Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings

Jun. 17, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawmakers from Philadelphia called for increased action from state and city officials Monday to stem a rising tide of gun violence that included a fatal shooting when someone sprayed gunfire into a high school graduation party at a public park. The bloody weekend comes as Philadelphia's...

Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill

Jun. 17, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey waded into a budget fight in Pennsylvania on Monday over substantially expanding state taxpayer support for private and religious schools that is stoking pushback from public school advocates. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto the measure, but Toomey,...

Pennsylvania has a surplus, and lots of budget patches, too

Jun. 16, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In Pennsylvania, good fiscal times may not necessarily mean good fiscal condition. The rage in the state Capitol right now is the surplus that state government rolled up in the almost-ended fiscal year, helped by unexpectedly strong corporate and sales tax collections. That news...

Judge: UPMC's 5-year deal with Highmark can't be extended

Jun. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 5-year-old agreement between two Pittsburgh-based health care conglomerates can't be extended through litigation past its June 30 expiration date, a Pennsylvania judge said Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson wrote that a clause in the 2014 consent decree involving UPMC...

Wolf tells group he'll fight for cash assistance program

Jun. 14, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

MOUNT WOLF, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is telling demonstrators that he'll fight Republican resistance to a Depression-era program in his budget proposal that provides a $200-a-month cash benefit for the poor who are disabled or otherwise unable to work. Wolf, a Democrat, spoke with demonstrators from the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jun. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: IT'S TIME, FINALLY, TO RAISE PENNSYLVANIA'S MINIMUM WAGE Easton Express Times, June 9 Wait, did we hear that correctly? A handful of Republican legislators in Harrisburg are saying this budget season might be the time to raise Pennsylvania's woefully deficient minimum wage....

GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

Jun. 12, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are refusing to commit to the millions of dollars sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties buttress election security by replacing their voting machines before 2020's presidential elections. Republicans who control...

Senate panel votes to end most annual car emissions tests

Jun. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal is advancing that would end mandatory annual emissions inspections for Pennsylvania vehicles that are less than 9 years old. Pennlive.com reports the state Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted 9 to 5 to end the requirement, which costs about $40 on average....

Governor to veto $100M private schools bill in Pennsylvania

Jun. 12, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to substantially expand taxpayer support by $100 million for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania. Wednesday's statement from Wolf's office comes a day after the Senate...

$100M private schools bill starts budget season fight

Jun. 11, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to substantially expand taxpayer support for private and religious schools in Pennsylvania won passage Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, although Gov. Tom Wolf is signaling that he will block it. The public dust-up ramps up a fight between supporters of...