Governments can erase medical debt for pennies on the dollar — and some are

BY: - February 17, 2024

Earlier this month, Gov. Josh Shapiro unveiled a budget proposal that would set aside $4 million to purchase and pay off the debt of Pennsylvanians with low incomes. A disproportionate number of the 1 million state residents who owe money to health care providers live in rural areas, according to Shapiro.

‘The need is great’ for money to pay public defenders, Shapiro says after proposing $10M increase

BY: - February 12, 2024

Gov. Josh Shapiro said Monday it will take more than the $17.5 million he proposed in the next budget to adequately fund public defenders.

Philly Dems say boost for SEPTA just one of highlights for city in Shapiro’s budget proposal

BY: - February 7, 2024

In addition to SEPTA funding, Philadelphia state House Democrats lauded the proposed investments into education and gun violence prevention programs during a press conference on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Gov. Shapiro proposes $48 billion budget with focus on education, economy, and people

BY: , and - February 6, 2024

Shapiro noted that even if every one of the proposals in his budget passes, the state would still have an $11 billion surplus at the end of June 2025.

What will Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro say in his second budget address?

BY: - February 5, 2024

But some unachieved goals of his first year in office are likely to make a second appearance in this year's pitch to the General Assembly on his vision for the 2024-25 state budget. Raising the minimum wage and school vouchers are among the initiatives Shapiro has signaled he will revisit.

Gov. Shapiro plans to propose $282.8 million in new funding for Pennsylvania transit agencies in 2024-25 budget

BY: - January 28, 2024

Gov. Josh Shapiro plans to propose $282.8 million for public transit in his 2024-25 budget, a 1.75% increase in Pennsylvania’s share of funding toward its mass transit systems, and nearly $1.5 billion in new state funding over the next five years. According to the Inquirer, which first reported the news, that funding will come from an […]

School vouchers on conservative group’s budget wishlist for Gov. Shapiro

BY: - January 24, 2024

A conservative Pennsylvania policy group said expanded educational choice should be part of the mix of options to improve access to quality education as Gov. Josh Shapiro and lawmakers respond to a court ruling on educational equality in the next state budget. Nathan Benefield, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Foundation, said in a call […]

Advocates who won Pa. education lawsuit call for a $2 billion ‘down payment’ on fair funding

BY: - January 4, 2024

As state officials prepare a report on education inequity, advocates say they're prepared to go back to court to enforce fair funding order.