Articles by: Cynthia Fernandez of Spotlight PA

Republicans Subpoena Wolf Administration for Documents Related to Controversial Business Waiver Process

Republicans Subpoena Wolf Administration for Documents Related to Controversial Business Waiver Process

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republicans in the state legislature have subpoenaed the Wolf administration for documents related to its controversial coronavirus waiver process for businesses, a rarely used maneuver that could spark a legal battle with the Democratic governor. FULL ARTICLE
States Need Coronavirus Data to Make Timely Decisions. What They Share With the Public Varies Widely.

States Need Coronavirus Data to Make Timely Decisions. What They Share With the Public Varies Widely.

With the coronavirus pandemic, timing is everything. When should states shut down? When should they reopen? Which hospitals need the most supplies right now? Across the United States, those decisions largely hinge on accurate public health data. FULL ARTICLE
There’s No Timeline to Release List of PA. Businesses That Received Coveted Coronavirus Waivers, Top Official Says

There’s No Timeline to Release List of PA. Businesses That Received Coveted Coronavirus Waivers, Top Official Says

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than a month after the process was first announced, there is still no timeline for when Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration will release the list of Pennsylvania businesses that received coveted waivers and were allowed to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown. FULL ARTICLE
Tight Housing Conditions, Lack of Health Care Put Migrant Workers on Pa. Farms at High Risk for the Coronavirus

Tight Housing Conditions, Lack of Health Care Put Migrant Workers on Pa. Farms at High Risk for the Coronavirus

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is failing to adequately protect migrant farmworkers from the coronavirus, an issue that will become more critical as orchards and farms ramp up efforts to recruit laborers in the coming months, experts and advocates said. FULL ARTICLE
Hundreds Gather at Capitol in Harrisburg for Anti-Shutdown Rally Calling to ‘Reopen’ Pennsylvania

Hundreds Gather at Capitol in Harrisburg for Anti-Shutdown Rally Calling to ‘Reopen’ Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Standing shoulder to shoulder, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the state Capitol on Monday for a rally to “reopen” Pennsylvania, as others circled the area honking their vehicles’ horns and holding signs that read “Trump 2020.” FULL ARTICLE
Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed More Pa. Businesses to Reopen Over Public Health Objections

Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed More Pa. Businesses to Reopen Over Public Health Objections

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed legislation that would have allowed more Pennsylvania businesses to reopen over the objections of the state’s top health official, hours after hundreds gathered at the Capitol to protest the coronavirus-driven closures. FULL ARTICLE