Opinions and views on what is happening at the capital, Harrisburg, PA

Opinions and views on what is happening at the capital, Harrisburg, PA

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By Robb Hanrahan It’s budget time in Pennsylvania and the usual questions are popping up. How late will it be? Or, will it be on...

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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale believes Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20...

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The much-hyped down-ballot problems some suggested Republican Donald Trump would cause in Pennsylvania did not appear in the races for the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s...

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Josh Shapiro pulled out a clear win over opponent state Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, in their race to bring integrity back to the Office...

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Despite the fact that no Republican presidential candidate had carried Pennsylvania in a generation and no other Republican had won a statewide election in five...

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No.   By Charlie Gerow   There are certainly valid arguments for reducing the number of school districts in Pennsylvania.  “A European Union for education” and a reversion...

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Is 70 the New 65? Why Americans Are Working Longer “Age 65 has long been considered the traditional retirement age, and not coincidentally is also...

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Yes. By Tony May   When Gifford Pinchot was governor back during the Great Depression it made sense to have 500 school districts.  One room school houses...

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By Rep. Dan Truitt On June 30, the PA legislature claimed victory in passing the 2016-17 budget "on-time." Unfortunately, that's not what really happened. Last year,...

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Bob Fayfich, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, believes while the iFiscal Code doesn't directly impact the state's 170-plus charter...

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By Ann Culp   Most patients don’t know about certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) until they need one. Yet, when the time comes, these advanced practice...

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Two issues face the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with respect to healthcare. Patients who require surgical or interventional procedures must have physician-led...

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Is Cheap Oil Causing Trouble for the U.S. Economy? *Oil prices began a downward slide in June 2014. Brent crude, the benchmark for global oil...

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Other than the growing funding needs, the issues confronting Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities since its current head took over haven’t changed significantly.   But now Chancellor Frank...

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After record-high spending in November's statewide judicial elections, the push for merit selection of appellate court judges received a boost this week from the...

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By G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young   Barring some unforeseen circumstances the presidential nomination contests are over. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the...

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  By U.S. Congressman Tom Marino   In 2008, Barack Obama said, “Politics didn’t lead me to working folks; working folks led me to politics.” One might...

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By Sen. Art Haywood   After the Pennsylvania Senate voted not to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was quoted as...

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By Tony May When Milton Shapp came to Harrisburg as Governor in 1971, he brought with him a quiet, bespectacled and balding economist with a...

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By Charlie Gerow Governor Wolf's second budget message was delivered on Feb 9. It might as well have been delivered on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day....