William Del Toro is a natural lobbyist. He doesn’t like noise or distractions, but in a loud, busy part of the Pennsylvania Capitol one morning, he enthusiastically answered questions about job opportunities for people with disabilities.
“I’m going to tell you the truth,” said Del Toro, pushing his glasses up. “I don’t believe in the word, a disability. I think it’s just we’re all unique. We think a different way.”
Del Toro is with the #IWantToWorkCampaign. The organization is calling for more funding of a state office that helps people with disabilities find jobs that work for them by providing extras like transportation, special workspace changes, and job coaching. The idea is to make it a little bit easier for people with disabilities to go to work, so they can contribute a lot more to society.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The state budget stalemate goes on in Pennsylvania, with the state into its first full week without a spending plan.
Aides reported no progress from a meeting yesterday between Governor Tom Wolf and legislative GOP leaders. No additional meetings were immediately scheduled and the House and Senate aren't set to reconvene any time this month.
While most of the attention on the impacts of fracking has focused on things like drinking water, air pollution and earthquakes, state regulators in Pennsylvania are working on another less-discussed, but no less serious, side effect of oil and gas development: forest fragmentation.
The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was a relief to the six and a half million Americans who receive subsidies to purchase health insurance. It was also a relief for the health insurance industry.
Students at Corning Community College have less than a month to take advantage of a big discount on dorm life. They can get a thousand dollars off their room if they book before August 1. The college built the dorm two years ago to attract students from a wider area and to encourage all students to live closer to class.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An escaped murderer who was shot after three weeks on the run has been moved from a New York hospital to another maximum-security prison.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says David Sweat was moved from the Albany Medical Center early Sunday. He was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. The prison is about 200 miles west of Albany.