pa-budget-2021

Nellie Bly push loses steam, funding source as budget negotiations continue

BY: - June 24, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s second attempt at creating the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, a potential lifeline for students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-system schools with unmet financial need, will likely not be part of the fiscal 2021-22 state budget, its sponsor says. 

COMMENTARY

‘I’m not tired of standing up. Are you?’ As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 24, 2021

With less than a week to go before the end of the fiscal year, progressives press the case to spend a $10 billion windfall on those who need it most.

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This budget season, the General Assembly must address education funding inequality in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - June 24, 2021

It’s time for a new normal: a commitment to all students regardless of their zip code. The time for that commitment is now.

COMMENTARY

Harrisburg should not pass up this opportunity to invest in the Black economy | Opinion

BY: - June 24, 2021

With $10 billion at their disposal this budget season, Pa. lawmakers have a generational chance to improve the Commonwealth. They must invest in Black-owned businesses.

Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list

BY: - June 21, 2021

Employees at 12 Pennsylvania nursing homes voted to authorize strikes this week, citing low pay and short staffing, as closed-door negotiations wear on in Harrisburg on how to spend $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 aid. The more than 1,000 nurses and caregivers, from Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre to Oil City, are taking the strike votes after […]

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Poll: Pa. should use stim funds to help low-income Black, Brown & white households | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 21, 2021

The pandemic made inequality worse. Pa. residents want state government to help fix it.

COMMENTARY

On DACA’s anniversary, a Dreamer dreams of a path to citizenship for all | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 16, 2021

'It’s been 30 years and there hasn’t been comprehensive immigration reform,' Mitzi Colin Lopez said.

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

Pa. is reopening, but the pandemic continues in nursing homes. We need help in the state budget | Opinion

BY: - June 15, 2021

We are still dealing with a deadly virus every single day because our resident population continually changes, as does our workforce.

Philly Sen. Hughes says he’s ‘deathly afraid’ GOP will squander $10B in surplus, federal stimulus

BY: - June 12, 2021

Hughes said the state’s revenue surplus combined with the federal pandemic funding was the largest influx of capital into the economy since President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

House advances bills to help military families; stimulus funding for state veterans programs pending

BY: - June 9, 2021

The proposals are sponsored by members of the chamber’s Republican majority and Democratic minority. 

COMMENTARY

Report: Pa. Legislature a ‘bipartisan criminal offense factory’ that drives up costs, doesn’t fix crime | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 9, 2021

"Ending Pennsylvania’s public policy of mass incarceration begins with the Legislature," the report by the ACLU-PA concludes.