For both Wolf and Fetterman the loudest cheers were reserved for their remarks surrounding healthcare - this issue will certainly be front and center as the country heads into the 2020 presidential elections.
State and Local
PA and Philadelphia leaders gathered on Monday to denounce the record-breaking government shutdown and its effects on vital programs like SNAP, which is now seeing an influx of unpaid federal workers.
“Our administration is committed to bridging the divide between government and the residents of Philadelphia,” Mayor Kenney said in a press release.
Treviño se ha postulado para ocupar uno de los siete asientos ‘at-large’ en el Concejo de la Ciudad. De ganar, Treviño se convertiría en el segundo latino en este cuerpo legislativo de 17 personas, y su único inmigrante.
Treviño is running to fill one of the seven at-large seats on City Council. Should he win, he could become the second Latino on the 17-person legislative body, and its only immigrant.
Drug overdoses were the third leading cause of death in Philadelphia in 2017, behind heart disease and cancer. Most drug overdoses in the city were opioid-related - such deaths rose by 46 percent over the previous year, to 59 per 100,000 people.
En la actualidad, en Estados Unidos hay 2,2 millones de personas encerradas en prisiones y cárceles de todo el país. Una cifra que ha aumentado en un 500 por ciento en los últimos 40 años, gracias, en gran parte, a la guerra contra las drogas y a la sentencia mínima obligatoria.
There are 2.2 million people locked up in prisons and jails around the country. This number has risen by 500 percent over the last 40 years, thanks in large part to the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentences.
Should New Jersey and New York legalize cannabis in the near future, and yield successful results from doing so, Pennsylvania may be primed to follow suit.
“The Fair Work Week and Minimum Wage bills will go a long way to ensuring that our hard-working residents have the dignity of stable employment and a steady schedule,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a press release.
With efforts officially extended through the end of June now, the next major scheduled milestone is the clearing out of the Emerald Street encampment, expected to be carried out by Jan. 15.
“This project not only helps Philadelphia demonstrate leadership on climate action, but it also makes good economic sense and helps to boost regional job growth in the renewable energy sector,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a press release.
Las estadísticas de crímenes de odio de la FBI para el 2017 documentaron un aumento de 17 por ciento en los crímenes de odio a escala nacional --un salto dramático después de los repuntes de 5 por ciento y 7 por ciento en 2015 y 2016, respectivamente.
“Once again, President Trump is attempting to implement a policy which will have devastating consequences for immigrants and put the health of immigrant children at risk,” PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a press release.
La concejala Helen Gym asegura que era importante que Filadelfia tomara la delantera en la aprobación tanto de la Semana laboral justa como de los proyectos de ley sobre el salario mínimo.
Calling it an “economic dignity package,” Councilwoman Helen Gym said it was important that Philadelphia took the lead in passing both the Fair Workweek and minimum wage bills.
Mientras que el gobierno de Trump le da la espalda al consenso científico sobre el cambio climático y sus consecuencias, Filadelfia y Pensilvania trabajan por abordar el problema.
“Many in our immigrant communities are understandably concerned about their futures. These efforts are just part of the City’s work to reassure them that Philadelphia is, and will remain, a Welcoming City,” Office of Immigrant Affairs Director Miriam Enriquez said in a press release.
“The redistricting process should ensure every citizen’s voice is heard in our democratic process,” Governor Wolf said in a statement.
“This is an issue that Washington, D.C. has ignored for too long. There are some federal policies coming out of Washington that have helped contribute to why Puerto Rico has this debt issue,” Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania told AL DÍA.
Cruz asegura que está feliz donde está, pero tampoco descarta otras aspiraciones políticas.
Cruz says he’s content where he is now - but he isn’t ruling out other political aspirations.
As the Trump administration turns its back on the scientific consensus surrounding climate change and its consequences, Philly and PA are working to address the issue.
"La nueva encuesta que llevamos a cabo inmediatamente después de la elección muestra que el enfoque anti-inmigrante de Trump fue contraproducente para los votantes en Pennsylvania", dijo Nick Gourevitch, socio de Global Strategy Group, en un comunicado de prensa.