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Benjamin Pontz, Reporter / PA Post

Benjamin Pontz
Ben Pontz covered 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

Without infusion of cash, state and local governments could face dire budget choices

Pa. cities hardest hit in country, national association says

By Benjamin Pontz

‘I’d be nuts not to be anxious’: Pa. college administrators prepare for unpredictable fall semester

Coronavirus testing, online instruction, and the ability to turn on a dime are central to reopening plans
By Benjamin Pontz

Updated: July 26, 2020 | 7:35 pm

In debate over the limits of government transparency during emergencies, Wolf to veto a bill passed unanimously by the legislature

Bill sponsor, transparency advocates urge governor to reconsider
By Benjamin Pontz

Updated: July 14, 2020 | 1:40 pm

How a blight reduction tax incentive could affect Pa. municipalities

Proposed incentive program would allow local governments to waive property tax for blight improvements
By Benjamin Pontz

Wolf will officially veto GOP effort to end coronavirus emergency

The state supreme court sided with Wolf in a ruling last week.
By Benjamin Pontz

What would it take for Kanye West to get on the ballot in Pennsylvania?

A 2018 court settlement lowered the bar for independent and minor-party candidates
By Benjamin Pontz

Updated: July 1, 2020 | 6:21 pm

Pa. Supreme Court sides with governor in dispute over emergency powers

GOP legislature argued that it had the power to end Gov. Wolf's coronavirus emergency declaration
By Benjamin Pontz

Two for the price of one: Pair of proposed amendments to state constitution head to Pa. House

Bid to limit governor's emergency powers is attached to racial equality amendment
By Benjamin Pontz