Latest Pennsylvania state government News

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...

FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Interim Supervisor of Victim Services, looks on after getting introduced, during a press conference at the District Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Johnson-Harrell, a former state representative, faces three months in a Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs.   (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to stealing from charity

Jan. 23, 2020 12:08 PM EST

A former state representative faces three months in the Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs. Former Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell entered the pleas in Philadelphia, more...

Governor to ask for more money to improve human services

Jan. 22, 2020 6:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers for an extra $40 million-plus to help improve services for the vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and expand direct care services to more disabled people who are on a waiting list. The request for money is designed...

Speculation grows about Pennsylvania House speaker's future

Jan. 22, 2020 5:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, the most prominent fiscal and social conservative in state government, will hold a news conference Thursday amid speculation in the Capitol this week that he will leave the powerful office after five years. Turzai, a Republican, had repeatedly...