Life In The Christmas City

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • December 24, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem tells the tale of two economies in the pandemic era.

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Energy Shows Why Regulatory Reform is Key

  • Tirzah Duren
  • December 21, 2020

Right now in Pennsylvania —the second-largest energy-producing state behind Texas— Governor Wolf is using executive action to attempt to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This interstate…

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No, Pennsylvania Lawmakers can’t Pick their own Electors

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • December 18, 2020

The truth is, there is tradition around voting in Pennsylvania, but, more importantly, there are laws. Those laws and the powers they delegated to Pennsylvanians in the voting booth should…

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Liquor Monopoly Can’t Make the PLCB Successful

  • Tirzah Duren
  • December 8, 2020

After closing state stores, the PLCB attempted online sales, but the website was unable to handle the increased traffic. As a “solution,” the PLCB implemented lottery-like randomization to limit online purchases and…

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Op-Ed: Pennsylvania Passes the Buck on State Budget

  • Nathan Benefield
  • December 7, 2020

Wolf and the legislature didn’t consider these eventualities when they completed the budget. Instead, during this bleak holiday season, they set up struggling families for a bigger tax bill next…

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Op-Ed: Navigating Pennsylvania’s Political Future

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • November 19, 2020

But future challenges aren’t limited to Democrats. In the case of Republicans, the party must listen to its growing working-class base, particularly in historically Democratic counties. In 2016 and 2020,…

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Op-Ed: Don’t raise taxes while PA families are hurting

  • Nathan Benefield
  • November 16, 2020

Months into this severe pandemic response, the economy is slowly recovering, as are state revenues, but lawmakers face a budget shortfall of at least $3 billion, according to the Independent Fiscal Office’s…

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State Budget

Balancing the State Budget Didn’t Have to Be This Hard

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • November 12, 2020

If lawmakers had enacted the Taxpayer Protection Act in 2018, they would face a $770 million gap between revenues and spending. Going one step further, if lawmakers had enacted the…

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Op-Ed: Dissecting Pennsylvania’s Realignment

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • November 10, 2020

In Pennsylvania, Biden prevailed because enough voters in rural counties, working-class regions, and suburban towns found him inoffensive, if not appealing, during a turbulent period. Outside Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, this…

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Op-Ed: How Pennsylvania Democrats Deliberately Stoked 2020 Election Chaos

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • November 9, 2020

Republicans and Democrats have long understood the problems with mass mail-in ballots. The usual stages of ballot security are lost: unlike absentee ballots, some people are claiming they received unsolicited mail-in…

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Op-Ed: Learning from Pennsylvania’s Election Chaos

  • Nathan Benefield
  • November 6, 2020

We shouldn’t rely on courts to fix Pennsylvania’s election issues. Instead, changes to election timelines and processes should be enacted by the state legislature, not through executive actions or court…

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Key Issues to Remember as Pennsylvania Counts Its Ballots

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 4, 2020

This election has sucked all the oxygen out of the room for too long. It’s a sign that government in Washington, D.C. has grown way beyond its constitutional bounds. But…

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Op-Ed: Four Places to Watch in Pennsylvania on Election Day

  • Charles F. McElwee
  • November 3, 2020

From upscale suburbs to blue-collar villages, Pennsylvanians will likely determine the presidential victor. Many consider this election a referendum on Trump’s pandemic-era leadership -- especially in a state where COVID-19…

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