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Who benefits? Philly leads largest cities in property tax breaks | Analysis

BY: - September 22, 2019

45 properties receiving tax breaks are valued at more than $50 million.You’ll find most of the tax-abated properties in choice Philadelphia neighborhoods.

‘I finally made my way into a union:’ First class graduates from trade training program

BY: - September 21, 2019

They're graduates of Rebuild Philadelphia, a training program funded through the city's beverage tax. The graduates are all people of color.

U.S. House passes bill to end forced arbitration

BY: and - September 20, 2019

Pennsylvania's 18-member House delegation evenly split along party lines, with all nine Democrats voting in favor of the bill.

In Pictures: How Pennsylvania observed the 2019 Global Climate Strike

BY: - September 20, 2019

From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, Pennsylvanians of every race, age and creed gathered in public squares and on the steps of the state Capitol to observe the 2019 Youth Climate Strike, and to demand government action on global warming and climate change. Here’s what those observances looked  — and sounded — like across Pennsylvania on Friday, […]

Leach calls report on harassment allegations ‘fair’ and ‘thoughtful’

BY: - September 20, 2019

"The report did not find that I was a perfect person," Leach said. He apologized for "participating in off-color conversations and making off-color jokes" during his 2008 campaign.

Philly lead-safety legislation undergoes change at request of rental industry

BY: - September 20, 2019

In 2018, 1,568 Philly kids tested positive for lead, including 369 children with significantly elevated blood-levels. The bill is supposed to keep them safe.

School’s out for climate strike? Here’s why teens across Pennsylvania may skip class on Friday

BY: - September 20, 2019

Dozens of protests are scheduled in Pennsylvania as part of a global climate strike, just three days before world leaders will convene in New York City for the UN Climate Action Summit.

‘More options and opportunities’: At Harrisburg Catholic school, DeVos pushes $5 billion program for private, religious school scholarships

BY: - September 19, 2019

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai toured Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School, a stone’s throw from the Capitol building, before plugging a plan to get students out of the troubled city school district and into private schools.

Electric vehicle drivers in Pa. would pay $250/year fee under advancing state House bill

BY: - September 19, 2019

The state House has advanced legislation requiring electric vehicle drivers to pony up for the wear and tear they inflict on Pennsylvania’s roads and highways. The majority-Republican chamber voted 94-90 to approve an amendment hitting drivers of hybrids or fully electric vehicles with a $250 annual fee. Originally, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Caroll, […]

Final report into harassment claims finds Leach did not violate federal law as leadership again calls for his resignation

BY: - September 19, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is again calling on state Sen. Daylin Leach to resign.

Wolf, 14 govs. tell Congress to include strong PFAS provisions in defense bill

BY: and - September 19, 2019

The chemicals have leached into groundwater, surface water and nearby private wells used for drinking water in many locations.

In first hearing in 3 years, activists agree Pa. redistricting needs a fix. They disagree on how to get there

BY: - September 18, 2019

A standing-room-only session revealed differences over the fine details of a plan to draw non-partisan maps that everyone agrees are fair.