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Farm Bill could take huge bite out of Pa. food stamps
If the U.S. Senate passes the Farm Bill today, it could effectively eliminate a benefit the state uses to deliver an average of $60 per month in food stamps to about 175,000 families.
Advocates say the impact will be vast.
Group calls for unemployment reform ahead of construction boom
Millions of dollars in road and bridge projects are jamming the state’s construction calendar, but a trade group warns there may not be enough workers unless the Legislature corrects an unemployment reform passed in 2012.
Pa. lawmakers to target those who rip off charities, small governments
Charities and small governments can be easy marks for thieves, and crimes against them result in millions of dollars in lost tax revenues and donations, according to lawmakers pushing for stiffer penalties for those who dip into those accounts.
If state pension system is adjusted, it's doubtful to include current employees
Most lawmakers say the state’s pension plan needs fixing, but it’s extremely unlikely any solution will touch benefits for current employees — including the legislators themselves.
Crawford County fire, EMS to benefit from state's gaming industry
More than a dozen Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence County fire and emergency medical service companies will be able to benefit from nearly $240,000 in proceeds from the state’s gaming industry, state Rep. Michele Brooks announced on Wednesday.
Dem hopefuls for governor raising millions
Three leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor have raised $26 million as they prepare for what’s expected to be a hotly contested — and expensive — May primary.
State House looks for way to more evenly distribute money to Pennsylvania schools
Pennsylvania spreads $10 billion in education funds using a ragged method that is prone to political influence, according to legislators and groups who are calling for reform.
Pennsylvania House Democrats lining up to increase minimum wage
Democratic legislators are lining up with their party’s candidates for governor in support of hiking the state’s minimum wage, now $7.25 per hour.
GOP proposes plan to keep food stamp access from luxury car owners
Food stamp recipients couldn’t drive luxury cars under a Republican plan to further restrict assets of those who receive government assistance.
Harrisburg highlights Farm Show now, Outdoor Show soon
Hundreds of thousands of people are braving winter’s bitter cold to visit the state capital for two popular expositions — one of which is being revived this year.
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