Cyber charter changes that could save public schools $530M may be in this year’s budget

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Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters. Some lawmakers hope that the legislature will finally reach a consensus on how to update Pennsylvania’s charter school law. Katie Meyer of Spotlight PA HARRISBURG —

The COVID pandemic allowed Pennsylvania House lawmakers to vote remotely. The GOP says it’s time to restrict that rule.

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Democrats continued to vote on behalf of a lawmaker after police issued a warrant for his arrest, leading Republicans to again call for restrictions on the practice. by Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA Members of the Pennsylvania House on the floor. Amanda Berg / For Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom

Pa. state government refuses to pay local stormwater fees. This bill would force it to

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By Marley Parish of Spotlight PA State College This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative and public-service journalism for Pennsylvania. Sign up for our north-central Pa. newsletter, Talk of the Town, at spotlightpa.org/newsletters/talkofthetown. HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania House panel has advanced a bill that

First responders may soon get workers comp for PTSD

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by Christen Smith (The Center Square) – First responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder may soon qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania. Grace David | The Center Square The state House of Representatives approved a proposal on Wednesday to expand the program to cover those living with the condition. Twenty-five other states have already

Group that doesn’t disclose its donors paid $12K for Shapiro to attend Phillies games, other sporting events

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The secrecy leaves taxpayers in the dark about who underwrites the outings and what interests they may have in state government policy. by Stephen Caruso and Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA Gov. Josh Shapiro attends a Philadelphia Union game on Sept. 23, 2023. Commonwealth Media Services Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing

What time do polls open and close Tuesday in Pennsylvania? Here’s all the information you need for primary Election Day 2024.

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Pennsylvanians will head to the polls on April 23 to vote in statewide races, including attorney general, U.S. Senate, and more. Here’s everything they need to know. by Elizabeth Estrada of Spotlight PA Matt Smith / For Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power

American marten ‘not yet’ coming back to Pennsylvania

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By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) — After years of research, a proposed plan, and a vote to table it, returning the American marten to the woods of Pennsylvania has been postponed — indefinitely. An American marten, which the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposes to reintroduce into the commonwealth.T. Graziano | Pennsylvania Game

Pa.’s top election official answers your questions about misinformation, voting machines, and more

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Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt joined Spotlight PA’s Kate Huangpu and Votebeat’s Carter Walker in March for a live event about building trust in elections. by Carter Walker of Votebeat Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt in January 2024 at the East Shore Area Library in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Commonwealth Media Services This article is

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey assails corporations for holding consumers captive to ‘greedflation’

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by John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star PHILADELPHIA— U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan discussed their plans to combat big corporations excessively increasing prices for goods during a roundtable discussion Tuesday.  “They have in a sense, my view of it, a captive audience,” said Casey (D-Pa.). “A captive set of a

Elections 101: What to know about poll watchers and what they can and can’t do in Pennsylvania

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Poll watchers in Pennsylvania are appointed by candidates and political parties to observe the voting process. Since 2020, their work has become increasingly politicized. by Kate Huangpu Amanda Berg / For Spotlight PA Elections 101 from Spotlight PA protects you against election misinformation and empowers you to make informed decisions. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — As

Casey joins US Steelworkers union in call for investigation into China shipbuilding practices

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by Kim Lyons The United Steelworkers union on Tuesday filed a petition with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai, alleging China has used “protectionist and predatory policies” in global shipbuilding, calling on President Joe Biden to conduct a trade investigation into China’s practices in the maritime, logistics and shipbuilding sectors. China “has been relentless in

Gun tax-funded public safety bill in legislative limbo

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By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) — Republican lawmakers tend to emphasize public safety more, but House Democrats say it’s them who are dragging their feet on legislation that addresses the issue. “We’ve sent over 230 substantive pieces of public policy in the form of legislation to the Senate and they have

David McCormick, running again for Pa. GOP Senate nomination, takes his campaign to CPAC

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by John Cole Republican U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick said “the America we know is slipping away” during an appearance Friday at the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  David McCormick, who is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, is shown speaking to supporters during a

Game Commission control of rural land worries legislators

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By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) — Legislators from rural Pennsylvania have been wary of expansion by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, concerned that more land under its ownership cuts into development and tax revenues.  Jim Hale | Pennsylvania Game Commission via Facebook During a Senate Game & Fisheries Committee on Thursday, they

Opioid settlement money is supposed to expand syringe services. A Pa. nonprofit just lost $150K because of them.

