Entries by PAMatters

PennDOT Posts the Help Wanted Signs for Winter

We may be in the heat of July, but PennDOT is looking ahead to winter.  The help wanted signs are up for the Winter Maintenance Program. The program, whichs runs from September into early April, hires transportation equipment operators and diesel mechanics to help remove snow and ice and maintain the equipment used for the […]

PLCB Posts Record Sales for Fiscal 2010-11

State Wine and Spirits store sales neared the two billion mark for the fiscal year that ended  June 30. Sales topped $1.9 billion for the first time,  posting a 4 % increase over the previous year. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board  Chairman Patrick (P J) Stapleton III says those sales generated almost 500 million dollars in sales tax, liquor tax and […]

Civil War Trading Cards a Hit with Young Park Visitors

Gettysburg National Military Park and a host of other national parks, with Civil War ties, are engaging kids with trading cards that depict the pictures and stories of the Civil War.  “It was an idea that came from our northeast regional office to try to engage younger visitors in the national parks, and find a […]

Colon Cancer Rates in United States Fall as Screenings Rise

Prevention efforts are having an impact on the second most deadly cancer in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says colon cancer deaths are down and more progress is possible.    CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says colon cancer rates have decreased by more than 10% over the past five years.  The Vital Signs report, […]

State Budget’s Education Cuts Scrutinized

It’s a budget that represents shared sacrifices, and president of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Joan Benso says kids are sharing a big chunk of the sacrifice.  Benso’s budget reaction is somewhat mixed.  For instance she says the $100-million dollar restoration for Accountability Block Grants will be helpful.  “But for example… in Harrisburg, their school board […]

Arts Funding Dodges Significant Budget Cuts

Funded at $8.1-million dollars in the new state budget, the “Grants to the Arts” line item represents a tiny fraction of the $27.15-billion dollar spending plan.  But, supporters say that small investment brings back a huge return.  “If you include all arts related spending, about 62,000 full-time equivalent jobs are created annually,” says Jenny Hershour, […]

Officials Highlight Pool Safety with Swimming Season in Full Swing

Pennsylvania ranks 5th in the country for drownings and near drownings and officials are emphasizing pool safety this summer.   In late June, two toddlers died after drowning incidents in the state. Connie Harvey, American Red Cross Aquatics Manager, says preventing drownings in home pools involves layers of protection from fencing around the pool to door […]

Philadelphia Native Commands Final Space Shuttle Flight

The last mission for the U S Space Shuttle program is scheduled for lift off the morning of July 8.  A Pennsylvania native will be the commander of the flight. Christopher Ferguson, a retired Navy Captain, was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School and Drexel University. He joined NASA in 1998.  […]

Revenue Collections End Year Up Almost 3% Over Estimates

Pennsylvania ended the fiscal year in the plus column.   Revenues for June were 8.3 percent, or $246.1 million above estimates. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue says the numbers were boosted by higher collections for sales, personal income, corporation and inheritance taxes.  They offset declines in realty transfer and other general fund taxes, such as cigarettes, […]

PA Budget Signing Beats Midnight Deadline

The $27.15-billion dollar, no-tax increase budget trims state spending by more than a billion dollars.  It passed the legislature with zero Democratic support Wednesday night, but Governor Tom Corbett waited until all of the supporting bills were in place before finally putting pen to paper late Thursday night.  The administration reports that 66-line items were eliminated, 226-line […]