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How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers

BY: - July 12, 2019

State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours of last month’s budget debate. According to a half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, some interviewed on the basis of anonymity to […]

Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues

BY: - June 11, 2019

Facing an uncooperative Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf and his legislative allies are looking to use a legislative shortcut to pass a marquee part of the Democrat’s second-term agenda — a $4.5 billion investment in state infrastructure, from roads to rural broadband and flood prevention. At a Democratic policy hearing Monday, Rep. Mike Sturla, of […]

Restore PA requires 20 years of natural gas production. Some progressive legislators aren’t ready to sign on

BY: - June 7, 2019

A handful of state House progressives are standing strong against Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature infrastructure plan, seeing in the $4.5 billion investment spree an over-reliance on the state’s natural gas industry at a time when Pennsylvania should be moving away from fossil fuels. The administration’s proposal, known as Restore PA, “locks us into the extraction […]

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Rep. Summer Lee backed a bunch of primary winners. That’s a big deal. Here’s why | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 4, 2019

The House's DSA lawmakers are doing very mainstream stuff. It's working.

Self-described climate contrarian tells Pa. House committee global warming alarm is overblown

BY: - March 27, 2019

Gregory Wrightstone’s testimony on what he called climate myths Wednesday ended up drawing a chuckle from a vampire, fairy, and other mythical creatures who gathered to protest a self-described climate contrarian’s take on the global warming. Wrightstone, a geologist and self-published author with ties to the natural gas industry, was invited to speak to the […]

State lawmakers question Wolf admin’s plan to fund environmental agencies

BY: - February 14, 2019

Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee made the heads of Pennsylvania’s chief environmental agencies defend a controversial funding shift Thursday. In his 2019-20 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed reducing general fund spending on the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by $62 million. The shortfall would be covered […]