John Finnerty

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Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have dramatically expanded the amount of tax credits available to donors who give to scholarships for students to attend private schools.

HARRISBURG — A group of environmental organizations, joined by celebrity activists Mark Ruffalo and Shailene Woodley, are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to halt new permits for fracking until the state investigates a news report that more than two dozen children in southwestern Pennsylvania, a hotbed for fracking activity, have developed cancer.

HARRISBURG — The state’s secretary of Human Services on Monday called on the Legislature to boost the minimum wage, noting that child care workers and direct-care workers who serve seniors and the disabled make so little many of them are enrolled in public assistance programs, themselves.

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s dairy industry has been mired in a prolonged slump as competition from larger dairies in other parts of the country has driven down prices.

HARRISBURG – If there’s a silver lining in the clouded circumstances facing farmers it’s that lawmakers at the state and federal levels both seem interested in helping, agriculture industry officials said.

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro had harsh words Thursday for the Carholic bishops who covered up for predator priests and now continue to lobby against legislative reforms intended to help adults who were victims of clergy child sex abuse.

A tax credit program benefiting donors who give toward scholarships for private school tuition would be boosted by $100 million under legislation heading to Gov. Tom Wolf.

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