In the News

In McKeesport, poverty talk goes over the “benefits cliff”

In McKeesport, poverty talk goes over the “benefits cliff”

Efforts to fight poverty in Pennsylvania have long focused narrowly on getting people into jobs, but that won't work if it also pushes people off of a proverbial financial cliff, officials said Friday in McKeesport at the presentation of a report on deprivation in the...

read more
Why 7 Pa. legislators ‘worked’ at a burrito shop Friday

Why 7 Pa. legislators ‘worked’ at a burrito shop Friday

A group of Pennsylvania Democratic legislators served chips and salsa at El Fuego, a burrito shop next to Washington Square Park Friday to call attention to two efforts — on the state and federal level — to raise the minimum wage for the first time in almost 10 years,...

read more
Governor champions gun control measures

Governor champions gun control measures

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf joined a group of lawmakers and gun control advocates Wednesday to call for renewed action on gun laws ahead of Gun Violence Awareness Day Friday. “The time has come to end gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “We need to end mass...

read more
Wolf joins rally for gun violence awareness

Wolf joins rally for gun violence awareness

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- Gov. Tom Wolf joined lawmakers and activists at the state Capitol on Wednesday to commemorate Gun Violence Awareness Day. The governor last year signed Act 79, a law that forces domestic abusers to surrender their guns. It was the state's...

read more
Gun Violence Awareness Day rally held at State Capitol

Gun Violence Awareness Day rally held at State Capitol

Pennsylvania's top political leaders are calling for an end to gun violence, and at a rally Wednesday at the State Capitol for Gun Violence Awareness Day, Governor Tom Wolf said the state has more work to do. At the rally, Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell...

read more
Lawmakers push for more solar energy use by 2030

Lawmakers push for more solar energy use by 2030

Pennsylvania used to be a leader in bringing renewable energy to the state’s power grid, but lawmakers said Wednesday the commonwealth is “lagging behind” its neighbors now. A bipartisan effort to increase renewable energy use in Pennsylvania to 30 percent by 2030...

read more
Harrisburg protest calls for new gun-control law

Harrisburg protest calls for new gun-control law

As a piece of domestic violence legislation that removes guns from those under a protection from abuse order becomes law today, that bill’s champion – state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown – is setting his sights on further restrictions against those who might use...

read more

Sharing with students the love of reading

WPVI GERMANTOWN (WPVI) -- In Philadelphia's Germantown section, 100 men spent their morning talking to children about reading. The event happened Wednesday at Mastery Charter School, Pastorius-Richardson elementary, on Sprague street. 100 black men from the community...

read more
New women’s pro basketball team to play in Chestnut Hill

New women’s pro basketball team to play in Chestnut Hill

By Brendan Sample With the introduction of the Philadelphia Reign of the Women’s Basketball Development Association, the City of Philadelphia will welcome its first professional women’s basketball team in more than 20 years. The team was officially introduced at a...

read more
Senate Democrats push three-part bill to aid farmers

Senate Democrats push three-part bill to aid farmers

Senate Democrats have announced that they are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and expand farmers’ markets. State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes...

read more
First blood tests in Bucks, Montco show above-average contamination after tainted water

First blood tests in Bucks, Montco show above-average contamination after tainted water

By Laura McCrystal and Justine McDaniel

Residents in Bucks and Montgomery Counties who participated in a blood-testing program because their drinking water was contaminated by chemicals on nearby military bases have a dramatically higher presence of some chemicals in their blood than the general U.S. population — in the case of one chemical, five times more than the typical American.

read more
Haywood Calls for Raising the Minimum Wage

Haywood Calls for Raising the Minimum Wage

Stacy M. Brown | Tribune Harrisburg Correspondent

Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania would go a long way in the fight against poverty, particularly in Philadelphia where the poverty rate is the highest of any big city in the United States, state Sen. Art Haywood said Tuesday during a news conference at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.

read more
Let’s reduce poverty in Philadelphia

Let’s reduce poverty in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Tribune

The first step toward a solution is admitting there is a problem.

We have a serious problem with poverty in our city.

New office buildings and gentrified neighborhoods tell only part of the story of what is happening in our city.

read more
Raising minimum wage will cut poverty

Raising minimum wage will cut poverty

By Senator Art Haywood | The Philadelphia Tribune

I read the “Broke in Philly” feature in the Sunday Philadelphia Tribune. I agree that fair funding of Philadelphia schools is a priority for lawmakers. We are aware that about 275,000 adults in Philadelphia have incomes below the poverty level. About 136,000 hardworking Philadelphians work in poverty-pay jobs earning less than $10.10 per hour, according to the Keystone Research Center.

read more
Danger at the faucet

Danger at the faucet

The Blade | Editorials

As 50,000 students returned to Detroit Public Schools earlier this month, they found themselves without running water. Tests had found elevated levels of lead in the schools’ drinking water.

“I am turning off all drinking water in our schools until a deeper and broad analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions,” Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told the Detroit community.

read more

Have you “friended” a pocket park lately?

September 7, 2018 | By Philadelphia Sun Staff

The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District is proud to announce a third pocket park was installed recently on Germantown Avenue — at the intersection of Pelham and Germantown avenues, transforming yet another vacant corner into an asset that draws people to the commercial corridor to shop, do business, and dine.

read more
Haywood: New Law Prompts Testing for Lead in Drinking Water in Schools

Haywood: New Law Prompts Testing for Lead in Drinking Water in Schools

WLRI

On July 18, 2018 Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) said that provisions in the recently enacted School Code will prompt school districts to test for lead in drinking water in Pennsylvania schools.

“A 2014 study by the state Department of Health found that 18 communities across Pennsylvania have children who have tested positive for increased levels of lead,” Haywood said. “We must do what we can to reduce exposure to lead and ensure that school facilities do not have lead in drinking water.”

read more