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Cassie Miller

Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.

Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 27, 2020

Using the national median household income, coupled with relevant deductions and exemptions, SmartAsset was able to identify which of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have the lowest tax burden, and which have the highest. 

Levine: ‘I don’t know’ when Pa. Health Dept. will respond to public records requests

By: - April 25, 2020

Pennsylvania's top public health official said other legal work related to the global pandemic is taking precedence over public records requests.

After the lockdown, a path forward | Five for Your Weekend

By: - April 25, 2020

The top five stories from this week.

Calling Wolf’s plan ‘progress,’ Toomey outlines his own plan to reopen Pa.

By: - April 23, 2020

Toomey’s proposal comes just a day after Wolf, a Democrat, unveiled his county-by-county approach to gradually lifting restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19. 

Lawmakers voice concern over unemployment compensation claims backlog

By: - April 20, 2020

Constituent complaints, Mullery said in a statement, are why he wrote to House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox, R-Berks, asking for a virtual hearing with state Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak. 

‘We’ve given up a lot’: Wolf says laying out plan for May 8 gradual reopening

By: - April 20, 2020

Speaking to journalists Monday, Wolf said his administration will use an “evidence-based,” region by region to approach the reopening.

March unemployment data shows COVID-19 impact in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 20, 2020

The department’s data noted March numbers don’t show the entire picture since COVID-related closures did not affect the week from March 8 - 14. 

‘You’re putting yourselves at risk’ Levine tells protesters planning event at the Capitol next week

By: - April 16, 2020

As of midday Thursday, Pennsylvania saw 1,245 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 27,735 in all 67 counties, with 707 confirmed fatalities. 

Advocates ask lawmakers ‘to act quickly, act now’ on surprise medical bill legislation

By: - April 15, 2020

Hosted by Pennsylvania Health Access Network, advocates offered their “enthusiasm” for the consumer protections in a plan now before the state House that would eliminate surprise medical bills for Pensylvanians. The bill, HB1862, sponsored by Rep. Tina Prickett, R-Bradford, has passed committee and is awaiting a floor vote. 

Pa. general fund revenue fell slightly in March. Here’s what that means | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 13, 2020

While the closing  of non-essential businesses across the state no doubt had an impact on the General Fund’s collections for March, it’s not the sole reason for the slight decline, state officials say. 

How you can help in this time of need | Five for Your Weekend

By: - April 11, 2020

Pennsylvania's First Lady Frances Wolf, shared some tips for volunteering and ways to connect with organizations in need.

COVID-19 cases climb even as curve shows signs of change, Levine says

By: - April 9, 2020

Despite the continued increase in cases, state health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said that the social distancing and other mitigation efforts have had an impact on the number of cases throughout Pennsylvania.