuesday with Governor Andrew Cuomo about legislative ethics reforms. Should the income from a second job-- outside their elected office-- be capped? Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said ...

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