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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?

‘The best part of it is picking your own time to leave,’ Scarnati says, as Pa. Senate pays tribute to retiring GOP leader

BY: - October 20, 2020

A 20-year veteran of the Senate, Scarnati announced in February that he would not seek reelection this year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. 

Hughes: It’s ‘a crime to have $1.3B sitting around’; Ahead of budget debate, Senate Dems release plan for unspent CARES cash

BY: - October 16, 2020

With round two of this year’s budget debate looming, Senate Democrats have rolled out their plan to spend $1.3 billion in unspent federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Pa. Senate’s vote to curb executive power devolves into partisan shouting match

BY: - September 9, 2020

Actions by the GOP majority “defied the spirit of democracy” the chamber's top Democratic leader said Wednesday.

Activists, W.Pa. lawmakers call on Allegheny Co. officials to increase access to the ballot box

BY: - September 2, 2020

Allegheny County election officials have already processed 204,000 mail-in and absentee ballot applications to date,