Investigations into lavish spending on catering by the Reading School District might not be complete. After learning Friday of a special investigation of the district by the state auditor general, state Sen. Judy Schwank is requesting the state attorney general to conduct a forensic audit of school district finances. >>Read more…

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Concerned that school-vouchers legislation would hurt public school students left behind in its wake, state Sen. Judy Schwank voted against Senate Bill 1 on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The Senate passed the bill in a 27-22 vote.  >>Read more…

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A sewer project in Virginville, Richmond Township, will receive significant state funding to relieve residential septic system issues. The township will get a $1.1 million grant and a $632,000 low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). The funds will be used toward the construction of a conventional sewage system in the Virginville area.  […]

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HARRISBURG — A bill creating and expanding school choice options for Pennsylvania students passed the state Senate with a vote of 27-22 on Wednesday afternoon. The bill would: •Create a public school voucher program for students from low-income families; •Expand an educational scholarship program used by some students to attend nonpublic schools; •Institute financial and […]

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Three Berks County school superintendents and state Sen. Judy Schwank criticized legislation passed by the state Senate that would implement school vouchers:  >>Read more…

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A sewer project in Virginville, Richmond Township will receive significant state funding to relieve residential septic system issues, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank, who was instrumental in ensuring that the project would receive appropriate financial support. Richmond Township will receive a $1,095,351 grant and a $631,849 low interest loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment […]

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We discovered things about government last week: When it has to, the Legislature can move like greased lightning, and Act 47 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe a third thing we’re learning is that municipal governments are in trouble and nobody seems to know what to do about it. >>Read more

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Testimony before a legislative hearing strongly supports the call for changing Pennsylvania law relating to municipal government, state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Democrat who represents part of Berks County. “It’s obvious that our current laws no longer give communities the tools they need to look after their well-being,” said Schwank, a former Berks County commissioner […]

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HARRISBURG – With Pennsylvania’s distressed municipalities program coming under greater scrutiny, the state agency managing the program is offering a new set of proposals to help municipalities regain their fiscal footing. >>Read more

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HARRISBURG — This city may be grabbing headlines as it teeters on the edge of financial disaster, but Pennsylvania’s cities are facing economic problems beyond those in the capital. Dwindling populations, underfunded public pension systems and an over-reliance on property taxes are driving expenses up and keeping tax revenue down in the Keystone State’s metropolitan […]

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