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State Senate Dems offer $4 billion pandemic relief plan

A group of lawmakers is calling for the state to take out several billion in emergency loans to fund relief programs for schools, workers, and healthcare systems.

By Sam Dunklau

Pa. lawmakers introduce bill banning hair discrimination

The group of legislators say Black and Brown people naturally wear their hair in a variety of styles, but get disproportionately disciplined or excluded for doing so.

By Sam Dunklau

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

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Pa. Senate Democrats look to address disparate impacts of coronavirus on African Americans

Hearing points to structural inequity, unequal treatment as causes of COVID-19's exacting toll
By Benjamin Pontz

Pennsylvania is sitting on billions in coronavirus relief money. What’s the holdup?

Gov. Tom Wolf said he and the GOP-controlled General Assembly are negotiating how to best spend the state’s pot of discretionary dollars.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Millions of dollars in tax credits may not be paying off for Pennsylvanians

Reviews of tax credits approved by the legislature found some are never used, lack follow-up, or are vulnerable to scams
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

To spend or not to spend? Pa. politicians get ready for annual debate.

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office has reported that Pennsylvania is going to end the year more than $800 million above budget projections.

By Katie Meyer

Citing ‘emergency’ repair needs, Democrats call for $125M for Pa. schools

State Sen. Vincent Hughes said the money would be used “solely for emergency repairs,” including issues regarding asbestos, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, roofs, windows, or “other repairs or replacements that present a health or safety issue.”

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads


Democratic state senator wants to flood the Capitol with data on poverty

"I'm hoping that it will reach to the better angels of my colleagues."
By Katie Meyer
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