The Heller Dam in Lycoming County, seen in this September 2019 file photo, is almost 50 years old and is deemed a high hazard dam. It stores drinking water for over 50,000 people and more than 2,600 residents would be at risk if it ever failed. (Mark Nance/Sun-Gazette via AP)
Dams Are Forgotten Infrastructure—Until They Fail

Pennsylvania has nearly 3,400 dams. Many of them could benefit from funding in President Biden's infrastructure plan.

An acid mine drainage well was located on the bank of a tributary to Montgomery Creek. DEP successfully plugged the abandoned well. (PA Department of Environmental Protection)
Why Are Abandoned Wells Such a Problem in Pennsylvania?

Sealing off abandoned oil and gas wells throughout the commonwealth might sound like a boring topic, but it could bring thousands of jobs to the state while helping the environment.

US Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., seen here speaking from the House chamber earlier this year, is one of ten members of the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania who voted for the bill. (House Television via AP)
Which PA Representatives Support Pregnant Workers, and Which Don’t?

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act won broad bipartisan support while passing the US House of Representatives, even if a majority of Pennsylvania’s GOP lawmakers voted against it.

Two proposed amendments that voters will face deal with limiting the power of governors like Tom Wolf during disasters.
Get Out and Vote: All PA Voters Eligible to Vote on Statewide Ballot Questions

Primary ballots will include four questions, three of which propose amendments to the state’s constitution.

These railroad tracks could be getting more use if Amtrak's plan goes through.
All Aboard: Restoring Passenger Rail Service from Reading to Philadelphia

A new study shows not only that reviving passenger rail service in Reading is financially possible and economically profitable, but it has the support of Amtrak and President Biden.

(Keystone Graphic/Morgaine Ford-Workman)
4 Pennsylvania-Based Companies Paid $0 in Federal Taxes in 2020

Four Pennsylvania-based companies had a combined total of $1.8 billion in 2020 profits, and avoided $379.3 million in combined taxes while they received $157 million in total rebates.

A sign at a store in Muncie, Indiana, announces that the store accepts SNAP benefits. (Shutterstock Photo/Jonathan Weiss)
Here’s How an Increase in SNAP Benefits Can Help Pennsylvania’s Food Insecurity

The 15% increase in monthly SNAP benefits in the American Rescue Plan helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians and amounts to about $25 more per person per month.