It was a scene all-too-familiar: People gathering in a show of solidarity and support outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.
But this time, the vigil wasn’t for locals, but rather for Congregation Chabad in Poway, Calif., near San Diego, which left one person dead, and three more wounded. The California shooting, on the last day of Passover, came six months to the day of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life, which claimed the lives of 11 people.read more
A bipartisan group of state senators from Chester and Delaware counties wants to put off the reconfirmation of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell until multiple criminal probes of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline projects are complete.
Led by Chester County Democrat Andy Dinniman, the group asked Sen. Gene Yaw, majority chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Sen. John Yudichak, the minority chair, to delay what is typically a routine hearing on reappointment, which is scheduled for Tuesday.read more
Rider Brandau is a low-income, first-generation student at Elizabethtown College.
“When students borrow money for college, they agree to pay back that money,” Brandau said. “I will owe roughly $30,000 upon graduation, which is a fair price for what I have received from Elizabethtown.”read more
Caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison have been working since January 2018 without a contract.
More than a dozen social workers who serve the county as caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison came to the Berks County commissioners meeting Thursday to encourage them to cooperate as contract negotiations continue.read more
Reading, PA — When talking about raising the state’s $7.25 minimum wage to $15 an hour, state Sen. Judy Schwank said she sometimes hears from the owners of small businesses who say the increase could put them out of business.
“But when the owner of 13 McDonald’s restaurants tells me to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, that he welcomes it, it makes me feel a little bit better about it,” Schwank said.read more
HARRISBURG – April 12, 2019 − Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery) applauded the approval of grants awarded to strengthen collaboration between local businesses and educators to help students prepare to enter the workforce. “The approval of these grants...read more
HARRISBURG, PA − April 10, 2019 − Today, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus introduced legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual offenses and open a window for civil liability. The legislation was introduced as Senate Bill 540. “I...read more
HARRISBURG, PA, March 26, 2019 – Democrats from the Pennsylvania House and Senate today introduced a package of legislation aimed to curb harassment in the workplace, along with support from Governor Tom Wolf and Victim’s Advocate Jennifer Storm. “As a caucus, we’ve...read more
Harrisburg – March 26, 2019 – Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that local infrastructure and food processing projects were approved for grant funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority today. “It is great to see local projects receiving...read more
Harrisburg – March 25, 2019 – Sens. Maria Collett (D-Bucks/Montgomery), Tim Kearney (D-Chester/Delaware), Katie Muth (D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks), and Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) are sponsoring legislation to expand reforms included in the #MeToo PA General Assembly Act.read more
Harrisburg – March 20, 2019 – A bold and innovative plan to help students and their families save thousands of dollars, pay down crushing student loan debt and better deal with the high cost of borrowing was unveiled by Sens. Vincent J. Hughes...read more
Harrisburg – March 19, 2019 – Sen. Katie Muth (D- Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that she will be introducing two pieces of legislation that would mandate specific safety and public awareness standards for pipeline construction and operation. “While pipelines may...read more
Harrisburg, PA − March 18, 2019 − Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Senator Katie Muth (D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) today introduced Senate Bill 13 aiming to provide mandatory paid sick leave to all Pennsylvania workers. SB 13 would create the...read more
POTTSTOWN — As the state budget season kicked off with the presentation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, early education advocates kicked off their efforts to ensure that budget funds pre-kindergarten education.read more
Expansive budget program would not require new taxes Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Tom Wolf addressed the Pennsylvania General Assembly and presented his budget for 2019, which would launch the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP)....read more
Senator Katie Muth Prime Sponsors Bill to Abolish Statute of Limitations for Victims of Sexual Abuse
“Passing this important piece of legislation tells victims that they matter, regardless of when they’re ready to come forward, and that they have the opportunity to seek justice,” said Senator Katie Muth.read more
Harrisburg, PA – Sen. John Sabatina (D- Philadelphia) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery/ Chester/ Berks) joined advocates in the Capitol rotunda to call for the passage of Marsy’s Law, which would give crime victims a constitutionally protected bill of rights. “It’s...read more
Senator Muth Announces PA Driving Forward Grants for Emission Reductions (Royersford, PA) - Senator Muth announces that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will accept grant applications to replace, repower, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks,...read more
Royersford, PA - Senator Katie Muth announces her Senate committee assignments. The 44th district Senator, representing parts of Chester, Montgomery, and Berks counties, serves as the minority Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Urban Affairs and Housing. Senator...read more
Royersford, PA- Senator Katie Muth announces that school districts in Chester, Berks, and Montgomery Counties will receive grants through the next phase of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative. The grants will provide high-quality computer science and STEM education...read more
A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies. The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus…read more
Five Berks County lawmakers will be in leadership positions for the two-year session of the General Assembly just underway in Harrisburg. Judy Schwank, Tomas Caltigirone, David Argall, Katie Muth and Jim Cox assume posts.read more
KING OF PRUSSIA—Four freshman Democratic state representatives spent Thursday morning picking up trash at Valley Forge National Park, helping to keep the historic site beautiful during the ongoing federal government shutdown. State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard,...read more
Royersford, PA − January 11, 2019 − Senator Katie Muth announces that Chester, Berks, and Montgomery Counties will receive grants totaling more than $350,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The grants connect businesses and schools...read more
A record number of women will be sworn into office in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly on Tuesday with 50 of them in the House and 12 in the Senate. Another woman will take the oath of office in the House later this month.read more
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s legislature kicked off its two-year session Tuesday with celebratory receptions and swearing-in ceremonies, all devoid of the tension that could quickly settle over its dealings with the Wolf administration.read more