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‘There’s an empty chair in this chamber’: In budget speech, Wolf highlights the toll of gun violence, challenges lawmakers to act

BY: - February 4, 2020

In remarks prepared for delivery, the Democratic governor challenged Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate to break months of gridlock.

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It’s Budget Day 2020: Here’s three things to keep in mind | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 4, 2020

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Welcome to Budget Day 2020, a marathon day of speeches, posturing and analysis that will kick off this morning as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf presents his 6th spending plan to a joint session of the House and Senate, and then end tonight with a no-doubt gleeful President* Donald Trump taking a pre-acquittal victory lap […]

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#PABudget 2020: Focused intervention is the key to reducing gun violence. Not mandatory minimums | Opinion

BY: - February 4, 2020

By Celeste Trusty All Pennsylvanians want to feel safe in their homes and communities, and reducing gun violence is a concern echoed across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania needs proactive, proven solutions to gun violence that prioritize public safety and are responsible with our resources. Unfortunately, however, we continue to see some Pennsylvania lawmakers introducing bills containing […]

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#PABudget2020: Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2020

Given a lack of federal leadership to reduce greenhouse emissions, Pennsylvania has moved to join our neighboring states in taking real action on climate.

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#PaBudget 2020: Our students deserve safe and healthy schools. This should be Job One | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2020

The stakes could not be higher. The lives of our young people, educators, and school staff are on the line, and we cannot wait a minute longer for action.

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#PaBudget 2020: Let’s talk about fixing Pennsylvania’s educator shortage | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2020

Pennsylvania needs to create a loan forgiveness program, allowing educators to worry less about monthly payments and more on the classroom.

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#PaBudget 2020: Let’s build on the Pa. Farm Bill’s success this budget season | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2020

Current trends and opportunities in agriculture make this next budget cycle critical for sustaining the momentum created by last year’s passage of the PA Farm Bill, and for addressing a broader set of urgent industry concerns.

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#PaBudget2020: Innovative workforce solutions, pro-growth policies needed to move Pa. forward | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2020

for Pennsylvania to compete on a global scale, elected officials must pursue pro-growth policies that will improve the state’s overall business climate. 

Here’s everything we know so far about Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget

BY: - February 2, 2020

After a month of hints, Gov. Tom Wolf will finally lay out his 2020 budget on Tuesday in front of a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the middle of a busy news week. This year, it’s the same day as the State of the Union address, the day after the Iowa Caucus, […]

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It’s School Choice Week in Pa. Don’t buy what its advocates are selling | Opinion

BY: - January 30, 2020

Where are the billionaires printing up signs that proclaim parents’ love for their public schools, or paying to bus us to rallies?

Wolf renews push for RESTORE PA plan ahead of budget talks

BY: - January 28, 2020

During a stop at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, Wolf called on lawmakers to pass his stalled, $4.5 billion infrastructure bill, arguing that the start of budget season and the state’s approaching rainy season is a perfect time to revive it. 

Wolf renews call for $15/hr. minimum wage. GOP isn’t interested

BY: - January 28, 2020

"It's past time to raise the minimum wage," Wolf said during a Capitol news conference, where he was flanked by lawmakers, labor activists, and at least two people who said they and their families would benefit from a wage hike.