Newly elected Mont. Co. Commissioner Makhija celebrates series of firsts for role
At 37, Makhija is the youngest person elected to the seat, which oversees 3,000 employees including elections, courts, a district attorney’s office, public health departments, and public infrastructure.
As session nears end, Pa. counties urge Legislature to act on mental health funding
Officials want lawmakers to spend $100M in one-time federal funds to shore up the state's 'crumbling' system.
Pa. counties call for funding Biden’s mental health strategy | Thursday Morning Coffee
'The dynamic between the demand for services and the necessary funding is getting dangerously disproportionate,' an official said.
Biden meets with county leaders in D.C., promotes Build Back Better plan
'Families are getting clobbered by the cost of everyday things,' Biden told members of the National Association of Counties.
Pa. County Commissioners say they want lawmakers to finish key pieces of election reform before summer recess
(*This story was updated at 4:09 p.m. on Tuesday, 6/1/21 with comment from House Republican spokesperson Jason Gottesman and David Thornburgh, executive director of the Committee of Seventy) Pennsylvania’s county commissioners reiterated an urgent call for help to state lawmakers on Tuesday, pleading with them to pass a pair of key reform measures before they […]
Pa. county commissioners roll out election reform wishlist; seek longer pre-canvassing window | Friday Morning Coffee
"I think somewhere between where we are and three weeks [and it] would really go a lot smoother," Gov. Tom Wolf said.
Growing mental health concerns deserve sustainable investment | Opinion
Even before the pandemic, counties’ abilities to meet service needs had been compromised by stagnant funding over a decade, at the same time that mandates, service needs and demands continued to increase.
Pa. county commissioners put mental health funding front and center on 2020 budget wish list
The local officials called for "targeted, strategic investment" of public dollars, for the new fiscal year that starts on July 1.