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Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - March 3, 2019

Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.

In the Coal Region, a debate over whether marijuana legalization will hurt or help opioid crisis

BY: - March 2, 2019

Of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Schuylkill County in the Coal Region has been one of the hardest hit by opioids. On Saturday, the role that legalizing marijuana could play in that crisis was hotly debated during a stop on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour. At a theater in downtown Pottsville, Melissa Kalyan, administrator for Schuylkill County Drug […]

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Here’s what 2014 and 2018 can teach us about what’s ahead for Pa. (and Tom Wolf) in 2020 | Analysis

BY: - March 2, 2019

Tom Wolf's wins in 2014 and 2018 point the way forward for Democrats in 2020.

February revenues slightly below expectations for PA

BY: - March 1, 2019

Pennsylvania collected $2 billion in tax revenues in February, or just a tenth of a percent less than expected. Tax revenue, compared to last year, is up $1.1 billion on 2018 — or 5.7 percent greater. Both corporate taxes and sales taxes were larger than expected in February. Corporate taxes brought in $116.4 million — […]

Money for Pittsburgh air base won’t be affected by Trump’s emergency declaration: report

BY: - March 1, 2019

An $85 million project aimed at helping an Air Force Reserve station near Pittsburgh accommodate larger C-17 cargo planes won’t be affected by the Trump administration’s plans to shift federal money away from defense projects to construction of a border wall. The Morning Call of Allentown reported Friday that funds for the construction of those […]

GOP state House candidate Scavo apologizes for anti-Muslim Facebook posts

BY: - March 1, 2019

Frank Scavo, a Lackawanna County school board chair, businessman, and Republican candidate for state House, apologized this week for posting anti-Muslim statements on his personal Facebook page. A review of Scavo’s social media from March 2018 to the present by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star revealed he posted anti-Muslim scaremongering and shared an unsubstantiated Clinton conspiracy theory. READ […]

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Top Pa. Senate Dem launches anti-poverty bills. Is this the AOC effect in Harrisburg? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 1, 2019

A Philadelphia Democrat wants his colleagues to be required to consider the impact of their policies on the poorest Pennsylvanians,

It’s not just Republicans talking about cutting regulations in Harrisburg

BY: - March 1, 2019

(*This story was updated to reflect that the bill language while modeled after Virginia, does not have a set percentage of regulations to cut yet. It was also updated with comment from the the Department of State.) Two freshmen lawmakers are proposing a bill, modeled of one recently passed in Virginia, to slash state regulations […]

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Pat Toomey & Brian Fitzpatrick: A tale of two Republicans | John L. Micek

BY: - March 1, 2019

The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his reelection chances — tells us a lot about the state of the GOP in 2019. First up, there’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, the Keystone State’s junior United States senator. If […]

Cash assistance for disabled adults is back. One Republican says the House won’t fund it

BY: - March 1, 2019

Before members of the House Appropriations Committee could ask questions of the state’s Human Services secretary Thursday, Rep. Stan Saylor wanted to get something off his chest. About that recently revived cash assistance program? The House isn’t “interested” in funding it, the York Republican told Secretary Teresa Miller. Saylor was referencing the General Assistance program, […]

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The 3 reasons why Americans fall for politicians’ lies about statistics | Opinion

BY: - March 1, 2019

Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.

An aging prison population is straining Pa.’s Corrections budget. Could medical parole be the answer?

BY: - February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania’s prison population may be shrinking, but its costs aren’t. One reason, according to Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, is a growing number of elderly inmates. In a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, Wetzel said the state’s aging prison population “100 percent has to do” with his department’s rising medical costs. He said Pennsylvania […]