Nov 30, 2023
PA Lawmakers Could Be Second Best Compensated
Pennsylvania pays its state lawmakers the third highest salary in the nation but when you factor in the health and other benefits they receive, they very well may come out on top.
Nov 21, 2023
PA Lawmakers Get Salary Increase to $106k
Even with the increase, Pennsylvania legislators' pay won't surpass those of their counterparts in New York and California.
Oct 31, 2023
Bill Allowing Religious Garb Worn By Teachers Goes to Gov.
The House voted on Monday to pass this bill that seeks to eliminate Pennsylvania's status as the only state in a nation that had a ban on religious attire still on the books.
Oct 26, 2023
Most Voters Want Armed Security Officers in Schools
A new Franklin & Marshall College Poll for the first time asked voters about putting an armed security officer in every school and the result caught the poll's director by surprise.
Oct 20, 2023
PA Election Chief Hoping For Higher Turnout On Nov. 7
Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Al Schmidt discussed the upcoming deadlines to participate in the upcoming election.
Oct 20, 2023
PA State Universities Request $38 Million More From State
The State System of Higher Education's governing board is hoping the General Assembly will continue to provide the state support needed to keep the in-state undergraduate tuition...
Oct 2, 2023
Muth Takes Issue With ‘Degrading Lie’ in Harassment Claim
A staffer who was in the room when Shapiro's Secretary of Legislative Affairs Mike Vereb is accused of making a sexual reference about the senator denies it was said.
Sep 28, 2023
High-Ranking Official in Shapiro Admin Abruptly Resigns
Following an abrupt resignation of Gov. Josh Shapiro's Secretary of Legislative Affairs Mike Vereb, he appointed senior adviser Thomas TJ Yablonski Jr. to fill that inner-circle post.
Sep 15, 2023
PA Student Aid Agency Wants to Boost State Grant Awards
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency wants more money to raise to the maximum state grant award to a record-high $5,933.
Sep 11, 2023
Work Begins on New PA School Funding Formula
If you enjoy hearings on education topics, Pennsylvania lawmakers are holding plenty of them this week covering such topics as ideas to help shape a new public school funding system,...
Sep 1, 2023
PA Senate Calls for Tuition Freeze at State Universities
This rovision in a sweeping budget-related bill is aimed at increasing enrollment while keeping down costs to attend one of the 10 state-owned universities.
Aug 30, 2023
12 Unresolved Issues in PA’s Budget
While Pa. has a $45.45 billion enacted budget bill, a number of items that it provides funding for still need legislative authorization with some being more controversial than others.
Aug 28, 2023
Union Leaders Defend Controversial State Contracts
The price tag of the state employee package is raising red flags for some for differing reasons.
Aug 3, 2023
PA Senate to Return Thursday to Sign 2023-24 Budget Bill
The state has been operating without an enacted general fund budget since July 1, which is causing concern for agencies that depend on state funds to operate.
Aug 2, 2023
PA's Biggest Pension Fund Sues Consulting Firm
The Public School Employees' Retirement System's lawsuit accuses Aon Investments USA that admitted to making an error of causing reputational harm to the pension fund that included...
Jul 28, 2023
12 Lawmakers Won’t Take Pay Until State Has A Budget
As Pennsylvania approaches its second month without a finalized budget, it has led to a dozen lawmakers willing to share the pain of agencies that rely on state dollars to operate.
Jul 20, 2023
Dem Lawmaker’s Resignation Leaves PA House Split
Allegheny County lawmaker Sara Innamorato, who won the Democratic nomination for Allegheny County executive in the spring primary, resigned from her House seat effective Wednesday.
Jul 7, 2023
Shapiro, GOP Blame Each Other For Half-Finished Budget
At an afternoon news conference, Gov. Josh Shapiro offered his view of how the 2023-24 budget process ended up leaving out the Senate Republicans' key priority: school vouchers.
Jul 6, 2023
PA House, Shapiro Want Voucher Money to Sit Idle
The governor's general counsel said without enabling legislation, the $100 million earmarked for the Senate-passed targeted voucher plan would sit idle in the state Treasury.
Jun 28, 2023
Public School Lobbyists Protest Vouchers at State Capitol
With talk swirling about a voucher program possibly being part of a budget deal being worked out with Gov. Josh Shapiro, public school advocates rallied at the state Capitol to voice...
Jun 23, 2023
Vouchers? Shapiro Says Yes, Unions Say 'Unacceptable'
Providing lifeline scholarships to students in the state's worst-performing schools is an idea that Senate Republicans are pushing and interestingly, Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro...
Jun 20, 2023
PennDOT Provides Progress Report on I-95 Repairs
Over the weekend, Gov. Josh Shapiro stated with confidence the damaged sections of this major East Coast north-south highway will be reopened within two weeks.
