John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.

Rubble at dilapidated factory, Detroit, Michigan, United States

In a pair of actions, Pa. House tackles blight | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 14, 2023

The chamber approved one bill, while another is headed for the floor.

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As temps rise, advocates call on Pa. to dial up aid for cooling costs | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 13, 2023

Advocates want Pa. to expand its LIHEAP program to help cover summer cooling costs.

Pa. Gov. Shapiro signs disaster declaration for I-95 collapse in Philadelphia

By: - June 12, 2023

The declaration authorizes the flow of money and assistance to reconstruct the highway, the Shapiro administration said Monday.

A section of I-95 in Philadelphia collapses. The state’s response. What local lawmakers said

By: - June 12, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro is expected to issue a disaster declaration on Monday, multiple news outlets reported.

The Guardian, or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Al Drago/Getty Images).

Here’s what the U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting decision means for Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 9, 2023

The federal ruling gives Pa. 'mapmakers a little more freedom' to craft majority-minority districts, an expert said.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: A flock of geese swim in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial as in hazy smoke covers Tidal Basin on June 8, 2023 in Washington, DC. Air quality alert has been elevated to a Code Purple in Washington due to smoke from wildfires burning in Canada, indicating very unhealthy air conditions for the public. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Dominion over the Earth? Who were we kidding? What the wildfires teach us | John L. Micek

By: - June 8, 2023

We might not survive our own climate foolishness. But the planet will go on spinning without us.

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Pennsylvania AG seeks repayment for cleanup of ‘Forever Chemicals’ | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 8, 2023

The companies knew for decades about 'the dangers and damages,' of PFAS, Attorney General Michelle Henry said.

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference at the Pa. Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

A Cleaner Slate: Pa. House approves expanded 2nd chance law | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 7, 2023

The bill cleared the House on a 189-14 vote and heads to the state Senate.

Pa. Auditor General Tim DeFoor

Report: Nearly 22% of Pa.’s municipal pension plans are in distress | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 6, 2023

'It is our obligation to make sure these pension plans are in good enough shape' for retirees, Auditor General Tim DeFoor said.

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

Budget Season Place Setter: Pa. collected $3.3B in taxes in May | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 5, 2023

Year-to-date collections are nearly 3% ahead of projections, according to new state data.

Rocket Blasting Off as people watch

Pa. boosts investments in state’s ‘growing space ecosystem’ | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 2, 2023

Boldly going where no one has gone before ... or Pittsburgh, because it's closer.

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Biz leaders: Pa.’s child care crisis costing state, employers billions | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 1, 2023

More than 50 chambers of commerce are calling Shapiro, lawmakers for help closing access, affordability gaps.