Latest Pennsylvania state government News

The Glen Mills Schools is seen, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Glen Mills, Pa. The shuttered reform school for boys in suburban Philadelphia may be used as a medical overflow facility as coronavirus cases increase and hospitals are pressed for space. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Stay-at-home order expands as overflow facilities get ready

Mar. 27, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf put another 2.5 million Pennsylvania residents under an order that restricts people from leaving home Friday, as his administration confirmed more coronavirus cases and deaths and major facilities were enlisted to help with hospital overflows. Wolf, in a statement,...

Governor vetoes petrochemical plant tax break bill

Mar. 27, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday followed through on his threat to veto a bill to provide potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks for petrochemical plants that use natural gas extracted in the state. In his veto message, Wolf said he could support awarding an incentive like...

Tire shop owner M. Hernandez, wearing a protective face mask, waits for customers outside his shop in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reported more new coronavirus-related deaths in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Residents are ordered to stay home, with few exceptions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jobless claims swamp Pennsylvania amid rise in virus cases

Mar. 26, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania rose by 50% to more than 1,600 cases, while record numbers of state residents filed for unemployment compensation, the most in the nation, according to figures released Thursday. The state Department of Health also said five...

Pennsylvania court upholds 'sexually violent predator' laws

Mar. 26, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld laws Thursday that require offenders deemed “sexually violent predators” to undergo lifetime counseling and registration and be the subject of community notices. The requirements have the legitimate purpose of keeping the community...

Few people travel on North Broad Street in view of City Hall in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is issuing a stay-at-home order to the nation's sixth most-populated city to keep its 1.6 million people from leaving home, due to the coronavirus except to get food, seek medical attention, exercise outdoors, go to a job classified as essential or other errands that involve personal and public safety. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Governor extending stay-at-home order to two more counties

Mar. 25, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration reported more coronavirus-related deaths in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and ordered residents of Lehigh and Northampton counties to stay home, with few exceptions, as more of the state is put under the directive in an effort to slow the virus' spread....

Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election

Mar. 25, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay the state's primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state's spreading coronavirus cases. The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled state Legislature on Wednesday and Gov. Tom Wolf,...

Pennsylvania lawmakers delay primary to June 2 over COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers delay primary to June 2 over COVID-19 outbreak.

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Mar. 25, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: As coronavirus spreads, we need to stay the course and stay home — difficult as it is LNP March 25 We can’t believe we even have to say this but here goes: Grandparents must not be sacrificed to save our economy....

Seniors shop early for their groceries at the Johnstown, Pa. Giant Eagle on Tuesday, March 24 2020.  The Pittsburgh base company allows senior citizens to shop early between 6am and 7am before the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.   (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Wolf reopens gun shops, orders more residents to stay home

Mar. 24, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Even as he ordered residents of another county to stay at home, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday quietly allowed gun shops to reopen on a limited basis during the coronavirus pandemic after several justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court urged him to do so. Firearms dealers may now sell...

2 in PA, NJ accused of coughing on people, citing virus

Mar. 24, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania say individuals in both states have been charged with coughing on people in stores and saying they were infected with the coronavirus. The New Jersey attorney general's office said Tuesday that 50-year-old George Falcone of Freehold is accused...