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As session nears end, Pa. counties urge Legislature to act on mental health funding

BY: - October 5, 2022

Officials want lawmakers to spend $100M in one-time federal funds to shore up the state's 'crumbling' system.

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Lessons of the pandemic: What Pa. can do to reduce future evictions | Opinion

BY: - October 2, 2022

By providing financial help, rental relief programs also reduced food insecurity and mental stress for families.

Pa.’s child welfare system is ‘exhausted,’ new report concludes | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 30, 2022

New research highlights the stresses on the state's 'under-resourced' child welfare system.

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, speaks in support of House Bill 972 during a Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Inside Pa.’s proposed ‘Parental Bill of Rights,’ which critics are calling homophobic

BY: - September 27, 2022

The legislation would place limits on teachings of sexual orientation and gender identity in younger grades.

With Philly Art Museum walkout, has a new ‘Striketober’ come early to Pa.? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 27, 2022

With unions on the rise, thousands of workers could walk off the job this fall, analysts say.

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Pa. lawmakers can, and should, create pathways to work for the formerly incarcerated | Opinion

BY: - September 26, 2022

By Mike Doner Flagger Force employs over 1,000 workers across Pennsylvania who bring diverse backgrounds,  ethnicities, and experiences, including a significant number who are justice-involved. As a believer in fair chance employment and giving individuals who want to work the opportunity to do so, I support the  bipartisan House Bill 1826, sponsored by Rep. Sheryl […]

Senate Dems push pension hike for retired teachers, state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 21, 2022

Teachers and state employees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment to their pensions in more than 20 years.

COMMENTARY

Prevent Crime: Protect children from lead poisoning | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2022

More than 9,000 young children suffer from lead poisoning each year in Pennsylvania.

COMMENTARY

A legislative softball game won’t save democracy. But it can’t hurt | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 19, 2022

Lawmakers take the field Tuesday as the Capitol All-Stars Game returns to FNB Field in Harrisburg.

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s state prison staffing crisis shows no sign of ending | Opinion

BY: - September 15, 2022

It's time for lawmakers to come together to address the problem. Lives are on the line.

COMMENTARY
Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. voters deserve all the facts on those proposed constitutional amendments | Opinion

BY: - September 14, 2022

With abortion access and voting rights on the line, the Legislature needs to get way more transparent.

COMMENTARY
The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Only you can prevent amendment abuse | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - September 13, 2022

Because we get so much of our news online, many Pennsylvanians did not see the advertisement of five proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that were published in Pennsylvania newspapers on Thursday, Sept. 1 — three months before the next general election as prescribed by the state constitution. If approved in the next legislative session, […]