Philadelphia officials demand more action to reduce gun violence
Sen. Sharif Street choked up discussing his cousin-in-law’s murder. April, Street’s wife, left the news conference at one point, sat beside a nearby statue, and cried.
‘I’m not tired of standing up. Are you?’ As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | Thursday Morning Coffee
With less than a week to go before the end of the fiscal year, progressives press the case to spend a $10 billion windfall on those who need it most.
Philly Sen. Hughes says he’s ‘deathly afraid’ GOP will squander $10B in surplus, federal stimulus
Hughes said the state’s revenue surplus combined with the federal pandemic funding was the largest influx of capital into the economy since President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The pandemic changed a lot. But not the partisan debate over paid leave | Thursday Morning Coffee
Just 14 states and Washington D.C. now mandate paid leave. Democratic bills in the Pa. House and Senate seek to change that.
In Harrisburg and D.C., fresh pushes to reduce gun violence. Will they work? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
As he heads for the exits, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey makes one more push on gun violence reduction.
Dems float eviction moratorium plan: ‘We want people to live and thrive in their homes’
"We really must embrace those living on the margins with a significant amount of humanity and allow them to get back on their feet," state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said.
Pa. Senate Dems roll out $4B debt-funded COVID-19 relief package
Democrats urged the 50-member chamber's Republican majority to come to the table early to begin negotiating the contours of the relief plan.
Hughes: It’s ‘a crime to have $1.3B sitting around’; Ahead of budget debate, Senate Dems release plan for unspent CARES cash
With round two of this year’s budget debate looming, Senate Democrats have rolled out their plan to spend $1.3 billion in unspent federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Pa. awards $96 million in first round of COVID-19 relief grants to small businesses
There were nearly 50,000 applicants for the first round of grants, CDFI officials said, showing the need for assistance. Ultimately, 4,933 recipients were chosen.
Some Pa. workers can get a temporary $3 an hour raise under new state grant
Some Pennsylvania frontline workers could see up to $1,200 extra in their pockets this fall due to a new state program that uses federal stimulus dollars.
The GOP’s reopening scam is the worst kind of politics | Vincent Hughes
Pa. Republicans have ramped up the political theatre in a brazen attempt at politicizing the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
NAACP virtual town hall: Local, state and federal leaders say communities of color need more assistance
The town hall was the third in a four-part series that the NAACP Pa. organized to discuss COVID-19’s impact on communities of color.