A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

States feel budget pinch amid darkening revenue projections | Analysis

BY: - April 11, 2023

A slowing economy is hitting many states’ tax collections as they craft new budgets.

In states with legal pot: How to protect cannabis workers? | Analysis

BY: - March 28, 2023

By Leigh Giangreco Most cannabis dispensaries are cash-only businesses, constantly at risk of being robbed. Indoor growing facilities use harsh lighting, and plants get sprayed with pesticides. Those conditions can create daily hazards for cannabis workers, which is why labor organizers are trying to unionize them as legalization spreads and the marijuana workforce grows. “Cannabis […]

Firing squads could return as states debate the death penalty | Analysis

BY: - March 10, 2023

Twenty-seven states allow capital punishment, but public support for it has declined.

GOP leaders in some states want to add abortion ban exceptions | Analysis

BY: - February 1, 2023

By Stephen Elliott NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With Tennessee’s so-called trigger law already on the books, the state enacted its abortion ban almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June. Yet even as anti-abortion legislators and advocates celebrated, they considered how much further they could go — perhaps by barring […]

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Shared power used to be the norm in statehouses. Now it’s nearly extinct | Analysis

BY: - January 17, 2023

State government control is split between the parties in only 10 states — the fewest since 1952.

Medicare recipients who take insulin will be the first to benefit from the drug pricing provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. Additional drug costs will start to decrease in 2026. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

More states are doing what they can to cap insulin costs | Analysis

BY: - January 14, 2023

'These proposed solutions are definitely a step in the right direction and address a big harm, which is when people ration because of affordability,' said Dr. Jing Luo, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Motley marijuana laws are driving consumers — and revenue — across state lines | Analysis

BY: - January 11, 2023

Efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Pa. have failed to gain traction, even as other states have moved.

A man prepares to inject himself with heroin (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules

BY: - December 22, 2022

A new national survey shows rapidly expanding use of methadone to fight opioid use disorder.

States are having trash troubles. Here’s why that matters to you

BY: - December 20, 2022

Across the nation, the pandemic has exposed problems with getting trash collected.

What to do about busy — and dangerous — state roads? | Analysis

BY: - December 13, 2022

State transportation departments often resist attempts to slow traffic on busy urban state roads.

How the health harms of mass shootings ripple across communities

BY: - November 21, 2022

By Michael Ollove A grim and familiar pattern has followed the parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention focuses on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses. But a growing body of research reveals that the negative effects of mass […]

The Whitehall Township Municipal Building, shown on May 9, was one of five locations for ballot drop-off boxes in Lehigh County (Photo by Donna Fisher/Armchair Lehigh Valley).

Election deniers already are disrupting the midterm election | Analysis

BY: - October 31, 2022

Conspiracists are monitoring ballot drop boxes and filming voters.