A proposal to change Pa.’s teacher evaluation system is moving forward — without support from Philly’s union

BY: - June 19, 2019

A proposal to make Pennsylvania’s teacher evaluation system fairer to educators in high-poverty schools passed a key Senate committee hurdle on Tuesday without the support of the state’s most impoverished school district.


Adequate funding, not ‘regulatory reform’ is the key to an effective DEP | Opinion

BY: - June 19, 2019

A recent Capital-Star op-Ed by the business community made the wrong argument.

As Pennsylvania’s budget deadline approaches, is a minimum wage increase still on the table?

BY: - June 14, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has made increasing the minimum wage a centerpiece of his budgets since taking office in 2015.


General Assistance is critical for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Lawmakers need to preserve it | Opinion

BY: - June 13, 2019

By Peri Jude Radecic For people with disabilities, the process of getting access to federal aid designated for those with disabilities is far from simple. Waits can be lengthy, and at times, deadly. In Pennsylvania, however, there is a program that people can rely on as they wait to be approved for Disability benefits: General […]


In Pa., public health won out over Big Tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget | Opinion

BY: - June 13, 2019

Instead of channeling tobacco settlement fund money into public health, state lawmakers could use it to pay down debt. That's a concern for Pennsylvania's hospital industry.

As budget season approaches, Democrats keep pushing for minimum wage hike

BY: - May 24, 2019

With a line of caffeine craving-customers looking on, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took a moment to chat with the coffee connoisseur across the counter. At Elementary Coffee in Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, Kim was meeting with stall owner Andrea Grove, to try to prove that raising the minimum wage isn’t the job-killer that pro-business […]

Lawmakers agreed to privatize free medical trips for Medicaid recipients last year. Now, some are trying to stop it

BY: - April 21, 2019

State lawmakers from rural Pennsylvania are pushing back on a privatization measure slipped into last year’s state budget that would affect transportation for at least 150,000 Medicaid recipients.

Nurses and moms ask lawmakers to boost funding for at-home care programs

BY: - April 9, 2019

This article has been updated to include the name of the Childhood Begins at Home Coalition, and to remove a reference to UPMC Pinnacle, which employs community health nurses who participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership program, but does enroll clients. Not long after Gov. Tom Wolf unveils his first draft of Pennsylvania’s budget in February, […]

Bipartisan lawmakers say it’s time to raise Pennsylvania teacher base pay to $45,000

BY: - March 26, 2019

It’s been 30 years since Pennsylvania last raised its starting salary for teachers, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers say it’s time for another update. A bill in the Senate would codify the proposal, first raised in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget, to pay all teachers across the commonwealth a $45,000 starting salary — more […]

Should Pennsylvania invest money in organic agriculture? Some lawmakers aren’t so sure

BY: - March 20, 2019

A proposal to spend $1.6 million to help conventional farms convert to organic production methods drew criticism Wednesday from state lawmakers, who said it could pit the commonwealth’s farmers against one another.

Pa. Senate plan would create new state commission to study higher ed. funding issues

BY: - March 12, 2019

The panel would consider a number of factors when making a decision on how to pay for higher education in Pennsylvania