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
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Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA Medicaid waiver plan approved by feds

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday the approval of the Healthy PA Medicaid waiver submitted by the Corbett administration.

“It means we are going to be able to change the health care landscape here in Pennsylvania with a plan that is specifically designed for Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Corbett in a video clip released by Commonwealth Media Services.

Thursday, August 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Study gives Pennsylvania barely passing marks in economic performance and job growth

An annual pre-Labor Day report issued by the Keystone Research Center Thursday gave Pennsylvania poor marks in terms of economic performance and job growth.

The 2014 State of Working Pennsylvania looked at four areas—called “buckets” by the researchers—of the economy: job growth, joblessness (including unemployment and underemployment), wages, and income. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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