Recent population estimates and data from the latest American Community Survey can be used to help figure out where the new district lines should be.
Recent population estimates and data from the latest American Community Survey can be used to help figure out where the new district lines should be.
PennDOT has eyed nine bridges throughout the commonwealth –– each decades old and needing replacement –– that could be fixed within a few years if tolls of a dollar or two each were set up.
Health systems believed they were following state orders when they used vaccines that were supposed to be set aside for people awaiting their second doses.
“For generations, our teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, students, and school staff have been sent into buildings where they can get brain damage because of chipped paint, or cancer because of asbestos.”
By law, a five-member legislative committee called the Legislative Reapportionment Commission spearheads the map drawing process.
The Evans brothers are now home in Philadelphia after decades in prison. Convicted of second degree murder, they had few options for release in Pennsylvania under current law.
Currently, there are 600,000 more registered Democratic voters than Republicans in the commonwealth.
When the Pennsylvania Department of State failed to advertise the proposed constitutional amendment that had been passed by the legislature, it halted a march toward justice for thousands of victims abused in the commonwealth.
Social media networks and online research skills give some younger people an edge, even as older people overall face higher risk of hospitalization and death.
Republican state lawmakers are mulling changes to Pennsylvania’s election law this session. They say that effort is aimed at improving the process for the state’s upcoming contests.
Politically, he has made a project of attempting to bridge the increasing conservatism of de-industrialized, once-Democratic-voting areas with his own brand of progressive politics.
“Pick your poison: either way, the Catholic Church is going to oppose it. We’re not going away. We’re not going to wait two years.”
“We hope that it will be a good change, that it will help us, it will help others.”
More than 1,000 people are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania, even though they never intended to kill anyone — 70% of them are Black. A lawsuit calls the concept cruel and unconstitutional.
The proposal would increase the state’s personal income tax from 3.07% to 4.49% in the next fiscal year.
“To get Pennsylvania back on track from the disruptions that this pandemic is causing, we need to make major targeted investments to strengthen our economy.”
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has announced he is opening an investigation into the matter.
Those conversations were about using the Justice Department to make it appear as though Georgia’s election results could be invalidated because of ongoing fraud investigations.
“I kept seeing these questions over and over: How do I run for school board? How do I help candidates run for school board?””
“The public comment period just makes it clear that Pennsylvanians are really clamoring for concrete action to reduce climate pollution.”
“We need Joe Biden to demonstrate that he truly is a man that believes in science and believes in honoring the commitment to protect future generations.”
“We should engage in everyday actions and changes in our lifestyle, that reduce our environmental footprint, that often make us healthier and happier and save us money, things we ought to do anyway.”
Dr. Rachel Levine is currently the secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state’s fight against COVID-19.
A Kaiser Family Foundation report released last week found rural residents are among the most hesitant about vaccines.
One would require appellate-level judges, like the state Supreme Court, to be elected by district rather than statewide.
Of the 149 projects granted money from the Growing Greener program, 43 in south central Pennsylvania will get $12 million.
“Hopefully if there’s protests, they’re peaceful. But you can’t take any chances, especially after what we witnessed in Washington, D.C.”
The retiring Pennsylvania senator joins his Republican colleague Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for President Trump to resign. House Democrats are aiming to hold an impeachment vote this week.
“The question is whether or not the evidence can be linked to a particular individual and what is the proper jurisdiction to bring those charges.”
“They lied about the results of the election. They lied about voter fraud.”
“Our hospitals and health care systems continue to be significantly challenged.”
A change at the state level is blocking funding for a type of one-on-one therapy when conducted at clinics rather than in the home.
Eco-advocates say there are a lot of opportunities for lawmakers to act on the environment and climate change in the 2021-22 session. The question is whether they have the will to do it.
“You have these climate events happening, and we have systems that are built for things that happened 100 years ago, not what’s happening now. We need to shift focus to that.”
Good government groups across Pennsylvania fear that if Harrisburg Republicans get their way in the coming legislative session, the commonwealth could end up with a high court system that is one of the most partisan in the country.
