“If they get too far into the weeds or attempt to drop in other fixes now, my fear is nothing will get done.”
“If they get too far into the weeds or attempt to drop in other fixes now, my fear is nothing will get done.”
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour left open the possibility that the football team won’t play at all.
Changes to state law need to be effective by early September if counties are to implement them in time for the general election.
Pennsylvania’s finances received a welcome — but probably temporary — boost in July, with tax collections up 6.6% compared to the same time last year, according to figures released Monday by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.
Coronavirus testing, online instruction, and the ability to turn on a dime are central to reopening plans
State officials are trying again, this time with a grant program targeted at the smallest and most vulnerable operations.
As the face of the state’s COVID-19 response, Health Secretary Rachel Levine has been the subject of numerous personal attacks.
“If we did something as a business, the person would just up and leave and go somewhere else, because someone else is not going to enforce it.”
“I’ve been doing this since April 4th, and I have received zero money. The problem is you cannot get through on the phone.”
8 percent of claims needed to be reviewed manually.
The lawsuit represents yet another test of Wolf’s emergency powers, which have been unsuccessfully challenged several times.
Bill sponsor, transparency advocates urge governor to reconsider
“This whole process we’ve had an array of choices and they’ve all been bad.”
The state Supreme Court earlier this month upheld the governor’s disaster emergency declaration, saying the legislature can’t terminate the declaration on its own.
“We find the data is suggesting children should be wearing masks any time they are outside of their family’s home and can’t maintain a distance of 6 or more feet.”
The state supreme court sided with Wolf in a ruling last week.
It’s not often when the top leadership position in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives opens up in the middle of legislative session. But when it did this year, there was broad agreement it was Lancaster County native Bryan Cutler’s job for the taking.
GOP legislature argued that it had the power to end Gov. Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration
Pennsylvania, Oregon and Kansas are among the latest states to require face coverings in public settings as COVID-19 cases surge in much of the country. Health officials say masks can slow the spread.
State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the coronavirus typically enters nursing homes through workers who don’t have symptoms.
Secretary of Environmental Resources and Energy panel said he was offended by AG’s characterization of natural gas industry
Bid to limit governor’s emergency powers is attached to racial equality amendment
Grand jury makes proposals on regulation, oversight of fracking industry
“I really don’t think there’s reason for the governor to have this power over guns. We are given the ability to keep and bear arms by the Constitution.”
“These ideas increase funds, but don’t increase public safety.”
“When a crime is committed because of how a company does business, rather than an individual’s actions, we charge the company.”
The fate of the governor’s emergency declaration hangs in the balance
“I don’t have confidence in his numbers and some of his people.”
“This ruling may well shape the way that the federal courts interpret other federal statutes that outlaw discrimination based on sex.”
Action comes one week after Black Caucus members led protest on House floor
Responding to legislature’s lawsuit, Wolf asks high court to use “King’s Bench” jurisdiction
“Nothing changes. Essentially, the resolution that was passed last evening is meaningless.”
Action sets up a likely court fight over whether governor can veto the move
Speaker Turzai says he supports calling a special session
Hearing points to structural inequity, unequal treatment as causes of COVID-19’s exacting toll
More voters cast provisional ballots Tuesday because they hadn’t received their mailed ballot or feared it wouldn’t make the return deadline.
Annual event was expected to draw as many as 2,000 2nd Amendment activists on Monday
The challenge now: Counting nearly 2 million mail-in ballots. Final results may take a week to tabulate
Wolf makes surprise announcement that he’s extending deadline for returning mail-in ballots by a week
Most of western Pa. moves to green phase of coronavirus reopening plan next week.
Senate still needs to act, but resolution faces almost certain disapproval by governor
After rejecting bill to reopen real estate industry, Wolf issues guidelines to accomplish the same goal
“When employers are having smaller staff, are they going to go out of their way to hire folks who already weren’t being hired before this, or are they going to overlook them?”
“The families claim “online learning is wholly inadequate to meet the needs of nonverbal and partially verbal children with autism who rely upon…in-person instruction.”
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine responded to critics who say there are holes in the state’s plan to test all residents and staff at nursing homes: “The plan is an evolution.”
Pa. is only state in nation where real estate is on hold during coronavirus
PA business owners share stories of evolving, sometimes contradictory, guidance from state
The state’s unemployment benefits agency continues to deal with “an avalanche of claims.”
Estimates don’t capture leaks from ‘abnormal’ conditions, Environmental Defense Fund says
We breakdown the issue in eight counties and the latest developments.
How this business qualified for a waiver is unclear from just the information DCED posted on its website.
