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Republican lawmakers question 2020 deadline for voting machine replacements

BY: - February 20, 2019

The exchange came during a budget hearing before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee. 

Pa., California economists duel over minimum wage hike’s impact on consumers

BY: - February 20, 2019

Two economics professors from California have pushed back on the use of their research by economists opposed to raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage during a state House hearing two weeks ago. During a Feb. 6 hearing by the House Labor & Industry Committee, Susquehanna University Business School Dean Matthew Rousu cited a 2016 paper from Daniel […]

Wolf creates workforce development command center

BY: - February 19, 2019

Surrounded by business, union, and legislative leaders, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive creating a state workforce development command center. The panel will include three members of Wolf’s cabinet and three representatives of the private sector, including state AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr. These six members […]

State lawmakers question Wolf admin’s plan to fund environmental agencies

BY: - February 14, 2019

Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee made the heads of Pennsylvania’s chief environmental agencies defend a controversial funding shift Thursday. In his 2019-20 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed reducing general fund spending on the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by $62 million. The shortfall would be covered […]

Taxing video games won’t be enough to keep Pa. schools safe, bipartisan legislators say

BY: - February 13, 2019

A suburban Philly lawmaker’s suggestion to furnish school safety dollars by taxing violent video games received a lot of press — with occasional blowback — this week. Bills from Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware, would slap a 10 percent tax on all games rated M or higher to pay for school safety funding. According to the video […]

Republican lawmaker to auditor general: Row offices shouldn’t be ‘press conference tools’

BY: - February 13, 2019

During a budget hearing Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s auditor general was asked about state pensions, untested rape kits, and an audit of river basin commissions. But something beyond the commonwealth’s finances was on the mind of one House Appropriations Committee member. Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, told Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, that he appreciated many of the […]

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Who you calling an ‘off-year’ election? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 13, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Is there any campaign cycle that gets less love than the dreaded off-year election? Pity it. It’s in a year that’s not divisible by two. As a rule, there aren’t any high-glam offices on the ballot. Not president. Not governor. Not Congress. Not even some ridiculously gerrymandered legislative seat where […]

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Pa. counties want safe and secure elections. The state needs to help make that happen | Opinion

BY: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania must break its historic cycle and find a different tomorrow, one where counties, the administration and the General Assembly work together to meet our state’s challenges.

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This is where Wolf’s budget rhetoric meets reality | Both Sides Now

BY: - February 12, 2019

By Nathan Benefield Last year, nearly 50 of our neighbors fled Pennsylvania every day. They moved to growing states like Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, seeking opportunity. Meanwhile, we literally can’t pay businesses enough to come here. Recall that Amazon rejected $5 billion in taxpayer-funded bribes and set up “HQ2” elsewhere? It’s time to ask ourselves […]

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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.

A state House hearing for Pa.’s budget watchdog turned into a minimum wage Q&A

BY: - February 11, 2019

A budget hearing Monday for Pennsylvania’s independent fiscal watchdog agency turned into a proxy fight over Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to boost Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee used a Monday appearance by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office to crack the hood on Wolf’s plan to increase the wage from the current […]

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Wolf, lawmakers need to boost Medicaid rates for long-term care homes | Opinion

BY: - February 11, 2019

For the fifth year in a row, the governor proposed flat funding for Medicaid rates in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.