Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022


With Two Weeks Left, Fetterman Holds Lead and GOP Senate Field Still Battling

The latest polls show Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate John Fetterman holding a commanding lead over the rest of the field, sporting 53% of Democratic support over runner up Conor Lamb with 14%. 22% say they are still undecided. On the GOP field, a debate held last night quickly turned into attempts by the candidates to attack Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz. Polls in that race show frontrunners with a commanding lead over the field. PennLive and the Inquirer have more.

2002 Thesis Paper By Mastriano Argues U.S. Should “Not Hesitate” to Strike at Locals

Gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s thesis examining the U.S.’s military strategy in the Iraq War is gaining attention after Mastriano argued that the U.S. should strike civilian targets if there is a regime nearby, which some experts said would be considered a war crime. Read more from City & State PA.

Professional Licensing Waivers Begin to Expire After End of Emergency Declaration

The first licensing waivers, initially enacted by the state to make it easier to staff healthcare environments, will expire this month and cannot be renewed unilaterally by the Governor due to state constitutional changes related to emergency declarations. PennLive has more.

158,000 Pennsylvanians Expected to Receive Payout from TurboTax Settlement

Pennsylvanians who used TurboTax’s paid products while being eligible for IRS-supported free file products will receive cash payouts thanks to a $141 million multi-state settlement. Read more from the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Film Industry Supporters Call for 80% Increase in Film Tax Credit

With the wide success of the filmmaking industry in the state, some are calling for a significant increase in the film tax credit to enable more production. Axios has more.

Netflix Documentary on Three Mile Island Premiering This Week

A four part series on the Three Mile Island nuclear crisis is now streaming on Netflix, telling the story of the country’s worst nuclear disaster. Read more from PennLive.


Ex-Offenders Who Complete Reentry Program Eligible for Philadelphia Housing Authority Units

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s federal probation office has a reentry program for former offenders on probation. People who complete the program are eligible for vouchers from PHA that will pay for a rental apartment for up to two years. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.

John Fry’s Contract Extended to Lead Drexel Another Five Years

Yesterday, Drexel’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend John Fry’s presidency for an additional five years. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

Local Officials Say City is on Precipice of Massive Economic Growth

A new report by the Center City District claims that downtown foot traffic and economic activity has almost reached pre-pandemic levels and predicts that growth will continue. But the report also urges City Council to cut red tape and the wage tax to ensure it continues. Read more from the Inquirer.


Advocates Want Anti-Violence Expert on Allegheny County’s Jail Oversight Board

Anti-violence advocates and community activists would like Richard Garland, a University of Pittsburgh professor and anti-violence expert, to be appointed to the Jail Oversight Board. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.

National Labor Relations Board Intervenes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Five-Year Labor Fight

The labor dispute at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette continues as the National Relations Board intervenes. WESA has more.


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