The state issued 12,826 denials and 11,635 businesses were told that their request did not require an exemption.
Regulator, company at odds over erosion, hillside slips
The stores will be limited to no more than 25 people, including employees, in a store at any one time.
Governor Wolf said he didn’t know how many people would be hired or when the corps would be formed, but that he wants it to be a big deal.
“Is this the new normal in terms of what we’re going to do in terms of shutting down the economy?”
Kevin Boyle, the ranking Democrat on the committee, immediately interrupted him, calling on committee Chairman Garth Everett to cut Rep. Chris Dush off.
The entire state is in the red status until Friday.
Election chiefs call on state officials to allow processing to start earlier, clarify which polling places can open.
Move comes as a Senate committee approves a motion to issues subpoenas to obtain more information on how Wolf administration responded to businesses seeking to remain open during coronavirus closure
Republicans in legislature want details on how state handled business requests to remain open during coronavirus closures
“We’re deemed essential on the backside, but not on the revenue side.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is sending a message about the food supply: there’s plenty of food and the state is adjusting to get it to people.
“Literally, ‘Pay me now and maybe you will get some stuff some time in the future,’ is where some vendors are starting.”
“I believe that they are scared. If you listen to a lot of what’s going on [on the news], it’s a lot of overkill, on the fear factor.”
“It’s another Monday, and it’s another end-the-shutdown bill.”
“Nobody has communicated with us. They just do what they want to do and we have to live with it.”
State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), the sponsor of a longshot measure to revoke the governor’s emergency powers, said the waiver decisions seem random.
“Ultimately, the virus is going to set the timeline, not us.”
Defying the governor’s shutdown order, and spurred on by far-right activists and Republican state lawmakers, hundreds of people gathered to demand that businesses reopen.
The bill would ban doctors from using telemedicine for any drug on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy list.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced the business shutdowns would be extended until until May 8. They were due to lift on April 30. He did ease the limits a bit, including on the construction industry.
Main rally marked by Trump flags, open-carry firearms, anti-vaxxers and plenty of anger at Gov. Tom Wolf
PA POST – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says it’s time to start talking about reopening the state’s economy, but during a Friday afternoon news conference, he avoided providing dates for when he will lift restrictions on Pennsylvania residents and businesses. “Unfortunately, we cannot flip a switch and reopen the commonwealth,” Wolf said. “There isn’t going to be one big day. We need to make smart, data-driven decisions, and we can’t be impulsive. We can’t be emotional.”
Starting next week, Wolf said he plans to describe specific steps for lifting restrictions in Pennsylvania. Those steps will follow guidelines released by the Wolf administration on Friday that emphasize a data-driven approach to create quantifiable criteria and take into account conditions in different regions of the state.
Connected vents and small cells help accelerate the virus’s spread, and puts inmates on edge
“Reopening businesses too early will only extend the length of the economic hardships created by the pandemic.”
The recent flattening of the state’s coronavirus case count must stay on course.
The state Department of Health is not making hospital preparedness plans available or overseeing whether hospitals are following those plans.
For weeks, local government associations and municipal officials have urged the legislature to provide explicit confirmation that they can hold remote meetings.
“There’s no way I personally want to be responsible for one of our members dying from this or one of their family members.”
The action comes nearly one month after Wolf ordered more than 100 types of “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close or face fines and other penalties.
The flawed system starts with patients, who may not provide full information, and continues through doctors, who may not pass patient information to laboratories.
New Pennsylvania unemployment data shows the coronavirus shutdown has been felt most acutely on a per-capita basis in some of the most rural counties.
“We want it ASAP, but we want it smart. Not political.”
“The state is giving us the choice: ‘you decide.’ So it’s a really uncomfortable position to be in.”
“Think about the backyard, think about the neighborhood, think about the local park, think about a local trail, think about the closest state park or forest area and how to recreate safely there.”
Democratic leaders said the proposals place too much of a burden on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration as a time when it is focused on slowing the pandemic.
“Now is not the time to ease up on strong mitigation tactics that can help flatten the curve and ease the burden likely to be placed on our healthcare system.”
As of Thursday, 130 COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania had required treatment with a ventilator, though that number is expected to rise as cases increase.
“We will see a rise in the cases of child abuse and neglect when this is over.”
State leads nation in percentage of workforce seeking benefits
The Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation program saw more than 378,900 claims filed during the week ending March 21 — 6 percent of the workforce.
The Pennsylvania Governor says the state Department of Community and Economic Development will not respond to open records requests for the foreseeable future,
The question of which businesses must close and which can stay open during the statewide coronavirus shutdown has been an ongoing point of confusion and anger.
