Government & Politics

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.

This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The...

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...

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.

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

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...

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

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...

In State of the Union, Trump calls for unity – will Pa. lawmakers buy...

By Robin Bravender, Capital-Star Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump implored Congress Tuesday to move past political gridlock in favor of bipartisan cooperation before he dug in in on the border security fight that...