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Billions of dollars are coming to states to help them respond to the opioid epidemic, but Pennsylvania’s drug paraphernalia law is creating conflict. by Ed Mahon of Spotlight PA and Sarah Boden of WESA Kim Botteicher, executive director of a nonprofit service provider in Westmoreland County, wants Pennsylvania lawmakers to allow syringe services. “It’s right.

What’s the status of abortion access in Pennsylvania?

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Pennsylvanians can get abortions up to 24 weeks. But access advocates say there are still too many restrictions, like waiting periods, parental consent rules, and insufficient funding. by Katie Meyer Public officials and members of Planned Parenthood at a 2022 press conference about the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Commonwealth Media Services Spotlight PA is an

More car dealerships join call to ‘tap the brakes’ on EVs

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By Lauren Jessop | The Center Square contributor  (The Center Square) – Nearly 4,500 dealerships representing all major auto manufacturing brands from every state recently signed a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to “tap the brakes” on his proposed electric vehicle mandate based on a lack of consumer demand. Since the letter was sent in November

Long-sought charter school changes on the table as Pa. lawmakers plot education funding overhaul

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Katie Meyer of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering significant changes to the way charter schools are funded as they undertake a monumental overhaul

Pennsylvania receives $26 million USDA grant to support its food supply chain

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by John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-StarJanuary 11, 2024 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that the USDA is investing $26 million in Pennsylvania agriculture under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) program. Gov. Josh Shapiro (center) joins Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (right) and PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding (left) to announce a $26

Pennsylvania’s SNAP benefits up 76% since 2019

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By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) — When the pandemic hit, state and federal governments upped financial aid to the public with more welfare benefits, stimulus checks, and loans. That aid is still high in some cases, with no signs of changing. In Pennsylvania, total monthly SNAP benefits are up 76% compared

As 2024 election approaches, voting officials worry Pa. isn’t prepared for misinformation

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Four officials share the concrete changes they say would shore up Pennsylvania’s system against frivolous fraud allegations as the 2024 election approaches. by Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA Voter registration worker Sharon Schoemaker sorts mail ballots at Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Nov. 7, 2023. Matt Smith / For Spotlight PA Spotlight

Year in Review: Pennsylvania’s electric vehicle marathon

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By Lauren Jessop | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Over the last year, Pennsylvania set out in earnest to meet federal goals for the electric vehicle transition.  Christen Smith | The Center Square It’s been an expensive and complex process, most of which is yet to be decided. The Biden administration set a target for

How to support veterans this holiday season

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by Cassie Miller, Pennsylvania Capital-Star The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is encouraging Pennsylvanians to support the Commonwealth’s 800,000 veterans and their families through several statewide programs this year.  Soldiers lining up for the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade (Getty Images) “By supporting one of these programs, you are letting

Bigger childcare tax credit coming to Pennsylvania

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By Christina Lengyel | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Families will see a boost in their tax returns in 2024 after the state expanded its Child and Dependent Care tax credit. The expansion – part of a wider series of bills that direct state spending on programs for schools, the criminal justice system,

Pa. introduces new rules for hunters to limit the spread of ‘zombie deer disease.’ Here’s what to know.

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Pennsylvania has seen an increase in chronic wasting disease since 2012. While the state has implemented tracking and mitigation efforts, testing is still optional for hunters. by Marley Parish of Spotlight PA State College Photo By Mark Nale This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated

Certain states, including Arizona, have begun scrapping court costs and fees for people unable to pay – two experts on legal punishments explain why

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Alexes Harris, University of Washington, and Alex R. Piquero, University of Miami In today’s American criminal legal system, courts impose fines and fees as a means to punish people and hold them accountable for legal violations. Several U.S. states are eliminating criminal fines and fees for people who can’t afford them. Getty Images At times,

CATO: Pennsylvania ‘freer’ than neighboring states

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By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A new analysis from the CATO Institute found that Pennsylvania ranks 18th nationwide for “personal and economic freedom.” The commonwealth rated higher than all of its neighbors, according to the report, based on laws and regulations that impact personal, regulatory, and financial liberties. Pennsylvania ranks fifth

Gettysburg tells the story of more than a battle − the military park shows what national ‘reconciliation’ looked like for decades after the Civil War

