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Toward Racial Justice speakers look to possibilities for police and policy reform in 2021

“Policing took center stage for everyone in 2020,” Moderator Charles Ellison said, despite the ongoing, deadly pandemic, after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.

By Alanna Elder

How some Pa. lawmakers score a ‘golden parachute’ to pad their pensions

Ex-state legislators are frequently on the shortlist to join Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board, which boasts an annual salary of $145,000.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmakers’ spending jumps, boosting reserves during pandemic

Total spending reached $392 million, up from $362 million the prior year and from $355 million in the 2017-18 year. Payroll costs grew by about $29 million.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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Two women just made history in the Pa. legislature. Will that be the last thing they have in common?

Sen. Kim Ward, a Republican, is the first woman to become majority leader in the General Assembly’s history, while Democratic Rep. Joanna McClinton will be the first Black woman to lead a caucus.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. produces a lot of greenhouse gases, but its Republican-led legislature isn’t acting on climate change — even as scientists say the clock is ticking

Political observers point to a few reasons why Pennsylvania doesn’t act more aggressively: Climate change often takes a backseat to other pressing issues, the discussion remains deeply partisan, and the fossil fuel industry holds a lot of influence in the natural gas-rich state.

By Rachel McDevitt

Bills to end choke holds, require use-of-force policies could get Pa. Senate vote this week

Both House and Senate committees have advanced police reform legislation since nationwide protests began
By Benjamin Pontz

Lawmakers disclose their $362 million in spending last year

The largest type of expense, by far, is payroll and benefits, which cost slightly over $299 million.

By The Associated Press

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Gov. Tom Wolf will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year’s legislative elections.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

$9.50 minimum wage bill advances in Pennsylvania Legislature

A compromise package to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 is advancing in the Legislature.

By The Associated Press

Voting reform bill heads to governor’s desk; critics say the state’s ramming through changes

Counties would get back 60 percent of election system upgrade costs under SB421.
By Emily Previti/PA Post