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There is “universal support” overall, but some disagreement on specifics.
Child care centers in Pennsylvania are facing a dark winter. With coronavirus cases surging, and government relief aid far reduced from the early days of the pandemic, providers are struggling as they navigate how to stay afloat financially while keeping the children they serve and their staffs safe.
The new public health measures come as COVID-19 cases near all-time highs and hospital intensive care units are nearing capacity.
While public schools in urban and suburban counties have lost students, schools in more rural counties have largely tread water.
As the Democrats’ leader, she’ll be responsible for putting together Democrats’ legislative strategy for next year’s session.
“We know that we can’t depend upon the federal government, given the fact that we’ve been waiting for them to respond to this crisis for months now.”
With almost 5,000 Pennsylvanians hospitalized due to COVID-19, some hospitals are out of beds.
State announced $3.9 M studies after pressure from families of rare cancer patients in SW PA
The state’s average test positivity rate is nearly 12%
Over 20 state representatives signed on to a co-sponsorship memo for a resolution calling on state leaders to delay vote certification — which occurred last week in the presidential race.
Plans are in early stages, but people weary of water contamination are on edge
The attention has raised his political profile along with questions about whether he’ll run for statewide office in two years.
The GOP-backed resolution means counties will turn over voting data within the next 45 days..
As coronavirus cases soar in Pennsylvania, state lawmakers face a looming deadline to spend $1.3 billion in federal pandemic relief that the commonwealth received in early spring, but still hasn’t used.
“[He] made it very clear a year and a half ago that he had it out for me and was very vocal about that.”
A handful of cases are pending in courts around the state, including a few key challenges. If the Trump campaign can whittle away Biden’s advantage to 0.5%, Pennsylvania law would trigger an automatic recount.
President-elect Biden says he will rejoin the Paris Agreement on day one.
The Voter Integrity Fund was launched a week ago by Matt Braynard, who says he’s raised over $500,000 to cross-reference public data in a quest to unearth malfeasance in the election.
PA faces a new dynamic if and when it considers whether to pursue its own recreational marijuana legalization measure.
While the state already requires counties to audit a portion of ballots in every race, GOP caucus spokesman Mike Straub said the legislature should examine what it alleges are “the impacts of interference.”
Some have taken a more defiant approach, including several rank-and-file members of the House Republican Caucus.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m disenfranchising people. I’m just waiting on what the state wants us to do.”
Trump’s lead in PA has narrowed as mail-in votes are counted, but the race remains too close to call.
Reports are flying that President Donald Trump may try to falsely claim electoral victory Tuesday night before states like Pennsylvania finish counting ballots.
President Trump told the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group The Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
Energy, pollution policies are felt deeply in Pennsylvania.
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“We can no longer operate at the same size that we once were when we were a much larger university, so our expectation is that we will align those costs and revenues.”
A spokesperson for Bucks County confirmed at least 1,091 voters have received two ballots and an official in Mifflin County said 108 voters were subject to the error.
Both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden have pointed to a COVID-19 vaccine as key to ending the pandemic.
A survey of Pennsylvanians who did not vote in 2016, found nearly half of nonvoters wanted to cast ballots on Election Day, but were held back by logistical issues — bucking the stereotype of nonvoters as people who are checked out of politics.
“The closer the race, the longer it will take to know who the winner is, and oftentimes you do know within 24-36 hours because it’s not a very, very close race.”
“We need the economic growth. We need the revenue and we need the restorative justice that the legalization of adult-use cannabis will provide.”
More than two dozen election officials said they’ll set up at least a drop box or two monitored by a law enforcement official, security camera or both.
Pennsylvania school-choice advocates are pushing hard for a measure that would send federal coronavirus relief money directly to families to put towards private school tuition, tutoring, or other educational expenses.
“Restaurant self-certification is just one tool in the toolbox we can use to increase customer competence, protect ourselves, and grow our businesses.”
“I think…it’s now more of a concern than ever.”
The support for raising the federal minimum wage is higher than it was before the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
The president’s speech included several of the false claims that are regular parts of his stump speeches.
