A $9.50 minimum wage by 2022? The Pa. Senate just passed it. Now it’s up to the House.

BY: - November 20, 2019

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Christine Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, passed 42-7. Every Democrat and the majority of Republicans supported the bill.

Pa. House, Senate Republicans tout looming completion of package of pro-farmer bills

BY: - June 26, 2019

With Farm Show milkshakes in hand (of course), Republican leaders in the state House and Senate gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday to tout a package of bills that they say reiterates the Legislature’s commitment to Pennsylvania farmers. “I laid out a challenge to my colleagues and to the governor to really step up […]

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.

Wolf’s infrastructure plan makes legislative debut with near-majority support

BY: - June 5, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf’s much-hyped plan to expand broadband internet, fight flooding, and invest in natural gas production, among other infrastructure investments, was released Wednesday — with nearly enough support to pass both chambers. According to a statement released by Wolf’s office, 99 House and 25 Senate lawmakers from both parties support the legislation. According to […]

Wolf “welcomes discussion” with Legislature on his minimum wage hike

BY: - February 26, 2019

The state's minimum, which is the same as the federal minimum, has not been raised since 2009.


Did Jake Corman just signal a kinder, gentler #PaBudget season? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 26, 2019

The top Senate Republican sounds like he's looking for a deal already. Can he get one - and keep the rank-and-file happy?

A $15 minimum wage in Pennsylvania? That’s a non-starter, says top Pa. Senate Republican

BY: - February 25, 2019

A proposal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage may be getting more traction this year, but a top Republican state senator said Monday it will suffer a predictable fate if Gov. Tom Wolf doesn’t accept a lower number. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, roundly praised Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon […]


Sooner – and probably not later – the time for legal weed in Pa. will come | Opinion

BY: - February 13, 2019

There are plenty of obstacles to legal weed in Pa. But it's impossible to put off the debate any longer.


Sober? Steady? Liked by Republicans? A most unusual Wolf budget indeed | John L. Micek

BY: - February 6, 2019

There was plenty that was familiar about Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget address on Tuesday. Once again, he was after a higher minimum wage and more money for public schools. And he was taking another run at trying to get municipalities without their own police departments to pony up and pay for the free coverage […]

Republican leaders praise Wolf’s proposed workforce initiatives, bristle at spending increases

BY: - February 5, 2019

State Republicans this afternoon had measured praise for Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget proposal, saying that while they support his initiatives to develop Pennsylvania’s workforce, they may oppose proposals to increase overall spending. “I think we’ll break the normal tradition as the opposition to come out and ridicule or complain about the governor’s proposal,” Senate […]

Rep. Jake Wheatley thinks Pa. is ready for recreational pot – again

BY: - February 5, 2019

Even with Senate GOP leadership opposed and a decriminalization bill just receiving its first tentative vote last fall, Rep. Jake Wheatley sees reasons for optimism that this session could mean legal pot for Pennsylvania.