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Pa. Budget Needs to be Shaken Up

Two ideas — one from the right, one from the left — to fix Pennsylvania’s budget woes just might (if put together) get state finances back on track. It’d take some doing and compromise. So right away you figure, eh, no chance. But what passes for fiscal management in...

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Sen. Haywood Continues Push to Raise Minimum Wage

Senator Art Haywood recently convened leadership from local advocacy groups to urge state legislators to raise the minimum wage in light of ongoing budget delays. “With a revenue package not yet approved, the legislature still has an opportunity to include a raise to...

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Philly Pol Proposes ‘Heather Heyer Act’

State Sen. Art Haywood wants new laws against domestic terrorism to honor the Virginia woman killed in Charlottesville. In the wake of nationwide outrage over white nationalists' demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Philly politician is calling for a...

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Getting a new Pa. budget; or the art of driving with no hands

Among way too many news releases flooding my inbox, one last week caught my eye as a good summation of the budget process. A release from Rep. Rosemary Brown (R., Monroe) carried this headline: “Brown Introduces Hands-Free Driving Legislation.” Perfect. Let’s let...

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Coard: Cheyney will die on Sept. 1 unless …

Before I finish that sentence, I gotta give a big shout-out to the approximately 100 persons who withstood nearly 100 degree heat on August 1 in the battle to save Cheyney University. I also gotta give a big shout-out to the influential leaders who accepted the...

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Church of the Week: New Covenant Church of Philadelphia

Having been founded as a small nomadic church of 60 people, New Covenant Church of Philadelphia proves the power of holistic ministry, as they have grown into a network of Christian believers and partners that have touched thousands of lives through service and...

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Senator Haywood’s Summer Reading Programs Kick Off

State Senator (D-4 PA) announced the opening of the inaugural “Read to Succeed” summer camps he is hosting in partnership with state Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7 PA), as well as the start of his third annual “Read by Fourth” reading programs. As many as 350 students in...

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Readers and One State Lawmaker React to Legislative Challenge

Citizen advocacy isn't easy but is important so a Philly state legislator's teaching it. It’s risky to ask readers to extend themselves on topics to which the vast majority barely pay attention. So it was with trepidation that, in a column last week, I challenged...

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State Senators Fight Back on Internet Privacy

The April 3 passage of a law rolling back the Federal Communications Commission's restrictions on internet service and telecommunication providers selling customer data has given way to a new internet privacy measure in the state Senate. On March 28, the U.S. House of...

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CHBD gets $2 million to improve pedestrian lighting and safety

The Chestnut Hill Business District has received $500,000 from the state to improve pedestrian lighting and safety along Chestnut Hill’s commercial corridor. State Senator Art Haywood presented a check from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic...

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Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health Awarded $1M State rant

ABINGTON >> There’s nothing like a $1 million shot in the arm to put smiles on the faces of the medical care professionals at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. The hospital received a $1 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant toward...

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$1.4M Grant to Redevelop Abington Intersection

ABINGTON >> When handed an oversized novelty check worth $1.4 million, sometimes it’s hard to know what to say. State Sen. Art Haywood, D-4, and state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, presented the Abington Board of Commissioners with a much-awaited bequest Dec. 8....

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New Protocol Needed for Police Shootings

In the past few years several high-profile police-involved shootings have received national media attention and nationwide protests. In the wake of police shootings of African-American men in Tulsa, Okla., Charlotte, N.C., and elsewhere new protocols regarding...

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Investigative Article Spurs State Senators to Call for Action

Nearly a dozen state and local lawmakers Monday called for more money and staff to combat the "crisis" of childhood lead-poisoning in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the state. Several Philadelphia council members also said the city must enforce existing laws to crack...

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Public Officials Demand Action on Philly’s Lead-Paint Scourge

Nearly a dozen state and local lawmakers Monday called for more money and staff to combat the "crisis" of childhood lead-poisoning in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the state. Several Philadelphia council members also said the city must enforce existing laws to crack...

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Pa. Gives Abington Hospital $1 Million Renovation Grant

Abington - Jefferson Health received a $1 million state grant to help pay for a $3.1 million renovation of two floors of Abington Hospital's Widener building, state Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/ Montgomery) said Friday. The grant was from the state's Redevelopment...

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