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Senate Dems push pension hike for retired teachers, state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 21, 2022

Teachers and state employees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment to their pensions in more than 20 years.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate Republicans advance late-night constitutional amendment package on abortion, voter ID

BY: - July 8, 2022

Senate Republicans advanced a package of proposed constitutional amendments, including one related to abortion rights in Pennsylvania.

The site of a Shell ethane cracker plant, shown under construction in 2018, in Monaca, Pa.

W.Pa. residents, advocates urge state lawmakers to take action against fracking

BY: - June 6, 2022

'As a politician, you can’t be pro-industry and pro-health, you have to pick one,' an advocate told lawmakers.

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. 

‘Shameful’ and ‘dangerous’: Pa.’s LGBTQ+ Caucus calls for swift action on anti-discrimination bill following Chambersburg vote

BY: - January 25, 2022

Calling the decision ”shameful” and “dangerous,” state LGBTQ+ Caucus leaders, which include, state Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, expressed concern over the repercussions of revoking the ordinance, writing in a Tuesday statement that its repeal  leaves “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians in an extremely vulnerable position.”

The wrong font, misplaced staples leads to unusual court rebuke of Pa. teachers’ pension fund

BY: - August 26, 2021

“I have never seen it before,” Duquesne University law professor, and state court watcher, Bruce Ledewitz said. “That could be because lawyers comply with the rules.”

Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future

BY: and - June 25, 2021

“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s botched vaccine rollout is causing ‘tremendous anxiety and mistrust.’ Senate Dems drop centralized registry plan to change it | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 22, 2021

The four lawmakers say their plan will reduce frustration, and eliminate the need to spend hours searching for appointments.

‘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. 

After closed door dealings, General Assembly sends Wolf revised nat. gas tax credit bill; signature expected

BY: - July 14, 2020

The proposal, a limited version of a bill Wolf vetoed this spring, would provide upwards of $600 million in tax breaks to, at most, four manufacturing facilities that use Pennsylvania-drilled methane gas to produce fertilizer or other products.

General Assembly sends Wolf a bill adding protections against sexual assault in police custody

BY: - July 7, 2020

To include police officers, criminal justice reformers were forced to also back enhanced penalties for prison inmates who attack a prison guard.

Pa. Dems call for ‘recovery and healing,’ as state emerges from COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - June 18, 2020

Democratic lawmakers from Philly area gathered virtually Thursday to discuss a path forward for Pa. it emerges from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.