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With 6th budget, Wolf gets his progressive mojo back. Will lawmakers come along for the ride? | Analysis

BY: - February 4, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf, meet Gov. Tom Wolf. With more money for gun violence reduction efforts; universal kindergarten; an ambitious higher education grant program aimed at keeping college kids in Pennsylvania; a reboot on a $4.5 billion infrastructure program, and a push for an eventual $15 an hour minimum wage, the York County Democrat rolled out […]

Bipartisan bills in state House and Senate increase access to solar energy

BY: - October 22, 2019

Legislation now before the state House and Senate would allow Pennsylvania utility customers subscribe to 100 percent solar energy from their local power company.

Pa. Senate Democrats ask Wolf for disaster declaration to fight gun violence

BY: - June 24, 2019

In the face of legislative inaction on gun control, Democrats in the state Senate have asked Gov. Tom Wolf for a statewide disaster declaration on gun violence. “We believe it is necessary to raise the public’s awareness of the massive loss of human life and the suffering inflicted on affected family, friends and neighbors where […]

Two dozen Democrats including state party chair join call for Sen. Daylin Leach to resign

BY: and - June 7, 2019

Here’s a list of every official and organization asking for Leach’s resignation.

‘That could be any of us’: Senate Dems propose $10M safety grant program for Pa. houses of worship

BY: - June 3, 2019

"Event after event has unfolded across our commonwealth," one of the proposal's backers said. "We have to act on this."

Why the state Supreme Court and General Assembly may go head-to-head over medical malpractice rules

BY: - February 27, 2019

Where you can and can’t file a medical malpractice lawsuit is shaping up to be a partisan battle between Pennsylvania’s legislative and judicial branches. On one side you have the state Supreme Court, which may once again allow lawyers to file suits in the county of their choosing. That rule was changed more than a […]

Top Pa. Senate Dem. moves to halt Highmark/UPMC divorce

BY: - February 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat is wading into the acrimonious — and seemingly endless — break up of two of the state’s largest healthcare providers. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would require UMPC Health System and Highmark Inc. to either contract with each other for services or […]