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Series: Active Citizenship at the Capitol

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 2, 2016 11:02 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Policy decisions at the state Capitol impact the lives of Pennsylvanians every day.

But sometimes, the legislature's inaction on some issues spurs individuals to make their voices heard.

In this series, WITF's Mary Wilson profiles four people who refused to take "no" for an answer.

This entry consists of four stories with total running time of 11:35

STORY 1 LEAD-IN (Running Time  3:39)

All the talk in Harrisburg about the state's indebted pension funds has yielded little action over the past few years.

WITF's Mary Wilson reports from the state Capitol on a newcomer to the scene who's trying, in his own way, to nudge politicians toward some difficult votes.

Air date: 05/01/2015


STORY 2 LEAD-IN (Running Time  5:55)

A bill to legalize medical marijuana is getting a second look in the state Senate.

It's been about a year since the matter got its first hearing in the Legislature, and since then, the measure has gone from a fringe issue to a center-stage policy debate.

WITF's Mary Wilson reports, most people have attributed that progress to a rag-tag group of advocates: parents, mostly mothers, who want medical marijuana to treat their very ill children.

Air date: 02/23/2015


STORY 3 LEAD-IN (Running Time  3:24)

In past years, when late state budgets halted the paychecks of thousands of state employees, there were daily protests.

Some people marched and some chanted.

WITF's Mary Wilson has a look at the impasse of 1991, when one woman drove 250 miles to make her voice heard.

Air date: 08/03/2015


STORY 4 LEAD-IN (Running Time  3:24)

Across the commonwealth, social service nonprofits have seen their work interrupted by a new challenge: keeping their operations afloat without their government funding.

They are juggling overdue bills, trying to hang onto staff, all the while struggling to provide their most essential services.

In Adams County, the domestic violence shelter called Survivors can sum up its difficulties with these numbers: 70 and 111.

WITF's Mary Wilson reports that's how many adults and children have been turned away by the shelter since the budget impasse began.

Air date: 11/19/2015





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