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Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 04, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Aug. 1, 2021. Editorial: Gov. Wolf should have negotiated with the GOP on election reform The good news for Pennsylvania voters is that Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican leaders may yet begin negotiations on an election reform...

Roadwork firm to pay $20M in workers' retirement theft case

Aug. 03, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A major Pennsylvania heavy equipment contractor entered no contest pleas to four theft counts on Tuesday and agreed to pay restitution of more than $20 million over allegations it illegally diverted pension money and other benefits from its workers. ...

Construction firm expected to resolve huge wage-theft case

Aug. 02, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania construction contractor is expected to resolve a massive wage-theft case in which it was accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars from its own workers by systematically violating state and federal prevailing wage laws on taxpayer-funded public...

Wolf wants lawmakers to extend opioid emergency declaration

Jul. 31, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The governor of Pennsylvania is asking state lawmakers to return to Harrisburg within a month to extend a statewide disaster emergency intended to help stem the commonwealth's opioid addiction crisis. In a letter to the General Assembly, Tom Wolf...

Pennsylvania court vacancies allow voters to shape judiciary

Jul. 31, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Six sitting judges and two lawyers hope Pennsylvania voters this fall will issue a favorable verdict of their own and elevate them to one of the four state appeals court seats that are up for grabs in the November election. Among the candidates...

Wolf, task force urge lawmakers to promote COVID-19 vaccines

Jul. 30, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania’s coronavirus task force are asking state lawmakers to urge their constituents to get vaccinated, citing the highly contagious delta variant, and one of the state’s most populous counties acknowledged Friday that it mishandled students’ confidential...

Governor releases plan for Pennsylvania's 121 state parks

Jul. 30, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state report released Friday lays out a plan for the Pennsylvania state park system that has seen considerable use by the public during the ongoing pandemic. “Penn's Parks for All” is designed to help guide state...

County declines election audit without new voting machines

Jul. 29, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A rural Pennsylvania county formally declined to participate in a “forensic investigation” of the state’s 2020 presidential election sought by backers of former President Donald Trump, dealing another blow Thursday to prospects for a months-long spectacle of the...

Pennsylvania to text people who missed second vaccine shot

Jul. 29, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Department of Health will carry out a text messaging campaign to encourage roughly 254,000 people in the state to follow through and get the second shot of the two-shot COVID-19 vaccine that they never received, officials said Thursday. ...

Transportation funding panel advancing a $15.6B package

Jul. 29, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A transportation funding commission set up by Gov. Tom Wolf to find ways to end Pennsylvania's reliance on its gas tax will issue a $15.6 billion package of recommendations, which lean heavily on shifting to a vehicle-miles-traveled fee that numerous states are...