List by Category: Pennsylvania News

The minimum wage is going up for PA state workers

06.29.18 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order for the second time-- increasing the living wage to $12 an hour for state workers, starting Sunday. He also ordered an annual boost of 50 cents an hour until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024. Wolf...

Will a PA judge get the Supreme Court nod to replace Justice Kennedy?

06.28.18 | Sarah Harnisch

Judge Thomas m. Hardiman is a conservative federal judge out of Pittsburgh. Lawyers who have worked with the 52 year old describe him as a staunch conservative, but not an activist judge. He does not allow his personal viewpoints to influence...

Gov. Wolf has outlined his 'PAsmart' initiative in the upcoming PA budget

06.28.18 | Terry Diener

As a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, PAsmart will support workforce development through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training. PAsmart is built on recommendations of the governor’s Middle Class...

Anti-gerrymandering group wants Gov. Wolf to call a special session

06.27.18 | Bill Price

The advocacy group is urging lawmakers to authorize the creation of a  "citizens' redistricting commission" under the state constitution. The group March on Harrisburg delivered that message to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on...

PA's population is getting older and more diverse

06.27.18 | Terry Diener

According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one-third of all Pennsylvania residents were 55 years or older in 2017, ranking it seventh among states for the highest median age in the country at about 41 years...

A 280-page report on capital punishment has been published in PA

06.26.18 | Bob Price

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers authored it. It finds grave concerns with the current state of the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Since 1985, nearly 500 death warrants have been signed in the commonwealth, but only three condemned...

The PA Supreme Court is explaining why it will not allow the release of a statewide report into clergy sex abuse

06.26.18 | Terry Diener

The opinion, which comes five days after the high court blocked the release of the long-awaited grand jury report, notes that it is in the process of reviewing challenges filed by "many individuals" named in the report. The five-page opinion...

PA's top 2 Republicans are at odds over new sanctity of life legislation

06.22.18 | Bob Price

House Speaker Mike Turzai is holding up anti-hazing legislation because Senate leader, Jake Corman refuses to act on a measure to ban down syndrome abortions. Turzai says he'll also stall human trafficking legislation so long as the Senate drags...

PA regulators decide to divvy up $210 million from fees on Marcellus shale gas wells

06.22.18 | Terry Diener

County and municipal governments will receive $115 million, while state agencies will get $18 million. Another $76.5 million will go to the Marcellus Legacy Fund for environmental improvement programs, roadway repairs and water and sewer...

House moves to amend medical marijuana law's research rules

06.21.18 | Bob Price

State lawmakers moved Tuesday to reinstate the research provision of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law, a month after a court decision left it in limbo. The House voted 167-31 to change the law by laying out more explicitly the goal of its...

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