While state officials have consistently said the situation will deteriorate, they’ve been unable to say just how bad the outbreak might become.
Wolf administration grants all of Energy Transfer’s waiver requests
“Nobody is looking to get anybody unnecessarily involved in the legal system.”
Construction on the Mariner East pipeline appears to be halted by Gov. Wolf’s new order that shuts down all “non-life-sustaining” operations and businesses.
“Agriculture’s role is unquestionable: access to food is a right; we need local agriculture now more than ever.”
School districts want to know when to cancel classes and how to access federal resources. So far, they’re not getting answers.
Overwhelmingly, schools are asking for grants to address mental health needs and to strengthen security measures.
An account traced to him had uploaded an image showing a sexual act between a female minor and adult male. The office said police found two other images on Folmer’s cell phone.
The group argues the strong economy makes it a good time to reinstate the cash assistance program. But the GOP-controlled legislature is wary of increased spending.
People will still be able to use other forms of identification after REAL ID requirements take effect.
The respiratory virus — marked by fever, cough and shortness of breath — has already sickened more than 81,000 people and killed 2,700 people worldwide.
Pennsylvania sentences a lot of people to life without the possibility of parole. Research has shown their odds of reoffending are low after years of incarceration.
Attorneys say they believe the stop was racially motivated. The ACLU’s client was detained, then placed in ICE custody.
The Democratic Governor has pitched the same overhaul to Pennsylvania’s corporate tax structure for five years in a row.
DEP acting on governor’s executive order — which Republicans are challenging
The state centers are set to close within three years and move about 300 people with intellectual disabilities into community based care.
Republican Scott Perry and Democrat Matt Cartwright are both considered to be in toss-up races.
The city of Reading has the highest eviction rate among Pennsylvania’s five largest cities
Joe Scarnati has represented the 25th Senate District for two decades, and rose to power as Senate President Pro Tempore in 2006.
They’re adding new plaintiffs from the Philadelphia, Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg and Harrisburg dioceses.
The new application website comes courtesy of Act 77, which expands voting laws. Lawmakers passed it in an effort to boost participation.
Overrides are rare, and can only happen when two-thirds of the legislature are willing to support a bill against the governor’s explicit wishes. The last one happened a decade ago.
According to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the Dog Law Enforcement Bureau could be out of money by this summer.
“The thousands of hours that these families put into these fire companies. To lose that is so tragic.”
Over the past three sessions, at least a dozen Democratic-sponsored resolutions related to honoring LGBTQ+ people have failed to pass the state House and Senate.
In annual budget address, Wolf talked about need for pipeline reform
Wolf highlights programs for older Pennsylvanians and people with intellectual disabilities.
The governor says the days of “painful” budgets are behind Pennsylvania, thanks to a strong economy. But Republicans say Wolf should work harder to reign in spending.
State records show that none of the state’s 48 county mental health agencies made use of the program in 2019, and none are implementing the program this year, either.
Support for a ban strong in cities and suburbs; weak in rural SW Pennsylvania
Plastics build-out could conflict with governor’s climate goals
New York and Pennsylvania joined 12 other states and the District of Columbia in a federal lawsuit that says the new rules violate the Clean Air Act.
The old system was expensive, and its coverage was so spotty that police and other first responders couldn’t rely on it for communication.
His latest ask is more than a billion dollars to clean up lead and asbestos in Pennsylvania’s schools, houses and water systems.
The proposal would require Pennsylvanians to pay part of their checks into an emergency fund, from which any eligible worker would be able to draw benefits.
Thanks to a package of new laws, county officials will likely have to count more absentee ballots and register more voters.
His legacy on education policy boils down to two words: school choice.
“I’d like to be in the private sector. I’d like to be on the other side of that line where I’m actually in the middle of it, to create those jobs and see an organization thrive.
One of the bills now goes the governor for a signature, and the rest still have to pass the Senate.
The proposal would close all cyber charters in the commonwealth by the 2020-21 school year.
Thousands of unreported “critical incidents,” including two deaths and cases of abuse and neglect, were found in an audit of medical claims.
The additional fees are intended to apply specifically to records that companies are reselling, using to market products, or making money with in some other way.
A bill that would change the process made it through a House committee unanimously, and now goes to the full chamber for a vote.
Governor Tom Wolf says the goal is to ensure more young offenders leave the criminal system and stay out.
The high court will consider a case involving Pennsylvania’s challenge to a Trump administration rule that allows employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage for religious or moral reasons.
