State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have had work requirements for Medicaid recipients on their wish list for the past couple of years. After passing both chambers of the legislature in 2017 and 2018, the proposals were vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who believed the requirement would be costly and penalize people who need access to health care.

Still, despite two failed attempts, Pennsylvania Republicans believe work requirements are necessary to encourage able-bodied Medicaid recipients to find jobs, prompting two Republican senators to try again this session.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: The PLS Reporter sits down with Sen. White before retiring next week

VIDEO: The PLS Reporter sits down with Sen. White before retiring next week

The PLS Reporter sat down with Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) who came to Harrisburg in 2001 after having no interest in being a politician or even in politics. But after tragedy struck at home, White wanted a change so he campaigned and managed to flip what was a Democratic seat for 40 years. 


White is retiring after spending nearly a quarter of his life in the Senate and he said he hopes somebody younger will replace him, possibly even his chief of staff. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: VideoA Look Back
Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing

Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing

Fees collected by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the ongoing debate on the effects of climate change are slated to be major issues for the House Environmental Resources committee this session, if a Tuesday hearing with top DEP staff is any indication.

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell presented his agency’s budget overview before the committee but spent most of his time fielding questions from members related to how his program spends money gained from fees it charges for permit applications, including for companies seeking to drill in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Community solar energy legislation introduced in House

Community solar energy legislation introduced in House

A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would expand access to solar energy by allowing Pennsylvania citizens to tap into off-site solar energy sources.

Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) was flanked by Democrats and Republicans as he introduced his community solar energy legislation Tuesday, which the lawmaker said could decrease costs for consumers and create jobs for Pennsylvania residents.

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) discussed Tuesday the progress made in reducing people jailed and re-arrested in the year since his removal of cash bail requirements for certain charges.

Last year, Krasner announced a new policy that removed cash bail requirements for 25 low-level charges. He cited the detrimental effect the bail had on lower-income residents, especially people of color. Thursday will be the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the new course of action.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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