Government & Politics

The controversial fee on Pennsylvania State Police coverage, explained

BY: - February 8, 2019

Like diamonds and a mother's love, some things are timeless — including the perennial fight over a proposed fee on Pennsylvania municipalities that rely solely on State Police.

As the fight over Trump’s Wall rages in Washington, Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon is headed for the Border

BY: - February 7, 2019

The delegation headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer "will meet directly with immigrant advocates about the humanitarian situation as well as receive a border security briefing."

Lawmaker who chaired Liquor Control Committee moves to lobbying role for Pa. brewers

BY: - February 7, 2019

Former Rep. Adam Harris, a Republican who spent 16 years in the General Assembly before retiring last session, has a new job leading outreach for Pennsylvania’s beer brewing industry. Harris was chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee in 2016 when the state reformed its liquor laws, including letting distributors sell six packs. “Brewers across Pennsylvania […]

COMMENTARY

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

BY: - February 7, 2019

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

COMMENTARY

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

BY: - February 7, 2019

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 fixes to make ends meet had to change. We’ve since come to refer to this as “The Pizza Law of Budgeting,” […]

COMMENTARY

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

BY: - February 7, 2019

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.

COMMENTARY

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

BY: - February 7, 2019

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

This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The Wolf administration wants to copy that success

BY: - February 7, 2019

In his Tuesday budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf focused on ways to get Pennsylvanians into good-paying jobs, from more investment in early education to revamped workforce programs. He also highlighted the work of Misericordia, a 2,879-student liberal arts university in Northeastern Pa. The school “is home to one of only eight programs in the country that […]

COMMENTARY

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

BY: - February 7, 2019

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.

Top Pa. Senate Dem. moves to halt Highmark/UPMC divorce

BY: - February 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat is wading into the acrimonious — and seemingly endless — break up of two of the state’s largest healthcare providers. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would require UMPC Health System and Highmark Inc. to either contract with each other for services or […]

To build ‘civic muscle,’ this group is giving out cash for citizen-drawn congressional maps

BY: - February 6, 2019

Three dozen Pennsylvanians walked out of the Capitol Wednesday with a nice chunk of change, all for drawing maps. The winners, divided by age and region, had participated in a political cartography contest run by Draw the Lines PA, a nonpartisan civic education group that asks commonwealth citizens to make their own congressional maps online. […]