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Tree of Life allocated $6.6M in state funds for redevelopment efforts

BY: - December 6, 2021

"We will transform this site that has been marked by horror and the H-word into one full of hope, remembrance, and education," Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers said Monday.

Pa. legislators react to Wolf vetoing expanded concealed carry bill

BY: - December 2, 2021

As promised, Wolf vetoed a bill introduced by Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, that allows for concealed carry without a permit, lowers the legal age from 21 to 18, and grants open carry in Philadelphia.

Legislators at work? One in 5 laws enacted in Pa. this year renamed a bridge (or road)

BY: - November 10, 2021

Much like legislation naming post offices to members of Congress, bills to name bridges and roads are a staple of slow legislative days in Harrisburg. The honorees range from military members and first responders who have died in the line of service to deceased lawmakers and local historical figures. But such legislation has made up […]

The clock is ticking for lawmakers to draw Pa.’s legislative maps. Here’s why

BY: - October 25, 2021

They must draw the maps by Jan. 2022, but likely will try to finish early to meet deadlines for next year's election.

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This Pa. budget season, we must invest in safer communities | Opinion

BY: - June 22, 2021

Lawmakers must make this reducing gun violence a top priority in this year’s budget. Lives are depending on it.

To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season

BY: and - May 28, 2021

The question of how to spend $7.3 billion in federal stimulus funds has quickly -- and predictably -- cleaved along party lines.

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‘We are all in the crossfire’: With gun violence on the rise during the pandemic, one Philadelphia mom is fighting back | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 4, 2021

“There’s a frustrating sense of normality about murders in our country … the reality is that we are all in the crossfire," an activist said. "The only way to reduce gun violence is to work together."

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Wolf broke the fourth wall with his budget speech. Will Pa. tune in? | John L. Micek

BY: - February 3, 2021

A very different time demanded a very different kind of budget address. We got that much. We'll see what happens next.

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With extremism resurgent, will Pa. finally pass a tougher hate crimes law? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 22, 2021

'Hate crimes have become part of American life, the new normal in our country,' a Pittsburgh lawmaker, who's trying to turn the tide, says.

Pa. Republican Rep. Mike Reese dies at age 42

BY: - January 2, 2021

Reese died Saturday afternoon at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital with his family by his side, KDKA-TV reported.

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Report: Most states are weeks late in paying unemployment benefits. How did Pa. do? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 7, 2020

As of Nov. 1, all but three states were meeting the federal mandate to get benefit payments to 87 percent of applicants within three weeks.

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It’s Budget Week (again). Here’s what you need to know | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 16, 2020

Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have until Nov. 30 to get a budget deal to finish the 2020-21 fiscal year. Can it be done?