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Katrina Stack, University of Tennessee and Rebecca Sheehan, Oklahoma State University On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to dedicate a cemetery at the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Four months before, about 50,000 soldiers had lost their lives at the Battle of Gettysburg, later seen as

U.S. House votes to censure Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib over Israel remarks

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by Jacob Fischler, Pennsylvania Capital-StarNovember 7, 2023 The U.S. House voted late Tuesday to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for remarks the Michigan Democrat has made about Israel and Palestine amid the ongoing war in the Middle East. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., right, comforts Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., center, when Tlaib became emotional during remarks

Pa. has updated how it defines an ‘environmental justice area.’ Here’s why that matters for at-risk communities.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection policy now recognizes 1,965 environmental justice areas in Pennsylvania. More than 200 are in rural counties. by Marley Parish of Spotlight PA State College A map of Pennsylvania’s 2023 environmental justice areas highlighted in red. Screenshot via Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection This story was produced by the State College

Pa. election 2023: When to expect results, how officials are preparing, and more

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How quickly Pennsylvania counties can produce election results on Nov. 7 will depend on turnout and the number of mail ballots returned. by Katie Meyer of Spotlight PA Amanda Berg / For Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive

Report calls Pennsylvania a taxpayer ‘sinkhole’

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By Lauren Jessop | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – An organization that ranks the fiscal health of all states said Pennsylvania scored a D after records showed the government lacked enough money to pay the bills in 2022. Grace David | The Center Square The recently released 14th annual Financial State of the States report by

Pa. election 2023: A complete guide to who is on the ballot, when to vote, how to vote, where to vote, casting mail ballots & more

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Pennsylvanians will see candidates for state Supreme Court, municipal races, and more on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. by Elizabeth Estrada of Spotlight PA Amanda Berg / For Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds the power to account and drives positive change in

Pa. budget chips away at $1.4B backlog for parks, forests

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Pennsylvania’s latest budget gives $112 million to parks and forests, but the infrastructure backlog is $1.4 billion. by Marley Parish of Spotlight PA State College Commonwealth Media Services This story first appeared in Talk of the Town, a weekly newsletter by Spotlight PA’s State College regional bureau featuring the most important news and happenings in

Pennsylvania opts into automatic voter registration

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By Christen Smith | The Center Square Eric Glenn | Shutterstock (The Center Square) – Residents receiving or renewing driver’s licenses and state ID cards will be automatically registered to vote. Gov. Josh Shapiro made the announcement early Tuesday, joining Pennsylvania to a list of 23 other states — including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Georgia,

You’re invited! A free panel on Pa.’s 2023 Supreme Court, judicial candidates

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Join Spotlight PA on Oct. 12 to learn more about the candidates running for state Supreme Court and more, and what these elections will mean for you. Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds the powerful to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our

New round of COVID-19 booster shots on the way after CDC recommendation

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by Jennifer Shutt, Pennsylvania Capital-Star WASHINGTON — Americans older than six months should get an updated COVID-19 booster this fall, according to a recommendation the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended Americans should get the updated COVID-19 vaccine. (Javier Zayas Photography/Getty Images) The vaccine

State waives bus driver regulation amid persistent shortage

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By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square  (The Center Square) — The pandemic revealed all sorts of problems in Pennsylvania’s education system. School districts struggling to recruit school bus drivers was an overlooked one, and the problem hasn’t abated.  Students wait to board a school bus in Philadelphia. 4kclips | Shutterstock PennDOT, however, took a step

New bills would let Pennsylvania local governments hire firms as managers

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Advocates say allowing Pennsylvania municipalities to outsource management could improve public services while saving taxpayers money. by Min Xian of Spotlight PA State College This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative and public-service journalism for Pennsylvania. Sign up for our regional newsletter, Talk of

Property tax and rent rebate program will soon serve more older Pennsylvanians

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The rebate program had not seen a full update since 2006 despite repeated bipartisan efforts to stem enrollment declines. by Charlotte Keith of Spotlight PA The Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg. Commonwealth Media Services Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public

14 AGs want action on ‘plastic pollution crisis’

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By Tom Gantert | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Fourteen state attorneys general asked the Biden Administration to do more to “combat the plastic pollution crisis.” Jeremy DeBenedictis, President of Alterra Energy, stands in the storage area of shredded plastics his company receives from recycling facilities in their facility in Akron, Ohio, on Thursday,

