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Share with us your questions about what makes Pennsylvania, well, Pennsylvania. Whether you are curious to know where your tax dollars are being spent or how a township earned its name, we want to answer your questions through stories you'll love. Use the form below to start the conversation.  

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  • "Does Pennsylvania support publicly funding libraries? State funding has shrunk and local municipalities are cutting back in order to not raise property taxes." Submitted by Dale
  • "Why aren’t volunteer first responders getting any compensation like other states?" Submitted by Jeff
  • "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

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Why we watch how campaigns are waged

The staff at PA Post knows we are heading into a contentious election year. While our focus is on covering policy and how government actions affect Pennsylvania citizens, we’ll also be watching the messages and campaign tactics of both parties.

By Russ Walker and Emily Previti


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
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