Speaker Mike Turzai counters that he did so because of a routine parliamentary issue.
Studies have shown that doctors at some hospitals routinely instruct medical students to perform practice exams on unconscious patients without their permission.
DEP quietly withdrew the fine for faulty drilling after the company promised to fix the problems.
Republicans are pushing for looser regulations on conventional oil and gas drillers, who generally run small operations and work with relatively shallow wells.
The partnership between Sandy Hook Promise and the state Attorney General’s office aims to prevent mass shootings and help children dealing with problems.
The chamber narrowly passed a measure that would require judges to issue consecutive sentences for multiple crimes involving guns.
In order to change how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn before nationwide reapportionment in 2021, the General Assembly needs to strike a deal by early August.
They want a GOP-controlled Senate committee to hold hearings on several of their bills backstopping ACA provisions. It’s not clear if they’ll get their wish.
GOP Speaker Mike Turzai scheduled the elections to be held less than a month before the primary. Democratic leaders think that’s needlessly confusing.
Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Secretary says several grant recipients were taken by surprise that they had to pay contracted workers prevailing wages.
After a grand jury implicated more than 300 priests in a statewide sex scandal, nearly every case was too old to be prosecuted. Legislators say that problem inspired these new laws.
The need for improving mental health services became apparent after discussions with some of the people tasked with Wolf’s Opioid Command Center, Wolf said.
The settlement also lifts a nearly year-long permit freeze on the company’s other pipeline projects, including the cross-state Mariner East pipelines.
The governor wants to require that time-and-a-half be paid to anyone who makes $45,000 or less and works more than 40 hours in a week.
The letter from a statewide board could be used against Judge Dennis Reinaker in future misconduct cases.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he found tens of thousands of discrepancies in a review of county registration records. But the department says he’s overstating the issue.
House Republicans have voted to elect appellate court judges in regional, partisan elections. Only two other states use similar methods.
The measures now go back to the Senate, where members will vote to concur with, or reject the amendments.
Current state law bars municipalities from paying for conferences and other instruction programs until the elected person formally takes office.
The proposed Department of Labor rule notes that it could allow employers to save some money by letting tipped and non-tipped workers pool their pay.
Many Democrats and some Republicans say mandatory minimum sentences are ineffective and biased against black people. The GOP committee chair says he ‘doesn’t see color.’
Amid federal inaction, there’s no consensus on how much of the PFAS class of chemicals is too much.
After 25 years in prison, David Sheppard received clemency for a second-degree murder charge. But he may have to go back to prison for allegedly stealing jeans in 1992.
Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell says she plans to resign. She won her seat in a special election nine months ago, replacing a representative charged with bribery.
Major League Baseball is considering cutting 42 teams from the minor league circuit after the 2020 season.
The proposed changes would slash federal food assistance to low-income families by $4.5 billion over five years.
A newly-enacted law is making Pennsylvania one of 19 states with older legal tobacco purchase ages.
Lawmakers and the governor opted to create their own exchange because it’s likely to save the commonwealth money.
A state senator’s recent defection from the Democratic party shook the Capitol last week and now it’s causing political upheaval in his district.
People abused as children will be able to file criminal suits against their abusers no matter how much time has passed.
Proposed bill would require Legislature to OK Pennsylvania becoming part of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Among other things, the measures would impose longer sentences for assaulting guards, and punish inmates for a broader range of crimes.
The longtime Luzerne County lawmaker is now registered as an Independent, but has allied himself with Republicans in key ways.
Under current law, lawmakers can accept whatever gifts they want, no matter the cost. For the first time in recent memory, the House may be poised to change that.
Supporters say the measure would ensure parents have an opportunity for closure. Opponents say it could discourage women from getting abortions, and might make traumatic experiences worse.
The proposal would allow parents in Harrisburg to use as much as $8,200 in taxpayer money toward private school tuition.
They’ll now get at least 42½ hours per week out of their cell, and will be allowed to eat and attend religious services with other inmates.
Tom Wolf, a Democrat, addressed the situation for the first time Wednesday afternoon, saying he is not aware of any wrongdoing.
Eugene DePasqule wants lawmakers to come up with a more comprehensive plan to improve infrastructure, and hopefully prevent future damage from severe weather.
Officials are hoping early exposure to science and tech will give rural students a leg up in rapidly modernizing fields, like agriculture.
It’s unclear exactly what went wrong with the commonwealth’s dated system, but from Thursday to Sunday, a crash kept unemployed people from filing claims.
The Associated Press says those high-risk structures are in poor condition, and could kill people if they collapse.