Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Save it for a rainy day: As lawmakers look to save the surplus, some say it’s already raining

Ever since updated revenue figures showing a positive balance were released this spring, Pennsylvania lawmakers have been clamoring to put as much of the state surplus as they can into the Rainy Day Fund. 

The fund, which serves as a state coffer for economic downturns and emergencies, has one of the lowest totals in the country, leaving Pennsylvania vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or recession. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting

Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting

Once a year, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s board members host a public meeting for patients and the public to testify and to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made. With tension over labor unions rising and a consent decree set to expire in weeks, activists, workers on strike, patients, and a gaggle of elected officials on Tuesday took the meeting as a chance to air their grievances about the health enterprise’s labor practices and, in their opinion, less than charitable behavior.

However, in the blazing sun and with looming security at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, where the meeting was held, the crowd of 150 would find that easier said than done.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

Abortion vote underscores shifting makeup of Democratic caucus

A bill barring abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis cleared the House Tuesday, prompting cheers from abortion opponents. 15 Democrats joined an overwhelming majority of their Republican colleagues in supporting the controversial proposal.

But a first glance at the roll call vote on HB 321, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), belies its significance relative to the changing profile of the Democratic Caucus in the House. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law

Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law

After police related shootings, such as East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld shooting and killing unarmed teenager Antwon Rose II last year, a handful of Pennsylvania legislators are pushing for changes to the law that governs police use of force. 

Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) announced at a rally on Tuesday afternoon that she and a handful of her colleagues are introducing a package of legislation that would, she believes, protect their communities.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Right 2 Know Episode 3: Hellbender yeah

Right 2 Know Episode 3: Hellbender yeah

Another busy week at the state Capitol and Justin Sweitzer and Andrew Bahl break it down on the latest edition of Right 2 Know. From Medicaid fraud to police reform to amphibians, we look back on the week that was in Harrisburg. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and Google Play (and, coming soon, iTunes!).



Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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