HARRISBURG -- A Pennsylvania lawmaker is asking colleagues to consider a program aimed at easing the debt load of some students in technical fields while keeping them in the state.
Pennsylvania's students are currently the third-most indebted in the country, according to the Project on Student Debt, a nonprofit that tracks student borrowing. Among 2012 graduates, 70 percent had taken out loans, owing an average of $31,675.
Amanda Moore said Sunday she wasn't aware that Gifford Pinchot State Park — and all but two state parks for that matter — don't have any lifeguards on duty.
"I just figured they did," said Moore, 28, of New Oxford.
State Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin, York) worked in the state auditor general's office and helped write a report in 2008 when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources pulled the $800,000 per year program from lake beaches.
Now that he is an elected official, Teplitz says he plans to draft legislation to bring lifeguards back.
Tuesday’s primary features many hot races across Pennsylvania, but more than a million voters will have no say in who wins.
The Keystone State is among 12 across the nation that have closed primaries. That means only registered Democrats and Republicans get to vote on who wins their party’s nomination to appear on the ballot in the fall general election.
“We should be looking at more ways to get people into the process of voting and not excluding,” said state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-15th).