Commentary

Pa. can’t be a role model on criminal justice reform if we undermine peoples’...

By Andy HooverElected officials and corrections administrators in Pennsylvania have been doing a bit of a victory lap after the recent announcement that our state prison population dropped by 1,000 people in 2018. On the...

Wait? What? Pennsylvania has clout on Capitol Hill now? | Friday Morning Coffee

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.There's no nice way to say this, so we're just going to come out and say it. It's been a lonnnnggggg time since Pennsylvania had any clout on Capitol Hill.How long?We're talking...

Here’s how to avoid the next government shutdown | Madeleine Dean

President Trump didn't mention the shutdown once during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. We can't let another one happen.

Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in...

And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.

Pa. Dems want your $4 to pass ‘the most progressive budget in years’

We'll look forward to the inevitable television commercials and direct-mail pieces that $4 ask will more than likely underwrite.

Math is hard. Budget math is harder | Thursday Morning Coffee

When he rode into office four years ago, Gov. Tom Wolf was pretty clear about one thing: The way Harrisburg was balancing its books wasn't working. Simply moving pots of money around, and relying on one-time...

People don’t trust blockchain systems – is regulation a way to help? | Opinion

Blockchain technology was supposed to make trust unnecessary – but that turns out not to be true. Most people will want laws and regulations to help make blockchain-based systems trustworthy.

State of the Union 2019: Investigating doesn’t rule out legislating | Opinion

The U.S. government has been able to legislate just fine during past presidential investigations.

When it comes to marijuana legalization, Pa. is following a familiar script | Opinion

On every major reform, Pennsylvania punts, waiting as long as possible before being dragged fighting and screaming into modern times. It would be nice if Pennsylvania didn’t have to be last again.