Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists. Bernadette Comfort instead will drop her...

New law seems unlikely to alter Philly gun law prosecutions

Jul. 9, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor said Tuesday he does not intend to use new unilateral authority to prosecute gun crimes in Philadelphia under a state law passed after criticism of the city district attorney's handling of gun law violations. A spokesman for Attorney General Josh...

Wolf orders bond issue to help counties buy voting machines

Jul. 9, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to borrow up to $90 million to help Pennsylvania's counties pay for new voting machines ahead of 2020's election, announcing the step Tuesday after a dispute between the Democrat and the Republican-controlled Legislature doomed funding legislation. Wolf said...

Police capture man who allegedly killed girlfriend's son

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Police in western Pennsylvania say a man who was on parole for a previous homicide stabbed his girlfriend's 8-year-old son to death during a domestic dispute. Keith Burley was apprehended Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in Youngstown, Ohio. Authorities say he didn't put up a struggle, and...

Voting machines bill vetoed in fight over election changes

Jul. 5, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor vetoed legislation Friday that carried $90 million to help counties in the state buy new voting machines before the 2020 presidential election, but the bill also ordered changes to election laws that the Democrat said wouldn't help improve voting security or...

Pennsylvania sets aside security dollars for private schools

Jul. 5, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is setting aside money to help private schools with security needs after requests for help, including from Jewish day schools near the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a mass shooting. Budget-related legislation signed last week by Gov. Tom Wolf earmarks $3.2...

Governor commutes sentence of prize-winning author's brother

Jul. 2, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has commuted the sentence of the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman in a 1975 killing, clearing the way for his release. Robert Wideman was sentenced to life without parole in a case that was the subject of his older brother's 1984 acclaimed memoir,...

Pennsylvania's own insurance exchange coming next year

Jul. 2, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is moving to replace the federally operated Healthcare.gov with its own website to sell Affordable Care Act-compliant policies in a bid to get more people into it and lower their costs. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday after it passed the Legislature unanimously...

Governor signs $34 billion 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $34 billion compromise budget Friday after lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes on hundreds of pages of legislation that in some cases drew angry protests from his fellow Democrats. Fueled by strong tax collections, the budget boosts aid to...

The Latest: Wolf signs $34B 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the finishing touches of Pennsylvania's 2019-20 state budget (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a $34 billion compromise state budget after Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes. Wolf made the announcement Friday, shortly...