Why Trump’s ‘fake electors’ in Pennsylvania are likely to avoid prosecution

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In seven states, Trump allies sent electoral votes for him to Congress despite his loss. Some are facing investigations and criminal charges, but the saga has a twist in the Keystone State. by Carter Walker of Votebeat This article is made possible through Spotlight PA’s collaboration with Votebeat, a nonpartisan news organization covering local election administration and

Allegheny County Dems select Lindsay Powell for House special election

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by Kim Lyons, Pennsylvania Capital-StarJuly 31, 2023 PITTSBURGH – On Saturday, Democrats in Allegheny County selected Pittsburgh-area nonprofit director Lindsay Powell to be their nominee in a special election that will determine the balance of power in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Pittsburgh’s City/County Building (Pittsburgh City Paper photo) Powell, who is director of workforce

Pa. is competing for billions to build hydrogen hubs. Will they really be green?

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The Biden administration wants states to invest in hydrogen production to fight climate change, but regulating the industry is an emerging conflict in PA. by Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA The dome of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. Commonwealth Media Services Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with

Casey, Fetterman back federal override of PA election laws

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Delaware Valley Journal, an Inside Sources Publication Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) (CREDIT: Flickr/AFGE) Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman are among the Democrats who are sponsoring the re-introduction of the so-called “Freedom to Vote Act,” a sweeping federal law that would override the Keystone State’s election rules. From requiring early voting to preventing voter

Dark money group puts pressure on Pa. lawmakers after Shapiro vows voucher veto

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The group running the attack ads, Commonwealth Action, is not required to disclose its donors. Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. A screenshot from an ad against state House Majority Leader Matt Bradford paid

Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom year may go bust

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Shutterstock photo (The Center Square) — A boom year from natural gas impact fees in 2022 could be followed by a dramatic drop in payments, according to a recent analysis. The data suggests that, rather than setting a new floor and bringing in steady funding in the future, recent record-setting payments are a blip. The analysis,

What’s Pa.’s past budget impasses can tell us about the current standoff

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Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. In the past 20 years, PA has passed 13 late budgets, including four impasses that went over 100 days. The Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg. Commonwealth Media Services

Feds, states reach settlement in lawsuit over Chesapeake Bay pollution from Pa.

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by Danielle E. Gaines, Pennsylvania Capital-StarJuly 12, 2023 A settlement agreement has been finalized in a lawsuit that alleged federal officials weren’t doing enough to stop Chesapeake Bay pollution originating in Pennsylvania. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmental groups and state governments filed a notice in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, dismissing the 2020 lawsuit.

Bipartisanship shatters after Shapiro washes hands of budget compromise

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By Christen Smith | The Center Square  Democratic Governor Josh Shapiro unveils his budget proposal on March 7, 2023.Commonwealth Media Services | Contributed photo Editor’s Note: The story has been updated since initial publication to include a statement from Senate President Kim Ward, R-Greensburg. (The Center Square) – Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro blamed legislators, namely

Forward party sets sights on Pennsylvania

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By Lauren Jessop | The Center Square contributor Jun 30, 2023 (The Center Square) – A new political party wants to bridge the partisan divide and give voters more sway over the election process. Democratic Sens. Lisa Boscola and Tony Williams speak at an event in support of the Forward political party in Harrisburg, Pa. Provided

Here’s what the Supreme Court’s new election law ruling means for Pa. | Patrick Beaty

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by Capital-Star Guest Contributor, Pennsylvania Capital-StarJune 29, 2023 By Patrick Beaty The Guardian, or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Al Drago/Getty Images). On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important decision with major

Adams misses out on state “Whole-Home Repairs” program

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by Charlotte Keith of Spotlight PA This story first appeared in The Investigator, a weekly newsletter by Spotlight PA featuring the best investigative and accountability journalism from across Pennsylvania. Sign up for free here. HARRISBURG — As a new $125 million Pennsylvania grant program for home repairs gets underway, demand is expected to be overwhelming, and

Gettysburg’s Lincoln Cemetery among 13 PA African American cemeteries to receive assistance

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Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds and Preservation Pennsylvania are pleased to announce grant awards to 13 African American cemeteries to assist in their ongoing preservation efforts as part of an African American Cemetery Stewardship Program funded by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF) through the National Trust for Historic Preservation with support from The JPB

