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Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee suggested that the fee hikes for for dumping in landfills and drilling for natural gas, are just a stealth tax hike.

Pennsylvania’s gas tax debate, explained in one easy chart | Editorial Cartoon

Our cartoonist breaks down one of Pennsylvania's longest-running policy debates.

‘Shame on us’ Labor & Industry secretary says of Pa.’s stalled minimum wage

The two Wolf administration officials made the case for a wage hike during the agency’s annual budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. They told the Repulican-controlled panel that the Legislature’s lack of movement on the issue has been “frustrating.”

Rep. Rosita Youngblood, the first Black woman ever elected to a House leadership post,...

Youngblood, the House Democratic Caucus Secretary, was the first Black woman to ever hold a leadership position in the history of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Top W. Pa. labor leader says he’s ‘appalled’ by Allegheny Dems’ state House endorsements

Jessica Benham, a disability rights advocate who lost Sunday's endorsement vote to Heather Kass, told the Pittbsurgh Current that she's staying in the race.

Pennsylvania’s business tax credit program, explained | Editorial Cartoon

Published reports revealed this week that Pennsylvania isn't getting the most bang for its buck when it awards millions of dollars in corporate tax credits.

Feb. 22 is Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day | Capital-Star letters

Get yourself checked or encourage a loved one to get their heart checked. It could save a life.

Map: Pa. education officials hit the road to hear input on new science standards

The department recently announced a statewide listening tour to collect public input as Pennsylvania prepares to reboot its K-12 science standards for the first time in 20 years.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick meets with Parkland families, Trump on school safety measures

It’s been a little more than two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., that claimed the lives of 17 people. With years now rolling by, legislators and families are still pressing to find a consensus and solution to safer schools.

It’s a familiar sight: Voters in Philly’s 190th House District will vote in another...

The winner of the 190th state House District seat, if she intends to seek re-election, will have to hit the campaign trail again for the April 28 primary to get on the November ballot.