What COVID windfall? States have been slow to spend stimulus cash, report | Thursday Morning Coffee
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A missed opportunity. That’s how Pennsylvania House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, characterized the decision by the Legislature’s Republican majority to bank $5 billion out of $7 billion in federal stimulus funds, instead of spending it on the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. “It’s always good to prevent tax hikes on working families, and we […]
Pa. Democrats call for investigation of GOP statehouse colleagues’ role in Capitol siege
House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said the full scope of Republican involvement won’t be known without a formal investigation.
Top Pa. House Dem Matt Bradford says he has COVID-19
In a Twitter thread, Bradford said he got his test result late Thursday and is now quarantining with family.
With election results unresolved, General Assembly delays internal leadership elections
With a number of key legislative races still undecided amid the slow count of mail-in ballots, some of the internal elections to decide who will lead the four partisan caucuses in the House and Senate have been delayed. A week after each election, state lawmakers traditionally return to the Capitol to pick which of their […]
We can’t address racial injustice in Pa. without fixing our unfair public school funding system | Opinion
At a time of great upheaval and change, and in the middle of a global pandemic, we have all been called to acknowledge and confront systemic racism.
Pa. Dems call for ‘recovery and healing,’ as state emerges from COVID-19 pandemic
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.
Lawmakers advance plan to spend $2.6 billion of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stimulus
The plan, passed unanimously Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee, includes $632 million for nursing homes; $625 million for county block grants; $259 million to boost funding for intellectual disability care, and $225 million for small business grants.
‘New normal’ gives opportunity to create a better normal | Opinion
Our frontline workers are risking their lives every day to keep us safe and comfortable. This is the least we can do to keep them safe and comfortable too.
As Republicans push business reopenings, workers wonder what’s in store for them
If the state lifts business closings, some Pennsylvanians believe going to work in such conditions would be a “death sentence.
Setting up clash with Wolf, Pa. House moves to loosen business shutdowns
The state Senate is set to vote on the legislation on Wednesday. It was not clear how Gov. Tom Wolf would fall on the bill, though he has urged caution.
COVID-19 in Montgomery County: ‘This is going to be a long haul,’ Pa. Rep. Dean tells constituents
In a telephone town hall, the Montgomery County Democrat provided information and reassuarnce to constitutents living in the epicenter of the outbreak.
Could charging Pa. motorists for rush-hour driving pay for infrastructure? PennDOT wants to find out
Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told a House panel this week that they’re studying a congestion fee as a solution to the state’s constant search for cash to fund highway and public transit investment.