The great SEPTA debate and other fall political battles

By Randy LoBasso
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More debates on the fall legislative agenda

LGBT: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban “gay conversion therapy” for LGBT youth in the state of Pennsylvania. Higher ed: For future Pennsylvania college students, both State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) have introduced different versions of a bill that would allow students to go to college for no up-front costs, then pay the state back with a percentage of their income when they inevitably (see: hopefully) become employed after graduation. Weed: Marijuana legislation at the state level doesn’t really have a chance of becoming law with Tom Corbett in the governor’s mansion, but the fine people at Philly NORML and the Panic Hour comedy troupe have been putting together a series of monthly protests at Independence Mall they’re calling “Smoke Down Prohibition.” The next one will be this weekend (Sept. 21), and if you can’t make it, fear not: There will be one in October, and November, and the month after that, we’re sure. Guns: There was another mass shooting in the U.S. this week. This time, on Monday, 13 people were killed in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard. Well, a group of Pennsylvania legislators—led by Philly representatives and senators—have been trying for more than half a dozen years to pass legislation which would, among other things, restrict certain firearms often involved in mass shootings from Pennsylvania’s hands. They’ve so far been unsuccessful. Health: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows for states to be flexible on expanding their Medicaid program to those poor and working class individuals who earn 133 percent of the poverty wage. Gov. Corbett has finally come around to agreeing to a Medicaid plan—but it’s just about the worst crap we’ve ever heard. The state legislature will likely hold hearings on it this fall, and the federal government will weigh in, too. / R.L.

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1. Garbo said... on Sep 18, 2013 at 03:11PM

“I have been a maitenance man for over 40 years and ride SEPTA 5 days a week. If they were a manufacuring company they would not last 3 months in the market place. More then once they had 3 or more SEPTA men changing lamps on overtime during rush hour both at 34th Street and the very busy Frankford Transportation Center. They also like to power wask FTC side walks during the evening rush hour. SEPTA should rent buses and take a lot of these dogs to the SPCA and get them dog tags, SEPTA management is a joke. If a driver does noe show up or is late that bus run gets canceled.”

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2. stone said... on Sep 21, 2013 at 11:44AM

“Here's a another person talking BULL. Contrary to the Facts, this guy no nothing about SEPTA work force. GET THE REAL FACTS !!”

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3. septafact said... on Sep 24, 2013 at 03:16AM

“Metcalfe says, "it's a very small minority of people who ride the buses."

Oh, really? According to the American Public Transportation Association, over 578,000 people ride SEPTA buses. That "small minority" is 3 times the population of Butler County, which Metcalfe represents. SEPTA operates the 4th largest bus system in the country, and it is filled daily with people commuting to and from work, helping to generate Phila's annual GDP of over $300 Billion.

Rural reps like Metcalfe would do well to remember that if they didn't have the massive economic engine of Philadelphia pumping tax dollars into their far-away districts, their own resources would be significantly diminished.

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4. john said... on Sep 27, 2013 at 08:00AM

“get disqus”

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