Resource deployment key in combating poverty, hunger

While many things in policymaking are difficult to ascertain, one thing is for certain: poverty leads to a greater chance of hunger or food insecurity.

“There’s a lot of working-class families in Pennsylvania with children who are missing meals because they are making life decisions between the meal and clothing or medicine and things like that,” said Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), co-chair of the Legislative Hunger Caucus. “Your economics definitely correlates to your ability to provide food for yourself and your family.”

Monday, September 8, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping Up with the Neighbors: New Jersey, Delaware, and Ohio

New Jersey battles with red light cameras; Delaware places time restrictions on former-legislators turning into lobbyists; Ohio offers spooky statehouse tours in October.

Monday, September 8, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views

Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization tops House Dems’ fall agenda

As a lead-in to the return of the General Assembly on September 15, The PLS Reporter is taking a look at what the four legislative caucuses hope to accomplish with the limited session days this fall.

We start with the House Democrats.

Thursday, September 4, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Hunger Action Month is about more than awareness, advocates say

Hunger Action Month is about more than awareness, advocates say

September is Hunger Action Month in Pennsylvania and across the country and according to those in the anti-hunger field, awareness is just the start of what the month is about in the effort to end hunger.

“Hunger Action Month is really a way for organizations like ours and the food banks across the state of Pennsylvania to educate people about the existence of hunger in Pennsylvania and encourage them to take action,” noted Caryn Long, executive director of Feeding Pennsylvania, an organization aiding and promoting food banks in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Keeping up with the neighbors: WV, MD, NY

A look at state government news across the region

West Virginia deals with lottery fraud, Maryland works to shed light on public data, and New York releases figures on overtime spending.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
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