Government & Politics

Read the full text of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019 budget address

BY: - February 5, 2019

The administration's $34 billion spending plan increases state spending by nearly $1 billion without any major tax increases.

Five takeaways from Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget

BY: - February 5, 2019

From a minimum wage increase to a new fee on municipalities

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Looking to improve Pa’s business climate, Gov. Wolf? Here’s a suggestion or two | Opinion

BY: - February 5, 2019

By Gene Barr It’s the start of a new legislative session — and a new term for Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor’s budget address this Tuesday sets in motion a very busy time in state government, as lawmakers and the administration work to finalize a state spending plan while at the same time trying to […]

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Climate action has to be the major benchmark for environmental progress in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - February 5, 2019

Pennsylvania can protect the environment and use market-based strategies to do it. This is how.

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Wolf, lawmakers have to step up this budget season to help survivors of sexual abuse | Opinion

BY: - February 5, 2019

The time is now to provide additional, sustained resources to help survivors weathering the storm both today and in the future.

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Wolf, lawmakers can’t miss this chance to help Pennsylvania workers | Opinion

BY: - February 5, 2019

A budget is more than a series of line items and partisan proxy positions. It's a statement of principles.

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Pa. voters spoke: On Budget Day, it’s time for Wolf, lawmakers to turn those words into action | Anwar Curtis

BY: - February 5, 2019

As the draw up a new state budget for 2019-2020, Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly need to hear the voices of all Pennsylvanians. Not just special interests.

Pennsylvania budget season starts today. Here’s what you need to know

BY: - February 5, 2019

Getting a budget passed is complicated, but the end result should be: spending = revenue.

Can doctors and rising suicide rates convince Pa. lawmakers to act on guns?

BY: - February 5, 2019

When more than a dozen moderate Republican lawmakers lost their re-election bids in 2018, some advocates worried that the new makeup of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly could stymie legislation on progressive policy issues. As one of the state’s leading advocates for gun-control, Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFire PA, knows that moderate lawmakers can drum up […]

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No, John Fetterman isn’t wearing a tie. And you need to stop talking about that | John L. Micek

BY: - February 5, 2019

Pennsylvania's new lieutenant governor is already well-known for a few things. He'd like you to look beyond that.

This powerful Capitol committee has a new chair. He’s not Daryl Metcalfe 2.0

BY: - February 5, 2019

Colleagues expect new House State Government Chair Garth Everett will bring decorum and cooperation to Metcalfe’s old committee

Leach steps down from key committee post in light of sexual misconduct accusations

BY: - February 4, 2019

He stepped down to "avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest" as he pursues a defamation lawsuit against three women, one of whom accused him of sexual assault.