Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools in budget

Jun. 17, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are working to assemble a budget plan that would use billions in federal pandemic relief and surplus state tax dollars to help prop up existing programs, boost aid to public schools and inject cash into sectors hard-hit by the...

GOP election bill sponsor takes case to Wolf news conference

Jun. 17, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

The partisan political debate over potential changes to how Pennsylvania registers voters and runs elections moved Thursday from the Capitol in Harrisburg to suburban Philadelphia, where the leading House Republican on the topic showed up at a news conference by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. ...

Conservative activist to run for Pennsylvania governor

Jun. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Charlie Gerow, a longtime conservative activist, said he will run for governor of Pennsylvania, formally joining the field of candidates vying for the Republican Party's nomination next year. Gerow, 66, runs a communications and marketing firm in...

Aide says former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge had stroke

Jun. 16, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home in suburban Washington, D.C., a longtime aide to the former Pennsylvania governor said. Ridge was taken by ambulance from the home in Bethesda, Maryland, to...

Veto-bound mixed-drink to-go bill passes Pennsylvania Senate

Jun. 16, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that substantially expands which outlets can sell bottles or cans of mixed hard alcohol drinks to go, although Democrats called it a poison pill that will kill other provisions designed to help...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 16, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Awful ‘audit’ idea hatched by GOP in Pa. It seemed only a matter of time before Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania hopped on the “election audit” bandwagon. Turns out, they’ve...

Mixed drinks to-go legislation in peril in Pennsylvania

Jun. 15, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday suggested that he will veto a bill that would allow thousands of retailers with licenses to sell beer and wine to begin selling cans of mixed hard alcohol drinks to go, including convenience stores and grocery stores. ...

Pennsylvania's COVID-19 emergency declaration formally ends

Jun. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration on Tuesday certified the results of the May primary election, bringing a formal end to the disaster emergency declaration that the Democrat first issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Acting Secretary of...

Bill to let Philly voters recall elected officials gets vote

Jun. 15, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphians would be able to hold an election to remove elected officials under a bill the House State Government Committee advanced Tuesday on party lines. Until the meeting, the Republican-sponsored bill had applied to the state's governor,...

Republican election bill pushed ahead over Dems' objections

Jun. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans on a legislative committee Tuesday pushed out a multifaceted proposal to revamp Pennsylvania election law, a bill that backers said would make needed improvements and standardize procedures. Democrats were dead set against it,...