- The Context
- State of the State
Montgomery County voters will using a new voting system this year. Paper ballots will be filled out and then fed into a scanning machine where they will be read and stored. Courtesy of Montgomery County)
“The Appalachian Trail is about the safest place you can be in terms of encounters with people,” Earl Swift said.
Nudges can be attractive mechanisms to achieve public policy outcomes — they’re relatively cheap, often painless ways to get people to change their behavior. But can they backfire?
The state currently employs 14 biologists responsible to monitor 81,000 miles of waterway. That workload means it would take 30 years for them to complete federally mandated pollution assessments.
51 percent of those surveyed in a new Muhlenberg College poll called climate change a major health risk.
The lawsuit asks that the defendants forfeit all profits tied to OxyContin prescription in Pennsylvania, pay for the cost of the trial and pay civil penalties from $1,000 to $3,000 for each violation of consumer protection law.
Combining programs for mental and physical health would help patients and save taxpayers money, Phillips-Hill said. However, It would do away with a program that allows counties to apply for funds for behavioral health projects.
Two of the bills passed got bipartisan support. One creates new ethics requirements for charter school administrators, and another would let charter students enroll in college classes.
The state Department of Education essentially said contracted school security guards are not permitted to possess a firearm on the job.
J.J. Abbott, Wolf’s press secretary, said some of the increases were made to bring salaries “in-line with each other to ensure all were being paid equally and fairly for their work.”