“It’s so important that we address the right and the dignity behind our natural appearance, and being able to show up as we naturally are.”
Advocates say the ruling is a win for students and families, allowing them to better hold school districts accountable for discriminatory bullying that happens under their watch.
The finding adds to concerns that the president and some Republicans are laying the groundwork to challenge the legitimacy of the election.
“[The ruling] jeopardizes the security and integrity of our elections and will potentially put Pennsylvania in the middle of a disastrous national crisis.”
“It is disturbing and hypocritical that Republican Senators would attempt to fill this vacancy now while Americans across the country have already begun casting their ballots.”
“I don’t even know what that’s like, having to actually go fill out an application to try to get another job, and fit in somewhere,” said Swain. “Starting over, like that’s just so crazy.”
The new standards — which are still subject to regulatory review and approval by the state legislature — were advanced by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education last week.
The governor wants the deadline to send out vote-by-mail applications moved up, among other things.
Eight years ago, the state slashed $84 million targeted toward these programs and many services were eliminated. Now, advocates fear they could be on the chopping block again.
The Pa. Department Human Services had been planning to distribute $42 million to the parents of about 330,000 kids later this month, but learned recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had rejected their plan.
“I can’t think of anything more simple than slowing down and moving over if you can.”
It’s the latest stress the industry has faced since COVID-19 turned the child care sector upside down in March.
“We know our hospitality industry is really taking a beating because of this pandemic, and they’re going to need to bounce back. Giving them an edge by having cannabis tourism is tremendously helpful.”
For the next 90 days, public rules on masks and social distancing, as well as relaxed rules on unemployment insurance and professional certification will remain in place.
Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.
“I got boxes I’m staring at every day. My kids are staring at it. They’re like, ‘When are we gonna find a place to go?’”
“We’re all trying to figure out, ‘How can the counties have the responsibility for making sure the count is accurate and as timely as possible?”
“We want children to be in situations where they’re safe and supervised by trusted adults.”
Gov. Tom Wolf calls for some of the revenue from marijuana sales to go toward “repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.”
Officials are routinely citing the law to deny public records requests, but legal experts say the state can be more transparent — if it wants.
“If the pandemic was over today, and our economy was back to where it was pre-pandemic, we would probably be in a pretty good place. I think the concern really comes in when we look at the future.”
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When treatment facilities ignore coronavirus protocols, patients are forced to choose between recovery and safety.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board claims that revealing how many licenses are available in each county would hurt revenue. But others believe it might help small businesses compete.
“It’s technically doable, I guess.”
Months of protests urged prosecutors and police to support criminal justice reform. But court records show a different path.
“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.
‘Attribution science’ uses modeling to assess role of warming in weather events
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.”
As modelers look at national trends, they’re concerned about case jumps in areas that had previously managed largely to squelch the virus.
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
“I would never have applied if they hadn’t come and talked to me about it. They emphasized to me: Why don’t you take advantage of some of the things that are out there for you?”
“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.
“There are many of us who represent diverse communities, … [who] understand that it is our duty to stand up, to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians to vote.”
“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.”
Pence itinerary included stops in Lancaster, Chester and Philly; Biden was in Scranton, his childhood hometown
Despite the pandemic, Census Bureau officials say they’ve determined it’s safe enough for visits to unresponsive homes in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
The state supreme court sided with Wolf in a ruling last week.
For students, it’s a disorienting change during an already difficult time.
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.
“We’re kind of stuck in a position where we kind of feel helpless. We feel like we should be doing something.”
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
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“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
The former Pennsylvania governor tells NPR that he worries the president is hurting his own cause by talking down absentee voting because in many cases, it helps Republicans.
“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
Counties vary in approach to tracking the virus’s impact on ethnic groups
“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
In recent years, climate activists and states have used the Clean Water Act to block pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. A new EPA rule makes that harder,
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
“This is going to be our new normal when the government allows us to come back. So, I am giving it a go.”
Scientifically, there’s no clear consensus yet on the effectiveness of school closures in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
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.”