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Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Bradford calls school vouchers ‘very problematic’ but adds House Dems didn’t say ‘hell no’

BY: - October 30, 2023

The Pa. House Majority Leader talked school vouchers, the Pa. primary date, and working with Senate Republicans at a Monday appearance.

The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Pa. is still without a final budget. What does the impasse mean for state, county programs?

BY: and - July 14, 2023

Here’s what to know about the impasse and what a late budget means for Pennsylvania programs:

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Pittman: Hundreds of millions in state funding could be at risk without more budget bills

BY: - July 12, 2023

Meanwhile, the leader for House Democrats urged the Senate to advance an already-passed $45.5B spending plan.

In final year, Wolf touts multi-billion surplus; but projections depict gloomy fiscal future

BY: - January 20, 2022

This sign of economic strength, Wolf said, was a direct result of his “progressive” policy agenda, which has resulted in $2.8 billion more in education spending, lower prison populations, and more government funding for economic development and health care.

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What COVID windfall? States have been slow to spend stimulus cash, report | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 19, 2021

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A missed opportunity. That’s how Pennsylvania House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, characterized the decision by the Legislature’s Republican majority to bank $5 billion out of $7 billion in federal stimulus funds, instead of spending it on the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. “It’s always good to prevent tax hikes on working families, and we […]

Pa. Democrats call for investigation of GOP statehouse colleagues’ role in Capitol siege

BY: and - February 11, 2021

House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said the full scope of Republican involvement won’t be known without a formal investigation. 

Top Pa. House Dem Matt Bradford says he has COVID-19

BY: - January 15, 2021

In a Twitter thread, Bradford said he got his test result late Thursday and is now quarantining with family.

With election results unresolved, General Assembly delays internal leadership elections

BY: - November 9, 2020

With a number of key legislative races still undecided amid the slow count of mail-in ballots, some of the internal elections to decide who will lead the four partisan caucuses in the House and Senate have been delayed. A week after each election, state lawmakers traditionally return to the Capitol to pick which of their […]

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We can’t address racial injustice in Pa. without fixing our unfair public school funding system | Opinion

BY: - June 19, 2020

At a time of great upheaval and change, and in the middle of a global pandemic, we have all been called to acknowledge and confront systemic racism.

Pa. Dems call for ‘recovery and healing,’ as state emerges from COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - June 18, 2020

Democratic lawmakers from Philly area gathered virtually Thursday to discuss a path forward for Pa. it emerges from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lawmakers advance plan to spend $2.6 billion of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus stimulus

BY: and - May 28, 2020

The plan, passed unanimously Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee, includes $632 million for nursing homes; $625 million for county block grants; $259 million to boost funding for intellectual disability care, and $225 million for small business grants.

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‘New normal’ gives opportunity to create a better normal | Opinion

BY: - April 28, 2020

Our frontline workers are risking their lives every day to keep us safe and comfortable. This is the least we can do to keep them safe and comfortable too.