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Pa. Republicans’ Major Election Overhaul Advanced in the State House as Democrats Called it a ‘Farce’

Pa. Republicans’ Major Election Overhaul Advanced in the State House as Democrats Called it a ‘Farce’

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Republicans in the state House advanced their proposed election overhaul legislation Tuesday over the strong objections of Democrats, who called it an attack on voting rights. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 16, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Wolf, Pa. Democrats Again Push for Passage of LGBTQ Discrimination Protections

Wolf, Pa. Democrats Again Push for Passage of LGBTQ Discrimination Protections

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As people around the country celebrate Pride month, Gov. Tom Wolf again called on the state’s Republican-led legislature to pass non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 16, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Six of 15 Board Members of Embattled Pa. Pension Fund Officially Call for Removal of Its Top Command

Six of 15 Board Members of Embattled Pa. Pension Fund Officially Call for Removal of Its Top Command

Six trustees for Pennsylvania’s largest pension fund have called for the full 15-member board to vote Friday to fire the $64 billion chief executive and top investment officer, as the fund grapples with an FBI investigation and management mistakes. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 11, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Legislature Votes to Immediately End Pa.’s Coronavirus Disaster Declaration While Keeping Waivers in Place

Legislature Votes to Immediately End Pa.’s Coronavirus Disaster Declaration While Keeping Waivers in Place

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania legislature has voted to immediately end Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus disaster declaration using a new power granted to the legislative branch by primary voters, while also keeping in place certain regulatory waivers. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 10, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Wolf Sticks by $1 Billion Plan to Close Pa.’s Education Gap, Minus His Proposed Tax Increase

Wolf Sticks by $1 Billion Plan to Close Pa.’s Education Gap, Minus His Proposed Tax Increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Flanked by Democrats in the House and Senate, Gov. Tom Wolf took to the steps of the Capitol this week to push for more than $1 billion in new funding for public schools, money that would be funneled through a formula meant to ensure that underserved school districts receive adequate funding. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 10, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Pennsylvania’s 2022 Race for Governor: What We Know So Far

Pennsylvania’s 2022 Race for Governor: What We Know So Far

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania politicos are preparing for an intense 2022 election, with open seats for U.S. Senate and governor on the November ballot. The fields are still taking shape, but it’s already clear there’s a lot at stake — both races are currently categorized by the Cook Political Report as toss-ups. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 9, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Facing FBI Probe, PSERS Backtracks on Disclosure That Staffers Were on Both Sides of Real Estate Dealings

Facing FBI Probe, PSERS Backtracks on Disclosure That Staffers Were on Both Sides of Real Estate Dealings

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Amid an FBI investigation, the mammoth PSERS pension plan has disavowed as poorly worded an official disclosure form that said its top investment staff was also being paid by a firm hired to manage its real estate in Harrisburg. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 9, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Jobless in Pa. Livid Over New Unemployment System Errors As State Declares Victory

Jobless in Pa. Livid Over New Unemployment System Errors As State Declares Victory

A long-delayed upgrade of Pennsylvania’s computer system for unemployment benefits made a glitch-filled debut Tuesday, frustrating some jobless workers and confirming the concerns of critics who feared the new system would buckle under the heavy, pandemic-fueled demand. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 9, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
With $10,000,000,000 To Spend, Advocates Press Wolf, Pa. Lawmakers to Prioritize Poor People

With $10,000,000,000 To Spend, Advocates Press Wolf, Pa. Lawmakers to Prioritize Poor People

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-led legislature begin the final month of budget negotiations, a coalition of groups that serve the underrepresented marched to the steps of the Capitol to demand lawmakers prioritize working-class and low-income families. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 8, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Bill Would Force Pa. to Post Online How Lawmakers Spend Millions in Tax Dollars Each Year

Bill Would Force Pa. to Post Online How Lawmakers Spend Millions in Tax Dollars Each Year

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded expenses incurred by state lawmakers each year would be required to be posted online under a bill being prepared for introduction in the Pennsylvania Senate, making the information easily accessible to the public for the first time. FULL ARTICLE
by · June 3, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News