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Tax debate heats up as lawmakers, Wolf work on budget

June 14, 2015 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state representatives found a tax issue they could agree on last week, voting unanimously against a Republican amendment that had bundled together all of Democratic Gov. more »»

Illegal union dues ‘rebate’ scam exposed

June 14, 2015 Dr. Mary Ann Dailey grew up in a union household in southwestern Pennsylvania. more »»

How long will a budget deal take?

June 7, 2015 HARRISBURG — It’s the talk of the Capitol: How long will it take for Go. more »»

Change certain on Pennsylvania’s top court

May 31, 2015 HARRISBURG — With six nominees vying for three open seats on the state Supreme Court and campaign dollars already flowing by the millions, change is inevitable. more »»

Fundamentalists, atheists don’t define us

May 31, 2015 You can thank God if you are a believer (or not bother if you are in doubt) that there are choices on the religious continuum between Christian fundamentalism and atheism. more »»

Sen. Pat Toomey at the gate – he won’t beat himself in 2016

May 24, 2015 Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is running for his first re-election since his victory in 2010 against Joe Sestak (D). It’s bound to be one of the most interesting U.S. Senate races of 2016. more »»

Wolf’s education doctrine

May 17, 2015 Governor Tom Wolf has wasted little time crystalizing his vision for public education — and it doesn’t look promising for families supportive of school choice. more »»

Kane: Part of a bigger problem

May 17, 2015 Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general, is having some bad days. more »»

Drive to depoliticize school funds adds intrigue in Capitol

May 10, 2015 HARRISBURG — It’s the first thing each Pennsylvania state lawmaker checks in a governor’s brand-new budget proposal: How much more money the public schools in their districts would get. more »»

Making community a place we can all call ‘home’

May 10, 2015 It is all too easy to spend our lives with blinders on – after all, what we can’t see can’t possibly exist, right? Wrong. more »»

Framing the issue of education spending and Pennsylvania’s budget

May 10, 2015 During last year’s campaign for governor, we heard much debate and publicity about spending on education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Now, in his budget proposal, Gov. more »»

Municipal pension woes have people talking in Harrisburg

May 3, 2015 HARRISBURG — They may not yet be at the forefront of policy debates at the Capitol, but Pennsylvania’s municipal pension troubles are stirring more discussion than usua. more »»

Wolf’s budget has unintended consequences

May 3, 2015 Kermit Bell is worried about his 90-year-old mother, Louise. Like many seniors, Louise Bell sold her house when she moved to a Palmyra nursing home and lives on a fixed income. more »»

Wolf, GOP have plenty to chew over on budget table

April 26, 2015 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania measures its state budget deficit in the billions, is led by a Democratic governor and Republican Legislature who have much different ideas about policy and faces... more »»

Choosing judges: Going from bad to good enough

April 26, 2015 Theory and practice are often at odds – no more so perhaps than in American governmen. more »»

Dems’ intraparty fight haunts U.S. Senate campaign

April 19, 2015 HARRISBURG — This month marks six years since Arlen Specter switched parties to become a Democrat, upending Pennsylvania’s 2010 U.S. more »»

RIP: The school property tax

April 19, 2015 Governors propose and legislatures dispose. more »»

Wolf administration pushes Pennsylvania election reforms

April 12, 2015 HARRISBURG) — A growing number of states have updated their election laws to make the hub of the democratic process more convenient and voter-friendly, but so far Pennsylvania isn’t among them. more »»



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