Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 12:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

School district reopens after online word of possible threat

Jan. 28, 2020 7:19 AM EST

PLUM, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area school district planned to resume classes Tuesday, one day after they were cancelled following a potential threat of violence received over the weekend. Plum Borough school officials said the decision was made after they consulted with police. Roughly 3,600 students...

New Jersey and Pennsylvania cops dismantle gun ring

Jan. 28, 2020 6:13 AM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Officials said they dismantled a Philadelphia-based gun ring that peddled weapons and drugs in Camden. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced officers recovered 36 guns and 20 ounces of methamphetamine between March...

Pennsylvania GOP endorses slate of statewide candidates

Jan. 27, 2020 5:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican Party of Pennsylvania will go into the spring primary season with an endorsed slate of candidates for the three elected state offices of treasurer, auditor general and attorney general. Candidates can start circulating nominating petitions Tuesday to get on the April...

FILE - This Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, shows the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. More than a dozen Pennsylvania state legislators have announced they won't be seeking reelection in 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania legislative campaign season on brink of kickoff

Jan. 25, 2020 3:42 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The abrupt announcement by the speaker of the Pennsylvania House this week that he would not run for another term in the Legislature made him the 15th state representative to head for the exits. Candidates can begin to circulate nominating petitions Tuesday to get on the April 28...

Pennsylvania pays off $2.8B unemployment compensation debt

Jan. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has paid off $2.8 billion in bonds it issued in 2012 to retire a post-recession unemployment compensation debt that businesses owed to the federal government, state officials said this week. The last installment, paid Jan. 1, completed the repayment on one of the largest...

Governor to seek school construction aid amid health issues

Jan. 24, 2020 3:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said. Wolf must deliver a budget proposal to the Legislature on...

Pennsylvania's December jobless rate rises, payrolls shrink

Jan. 24, 2020 9:49 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose in December for the fourth straight month, as payrolls shrank and the labor force hit another record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5%,...

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, left, stands the podium beside his wife Lydia, right, and one of his sons, Matt, center, as he announces at a news conference he will not run for another term as a Pennsylvania representative, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania's GOP House speaker to retire after three terms

Jan. 23, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will not run for reelection, the Republican announced Thursday, ending the career of a conservative force in state government in a critical year when Democrats are aiming to take control of the chamber. Turzai, 60, made the announcement at a news...

Pennsylvania high court upholds old precedent in fracking

Jan. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a legal principle that allows drillers to drain oil and natural gas from outside their property lines. The court overturned a 2018 decision by the lower Superior Court on Wednesday that said the “rule of capture" does not...