Government & Politics

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So when can you safely go back to your doctor? Hospitals, Wolf admin. working on guidelines | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 23, 2020

Talks with the administration are ongoing, the top exec at an industry trade association says, as hospitals' bottom lines continue to take a battering.

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Is the government abusing power during the COVID-19 pandemic? | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - April 23, 2020

From a strictly legal perspective, the answer is, probably not. Or at least not in the general sense that the protestors are raising.

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Do we save more lives by social distancing or restarting the economy? | Opinion

BY: - April 23, 2020

The experiences of Philadelphia and St. Louis in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic offer lessons for the policymakers of today. They should heed them,

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Here’s why the COVID-19 pandemic should force a rethink on Pa.’s income tax | Ray E. Landis

BY: - April 23, 2020

And we should start with a simple reality check – the private sector is not going to lead us forward. We’ll need to look to state government for help.

Wolf: Pa. ‘won’t be flipping a switch’ as it reopens; May 8 targeted for north-central, NWPA

BY: - April 22, 2020

The Democratic governor outlined a color-coded reopening plan, with counties moving from red, to yellow, to green as the threat recedes.

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As it eyes reopening, Pa. doesn’t have a plan for contact tracing. Here’s what that means and why it matters.

BY: - April 22, 2020

As Gov. Tom Wolf prepares to lift stay-at-home orders and some business closings, the state’s public health response remains stymied at every stage.

Limited workplace protections, packaging woes could stress food supplies, lawmakers worry 

BY: - April 22, 2020

More face masks and flexible food packaging are needed to keep Pennsylvania’s grocery stores in stock, legislative leaders warned Wednesday.

Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states

BY: - April 22, 2020

The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote on the measure — although it’s unclear how many lawmakers will return to Washington — and President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will sign it.

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Given the choice to do the right thing on telemedicine bill, the Legislature did the predictable thing — again | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 22, 2020

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Watching Tuesday’s state Senate debate over a telemedicine bill that also constrains access to abortion, it was hard not to be reminded of the ancient fable of the scorpion and the frog. If you don’t know the story, the short form is that it centers on a frog who gives a scorpion a […]

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Earth Day 2020: The EPA can’t use the pandemic as an excuse for weakening oversight

BY: - April 22, 2020

In the 1970s, Republicans actually got behind serious environmental regulation.They need to get serious and do that again.

COVID-19 in Philly: City businesses likely to open later than rest of state, Kenney says

BY: - April 21, 2020

Philadelphia is seeing a lower number of cases and deaths identified, but increases in the number of people with infection in the city.

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How one Philadelphia library is finding poetry in the pandemic | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 21, 2020

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Every April, Sara Palmer looks forward to celebrating National Poetry Month. During this special, annual celebration, Palmer, the supervisor at the Kensington branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, puts together a slate of special programming to draw patrons to the branch library at 104 W. Dauphin St. in the city. But this year, in the midst […]