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Health Care | Pennsylvania

Despite Campaign Promises, President Trump Aims to Gut Funding From Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid for Pennsylvania Families

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

During his campaign for president in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly stated that, if elected, he would not make cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, essential healthcare and retirement programs utilized by tens of millions of low-income and senior Americans every year. 
 
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump said in 2015.
 
But for all his promises, that’s exactly what President Donald Trump is trying to do. 

Economy | Pennsylvania

Hundreds of Pennsylvania Workers Laid Off by Companies While CEOs Reap Rewards of Trump Tax Bill

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

Three companies with operations in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, laid off hundreds of workers since the start of 2018, sending jobs out of the country and closing plants while paying their CEOs multimillion-dollar salaries.

An analysis by the American Ledger shows that the tax cuts passed by the then-Republican Congress and signed by Trump in 2017 gave executives a boost but squeezed middle-class workers in this county, centered around Wilkes-Barre in the Pocono Mountains.

Trade | Pennsylvania

Trump’s Trade War is Wreaking Havoc On the Economic Security of Erie County Dairy Farmers

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

In March 2018, dairy farmers in Erie County, Pennsylvania, received an unanticipated notice in the mail. Dean Foods, a local dairy processor in the area, which bought products from over 40 dairy farmers across Pennsylvania, gave farmers a 90-day notice that they would no longer be purchasing their products. 

Two months later, Dean Foods closed its Meadowbrook Dairy, and laid off over 100 employees in favor of shipping their business to a Wal-Mart-owned dairy operation in Indiana. 

Infrastructure | Pennsylvania

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Has Failed to Deliver Pennsylvania Turnpike Fixes

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019. Last edited July 15, 2019.

In a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania in November 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised Pennsylvanians he would pass an infrastructure plan to fix the Pennsylvania Turnpike, stating “My infrastructure plan will provide help for… did you ever hear of a place called the Pennsylvania Turnpike? Needs some help. Needs some work.” 
But nearly three years into President Trump’s first term, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is saddled with record debt and a crumbling infrastructure, and the president has yet to pass a single plan, or lift a finger to help rebuild it. 

Environment | Pennsylvania

While Toxic Algae Takes Over Shorelines, the Trump Admin Quietly Attempted to Cut $270 Million in Great Lakes Conservation Efforts

By Cole Driver on July 9, 2019.

Every summer, Lake Erie - one of the five Great Lakes - draws thousands of tourists to its beaches, generating millions in economic revenue supporting the livelihoods of many Erie County, Pennsylvania residents, families and businesses.

But something is in the water in Lake Erie.

Accountability | Pennsylvania

After Employee Died on the Job, Scott Wagner’s Company Was Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

By on August 30, 2018.

Pennsylvania state Sen. Scott Wagner’s company was fined for workplace safety violations last year after an employee died on the job, according to previously undisclosed records obtained by American Ledger.