Expecting ‘extraordinary action’ this session, gift ban advocates hope for legislative action
“As public officials, we have a duty to serve our constituents and maintain their trust. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess
'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.
Pa. lawmakers must stand with their constituents to approve a gift ban | Capital-Star Letters
Make your voices heard on Sept. 12 when the Pa. House returns for its fall session.
Gift ban advocates look to circumvent GOP leadership, pressure lawmakers
Previous efforts to tighten Pennsylvania’s gift laws have died in the General Assembly, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed a desire for a more comprehensive ban over the last year.
Survey: Most 2022 governor candidates back gift ban for Pa. pols
Reformers March on Harrisburg surveyed 16 candidates for the top spot, 10 said they'd back a ban.
In a big year, here’s how Pa.’s progressive groups are making their presence felt | Analysis
With the 2022 midterm elections just months away, progressive organizations across the commonwealth say they hope to influence public policy and legislation ranging from the environment, housing, gun violence, health care, gift bans, equitable pay, food and water quality protections, fracking, and voters’ rights legislation. The Capital-Star reached out to 10 progressive organizations (eight responded, […]
March on Harrisburg crashed a speech. It was a civics class in real time | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Yes, the people who crashed Majority Leader's Kerry Benninghoff's speech were noisy. That's the point.
Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope
Alison Beam, who was a top staffer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before taking over the state Health Department in January 2021, will be hired as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s next vice president of government affairs, the healthcare giant announced last week.
Gift ban advocates target Pa. GOP leaders, urging an end to ‘Groundhog Day’
Under Pennsylvania’s existing Ethics Act, state lawmakers and government employees can accept unlimited gifts — lodging, travel, entertainment, and meals — from anyone as long as they disclose those worth more than $250 on annual financial interest forms.
Gift ban advocates call Benninghoff the latest holdup; House GOP says it’s a ‘work in progress’
Santa and his helpers, organizers with March on Harrisburg, weren’t asking or figgy pudding; they were asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a gift ban.
A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now?
Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, is the only Republican in legislative leadership who has not vocalized support for the gift ban.
Pa. Republicans unveil lobbying reform package to address ‘most pressing loopholes’ in law
The reform package would impose new requirements for lobbyists and political consultants.