Funding the 500: Pa.’s school funding fix is the challenge of our time | Monday Morning Coffee

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by John L. Micek, Pennsylvania Capital-StarJune 19, 2023 Commonwealth Court Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer’s February order declaring Pennsylvania’s public school funding system unconstitutional did far more than set a precedent. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on May 30, 2023. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star) She handed Pennsylvania policymakers perhaps the greatest challenge they will ever

Paid family leave tax plan clears first legislative hurdle

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By Christina Lengyel | The Center Square contributor Jun 8, 2023  (The Center Square) – Long a priority for Democratic lawmakers, a plan to create a paid family leave tax cleared its first legislative hurdle this week. Following an impassioned debate between lawmakers on the House Labor and Industry Committee, a proposal to establish statewide family and

Shapiro won’t share daily calendar, a departure from previous Pa. governor’s transparency

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The Democratic governor’s decision to withhold details about who he meets behind the scenes is legally sound, though experts said he could choose to reveal more. Katie Meyer of Spotlight PA Commonwealth Media Services Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public

Pa. is sitting on billions in unclaimed property. This bill would get some of it back to its owners.

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State Treasurer Stacy Garrity has proposed legislation that would allow Pa. to automatically return some unclaimed money to people with no action required on their part. Charlotte Keith of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for

Craft breweries are fermenting change, addressing local ills while serving local ales

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Colleen C. Myles, Texas State University Some scholars say beer and wine – and fermentation in general – helped develop a civilization and shaped culture and landscapes over millennia. Portland, Maine’s Rising Tide Brewery supports ‘economic development, LGBTQ+ rights, BIPOC equality … and stewardship of Maine’s natural environment.’ John Ewing/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty

Democrat Heather Boyd wins special election, securing Democratic Pa. House majority

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by Peter Hall, Pennsylvania Capital-StarMay 16, 2023 [*This story was updated at 12:26 a.m., May 16, 2023, to reflect updated unofficial vote tallies] Heather Boyd speaks at her victory party after winning the 163rd Pennsylvania House District special election on Tuesday, May 16, 2022. (Capital-Star photo by Peter Hall) Democrat Heather Boyd won the special

Pa. primary election 2023: When to expect results, how vote counting will work, and more

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Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. Mail ballots are sorted and counted in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Election Day, November 2022.Matt Smith / For Spotlight PA HARRISBURG — In the

DePasquale, in Gettysburg Tuesday, eyes PA Attorney General post

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Former state Rep and Former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in Gettysburg Tuesday, the latest stop on a tour of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, introducing his potential candidacy for Attorney General. “The Attorney General should be the people’s lawyer,” he told a gathering of about two dozen Democrats gathered at the Adams County party headquarters in

The Pa. legislature appears to have met a tax break it doesn’t like: one for teachers, nurses, and cops

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Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has proposed a tax credit for new teachers, nurses, and cops. Republicans are skeptical. Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Inquirer Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our

Pa. doesn’t fund public defense. Shapiro’s budget would change that.

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Danielle Ohl of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. The Defender Association budget of more than $50 million helps employ about 500 attorneys and other staffers to provide indigent defense

Affordability remains top issue for Pa.’s state-related universities during budget process

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Wyatt Massey of Spotlight PA State College This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative and public-service journalism for Pennsylvania. Sign up for our regional newsletter, Talk of the Town. Despite a funding boost, Pennsylvania’s state-related universities may still raise what is already

Pa.’s juvenile detention centers are overcrowded, but building more isn’t the answer, advocates say

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by Peter Hall, Pennsylvania Capital-StarApril 20, 2023 Youth advocates and a juvenile justice official called on Pennsylvania lawmakers to address a shortage of space and staff that has created a crisis affecting children in the justice system. Christopher Spriggs is the acting executive director of the currently shuttered Glen Mills School (Philadelphia Tribune photo) While the

Expecting more than $1 billion in opioid settlement money, Pa. grapples with policing versus treatment

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Ed Mahon of Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise of WESA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. Opioid overdoses kill thousands of people each year in Pennsylvania, and settlement money is meant to

Pa. Medicaid re-enrollment: What you need to know to keep your health insurance or find other options

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Katie Meyer of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — If you’re one of the nearly 3.7 million Pennsylvanians who use Medicaid for health insurance, you’ll need to requalify