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Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications. Follow her on Threads @social_kimly

Pennsylvania expands its child care tax credit

By: - December 21, 2023

An expansion of Pennsylvania’s child care tax credit signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro after passing the Legislature last week will increase the amount families with children in child care can receive. The expansion allows individuals to claim 100% of the federal child care tax credit they claimed. “Childcare costs have continued to increase […]

U.S. Steel: Fetterman, Casey criticize the company’s proposed $14B sale to Nippon Steel

By: - December 18, 2023

The 122-year-old company said it would keep its headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh, but Democrats said they would fight the sale.

Casey picks up PA AFL-CIO endorsement

By: - December 14, 2023

The statewide AFL-CIO executive council is announcing its endorsement of U.S. Sen Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today, a key backing for the senator’s reelection campaign in the labor-conscious Keystone State.  “Since his election to the Senate in 2006, Bob Casey has shown he is committed to the wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s workers and families,” Angela Ferritto, president […]

Black lung benefits should be easier for coal miners to access, lawmakers and advocates say

By: - December 14, 2023

Sen. Bob Casey has introduced legislation aimed at strengthening the federal law that provides payments and benefits to miners with black lung disease.

Biden presents $22.4 million in federal funding to Philadelphia Fire Department

By: - December 11, 2023

The funding will be used to reopen several fire companies that were decommissioned, including Ladder 1 in the city's Fairmount neighborhood.

Nearing the end of its first year, the Pa. Legislative Latino Caucus sees more work ahead

By: - December 11, 2023

As the Pennsylvania House prepares for its final session days of the 2023 calendar year, the Latino Caucus closes out its first year with many of the bills put forth by its members still awaiting action.  But even though many of its priorities haven’t moved forward so far during this legislative session, Rep. Manuel Guzman […]

Rep. Perry wanted to slash the NLRB budget, even as the agency deals with a boom in organizing

By: and - December 10, 2023

Democrats charge it’s just the latest salvo in an ongoing fight by the GOP to hobble the NLRB amid a new wave of interest in organizing among workers. 

Penn President Magill resigns amid backlash following testimony before Congress about antisemitism

By: - December 9, 2023

University of Pennsylvania President Elizabeth Magill resigned Saturday, less than a week after her testimony before Congress about antisemitism drew widespread criticism. “It has been my privilege to serve as President of this remarkable institution,” Magill said in a statement posted to the university’s website. “It has been an honor to work with our faculty, […]

Penn president under pressure to resign following testimony before Congress about antisemitism

By: - December 7, 2023

The president of the University of Pennsylvania is facing increasing pressure to step down from her position, after giving testimony before a U.S. House committee Tuesday about antisemitism on college campuses that Gov. Josh Shapiro called “absolutely shameful.” Elizabeth Magill appeared before the House Committee on Education along with the presidents of Harvard and the […]

View of an Amtrak train (Capital-Star photo by Patrick Abdalla).

Federal designation could finally bring back passenger rail between Scranton and NYC

By: - December 5, 2023

U.S. Sen Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District) announced that reestablishing direct passenger rail between Scranton and New York City moved one step closer on Tuesday, as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is including Northeastern Pennsylvania in its Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program. The Corridor ID Program was established […]

Fetterman enlists Santos to send a video message to Menendez

By: - December 4, 2023

In the video, Santos, who was expelled from the House last week by colleagues by a 311-114 bipartisan vote after a federal criminal indictment and a damning report from the House Ethics Committee, speaks directly to the camera:

In remarks from PA Society gathering, Casey and McCormick disagree on ‘greedflation’

By: - December 4, 2023

Casey has blamed the rise in prices on corporate greed, but McCormick pointed to policy from the Biden administration.