Sep 1, 2023
PA’s Budget Reaches Deja Vu
(The Center Square) – The state’s piecemeal budget negotiations fractured again this week after lawmakers split a key measure in half.
Aug 4, 2023
PA Budget Signed, Sealed, Delivered, But Not Done
(The Center Square) – After a one-month standoff, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro signed a $45.5 billion spending plan on Thursday.
Aug 3, 2023
Sudden Senate Return Signals Budget Revival
(The Center Square) – The Senate’s top-ranking Republican called lawmakers back to Harrisburg to face the $45.5 billion spending plan sitting on the chamber’s desk for the last...
Aug 3, 2023
Philly Lawmaker Again Crosses Aisle, Support Vouchers
(The Center Square) – A state lawmaker crossed the aisle live on talk radio to support a scholarship program for students in low-performing schools to attend private institutions...
Jul 6, 2023
School Choice Veto May Not End PA Budget Impasse
(The Center Square) – The governor’s vow to veto funding for a new school choice scholarship program and end the budget impasse may prove ineffective after all.
Jul 6, 2023
Property Tax, Rent Rebate Expansion Headed to Governor
(The Center Square) – A $136 million deal to expand Pennsylvania’s property tax and rent rebate program will soon head to the governor’s desk.
Jul 5, 2023
Patriotism Waning Among Younger Pennsylvanians
(The Center Square) – A new poll found that less than two-thirds of young adults in Pennsylvania feel national pride.
Jun 30, 2023
$100M School Choice Program Woven Into Budget Bill
(The Center Square) – Lawmakers began debating a key budget bill late Thursday that would devote $100 million to a divisive school choice program.
Jun 26, 2023
Bipartisan School Choice Embrace Reframes PA Budget
(The Center Square) – Bipartisan embrace of a state-funded school choice program reframed budget negotiations this week as Gov. Josh Shapiro stands by a campaign promise...
May 16, 2023
Key Budget Negotiator Hopes for Welfare Fraud Compromise
(The Center Square) – Amid startling audit findings, some lawmakers hope the governor will compromise on welfare reform as part of his commitment to strengthening the public safety...
May 4, 2023
State Fiscal Watchdogs Lead Pushback on New Mortgage Fees
(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity leads a coalition of state financial officials pushing back against new federal mortgage fees they call...
May 2, 2023
Organized Labor Amendment Heads East
(The Center Square) – A constitutional amendment guaranteeing collective bargaining rights – adopted in Illinois six months ago – now finds itself on the legislative calendar...
Mar 28, 2023
PA’s Minimum Wage Debate Revisited
(The Center Square) – The pandemic’s impact on income growth aside, lawmakers say workers need not wait for another “once-in-a-century” emergency to earn a livable wage.
Mar 22, 2023
Public School Workers Say 'Dignified' Retirement Out of Reach
(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania educators say the “dignified” retirement promised to them decades ago no longer exists thanks to record inflation and benefits...
Mar 21, 2023
Uncertain Revenue Expectations Cloud PA’s Future
(The Center Square) – Two of Pennsylvania’s most respected economic analysts offered muddy expectations of future revenue estimates on Monday.
Mar 7, 2023
Shapiro, Norfolk Southern Broker $7.4M Aid Deal
(The Center Square) – Norfolk Southern agreed this week to reimburse first responders, county relief funds and state agencies nearly $7.4 million in the wake of the Feb. 3...
Feb 21, 2023
Special Session Revived in State House
(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s stalled special session gets a second chance on Tuesday when House lawmakers return to the chamber floor after a month-long break.
Feb 17, 2023
School Funding Ruling Considered a Universal Win
(The Center Square) – Commonwealth Court declared Pennsylvania’s school funding system unconstitutional recently and, as such, diametrically opposed education advocates all...
Feb 9, 2023
Democrats Cement Majority in State House – Now What?
(The Center Square) – Democrats cemented control of the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday after winning three special elections near Pittsburgh.
Jan 25, 2023
‘Commonwealth of Conscience’ Trapped Behind Gridlock
(The Center Square) – Frustration and betrayal befall the story of Pennsylvania’s current legislative gridlock, but for one lawmaker, there’s still a chance for redemption...
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