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  • "We now have a state bicycle official, when will we see any benefit from this full time position?" Submitted by Eric
  • "How does PA's Clean Slate legislation really help those convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor if it takes 10 years for the records to be sealed? What happens during years 1-9?" Submitted by Jo

Here are more topics and questions we have already covered:

Will Pa. ever ban smoking in all bars?

One Republican state senator from Erie County hopes so.
By Ed Mahon

This is what happened to the more than $4 billion Pennsylvania Lottery sold in games last year

The AARP of Pennsylvania opposes spending the money on Medicaid programs.
By Ed Mahon

Here’s who makes money from the voting machine requirement for Pa. counties — and how those decisions are being made

As of early May, 18 counties picked ES&S at an estimated total cost of $48 million.
By Emily Previti and Ed Mahon

How we write The Context

By Emily Previti

Five reasons Pa.’s school property taxes are so hard to kill

A 66-year-old homeowner in Schuylkill County wanted to know what keeps these taxes in force. We looked into it.
By Ed Mahon

Shrinking the PA legislature? It’s possible, but unlikely.

In order to change the size of the House or Senate, the chambers would have to sign off on a constitutional amendment. That means passing identical versions of a bill in two consecutive legislative sessions, then having voters approve it in a statewide referendum.

By Katie Meyer

A $45,000 minimum salary for teachers, explained

Gov. Wolf’s proposal could lessen teacher turnover, one rural district superintendent said. But one critics worries about the potential ‘ripple-up’ effect.

By Ed Mahon

Is this the year Pa. gives LGBTQ+ people discrimination protection? ‘A lot has changed,’ one lawmaker says.

A long-stalled bill would prohibit work and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Its supporters say this time around, it might actually have a shot.

By Katie Meyer