Benjamin Pontz, Reporter / PA Post

Ben Pontz covers state and local government for PA Post. He previously worked as an Associate Producer with Smart Talk. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College where he double majored in political science and public policy with a minor in music and he served as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Gettysburgian.

Latest by Benjamin Pontz

Clash between Gov. Wolf and GOP legislature hinges on different understandings of power under the Pa. Constitution

What the governor's powers are and how they interact with those of the legislature are complex questions, and, to some extent, the answers depend upon whom you ask.
By Benjamin Pontz

By two-vote margin, Pa. House rejects protections for gender identity, sexual orientation

"When employers are having smaller staff, are they going to go out of their way to hire folks who already weren't being hired before this, or are they going to overlook them?"
By Benjamin Pontz

Gov. Wolf’s veto won’t stop real estate offices from reopening, thanks to Wolf

After rejecting bill to reopen real estate industry, Wolf issues guidelines to accomplish the same goal
By Benjamin Pontz

Explainer: The debate over letting Pa.’s real estate industry get back to work

Pa. is only state in nation where real estate is on hold during coronavirus
By Benjamin Pontz

Business owners express confusion, frustration about waiver process

Pa. business owners share stories of evolving, sometimes contradictory, guidance from state
By Benjamin Pontz

Here’s Lancaster County’s plan to reopen Friday ahead of the governor’s timeline

Commissioners approve economic recovery, public health plans at Wednesday meeting
By Benjamin Pontz

From conference calls to Zoom, local governments employ range of approaches to public meetings during pandemic

Digital divide remains a major challenge in some parts of Pennsylvania
By Benjamin Pontz

Federal judge tosses Jill Stein’s effort to decertify Philly’s voting machines

2016 Green Party presidential candidate argued the ExpressVote XL machine was vulnerable to hacking and failed to comply with a 2018 legal settlement
By Benjamin Pontz