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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,

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This Pittsburgh nurse works on the front lines. Here’s what she needs from Harrisburg. | John L. Micek

BY: - May 21, 2020

Artinese Knight is a registered nurse. And she worries about lots of stuff: Whether she’ll have the personal protective equipment she needs when she shows up for work. If she can offer the care to her patients that they need and deserve. And, if she gets sick, whether she can afford to take the time […]

DePasquale announces audit, Senate serves subpoena as pressure increases to open up Wolf’s waiver

BY: - April 30, 2020

The move forces Gov. Tom Wolf to shed light on how his administration decided which businesses could open and which would remain closed to prevent the spread of the disease.

State Senate sends Wolf bill aimed at reopening Pa. businesses; Guv signals veto

BY: - April 15, 2020

The legislation lifts its business criteria from an advisory issued last month by an agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Republican-controlled House passed it Tuesday.

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In fight over COVID-19 relief bills, Pa. lawmakers walk a political tightrope | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 9, 2020

From loan forgiveness to bills to help childcare centers, there's no shortage of ideas. Still, the plans highlight partisan divisions on the way forward.

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‘A torrent of hate’: Pa.’s Asian-American community endures COVID-19 backlash | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 3, 2020

"We have been intimidated, spit on, physically attacked. Hundreds of people have come forward, but we know hundreds more go unreported,” advocate says.

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Coronavirus threat: Pa. House needs to pass public health emergency bill, Senate Dem Costa says | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 28, 2020

The call from Sen. Jay Costa comes as the state makes preparations to deal with the virus