Despite immigration concerns, bill that expands use of federal work status checks passes House

BY: - June 17, 2019

By a 140-plus vote margin, the House on Monday passed a bill to expand federal immigration work status checks to the state's construction industry. 

U.S. House Dems, with serious Pa. backing, prep a vote on $15 an hour minimum wage bill

BY: and - June 17, 2019

The House could vote on a $15/hr minimum wage bill in July. It's in for a rocky road in the Republican Senate.

Harrisburg High School (Cpaital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison)

Judge moves to put Harrisburg City School District under state control

BY: - June 17, 2019

A Dauphin County judge announced Monday morning that he would appoint a receiver to take control of the Harrisburg City School District, effectively putting the troubled school system under state control.

Who gets Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits, and who gets money? Search the EITC data yourself.

BY: - June 16, 2019

Every year, businesses clamor to claim Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits, which allow them to lower their tax bills by donating to private school scholarship funds, pre-K programs, and other educational enrichment initiatives. We explained how the EITC program works earlier this week. Using data from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, we were […]

Gov. Wolf renews Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time

BY: - June 15, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday renewed Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for the sixth time, giving the state more leeway to combat the addiction crisis. The Democrat signed the first 90-day declaration in January 2018. Since then, according to Wolf’s office, Pennsylvania has: “Removed about 285 tons of prescription drugs from our streets through take-back boxes; […]

As Pennsylvania’s budget deadline approaches, is a minimum wage increase still on the table?

BY: - June 14, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has made increasing the minimum wage a centerpiece of his budgets since taking office in 2015.

Republicans pick Lewisburg businessman to run for House seat formerly held by Rep. Fred Keller

BY: - June 14, 2019

Democrats will name their candidate next Thursday, June 20, according to Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Brandon Cwalina.

EITC, explained: How Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits are used, who benefits, and more

BY: - June 14, 2019

Here’s a look at how the program works and who stands to benefit from it.

Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination

BY: - June 13, 2019

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information from the Attorney General’s Office. Democratic elected officials from across Pennsylvania, including Attorney General Josh Shapiro, gathered in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill Thursday to hear, up close and personal, what it’s like when someone encounters harassment or hate for their race or religion. The event, hosted […]

Unions, immigration advocates divided over expanding work status checks to construction industry

BY: - June 13, 2019

That divide is also manifesting itself in the General Assembly.

Pa. U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly on ‘Medicare for All’: ‘This is a scary place that we’re going right now’

BY: - June 12, 2019

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers embody the deep divide on health care policy in the U.S. Congress.

Public school advocates called for greater accountability for cyber charters. Then things got heated

BY: - June 12, 2019

A small rally in favor of cyber charter school funding reform led to a heated debate between education advocates in the state Capitol on Tuesday, the same day the House considered a slate of bills that would impose new regulations on the state’s charter sector. At issue was the performance of Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools, […]