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Taxpayers Deserve Timely, Effective Solution on Contract Posting

(Susquehanna Valley Policy Institute, by David Atkinson) Pennsylvania’s updated open records law was a monumental upgrade and a major win for advocates of more accessible...

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to Lead National Criminal Justice Discussion at Governors...

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will join bipartisan governors on Saturday, February 23, in Washington, D.C., to provide remarks and help lead a discussion about...

Call for Passage of Safe Storage Legislation in PA

On the one year anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks), State Representative Perry Warren (D-Bucks), and former State Representative Helen Tai joined students and...

Governor Wolf Proposes $75 Million in State Funding for New Voting...

Governor Wolf's 2019-20 budget proposes a minimum of $15 million each year for the next five years, for a combined total of at least $75 million, in state funding...

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania

Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) held an event to recognize Feb. 7, 2019 as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in...

Governor Wolf Proposes Minimum Wage Plan to Boost Paychecks of One...

Governor Tom Wolf proposed to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour. The boost in pay for one million workers would enable tens...

Auditor General Visits Einstein Trauma Unit, Calls for Action on His...

Highlighting the critical role medical professionals play in saving the lives of shooting victims, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale toured the trauma unit at Einstein...

Governor Renews Call to Pass Universal Background Checks

Governor Tom Wolf has frequently urged the legislature to pass gun safety laws, including universal background checks by eliminating the gun show loophole on private transactions...

Governor says Proposals Hurt Crime Victims and Weaken Sexual Assault Protections

Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing his deep concern for the department’s proposed regulations addressing...

Pennsylvania House Republican Leaders Call for Member’s Resignation

House Republican leaders are issuing the following statement: “House Republican leaders are recommending Rep. Brian Ellis resign from office to take care of his family...