marc-stier

COMMENTARY

Personal income is up in Pa. and all 50 states. But many still struggle | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 1, 2021

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. 

COMMENTARY

This year, we need a Pa. budget for the people – not just the powerful | Opinion

BY: - June 16, 2021

We don’t have to settle for a government that does little but keep taxes low for the richest Pennsylvanians and powerful corporations.

COMMENTARY

The minimum wage was created during the Great Depression. We need to raise it during the Pandemic Recession | Opinion

BY: - March 7, 2021

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. 

COMMENTARY

Another problem with judicial districts: The threat of judicial extremism | Marc Stier

BY: - January 24, 2021

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’

BY: - December 15, 2020

A new proposal that emerged Monday could provide help break a logjam over a relief bill.

COMMENTARY

Wolf is the ‘extremist’ — not me | Doug Mastriano

BY: - August 12, 2020

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

BY: - July 28, 2020

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Pa. Senate GOP’s judicial gerrymandering plan is a threat to our democracy | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2020

This proposal would give legislators enormous power over the political makeup of the Supreme Court and other appellate courts.

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 exposed the cracks in our system. We have to fill them, not just paper them over | Opinion

BY: - April 28, 2020

We must to commit to to overcoming the inequities in our political community revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMMENTARY

Yes, the U.S. Constitution could be improved. The process in this Pa. House resolution isn’t a path forward | Opinion

BY: - December 18, 2019

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.

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Wolf’s budget plan will move Pa. forward – here’s how | Both Sides Now

BY: - February 12, 2019

The Legislature's Republican majority to recognize the practical and moral necessities of governing and enact this budget.