List by Category: Pennsylvania News

PA Gov. Tom Wolf will today propose the consolidation of four state agencies into one department

01.30.17 | Bob Price

He wants the departments of human services, health, aging and drug and alcohol prevention to become one new state agency. The consolidation will result in major job cuts, but save the state money. The new unified agency would be called the ...

PA lawmakers are asking Mr. Trump to reexamine a law that makes driver's licenses more secure

01.27.17 | Terry Diener

A January 24th letter signed by 116 lawmakers asks Trump to resolve the constitutional issues the REAL ID Act has raised and to relieve states of the massive cost. The lawmakers say Real ID imposes a significant unfunded mandate and usurps the ...

PA's grim state budget forecast is getting gloomier

01.27.17 | Bob Price

Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature are facing a potential shortfall of nearly $3 billion through next summer based on new projections today by the state legislature's Independent Fiscal Office. The projected deficit is ...

PA Gov. Tom Wolf has been given a clean bill of health

01.26.17 | Terry Diener

Gov. Tom Wolf’s spokesman J.J. Abbott told reporters the governor had a follow-up visit with a doctor last week and was given the good news. Wolf announced in February of last year he had a treatable form of prostate cancer. The governor ...

The mayor of PA's largest city is thumbing his nose at the president's plan to crack down on sanctuary cities

01.26.17 | Bob Price

Mayor Jim Kenney says Philadelphia will continue to be a sanctuary city despite threats of federal funds being pulled. Richard Santiago is an immigrant rights activist in Philly and thinks the crackdown will backfire.  He says "immigrants ...

Pittsburgh International Airport is being honored as the top airport in the world

01.25.17 | Bob Price

Air Transport World magazine has named it this year's airport of the year. It marks the first time a U.S. airport has earned the top spot. Pittsburgh International serves 68 nonstop destinations. The airport just finished its busiest year since ...

A PA politician wants to increase the states' minimum wage to $15-an-hour by 2023

01.25.17 | Bob Price

Dauphin County Democrat Patty Kim claims the working poor cannot survive on the current minimum wage.  She quoted a 2016 report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition saying "a working in Pennsylvania working a minimum wage job would ...

PA prison guards held a rally in Harrisburg to protest the closure of two state prisons

01.24.17 | Bob Price

Representative Neal Goodman of Schuylkill County insists the loss of nearly 800 jobs would be devastating.  He says, "that's a body blow my district doesn't get up from." Corrections Secretary John Wetzel is objecting to senators’ ...

Gov. Wolf is warning Congress not to cut funding for medicaid coverage for Pennsylvanians

01.24.17 | Terry Diener

The governor says the proposed plan to replace Obamacare will have a devastating impact on Pennsylvanians, including children and the elderly and he will fight any attempt to cut coverage. Shifting Medicaid to a block-grant program has emerged as ...

PA's shrinking prison population is fueling a growing parolee population

01.23.17 | Terry Diener

Since 2012, the state prison population has dropped by 2,000. Over that same period, parolee ranks grew by more than 6,000 as parole violators spent less time in prison.  Jason Bloom of the state corrections officers union says the state is ...

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