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SWPA lawmaker’s bill would create new Pa. broadband authority, expand access | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 1, 2021

With millions of Pa. residents working and learning from home 'all Pennsylvanians need affordable access to high-speed broadband internet,' Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette, says.

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A western Pa. lawmaker has a plan to fix property taxes. Will the Legislature act on it? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - March 3, 2020

Everyone agrees that Pennsylvanians pay too much in school property taxes. But no one's ever been able to reach agreement on what to do about it.

Could a state cell phone tax power Pa.’s rural broadband expansion?

BY: - January 9, 2020

As a starting point, Grange president Wayne Campbell suggested that a $.75 to $1 surcharge per-month on every cell phone user could finance small, matching state grants for local broadband projects.

Republicans have a problem with suburban voters, Democrats have a problem with rural voters. Where does that leave Pa.’s balance of power?

BY: - November 8, 2019

As Democrats romped through the southeast on election night Tuesday — winning control of every county’s government from Allentown to Coatesville — a long foreseen but sudden reckoning came in coal fields and mill towns around Pittsburgh. Democratic county commissioner majorities holding on in three southwestern counties, once home to blue dog Democrats, were flipped […]

Pennsylvania’s property tax, explained: A moral wrong, or the building block of government finance? 

BY: - September 6, 2019

When he started knocking on doors during his inaugural campaign for state representative in 1992, Sam Rohrer noticed a topic popping up again and again — property taxes. He was aware of complaints, but the extent of the problem became more and more apparent as he talked to his soon-to-be constituents in Berks County. Rohrer, […]

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Pa. can’t wait any longer on broadband expansion. Here’s why | Opinion

BY: - August 22, 2019

If Pennsylvania is going to truly hold its own in attracting businesses and investments, it is vital that we be truly connected.

As abortion debate rages, some Pa. lawmakers challenge their party — or themselves

BY: - May 16, 2019

A number of lawmakers either changed their vote or went against their party colleagues Tuesday.