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Pa. just eliminated general assistance. The need for it hasn’t gone away

Pa. just eliminated general assistance. The need for it hasn’t gone away

By Katie Muth, Maria Collett and Lindsey Williams

This week marks the end of General Assistance (GA) as we know it. The life-saving program that has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians get back on their feet and bridge the gap to self-sustainability ended on Aug. 1.

After a difficult battle through the legislative process and an underhanded maneuver to tie the elimination of GA to millions of dollars of hospitals, we accept that the program will cease to exist. However, that does not mean that the need has vanished.

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Dignitaries thanked for Korean War Peace Park fundraising

Dignitaries thanked for Korean War Peace Park fundraising

MONTGOMERY TWP. — A steamy Friday morning marked another major milestone for a planned peace park honoring Korean War veterans. Representatives and dignitaries from South Korea and Montgomery County turned over shovels meant to symbolize the start of work on the...

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Warrington breaks ground on new $8.6M police station

Warrington breaks ground on new $8.6M police station

Expected to finish next summer, the new building will include several modern upgrades not available the current police station and township administration building at 852 Easton Road. Warrington’s police department will soon have a building of its own, as officials...

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The proposed Family Care Act

The proposed Family Care Act

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, taking time off from work for treatment can be costly, or even impossible. Families can risk financial hardship when faced with long-term treatments or even for routine medical events like the birth of a...

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Pa. Sen. Maria Collett introduces two PFAS bills

Pa. Sen. Maria Collett introduces two PFAS bills

Sen. Maria Collett, D-12, of Lower Gwynedd, introduced two bills Monday that she says would help Pennsylvania tackle problems relating to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. As told in a special report Sunday, five years after the unregulated chemicals were...

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Pa. lawmakers considering paid medical leave measure

Pa. lawmakers considering paid medical leave measure

Two bills in the state House and Senate would establish a funding safety net for workers taking extended, long-term leave similar for medical issues similar to what is covered in the federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. State legislators in Bucks County are...

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Senators shop bill to give AG more environmental authority

Senators shop bill to give AG more environmental authority

State Sens. Steve Santarsiero and Maria Collett want to give the state attorney general the ability to prosecute environmental crimes, without waiting for a referral from another agency. But detractors say authority should remain with the state DEP. State Sens. Steve...

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Wolf visits Horsham, stumps with Stephens for PFAS funding

Wolf visits Horsham, stumps with Stephens for PFAS funding

Gov. Tom Wolf visited Horsham on Pennsylvania to stump for a severance tax on natural gas drilling in the state, which he said could be used to pay the costs of cleaning up local drinking water contamination. State elected officials continue to seek funding sources to...

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Lawmakers, advocates share stories at D.A.R.A. forum

Lawmakers, advocates share stories at D.A.R.A. forum

TOWAMENCIN — One decision, made in a split second, can ruin multiple lives forever — and one helping hand, held out at the right time, can keep that from happening. That was the message delivered by several local officials May 2 at a juvenile addition prevention forum...

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Pennsylvania legislation aimed at workplace harassment

Pennsylvania legislation aimed at workplace harassment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Democratic lawmakers introduced a package of bills last week. The goal: making Pennsylvania a safe place to work. Supporters say these bills are past due. "Pennsylvanians deserve to go to work every day to put food on their tables and earn a...

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Officials break ground for Lions Pride Park in Warrington

Officials break ground for Lions Pride Park in Warrington

Federal, state and local lawmakers joined members of the Warrington Lions Club to break ground Friday on a new park built for everyone. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, state Sen. Maria Collett, D-12, and state Rep. Todd Polinchock, R-144, praised Lions Pride Park on...

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Pennsylvania nurses rally for law to set safe patient limits

Pennsylvania nurses rally for law to set safe patient limits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Nurses rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday to call for limits on the number of patients they can be asked to care for in Pennsylvania hospitals. The nurses support House Bill 867 and Senate Bill 450, proposals that would set limits on...

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Casey excoriates EPA’s reported pass on limits on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water

Casey excoriates EPA’s reported pass on limits on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water

Homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery counties seeking help from the federal government to address contamination in their drinking water received disheartening news on Monday night.

The Trump administration will not set a drinking water limit for two toxic chemicals – PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) – that are contaminating millions of Americans’ tap water, two sources familiar with the forthcoming decision told Politico, which reported:.

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State Sen. Maria Collett to introduce PFAS bills

State Sen. Maria Collett to introduce PFAS bills

The newly sworn-in state senator from Lower Gwynedd said she intends to push for a drinking water standard and adding the chemicals to the state’s list of hazardous substances. There are few local issues that have fostered bipartisan agreement more than water...

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