Do it yourself data: How to compare education employment statistics

In case, you haven’t heard, my job title has  changed a little bit at the YDR. I’m now the gubernatorial campaign/data reporter, and Flint McColgan has taken over covering county government and a bunch of local political stuff.

I’ve been trying to bring a data focus to the campaign, and once the campaign ends, the data job will continue. So I plan on creating more of these “how to” style posts in the future. We want to explain to people how they can find data themselves.

For this one, Mark Price, labor economist with the Keystone Research Center, describes how he determined that about 27,600 education jobs have been lost since the 2010-11 school year. (We’ll be having a story about the issue later. So stay tuned.)

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State Rep. Seth Grove’s DUI provision officially put into impaired driving bill

Should State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, and the Pa. House Transportation Committee have their way, a Pennsylvania driver arrested twice in one night driving under the influence will no longer be charged two first-offenses.

Under current language in the Commonwealth’s Vehicle Code, a defendant is charged with a first offense if no prior convictions occur. That means that multiple DUIs prior to a conviction for any of them will each be charged as a first offense.

Senate Bill 1239 was created to “correct” language in the Vehicle Code that was found to be legally ineffective by a 2013 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision that sided with a Philadelphia-area appellant who argued that he shouldn’t have received a harsher sentence for one DUI-related conviction since he had no prior convictions, despite two DUI arrests that same night.

“This person faced less serious charges because state law says a person must be convicted first before becoming a repeat offender,” Grove wrote in a prepared statement. “This bill corrects that loophole for DUI sentencing, making sure offenders are held accountable for their actions.”

The bill has passed the Transportation Committee and will now face consideration by the Senate.

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Linda Small to be honored as Democratic ‘Woman of the Year’

The York County Federation of Democratic Women will honor Linda Small as their “Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Woman of the Year” during their September luncheon.

Small, a Democrat from New Freedom, is challenging State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, for his 28th Pennsylvania State Senatorial District.

The luncheon will take place Saturday at noon at the Box Hill Mansion in Regent’s Glen. Admiral Joe Sestak will be the special guest speaker at the event.

Small will be the seventh recipient of the award since it began, according to a news release from the Federation.

Democrat elected officials from York County will be present at the luncheon including Bob Kefauver, the county party chairman; State Rep. Kevin Schrieber, D-York; County Commissioner Doug Hoke; and York Mayor Kim C. Bracey.

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The docs: What the state counts for its public school funding chart.

You may have seen this chart from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I asked department spokesman Tim Eller for the line items that account for it. Here’s what he provided.

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Wolf v. Corbett: News, fact-checks, polls and more on the Pennsylvania governor’s race

As York County native Tom Wolf tries to unseat Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this summer and fall, we’ve debuted a new page at ydr.com devoted entirely to the gubernatorial race.

Right now on the site:

Keep checking back for the latest news and more.

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Folmer: Medical marijuana ‘good for humanity’

Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, who will be the state senator for parts of northern York County after redistricting lines take effect later this year, spoke with the York Daily Record’s Editorial Board Tuesday afternoon on why he hopes to see medical marijuana legal in the commonwealth.

Folmer is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 1182, known as “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act,” which was sent back to the senate Appropriations Committee at the beginning of July. He believes that if it comes out of committee for a vote, he has gathered “a solid 45, maybe 48” senators who will vote yes.

“As a Bible-believing Presbyterian, I believe this is good for humanity,” Folmer said about legalizing the cannabis.

He wears jelly bracelets that remind him of why he is pushing for legalization. One is for defeating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease Folmer has beat into remission. Another reminds him of the epilepsy that affects some children in his district who he believes could be helped if they were able to use legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

He said that, like opponents to his bill or to legalization in general, he was uneducated on the topic until he heard the stories of “the momma bears out fighting for their children.”

He has replaced his “misconceptions” about cannabis to become what he calls “knowledgeable enough to be dangerous” and now sees the cannabis plant as one that has “very high” value for humanity and industry both.

While he would like to see more hearings and information before throwing his support upon fully legalized marijuana for recreational use, he said that he is generally opposed to prohibition.

“How has the war on drugs been working?” he asked rhetorically during the interview.

–FLINT MCCOLGAN, Daily Record/Sunday News

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Read Tom Wolf’s open letters to Gov. Tom Corbett, state lawmakers

After the jump, read Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf’s open letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, state lawmakers:

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Pa. House GOP candidate files complaint with state

A negative attack ad against a Republican state House candidate could be investigated by state officials in the wake of the May 20 primary.

Marc Woerner, who lost his GOP bid for the 169th state House seat, said negative ads were mailed about him illegally from a group calling itself PA Taxpayers for Integrity. He provided copies of the mailers, which give a Montgomery County address for the group.

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How much has Ernie Merisotis raised for his state House campaign?

Here’s a look at the campaign finance reports for Ernie Merisotis, who is running in the 93rd state House race:

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How much has state Rep. Seth Grove raised for his campaign?

Here’s a look at the latest campaign finance report for state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township:

 

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