A broken-open piggy bank with $20 bills inside

Report: Record reserves are giving states a budgetary buffer | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 20, 2023

Republicans in the state House and the Gov. Josh Shapiro administration already are sparring over whether the state will have the cash the Democratic chief executive needs to fund his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Last week, state Rep. Seth Grove, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, warned that the state will have a massive […]

Report: State tax revenues approach ‘inflection’ point | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 16, 2023

After a robust 2022, revenues will 'temper substantially' in 2023, data show.

Scott Charles (center) the trauma outreach manager at Temple Hospital, speaks with North Philadelphia residents about trauma (Philadelphia Tribune photo).

Pew awards $4.25M to Philly nonprofits fighting gun violence, creating jobs

BY: - July 25, 2022

'We know that violence is raging in some of the places that have the highest rates of chronic unemployment,' one advocate said.

A man shoots AR-15 rifles and other weapons at a shooting range during the “Rod of Iron Freedom Festival” on October 12, 2019 in Greeley, Pa. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

U.S. Supreme Court’s gun rights decision upends state restrictions | Analysis

BY: - July 11, 2022

Six states will have to rewrite their gun laws after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Deadly bird flu sweeps states, including Pa., straining farmers | Analysis

BY: - May 3, 2022

Pa.'s first case of avian influenza was confirmed April 16 on a Lancaster County farm.


Report: A third of states lost population in 2021 | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 26, 2022

Pa. didn't lose, but was one of the five slowest-growing states, costing it a congressional seat, new data show.

Female nurse working on computer in hospital

States scramble to address health worker shortage | Analysis

BY: - March 27, 2022

At least 20 governors have addressed the problem in their state of the state speeches this year.

Kids who lost parents to COVID deserve help, advocates say

BY: - January 18, 2022

Last year, 14 states passed 36 bills to beef up children’s mental health services and expand mental health training opportunities for school resource officers and teachers.


Fiscal experts to states on stimulus cash: Don’t spend it all in one place | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 13, 2021

States should consider what their budgets will look like after the stimulus funding expires, experts warn.