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 By Dave Lemery    News    September 24, 2020

Wolf Vows To Fight Judge's Ruling That Extended Pandemic Restrictions Are Unconstitutional

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Sept. 15 that his administration will fight a legal ruling last week that rejected some of the restrictions imposed on state residents and businesses in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking a day after a federal judge...

 By Dave Lemery    News    February 6, 2020

Advocates Rally To Push For Pa. To Do Away With Property Tax

For Pennsylvania lawmakers who see the state’s rising property taxes as an intolerable burden on the state’s fixed-income residents, Feb. 3 was a day to try to rally support for repealing the taxes. It was also a day to lament the previous...

 By Dave Lemery    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Pa. Turnpike Toll Hikes Drag On Economy While Doing Little About $13 Billion Debt

Pity the commuter or trucker who must steer his or her vehicle onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike to get to work each day – the toll rates that critics say are already exorbitant are about to get even worse. Reeling under massive debt payments that...

 By Dave Lemery    News    December 26, 2019

New Three-Nation Trade Agreement Wins Pennsylvania Officials' Praise

Less than 24 hours after the historic impeachment vote sharply split Pennsylvania’s U.S. congressional delegation, the very same lawmakers were virtually united in praise for the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new treaty,...

 By Dave Lemery    News    September 12, 2019

Educational Assistance for Vol. Firefighters Seen As One Way to Halt Erosion of Ranks

A group of state lawmakers meeting with first responders in Indiana, Pa., is seeking to have a conversation on how the state can bolster its ranks of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians and how helping with higher education...

 By Dave Lemery    News    June 13, 2019

Pa. Senate Committee Advances Bill To Rein In Growth of Budget

Pennsylvania’s proposed Taxpayer Protection Act took another step June 3 in what promises to be a long and arduous road to passage. In the first week of June, the Senate Finance Committee advanced the proposed constitutional amendment, over...

 By Dave Lemery    News    June 6, 2019

Audit Finds Poor Financial Controls at PGC

For years, Pennsylvania state Rep. David Maloney said, he’s been questioned by state residents in the hunting community wondering how the state Game Commission spends the money they fork over for licenses. “Many of the sportsmen statewide have...

 By Dave Lemery    News    February 28, 2019

Pa. Senators Promote Changes to Absentee Balloting in State

When Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer unveiled a package of election reforms that he and his Senate colleagues were rolling out for the new legislative session, what he emphasized repeatedly was not the fact that the proposals had bipartisan...

 By Dave Lemery    News    February 14, 2019

Pa. Attorney Gen'l Sues UPMC Over Insurance Acceptance

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has accused healthcare provider UPMC of violating its obligations to patients as a charity organization and is suing to force the nonprofit to come to an agreement with rival Highmark. Highmark,...

 By Dave Lemery    News    February 14, 2019

Reaction Mixed to Gov. Wolf's Minimum Wage Proposal

In the face of protestations that raising the state minimum wage in Pennsylvania would have negative effects on employment and the economy, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf claims that exactly the opposite is true. “When one million Pennsylvanians finally...

 By Dave Lemery    News    February 7, 2019

Bill Will Prevent Convicted Officials From Collecting Pensions

When public-sector employees in Pennsylvania commit crimes related to their work, there are laws in place to ensure that they won’t collect their pension benefits after they serve their sentence. The problem arises when there’s some dispute as...

 By Dave Lemery    News    December 27, 2018

Pa. Remains Fifth-Largest State Despite Lagging Nation In Growth

Pennsylvania has seen some modest population growth in the past year, but at a far slower rate than the rest of the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released Dec. 19,...

 By Dave Lemery    News    December 27, 2018

State Working Harder to Claw Back Job Creation Funds

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale seemed to relish the fact that, for once, he was approaching a lectern to praise rather than criticize a governmental entity. “As the auditor general, I know, most of the times, I am having a press...


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