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Want to avoid a veto? Fix the process, Pa. Sen. Schwank says | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 20, 2022

It wouldn't kill Republicans to bring Democratic bills to a vote once in a while, the Berks Co. lawmaker says.

Campus-based child care has helped student-parents; Democrats evaluate expansion, affordability

BY: - April 28, 2022

In Pennsylvania, the average annual cost of infant care is $11,842 — $987 per month — according to data from the Economic Policy Institute. The estimated care for a 4-year-old costs $9,773 — $814 each month. 

COMMENTARY

Undocumented students deserve to go to college. We need to provide the path | Opinion

BY: - March 10, 2022

Nineteen states allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates. Pa. should join them and make an education dream come true.

Republican-penned amendment declaring no constitutional right to abortion advances to full Senate

BY: - January 25, 2022

Republicans, who hold the majority in the General Assembly, appear to have adopted the strategy to circumvent Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and his veto pen since successfully curtailing the office’s emergency powers through a referendum.

Dog law Senate bill ‘unlikely’ to move forward, aide to top Pa. senator says

BY: - October 2, 2021

Despite a funding deficit more than two decades in the making, a bill to increase dog license fees and boost funding for Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, likely won’t see a vote this session.  Legislation (SB 232) sponsored by state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, in February, is unlikely to see a vote in the […]

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Lawmakers need to pass, and Gov. Tom Wolf needs to sign, this cost-effective measure addressing disparities in access to STI prevention and treatment | Opinion

BY: - May 16, 2021

While COVID-19 vaccination efforts are underway, we expect to see more patients with undiagnosed and untreated STIs.

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic

BY: - May 11, 2021

The employer-sponsored mobile vaccination site at the mushroom farm is the result of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, which aims to reach the commonwealth’s diverse and underserved populations. 

Pa. House, Senate bills would mandate protections, sick leave for meatpacking, food processing workers

BY: - April 28, 2021

Like hundreds of thousands of Americans, Carmen Dominguez has seen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic up close. A union steward at a JBS beef plant in Souderton, Montgomery County, Dominguez saw two of her colleagues die from the virus as it began its deadly sweep across the commonwealth last spring. On Wednesday, she traveled […]

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Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22 | Opinion

BY: - February 12, 2021

Let’s craft, discuss and pass legislation that helps all women, all children, all families. 

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.

‘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."

Bipartisan lawmakers say it’s time to raise Pennsylvania teacher base pay to $45,000

BY: - March 26, 2019

It’s been 30 years since Pennsylvania last raised its starting salary for teachers, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers say it’s time for another update. A bill in the Senate would codify the proposal, first raised in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget, to pay all teachers across the commonwealth a $45,000 starting salary — more […]