Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

A new statewide public health poll released Wednesday by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion found that a majority of Pennsylvanians believe climate change is a major public health threat, a finding which comes as lawmakers in the General Assembly are juggling multiple renewable energy proposals while also hosting climate change skeptics at informational hearings in the Capitol.

The survey, released in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Public Health Program, sheds light on statewide positions on climate change, marijuana legalization and vaccines. Respondents expressed support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, and relayed skepticism over claims that vaccines present dangers.
Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Fetterman’s listening tour to wrap up in Philadelphia

Fetterman’s listening tour to wrap up in Philadelphia

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) will wrap up his statewide listening tour this weekend in Philadelphia. He’ll stop at four locations across the city to hear citizens’ input about legalizing recreational marijuana. 

 

In his first year in office, Fetterman has visited every county in Pennsylvania to hear from citizens about legalizing marijuana. The four stops and two days in Philadelphia are the highest on the tour.  

Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Wolf calls for passage of severance tax to fund ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan, but not all lawmakers are on board

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by state and local lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for his “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, a $4.5 billion proposal that would fund a series of “high-impact” projects through revenue generated from a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas. 

Wolf’s plan aspires to tackle a number of projects, including rural broadband internet access, storm preparedness, blight and lead remediation, as well as various infrastructure and transportation-related initiatives. 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman comes to Pittsburgh for marijuana listening tour

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman comes to Pittsburgh for marijuana listening tour

Since election season Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has loaned support to recreational marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania, and for the past three months he’s gone from county to county hearing from residents on the issue. This Saturday, with his listening tour coming to a close, he ventured to Allegheny County to hear what citizens had to say.  
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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