Personal income is up in Pa. and all 50 states. But many still struggle | Thursday Morning Coffee
State personal income increased 59.7 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2021 after decreasing 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, new federal data show.
This year, we need a Pa. budget for the people – not just the powerful | Opinion
We don’t have to settle for a government that does little but keep taxes low for the richest Pennsylvanians and powerful corporations.
The minimum wage was created during the Great Depression. We need to raise it during the Pandemic Recession | Opinion
Far from hurting the economy, a $12 minimum wage on July 1, 2021, would add $4 billion to consumer spending in our state and a $15 minimum wage in 2027 would add $6 billion.
Another problem with judicial districts: The threat of judicial extremism | Marc Stier
One of the most important political adages is “beware unintended consequences.” That judicial gerrymandering might lead to judicial extremism is one that should concern us.
As deadline for COVID-19 stimulus deal closes in, Pa. residents ‘need help yesterday’
A new proposal that emerged Monday could provide help break a logjam over a relief bill.
Wolf is the ‘extremist’ — not me | Doug Mastriano
Adults are capable of making their own health and safety decisions ... and we do not need the government intruding in our lives.
‘We want Pa. to thrive, not just survive,’ progressive coalition says as it rolls out its legislative agenda
A coalition of progressive advocacy groups, spanning a myriad of constituencies and the state, rolled out a massive legislative agenda Tuesday that calls for a higher minimum wage; more money for public education; paid family leave, and other initiatives that they say will allow “all Pennsylvanians to thrive, not just survive.” The roll-out, coordinated by […]
Pa. Senate GOP’s judicial gerrymandering plan is a threat to our democracy | Opinion
This proposal would give legislators enormous power over the political makeup of the Supreme Court and other appellate courts.
COVID-19 exposed the cracks in our system. We have to fill them, not just paper them over | Opinion
We must to commit to to overcoming the inequities in our political community revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes, the U.S. Constitution could be improved. The process in this Pa. House resolution isn’t a path forward | Opinion
It’s not hard to understand the temptation to support this resolution. We live at a time of political division in Pennsylvania. But we can't act in haste.
Wolf’s budget plan will move Pa. forward – here’s how | Both Sides Now
The Legislature's Republican majority to recognize the practical and moral necessities of governing and enact this budget.