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Any Suggestions for Your State Legislators? League Event Set for Tonight

Got a message for Harrisburg?  How’s that budget comin’ along is probably the most glaring – if obvious – of questions you could ask, but few seem to be in the know on that one.  And that might well include the governor himself.  At this point, going on...
Posted On Jan 21 2016
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Haywood Pushes Handgun Licensing Bill

At a news conference at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown, state Sen. Art Haywood (PA-4) announced today the introduction of handgun licensing legislation in PA.  In promoting the bill, SB 1029, he was joined by advocacy groups, clergy and family members of gun...
Posted On Dec 14 2015
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Montco Human Service Providers Feeling Pain of State Budget Stalemate

As the pain of the state budget impasse continues to spread, Montgomery County announced yesterday it was no longer in a position to fund human service providers without the pipeline of regular state funding restored. The county has fronted about $32 million in costs for which it...
Posted On Nov 06 2015
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McCarter Reports Back on State Budget Stalemate

About 30 people chose to miss parts of two MLB playoff games and risk being late for the first Democratic presidential debate in order to attend state Rep. Steve McCarter’s town hall meeting at Glenside Hall Tuesday evening. The primary purpose of the meeting was to provide an...
Posted On Oct 14 2015
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Wolf Asks for Bipartisanship on the Basis of Budget Math

Could the deep budget freeze in Harrisburg be finally starting to defrost?  Hard to say, but there is some noteworthy budget-related legislative activity on tap this week when Gov. Tom Wolf’s broad-based tax package is slated for a vote in the House. Calling the...
Posted On Oct 05 2015
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Wolf Takes His Budget Message to Montco

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, enmeshed in his war with the Republican legislature, swooped into Norristown for a press event this afternoon, rhetorical guns blazing, using language like “sham,” “disgrace,” “sleight-of-hand” and “insult” to characterize the budget submitted by the PA...
Posted On Aug 11 2015
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PennDOT’s Richards Celebrates Disability Access on 25th Anniversary of ADA

With the help of the Americans for Disability Act, the federal law passed 25 years ago that was a landmark in the struggles of the disabled to secure the inclusion that mobility brings, PA has made major advances in disability access. PennDOT Secretary and former Montco Comr....
Posted On Jul 23 2015
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Wolf Vetoes Pension Bill as State Budget Rift Solidifies

This one took more time, but PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto statement today of the Republican legislature’s version of pension reform, coming on the heels of earlier vetoes of the budget and liquor privatization, didn’t mince words. “I understand the need for pension...
Posted On Jul 09 2015
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McCarter Urges Governor to Veto State Pension Overhaul

State Rep. Steve McCarter (D-154), called on Gov. Tom Wolf today to veto legislation passed last week that would overhaul the state pension system “Senate Bill 1, which was rushed through the legislature last week without proper hearings or debate, is a bad bill for PA and...
Posted On Jul 08 2015
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Court Voids Law Giving NRA Right to Sue Municipalities on Local Gun Laws

Act 192, the controversial and polarizing law that gave standing to membership organizations like the NRA to sue municipalities and claim extravagant court costs if they won was struck down in a unanimous vote by the PA Commonwealth Court today. Plaintiffs challenged the law on...
Posted On Jun 25 2015
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A Fair Chance for Pennsylvania’s Kids

Guest Commentary by Joan Duvall-Flynn, Ed.D. On June 18 in Harrisburg, representative democracy functioned as it should for the citizens of PA. Working together under the leadership of state Rep. Vereb and state Sen. Browne, the Basic Education Funding Commission issued an...
Posted On Jun 19 2015
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State Education Comn. Releases Funding Formula Report

The long awaited funding formula report for PA’s 500 school districts by the state’s Basic Education Funding Commission released today calls for a new formula based on a series of student-based and district-based factors designed to more fairly distribute state...
Posted On Jun 18 2015
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Haywood Calls Fracking Industry ‘Freeloaders’ for Opposing Severance Tax

One of the key and most controversial components of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget was taken up this week at a joint Senate Finance and Environmental Resources Committee hearing.  Matthew Knittel, director of the state Independent Fiscal Office testified that Wolf’s...
Posted On Jun 03 2015
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Boyle and Haywood Push Minimum Wage Hike at Food Cupboard

Brendan Boyle patrols the Congressional corridors in Washington and Art Haywood works the legislative byways in Harrisburg, miles apart, in more ways than one.  But the two Democrats came together on Wednesday at an Abington food pantry to talk about the prospects for a raise for...
Posted On May 08 2015
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