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Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future

BY: and - June 25, 2021

“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.

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Lawmakers need to pass, and Gov. Tom Wolf needs to sign, this cost-effective measure addressing disparities in access to STI prevention and treatment | Opinion

BY: - May 16, 2021

While COVID-19 vaccination efforts are underway, we expect to see more patients with undiagnosed and untreated STIs.

Pa. teachers to pay more in retirement contributions as pension fund backtracks on faulty investment data

BY: - April 20, 2021

That would average out to $180 extra dollars out of each teacher's paycheck, but the exact amount will depend on each teacher’s salary, which can vary widely between school districts.

Wolf calls for income tax increase to close looming state deficit, fund education

BY: and - February 3, 2021

Speaking to House and Senate lawmakers from a virtual bully pulpit, Wolf extorted viewers who agreed with his aims — additional school funding, a $15 minimum wage, and legal recreational cannabis  — to call their state representatives and demand action on his proposal.

Pensions position, lawmakers prepare as coronavirus economic impact trickles into Pa.

BY: - March 10, 2020

Pennsylvania’s school teacher pension fund made $1 billion off of the coronavirus-induced market shifts last week, as the state’s fiscal watchdog stressed budgetary uncertainty as the virus spreads.

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The one big reason that Gov. Wolf’s third try at a state police user fee won’t work | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - February 19, 2020

Charge Pennsylvanians for State Police services? In an election year? It's already impossible to gert lawmakers to execute on basic responsibilities.

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How one week in the Capitol drove home our destructive paralysis on gun laws | John L. Micek

BY: - September 26, 2019

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — So here’s another one of those times when you get to see the unintended through-lines of policy. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a roundtable with students in the sprawling Cumberland Valley School District, about 25 minutes from Harrisburg, to discuss the effectiveness of the state’s new “Safe2Say” hotline program, […]

Pa. GOP leaders trumpet soaring state revenue, caution against spending

BY: - May 1, 2019

Legislative Republicans on Wednesday took a victory lap over a bustling state economy, giving credit to President Donald Trump's tax cuts, while cautioning against spending the newfound windfall.

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