More staff needed to end Pa. unemployment delays, L&I head tells lawmakers
The demand for their help won’t be disappearing soon. Officials say about 500,000 of the jobs lost from during the pandemic appear permanent.
Fiedler to chair new progressive panel as House Democratic makeover continues
The progressive panel will be part of the House Democratic Policy Committee, which, pre-COVID, traveled the state and held hearings on issues affecting Pennsylvania.
Wolf extends temporary eviction ban until Aug. 31
According to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, there are 3.4 million renters in Pennsylvania. They pay a media rent of $915 a month.
Spying wave of evictions, House Dems call for Wolf to extend moratorium to year’s end
They want Wolf to extend his COVID-19 inspired moratorium on eviction and foreclosure until Dec. 31, 2020. It is set to expire on Friday, July 10.
UBI for Pa.?: Reps. Fiedler, Lee propose sending $250 to every state resident | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The Pa. version of UBI would be funded through money from the CARES Act, and continue for as long as federal money continues to flow, they said.
In a time of pandemic, hazardous work conditions call for fair pay | Opinion
They are keeping us alive and as safe and healthy as possible. But we need to do more than just thank Pennsylvania’s essential workers.
It’s time to end Pa’s outrageous practice of non-consensual, unnecessary pelvic exams | Opinion
Right now in Pennsylvania, doctors and medical students can perform invasive, unnecessary, physical exams on unconscious patients without their consent.
How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers
State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours of last month’s budget debate. According to a half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, some interviewed on the basis of anonymity to […]
Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues
Facing an uncooperative Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf and his legislative allies are looking to use a legislative shortcut to pass a marquee part of the Democrat’s second-term agenda — a $4.5 billion investment in state infrastructure, from roads to rural broadband and flood prevention. At a Democratic policy hearing Monday, Rep. Mike Sturla, of […]
Restore PA requires 20 years of natural gas production. Some progressive legislators aren’t ready to sign on
A handful of state House progressives are standing strong against Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature infrastructure plan, seeing in the $4.5 billion investment spree an over-reliance on the state’s natural gas industry at a time when Pennsylvania should be moving away from fossil fuels. The administration’s proposal, known as Restore PA, “locks us into the extraction […]
Rep. Summer Lee backed a bunch of primary winners. That’s a big deal. Here’s why | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The House's DSA lawmakers are doing very mainstream stuff. It's working.
Self-described climate contrarian tells Pa. House committee global warming alarm is overblown
Gregory Wrightstone’s testimony on what he called climate myths Wednesday ended up drawing a chuckle from a vampire, fairy, and other mythical creatures who gathered to protest a self-described climate contrarian’s take on the global warming. Wrightstone, a geologist and self-published author with ties to the natural gas industry, was invited to speak to the […]