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 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    April 22, 2021

Despite Cancellations This Year, Pa. Farm Show Complex 'Doing Ok'

While the revenue-generating events schedule within the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center was nixed this past year, the Harrisburg-based venue remains on a solid financial footing, a state official reported recently. The vitality of the...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 18, 2021

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Aim to Dig Into Implications of Minimum Wage Hike Proposal

Gov. Tom Wolf’s continued call to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage was scrutinized at a recent budget hearing with the head of the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. Wolf’s proposal includes an instantaneous increase in the minimum wage,...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 11, 2021

Pennsylvania Legislators Look to Community Colleges for Workforce Development

Workforce development, particularly at a time when Pennsylvania's employment numbers are in flux amid the pandemic, was a recurring theme at a recent budget hearing between a House panel and...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 4, 2021

Pa. Economic Agency Head Faces Questions About COVID-19 Forced Business Closures

The head of a Pennsylvania agency tasked with granting or denying businesses non-closure waivers in the early days of COVID-19 was in the hot seat recently as he faced a House panel. While the state...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    Sports    March 19, 2020

Head of Pennsylvania Agency Says His Team is Working to Combat Chronic Wasting Disease

By DAVE FIDLIN The Center Square Managing chronic wasting disease across Pennsylvania's natural habitats was a topic explored in depth as lawmakers met with representatives of the state's Game...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 5, 2020

Lawmakers Frustrated By Hearing Over Prescription Drug Costs

When it comes to prescription drug pricing in Pennsylvania, representatives from a cross-section of industries agreed it is a complex issue. But none of the speakers were willing to assume sole responsibility for the costs consumers pay. During the...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    Life    February 27, 2020

Pennsylvania's Property Tax Described As Essential for Public Schools But 'Devastating' To Seniors

A proposal at the state level to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania is being met with a chorus of different viewpoints. Legislators, representatives of disparate organizations and residents weighed in on the thorny topic recently,...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 23, 2020

Pa. State Parks Facing $500 Million Deficit, Official Says

Rising costs and stagnant income is leaving Pennsylvania’s 121 parks with a projected deficit of about $500 million to address ongoing maintenance needs, a state official revealed recently. Paul Zeph, head planner of the Pennsylvania Bureau of...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 23, 2020

Pennsylvania House Panel Advances Human Trafficking Legislation

Six bills and a resolution aimed at curtailing human trafficking received unanimous support from members of a Pennsylvania House panel on Jan. 14. The review coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which is recognized across the...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 16, 2020

Pa. Conservatives Say They Embrace Clean, Renewable Energy At Forum

As former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley sees it, environmental friendly policies are concepts conservatives have allowed to slip away from the party platform in more recent times. “We, as Republicans, we, as conservatives, can continue to let...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 9, 2020

Pa. House Panel Reviews Bills For Apprenticeships and Training

A Pennsylvania House panel heard from a range of tradesman on a trio of bills that could reform state requirements for apprenticeship and training programs. The state House Labor and Industry Committee received testimony the week of Dec. 16 on House...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    Life    January 2, 2020

Pennsylvania Ranked Sixth-Most Charitable State In Study

By DAVE FIDLIN The Center Square Pennsylvanians are more likely to help their neighbors, stick with a volunteer activity and donate compared to most other areas of the country, according to a recent study. Researchers with personal finance website...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    December 26, 2019

Pa. Senate Addresses Red Tape; Wants Cuts

Pennsylvania has about 153,000 regulations on its books – a number, in the opinion of the head of a state Senate panel tackling red tape and bureaucracy, considered excessively high. State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Chambersburg, chair of the Senate...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 21, 2019

Pa. Ag Sec'y Discusses Hemp at Hearing

Industrial hemp, the opioid crisis and the future of the Farm Show Complex were among the disparate issues Pennsylvania lawmakers recently discussed with the head of the commonwealth’s Department of Agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Russell...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    March 7, 2019

Pa. Min. Wage: Living Pay or Starting Pay?

By DAVE FIDLIN Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to more than double the commonwealth’s minimum wage by 2025 dominated a Feb. 27 hearing between the House Appropriations Committee and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED...


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