Today is the first day of the rest of the 2019 budget season | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 6, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Heading into Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget speech on Tuesday, there was really only one question worth asking: Which Wolf would show up? Would it be a bold progressive, buoyed by his landslide win over Republican Scott Wagner last fall, and emboldened by the surge of the Democratic Party’s youthful and increasingly diverse left wing? Or […]

This is why House Democrats are focusing on economic security for working families | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By Frank Dermody  Many Americans have become discouraged with today’s politics of personal destruction and the influence of big money in campaigns. They are looking for something different. People want to vote for candidates up and down the ballot who will stand up for their ideals and fight for their interests. In 2018, more than […]

Wolf, lawmakers can’t forget the challenges facing the Pa. State Police | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By David Kennedy Pennsylvania State Troopers are working harder than ever before as our department continues to be stretched incredibly thin. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have — and continue to provide — our department with new cadet classes each year, but we simply cannot keep up with retirements within our ranks. Currently, […]

Sober? Steady? Liked by Republicans? A most unusual Wolf budget indeed | John L. Micek

BY: - February 6, 2019

There was plenty that was familiar about Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget address on Tuesday. Once again, he was after a higher minimum wage and more money for public schools. And he was taking another run at trying to get municipalities without their own police departments to pony up and pay for the free coverage […]

It’s our birthday! It’s your budget day! | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 5, 2019

A Wolf budget. A Trump State of the Union. What could possibly go wrong?

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wolf, lawmakers need to think big on education funding | Opinion

BY: - February 4, 2019

By Susan Spicka In his annual budget address to lawmakers this Tuesday, many public education advocates are hoping that Gov. Tom Wolf will propose, and that the Legislature will support, a bold new investment in public education that includes at least $400 million in basic education funding, $100 million in special education funding, and $10 […]