Wolf, lawmakers need to boost Medicaid rates for long-term care homes | Opinion
For the fifth year in a row, the governor proposed flat funding for Medicaid rates in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire | Opinion
By Jillian Peterson James Densley Two years before he lined his schoolmates up against a classroom wall and executed them one by one, the student, who would become the gunman, tried to show his English teacher something important. He had quietly slid up his sleeves to reveal the cut marks running down his arms. The […]
Let’s cut through the smoke and look at the facts on marijuana legalization | Opinion
As Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor embarks on a listening tour to hear voters' views on legalized marijuana, it's important to consider the whole picture
Pa. can’t be a role model on criminal justice reform if we undermine peoples’ rights | Opinion
By Andy Hoover Elected officials and corrections administrators in Pennsylvania have been doing a bit of a victory lap after the recent announcement that our state prison population dropped by 1,000 people in 2018. On the heels of the passage of the Clean Slate Act — a new law to automatically seal some people’s criminal records […]
Wait? What? Pennsylvania has clout on Capitol Hill now? | Friday Morning Coffee
Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. There’s no nice way to say this, so we’re just going to come out and say it. It’s been a lonnnnggggg time since Pennsylvania had any clout on Capitol Hill. How long? We’re talking ‘Single Bullet Theory” long. We’re talking “Not Proven, Scottish Law” long. Not since dinosaurs … err … the late U.S. Sen. […]
Here’s how to avoid the next government shutdown | Madeleine Dean
President Trump didn't mention the shutdown once during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. We can't let another one happen.
Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in Pennsylvania? | John L. Micek
And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.
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 fixes to make ends meet had to change. We’ve since come to refer to this as “The Pizza Law of Budgeting,” […]
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.
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.
Today is the first day of the rest of the 2019 budget season | Wednesday Morning Coffee
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 […]