Vincent Hughes http://wesa.fm en Package of Bills Aims to Help Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/package-bills-aims-help-veterans <p>About 995,000 veterans live in Pennsylvania, many of whom face homelessness, unemployment and traumatic disorders when they come home.</p><p>Senate Democrats introduced a package of bills last Tuesday intended to help veterans and their families make the transition from serving in the military.</p><p>The Saluting Pennsylvania Veterans plan consists of 23 bills and targets veteran education, housing and jobs.</p><p>Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa said they were surprised when they heard some of the issues vets face.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20154 at http://wesa.fm State Officials’ Free Gala Tickets Lead To Discrepancies In Ethics Reports http://wesa.fm/post/state-officials-free-gala-tickets-lead-discrepancies-ethics-reports <p>A look at how public officials treated free tickets to an event in Philadelphia shows a wide variety of interpretations of the state ethics law.<br><br>In 2012, the Barnes Foundation celebrated its art collection’s new home with a gala in the new building. Between 2006 and 2011 the museum received more than $47 million in public funding.<br> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:50:12 +0000 Mary Wilson 15104 at http://wesa.fm Medicaid Expansion Up for Vote in PA Senate Committee http://wesa.fm/post/medicaid-expansion-vote-pa-senate-committee <p>A vote is looming in a state Senate committee on legislation to potentially expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians under the 2010 federal health care law.</p><p>“I cannot say enough about the importance for those individuals who don’t have health insurance, who are working every day, about a half a million people in Pennsylvania, how significant it could be for their lives, and for all of us,” said Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-PA-7.)</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:33:54 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 12272 at http://wesa.fm PA Senate Dems Push Medicaid Expansion with Procedural Maneuver http://wesa.fm/post/pa-senate-dems-push-medicaid-expansion-procedural-maneuver <p>State Senate Democrats are trying to compel the state to participate in a Medicaid expansion by using what's called a discharge resolution.<br><br>Senate staffers on both sides of the aisle are at a loss to remember the last time this kind of maneuver was successful. It doesn't preclude the majority party from sidestepping a vote on the measure in question.<br><br>But that's not stopping Sen. Vincent Hughes.<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 9746 at http://wesa.fm