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Baer: Gov. Wolf goes to Washington
Fri, Feb 24, 2017, 8:01 AM
Gov. Wolf’s in D.C. for the weekend winter meeting of the National Governors Association that includes a Sunday “Evening with the...
An update on Pennsylvania's unemployment-compensation mess
Thu, Feb 2, 2017, 9:46 AM
The huge, disgraceful mess surrounding filing for unemployment compensation benefits in Pennsylvania — a mess I detailed in a column...
Pennsylvania's higher education woes
Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 9:29 AM
Last week, I wrote about a proposal by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella to create universal automatic, from-birth savings plans for college...
Hey, Harrisburg, here's an idea
Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 8:54 AM
Now that the state Legislature is officially back — sworn in Jan. 3; actually comes to work Jan. 23 — maybe it should consider...
Pa. (again) falls in national ranking
Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 9:28 AM
The annual ranking of states by the online financial news service 24/7 Wall St. shows Pennsylvania once again falling towards the bottom. The...
The Keystone State's stunning county-by-county results
Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 9:22 AM
By just about any measure one of the biggest surprises of election night was Pennsylvania going red. Almost every expectation was that the...
How not to seek an editorial board endorsement
Thu, Nov 3, 2016, 8:47 AM
You perhaps have heard that many of your state lawmakers relish relationships with lobbyists who contribute to their campaigns. You might...
A search for civility
Tue, Nov 1, 2016, 8:30 AM
Civility, wherefore art thou? In what can perhaps be called an exercise in perfect timing, the guest at Monday’s Pennsylvania Press...
John Baer has written about politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. Neither subject ever fails to provide him with stories of policies and politicians walking on or skirting by paths to perdition.