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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 reacts to Shapiro’s budget address

BY: and - February 6, 2024

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget proposal drew reactions from across the political spectrum on Tuesday, with praise and criticism for his plans for education, economic development, transit and a host of other items.

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 […]

Pa. Senate’s GOP leaders express support for Texas Gov. Abbott’s border measures

BY: and - January 26, 2024

Pennsylvania Senate Republican leaders on Friday voiced their support for the controversial methods Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is using to prevent people from entering his state along a portion of its border with Mexico. His methods conflict with federal efforts to enforce immigration laws. Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), Majority Leader Joe Pittman […]

Stranded legislation: Pa. lawmakers in both chambers lament lack of consensus

BY: - November 29, 2023

State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) had introduced the Fairness Act, to extend Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination law to LGBTQ+ people, in every legislative session since 2001 before it passed in the state House this spring. Five months after lawmakers sent House Bill 300 to the Republican-controlled Senate with a bipartisan 102-98 vote, the historic legislation remains on […]

Court blocks Pa.’s entrance into multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program

BY: - November 1, 2023

The Commonwealth Court ruled on Wednesday that Pennsylvania cannot enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state initiative to limit carbon emissions, saying it violates the state Constitution. 

The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Pa. is still without a final budget. What does the impasse mean for state, county programs?

BY: and - July 14, 2023

Here’s what to know about the impasse and what a late budget means for Pennsylvania programs:

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Pittman: Hundreds of millions in state funding could be at risk without more budget bills

BY: - July 12, 2023

Meanwhile, the leader for House Democrats urged the Senate to advance an already-passed $45.5B spending plan.

Pa.’s largest coal plant is retiring. Could it transition to renewables?

BY: - May 15, 2023

Homer City Generating Station has been used to delay environmental regulations. Could the infamous site become a symbol for the just transition?

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Pa. House Speaker Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Sure the budget jockeying is interesting. But don’t forget it impacts real people | Ray E. Landis

BY: - May 8, 2023

The one-vote majority Democrats hold in the lower chamber could also be more a curse than a blessing in budget negotiations.

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

Pa. collected $5.7B in taxes in April, new state data show | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 3, 2023

State revenues continue to grow as the June 30 budget deadline closes in.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, speaks during the Whole-Home Repairs Act Rally held on the Capitol steps on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

‘For every Pennsylvanian’: Pa. Senate Dems release 2023 priorities list | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 24, 2023

'We share a strong belief that our government can -- and must -- level the playing field,' Senate Democrats said.