Jun 8, 2023
PA Senate Approves New State Environmental Agency Name
The Department of Environmental Protection would lose the word protection under this bill. The bill sponsor indicated with the new name, he hopes it would lose its bullying ways but...
May 25, 2023
Shapiro’s Sec. of State Nominee Gets Unconventional Vetting
Acting Secretary of State Al Schmidt sat for questions during a three-hour hearing that was indicated is the first of at least two confirmation hearings by Senate committees.
May 10, 2023
Charter School Advocates Call for More Funding, Reforms
Students and parents from several charter schools gathered at the Capitol to rally legislative support for changes to the law governing their schools as well as ask for more funding.
May 3, 2023
Bill Would Provides Up to $8,000 a Year to Aspiring Teachers
The legislation would require scholarship recipients to teach at a Pennsylvania public school for each year they receive a scholarship.
May 3, 2023
Bill to Help Reunite Parents With Missing Children Advances
If passed, this legislation would provide a child identification kit to all first-graders in Pennsylvania schools.
May 2, 2023
Bill to Fill Teacher Shortage Passes PA House
The legislation creates a competitive grant program to fund partnerships that help to cultivate teachers and other education support personnel from within a community.
Apr 21, 2023
PA Students Get Mixed News About Paying for College
The 10 state universities are hoping to freeze tuition for a fifth consecutive year while Pennsylvania's state grant awards could decline if more state funding doesn't come through.
Apr 13, 2023
With Fewer New Teachers, Lawmakers Look to Reverse Trend
An hours-long hearing by the Pa. House Education Committee featured some lively exchanges over how much pay teachers unions demand.
Apr 12, 2023
Support Grows For Freeing More Money For Roads, Bridges
The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday held an hourlong hearing about the governor’s proposal to eliminate dipping into the Motor License Fund to fund anything other than...
Mar 30, 2023
Making PA Education ‘Look Different’ Focus of Hearing
Senators questioned Acting Education Secretary Khalid Mumin about the response to the Commonwealth Court ruling that found the state's education funding to be unconstitutional and...
Mar 21, 2023
Lawmakers Gauge Gov. Shapiro’s Support for School Choice
Acting Secretary Khalid Mumin fielded questions on a variety of topics in and not in the govenor's budget proposal.
Mar 16, 2023
PA’s Budget Outlook May Make Tax Increases Unavoidable
House Republican Appropriations Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York County, shared with reporters his thoughts on Gov. Josh Shapiro's 2023-24 proposed budget and the budgetary path...
Mar 9, 2023
More State Government Workers Are Seeing $200K+ Pay
For the first time, there are Pa. state government employees who've cracked the half million-dollar payment mark.
Mar 7, 2023
Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Address PA’s Teacher Shortage
With the number of teachers being certified down by more than 13,000 a year since 2010, a group of Democratic lawmakers are calling for legislation to incentivize folks to enter the...
Feb 22, 2023
Childhood Sexual Abuse Reform Teed Up For This Week
Democrats took control of the chamber on Tuesday for the first time in 12 years and their first order of business was to deal on this issue that is the No. 1 priority of Speaker Mark...
Feb 14, 2023
PA House Urged to Expand Sexual Harassment Policy
A coalition of 79 unions and government watchdog groups sent a letter to House members calling on them to expand the chamber's sexual harassment protections when it convenes on Feb....
Feb 9, 2023
Rozzi Wants Justice for Child Sex Abuse Survivors
House Speaker Mark Rozzi said when the House returns to session on Feb. 1, he will gavel in, implement internal operating rules and then move to his priority issue of helping...
Feb 9, 2023
Dems Take Back State House, Leadership Drama Set to Renew
Left unresolved is whether House Speaker Mark Rozzi, a Democrat from Berks County, will remain the chamber’s presiding officer.
Jan 26, 2023
School Districts Tuck Money in Reserves to Justify Tax Hikes
Auditor General Timothy DeFoor released an audit of 12 districts that uncovered they - and possibly other districts - are legally using a 'shell game' to justify the need for tax...
Jan 11, 2023
Wolf Urges Lawmakers on Helping Child Sex Abuse Victims
After the first day of a special session on providing relief for child sexual abuse victims produced little in the way of progress on that issue, Gov. Tom Wolf scolds lawmakers for...
Jan 10, 2023
PA Lawmaker Wants Rep. Rozzi to Resign as Speaker
Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair County, sent a letter to Rozzi, a Democrat, calling on him to resign the speakership since Rozzi is failing to live up to the commitment he made to switch...
Jan 3, 2023
Meet the 2023-24 PA General Assembly
Here are some fun facts and other interesting nuggets about the men and women who will be making the laws in Pennsylvania for the next two years.
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