Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Democrats choose history professor for state Senate race

Oct. 20, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats have chosen a history professor as their candidate to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon Valley College associate professor Michael Schroeder was selected Sunday for the...

GOP prosecutor chosen to run for seat vacated by senator

Oct. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have chosen a prosecutor to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold easily outpaced four other candidates during Saturday's nomination...

Lawmaker facing child porn possession charges waives hearing

Oct. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned after being arrested on child pornography possession charges is waiving his preliminary hearing. Court records show that Republican Mike Folmer waived the hearing Friday. It had been scheduled for Oct. 31. No trial date has been...

Pennsylvania's Sept. jobless rate ticks up as payrolls slide

Oct. 18, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate ticked up in September, as payrolls slid slightly. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate bumped up one-tenth of a percentage point to 4%. It hit a four-decade low of 3.8% earlier this year. The...

State university leaders seek $100M to redesign system

Oct. 17, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The system overseeing more than a dozen Pennsylvania universities has unanimously voted to ask the state for up to $100 million over the next five years to further consolidate. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors approved the motion at a meeting...

Pennsylvania governor's OT expansion rule heads to a vote

Oct. 17, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is scaling back a proposal to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers in Pennsylvania, and his administration on Thursday put it on a path to a vote within weeks over the protests of business groups. Wolf's administration submitted its proposed...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Black boxes in cars must be priority Altoona Mirror Oct. 16 Most Pennsylvania motorists, at least the owners or leasers of many newer models, probably are unaware that their personal vehicles might be equipped with a...

Voting chief fires back against bid to derail ballot measure

Oct. 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top elections official defended the language of a constitutional amendment ballot question Wednesday and urged a state court to deny a pending request to stop it from going before voters next month. Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar filed her response to a...

Court upholds ex-Sen. Orie's convictions in elections case

Oct. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state senator's conviction for using government employees to work on political campaigns was upheld Tuesday by a panel of federal appeals judges. A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against former Sen. Jane Clare Orie, saying her second trial in 2012 did...

Governor says Pennsylvania will keep accepting refugees

Oct. 15, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor is telling President Donald Trump he won't be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday wrote Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say his state will continue to welcome those facing...