Stem cells are in the news again. In July, President George Bush vetoed a bill that would have provided federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Proponents of this controversial research will now pressure state government to support their efforts. Rep. Tom Tangretti (D-Westmo
Working families in Pennsylvania are getting a raise. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania will increase from the current $5.15 per hour to $6.25 on Jan. 1, 2007, then to $7.15 on July 1, 2007. Qualified employers with the equivalent of 10 or fewer full-time employees have until July 1, 2
Health insurance tops the list of concerns for many if not most Pennsylvania families. As the cost of coverage rises faster than most incomes, some working families are finding themselves in a crisis situation. How will they afford insurance coverage, especially for their children? Cu
After serving 19 years behind bars, Thomas Doswell was released after DNA evidence clearly proved his innocence in a brutal rape case. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Nationally, 175 people have been exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing. At least eight invol
The Pennsylvania Legislature will vote on a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman in the coming weeks. Opponents claim it denies same sex and unmarried heterosexual couples legal benefits for pensions, health insurance, hospital vi
The Spring 2006 edition of Viewpoint includes a special statement by the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania on marriage and other information about PCC’s efforts to pass the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment.
Last month Governor Ed Rendell proposed a $54.2 billion spending plan for the fiscal year 2006-2007. State legislators will debate and discuss the dollar figures and policy implications of each line item over the next several months. Ideally, a final bill will pass the House of Repres