Resolution for conservation corridors study to be reintroduced in House
By: Cassie Miller - February 1, 2023
It would assist state agencies, such as the Game Commission and Department of Transportation in their efforts to manage wildlife habitat, limit forest fragmentation, and plan connectivity and crossings, “as well as maintain and enhance Pennsylvania as one of the nation’s top destinations for outdoor recreation tourism,” the Jan. 30 memo reads.
PUC launches investigation into PPL Electric over ‘unusually high bills’
By: Cassie Miller - January 31, 2023
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced Tuesday that it referred PPL to its Independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, which enforces state public utility codes and PUC regulations, for investigation after receiving complaints from PPL customers.
USDA to use outdoors recreation to boost economy around national forests, grasslands
By: Adam Goldstein and Cassie Miller - January 31, 2023
The USDA program is an acknowledgement from the government about the clear economic benefits of the outdoor recreation sector for rural areas, Chris Perkins, the senior director at the industry and nonprofit coalition group Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, said.
DCNR grant funding opens for 2023 conservation projects | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - January 28, 2023
Last year, the program awarded approximately $90 million to more than 330 local and community projects statewide, according to the department.
Perry Co. receives ‘main street’ designation in community and economic development program
By: Cassie Miller - January 26, 2023
State officials and local business leaders gathered in downtown Duncannon to announce the designation, which they say will invest in towns across the rural county, including Blain, Duncannon, Landisburg, Liverpool, Marysville, Millerstown, New Bloomfield, New Buffalo, and Newport.
What W.Pa. voters need to know ahead of the Feb. 7 Special Election for the House
By: Cassie Miller - January 23, 2023
The open seats were previously held by former state Reps. Austin Davis and Summer Lee, who won higher offices in the November general election, and the late state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, who died in October from lymphoma.
Shapiro, Davis inauguration recap | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - January 21, 2023
"I honor the work of those who came before me, I affirm my pact with the people to listen and be your voice, and I accept the responsibility you’ve bestowed upon me to be the next link in the chain of progress – with humility," Shapiro said in his inaugural address.
Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 3.9% in December
By: Cassie Miller - January 20, 2023
The commonwealth’s December 2022 unemployment rate is 1.6 percentage points below its December 2021 unemployment rate, data released by the state Department of Labor and Industry showed.
Austin Davis sworn in as Pa.’s 35th, first Black lieutenant governor
By: Cassie Miller - January 17, 2023
Davis remarked on the historic moment by acknowledging that the accomplishment “was paid for by the blood, sweat, and tears of those who came before me.”
What to know about this week’s inauguration and what’s ahead for the Shapiro-Davis administration
By: Marley Parish and Cassie Miller - January 16, 2023
Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro and Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis, both Democrats, take the oath of office this week.
Wolf admin completes ‘first step’ in OSHA study | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - January 14, 2023
The feasibility study, which was conducted through a collaboration between Indiana University of Pennsylvania and several state agencies, examined the five-year period from 2016-2021 and estimated the costs of adopting OSHA standards for commonwealth employees under the governor’s jurisdiction to be $54.8 million at baseline and $14.4 million for year one.
Outgoing Gov. Wolf sets clemency record, granting 2,540 pardons
By: Cassie Miller - January 13, 2023
The administration said that 395 of the 2,540 pardons granted were part of an expedited review program, authorized by then-Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and the state Board of Pardon in 2019, to speed up the clemency application process for people with nonviolent marijuana possession or paraphernalia convictions.