Pennsylvania

Cities That Pose the Most and Least Challenges for Allergy Sufferers

A Pennsylvania city tops the list of the most challenging places for those with seasonal allergies and a Washington city offers the least symptoms, according to a recent report.

Pennsylvania Senate Leader Proposes Lowering Gas Tax by One-third Through 2022

Politicians in the state from both parties are pushing to lower the price at the pump.

Supreme Court Inches Towards Deciding Whether State Legislatures Can Draw Congressional Districts Largely Free of Court Oversight

Justices declined GOP requests to block court-approved congressional maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But justices punted a bigger question over the role of courts until after the midterm elections.

The States and Counties Taking Russian Vodka Off Liquor Store Shelves

Removing Russian-made products from government-run stores “is just the right thing to do,” one official said.

Bridge Collapse Revives Criticism Over Using Road Dollars for Police

It's common for states to use gas tax revenue to support law enforcement agencies. But is it a good idea?

First-time Mayors Elected in Major Pennsylvania Cities

Democratic candidates in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Allentown supplied significant wins for their party. Plus, Pittsburgh has its first Black mayor and Allentown its first Latino leader.

Should States and Localities Have Official Languages?

Voters in one Pennsylvania county will decide whether to remove English as the official language in a city charter. Dozens of states and localities have similar measures on the books.

Bipartisan Support for Red Flag Laws Wanes as GOP Blocks Bills

Midterm-focused Republicans want to galvanize their pro-gun base.

Snip Snip: One Plan to Mandate Vasectomies to Prevent Pregnancies

A Pennsylvania lawmaker said his “parody legislation,” outlined in a sponsorship memo, is meant to garner discussion about reproductive rights.

Four-State Economic Renewal Plan Gets Fresh Attention

Local officials and others launched discussions this week about a broad revitalization proposal for Appalachia. Talks come as federal legislation could unlock money to help make it feasible.

Solar Project to Produce Half of State Government’s Electricity

Pennsylvania announced a new solar project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lock in energy pricing for 15 years.

It’s Time to Get Back to the Office (and for Slackers to Get Back to Work), These Lawmakers Say

In Pennsylvania, Republican legislators are raising concerns about how remote work during the pandemic has affected the performance and productivity of some state employees.

A Pennsylvania County Goes Hydro With its Government Buildings

Allegheny County will power its facilities with hydroelectric power under a 35-year agreement with a planned plant on a nearby river.

Pennsylvania Voters to Decide Whether to Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers

GOP lawmakers unsuccessfully challenged the Democratic governor’s emergency authority during the coronavirus pandemic. Now they’ve approved a bill that sets up a referendum on the issue.

After Years of Pollution, One County Meets Air Quality Standards for the First Time Ever

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is in compliance with federal air quality standards for the first time in its history.

'We Can't Have Different Facts': Why Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Still Believes in Universal Truths

The Pennsylvania Democrat received national attention for his blunt takedowns of voter fraud claims in the wake of the November election. He's now pondering a U.S. Senate run.

Proposed Safe-Injection Site in Philadelphia Found Illegal by Federal Appeals Court

The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision that found a plan to open the nation’s first supervised drug injection site violates a federal law passed to shut down crack houses.

After Mob Attack on U.S. Capitol, State Governments Take Precautions

Washington's governor announced plans for a heavy law enforcement presence at the state Capitol next week. Other states have taken extra security measures as well.

The New Plans to Remake Appalachia’s Economy

Mayors from the region and others want the Biden administration to embrace their proposals for billions of dollars of spending, with a heavy emphasis on clean energy projects, as a way to reinvent the region as coal declines.