Government & Politics

Pennsylvania’s rainy day fund, explained: Why a $250 million deposit is getting so much attention

BY: - June 26, 2019

As part of this year’s budget, lawmakers are getting ready to do something unusual: make a deposit into Pennsylvania’s rainy day fund. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled state House passed a budget spending bill that puts $250 million into an emergency savings account. The move was backed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who consistently said any […]

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Lawmakers, Wolf need to reject this backdoor attempt to arm teachers | Opinion

BY: - June 26, 2019

This bill is misguided and dangerous and won't make our schools any safer.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Education secretary secures key reconfirmation vote from Senate committee

BY: - June 25, 2019

If the reception he received from the Senate Education Committee is any indication, Secretary Pedro Rivera is poised to cruise to a second term as Pennsylvania’s top education czar. 

Lawmakers work late into Tuesday, as 2019-20 budget moves forward

BY: and - June 25, 2019

The General Assembly moved at a breakneck pace Tuesday night toward budget completion, as the House and Senate advanced several pieces of legislation.

Pennsylvania House passes $34 billion budget proposal without widespread Democratic support

BY: - June 25, 2019

With support from most Republicans and some Democrats, the Pennsylvania House passed a $34 billion budget spending plan Tuesday afternoon, 140-62.

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How Pa.’s failure to raise the minimum wage will make the housing affordability crisis even worse | John L. Micek

BY: - June 25, 2019

Policy decisions, just like elections, have consequences.

Dem DePasquale will launch PA10 bid against Republican Rep. Scott Perry in July: report

BY: - June 25, 2019

So there’s been chatter for a while now that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is gearing up for Democratic bid against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania’s rejiggered 10th Congressional District. Now, it would appear, there’s an actual launch date. The National Journal, a publication that covers Congress, reported Tuesday that DePasquale will […]

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

General Assembly moves closer to eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians

BY: - June 25, 2019

A state Senate Committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for disabled Pennsylvanians.

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Yes, the Democratic prez debates will be a circus. But they’re also policy incubators | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - June 25, 2019

As you watch, try asking, which candidate has the best ideas for the country?

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Turzai’s budget season fast one: Catholic church gets an exemption on adoptions by same-sex couples| John L. Micek

BY: - June 24, 2019

The language is apparently destined for the Human Services Code, according to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Turzai would only say that he's seeking a legislative remedy.

House Republicans ponder rider cutting funding to Pitt to prevent fetal tissue research

BY: - June 24, 2019

As part of budget negotiations, Republicans are considering whether to add language that would cut state funding to the University of Pittsburgh if it participates in fetal tissue research. The proposal piggybacks on a policy push from President Donald Trump’s administration announced earlier this month to end federal government funding for medical research using fetal […]