Pittsburgh's Path Out of Financial Distress

The fiscal future now looks more stable for Pennsylvania’s second-largest city.

S&P Nudges Philadelphia's Credit Rating Downward

The city's finances face pressure from public employee pensions and added public school costs are on the horizon.

Governors Want Room to Shape Health Care Innovation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are making a second, bipartisan attempt at improving Obamacare and affordability.

Pittsburgh’s Finances Reach an Important Milestone

The city’s recovery has “captured the attention of the nation, and, frankly, the world,” according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Congress May Resurrect Earmarks. In Some States, They Never Went Away

States say earmarks unclog the wheels of government. But what about wasteful spending?

Contempt for Court

Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for decisions made by the judicial branch—and by extension the rule of law.

Philadelphia Tries to Thwart Exuberant Eagles Fans With New Substance

The city hasn't been able to control sports fans with Crisco previously, so crowd-control planners tried this instead.

Up to $20 Million in Grants Available for Coal Communities in Appalachia

It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.

Philadelphia’s Mayor Touts a Holistic Strategy to Ending Gun Violence

But Jim Kenney also warns his fellow mayors that “without the help of federal and state governments in education and job training and addiction services, we’re never going to turn the corner.”

Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the state’s maps as too heavily biased toward Republicans, the latest ruling in a new and contentious battle over legislative districts.

Trump's Coal Promises Have Miners Rejecting Alternate Career Training

Too many Pennsylvanians expect a "coal comeback" as the industry dies, which will inevitably lead to unemployment.

Pa.’s Cybersecurity Team Is ‘Talking About Projects That Actually Enable the Business’

Erik Avakian, Pennsylvania’s chief information security officer, may be a new breed of ‘black swan’: the optimistic cybersecurity professional.

Opioid Crisis Requires State Leadership With a Multidisciplinary Approach

State and local governments are on the front lines of the opioid crisis, “providing blueprints for federal action along the way,” according to Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

New Study Shows We’re Missing Opportunities to Help Survivors of Opioid Overdoses

Opioid users in Pennsylvania were still being prescribed powerful painkillers, even after they were treated for an overdose.

Pennsylvania Decision Puts Public Officials on Notice Regarding Their Facebook Use

It all started with a proposed local mural. Then things online got snarky and personal.

Philadelphia Seeks a Cross-Sector Solution to Gun Violence

Recognizing federal and state policies are beyond their control, local officials want the City of Brotherly Love to become a national model for reducing firearm-related crimes.

Multiple States Court Taiwanese Manufacturer, But Is It Worth the Concessions?

Foxconn Technology Group is promising $4 billion in investment and 5,000 new jobs, but not every suitor will get a piece of the pie despite cutting taxes, in some cases, to woo them.

Pennsylvania’s Big Budgetary Gamble With Proposal for ‘Satellite’ Casinos

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