State officials ask for feedback on broadband plan | Five for the weekend
The plan outlines how the commonwealth will disperse more than a billion dollars in federal funding for broadband infrastructure and development projects.
Pa. unemployment rate drops to record low of 3.8% in June | Five for the Weekend
The commonwealth’s June 2023 unemployment rate is one-half of a percentage point below its June 2022 rate of 4.3%, state data shows.
An update on the state budget impasse | Five for the Weekend
The impasse, caused by disagreement over a proposal to fund private school tuition vouchers with taxpayer dollars, is still ongoing, and with lawmakers not scheduled to return to Harrisburg until mid-September, shows no signs of progress any time soon.
ICYMI: The biggest headlines from budget negotiations this week | Five for the Weekend
Lawmakers and state officials have quarreled over the inclusion of a $100 million for a school voucher program in the budget, which Shapiro promised this week to line-item veto in an effort to compromise with Democrats opposed to the vouchers.
Bill to add PHMC, PEMA reps to State Planning Board passes House | Five for the Weekend
The bill, HB 1231, passed the House on Wednesday in a 128-75 vote, and would add a representative from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) to the State Planning Board.
Pa. House unanimously passes bill combating maternal morbidity | Five for the Weekend
The bill, which was reintroduced this session by state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, adds “severe maternal morbidity” to the list of reportable events within the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
‘From the farm to the table’: June is Dairy Month in Pa. | Five for the Weekend
The commonwealth's dairy industry supports more than 53,000 jobs, and contributes more than $14 billion to the economy, according to the Shapiro administration.
Schmidt: ‘No discrepancies’ found in audit of Pa. primary election | Five for the Weekend
The first statewide RLA was held in 2020 with the department issuing an order in November 2022, that directs counties to conduct pre-certification RLAs after every election.
Shapiro admin temporarily lists Xylazine as a controlled substance | Five for the Weekend
In 2017, xylazine contributed to 90 overdose deaths, but in 2021, it contributed to 575 overdose deaths across 30 counties – an increase of over 600% in just 5 years, according to the department.
After 34 years, Allegheny Co. borough exits Act 47 protection | Five for the Weekend
The exit 'proves that when you stay focused, committed and work together -- all things are possible," Rankin Borough Council President William H. Price III said.
4 important reads from the 2023 Pa. primary election | Five for the Weekend
Looking for a recap of the results from Tuesday's primary election?
Resources to prepare you for Pa.’s primary election | Five for the Weekend
With Pennsylvania's primary election just days away, the Capital-Star compiled a list of voting and coverage resources to help you cast your ballot.