2022-23 Fiscal Year Begins, PA Still Without Budget
2022-23 Fiscal Year Begins, PA Still Without Budget

The 2022-23 fiscal year is officially underway, however, there is still no budget for the state of Pennsylvania as lawmakers failed to meet this week’s June 30 deadline.  

State Officials Highlight Responsible Celebration for July 4
State Officials Highlight Responsible Celebration for July 4

According to PennDOT, there were over 130 alcohol-related crashes from July 2 to July 5, 2021, resulting in six fatalities, as well as 48 drug-related crashes, resulting in four fatalities.  

PA Lawmakers Behind Schedule as Budget Deadline Comes to a Close
PA Lawmakers Behind Schedule as Budget Deadline Comes to a Close

Today is the deadline for Pennsylvania lawmakers to finalize the next fiscal budget. However, today's deadline is unlikely to be met. The state budget determines the funding for various state agencies, organizations, public schools...

Republican Proposal Would Let Voters Determine Future of Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
Republican Proposal Would Let Voters Determine Future of Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

A proposed state constitutional amendment in Pennsylvania would let voters decide the future of tax-payer funded abortions. The process is the only way for lawmakers, opposed to abortion, to bypass the governor’s veto pen.

Republicans, Families of Fentanyl Overdose Victims, Look to Crack Down on "Poison Pushers"
Republicans, Families of Fentanyl Overdose Victims, Look to Crack Down on "Poison Pushers"

Lawmakers, families of fentanyl poisoning victims, and advocates say the current laws don’t go far enough. New legislation would establish a 25-year minimum sentence for dealers charged with supplying a deadly dose of fentanyl.  

PA Dems Host Rally Condemning SCOTUS Decision
PA Dems Host Rally Condemning SCOTUS Decision

This morning, Democratic lawmakers condemned Friday’s Supreme Court decision with a large rally inside the Capitol. Today was the first day House lawmakers were in Harrisburg since Friday’s decision which returns abortion to the states.

Gov. Wolf and 2022 Candidates React to SCOTUS Decision, Emphasize Importance of Election
Gov. Wolf and 2022 Candidates React to SCOTUS Decision, Emphasize Importance of Election

This morning’s decision from the Supreme Court means the future of abortion access will be decided by the individual states. In Pennsylvania, abortion is currently legal up until the 24th week of pregnancy, with exceptions...

PA Officials Offer Firework Safety Reminders Ahead of July 4
PA Officials Offer Firework Safety Reminders Ahead of July 4

Officials in Pennsylvania are giving some firework safety tips for the Fourth of July, now just over a week away. This morning, Acting Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Charles McGarvey said fireworks are not toys, and to always use caution. 

PA House Democrats Target Corporate Inflation, Republicans Focused on Root Causes
PA House Democrats Target Corporate Inflation, Republicans Focused on Root Causes

This morning, the House Democratic Policy Committee unveiled efforts to fight corporate inflation and price gouging. The committee held a hearing, “Ending Corporate Inflation.”

PA Democrats, Advocates Seek Increase In Child Care Funding
PA Democrats, Advocates Seek Increase In Child Care Funding

Today, child care advocates and Democratic lawmakers said more funding is needed to address the child care crisis. Their message for Republicans comes just days before 2022-23 budget deadline.

Social Workers, Advocates Call on PA Lawmakers to Support Proposed Budget Increase
Social Workers, Advocates Call on PA Lawmakers to Support Proposed Budget Increase

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed his final state budget, which includes a sizable increase for social workers and mental health services. As budget negotiations and compromises take shape before the Jun 30 deadline advocates hope the money will stay.

PA Officials Warn of Veteran Pension Scam
PA Officials Warn of Veteran Pension Scam

There are roughly 800,000 Pennsylvania veterans. Roughly 70 percent are over the age of 55. Pennsylvania’s large elderly veteran population makes the commonwealth a prime target for scammers.

Legislation to Give More Local Control Over Waterway Improvements Passes PA House
Legislation to Give More Local Control Over Waterway Improvements Passes PA House

This week, several bills giving local officials and landowners more authority to address waterway improvements passed the House. The bills were the result of frustration among landowners and farmers in the northern tier.

PA is the Only State Where Municipal Police Cannot Use Radar Speed Enforcement
PA is the Only State Where Municipal Police Cannot Use Radar Speed Enforcement

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where municipal police are unable to use radar technology to enforce speed limits. Local police departments, township and city officials, and some state lawmakers have been trying to change that for years.  

Protecting Your Privacy: What's Being Done to Update Data Privacy Laws in PA
Protecting Your Privacy: What's Being Done to Update Data Privacy Laws in PA

It's free-range for big tech companies when it comes to collecting your data. We use our phones and devices to connect, communicate, shop, work, and so much more. As we use our devices, companies are using our activity and data to make a major profit. 

Opponents to Interstate Bridge Tolling Speak Up
Opponents to Interstate Bridge Tolling Speak Up

Opponents to bridge tolls are speaking out three weeks after a preliminary injunction by a Commonwealth Court judge which temporarily halted PennDOT’s plans to toll nine candidate bridges.  

Home and Community-Based Service Recipients, Providers Warn Against State Proposal
Home and Community-Based Service Recipients, Providers Warn Against State Proposal

Today, home and community-based care providers and recipients spoke out against a proposed care model that they say would limit care options and quality.

Emergency Medical Providers Seeking Long-Term Solutions to EMS Crisis in PA
Emergency Medical Providers Seeking Long-Term Solutions to EMS Crisis in PA

We’re usually the ones calling them for help, but today it was emergency medical professionals calling on the state Legislature for relief. In 2021, 1,200 EMS agencies and companies in Pennsylvania were called for service nearly 2.5 million times

PA Prepares for 2026: The 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
PA Prepares for 2026: The 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

It’s never too early to start preparing for a major celebration. Especially when it’s the 250th birthday of the United States.  

Gov. Wolf Calls on General Assembly for $2,000 Stimulus Payments: "Now Is The Time to Act"
Gov. Wolf Calls on General Assembly for $2,000 Stimulus Payments: "Now Is The Time to Act"

Today in Pittsburgh, Governor Tom Wolf called on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would provide up to $2,000 in direct stimulus payments for households with an income of $80,000 or less. 

Advocates Rally for Lawmaker Gift Ban in PA
Advocates Rally for Lawmaker Gift Ban in PA

This week, the push for a gift ban continued with the advocacy group March On Harrisburg calling on party leaders to allow a vote on a gift-ban bill

Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Professionals Deadline Tonight
Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Professionals Deadline Tonight

According to the CDC, national overdose deaths hit a record high of over 107,000 in 2021. As opioid overdose deaths continue to rise across the country and the state, so has turnover of substance use disorder (SUD) professionals.  

Acting Secretary of State to Order Recount in Oz-McCormick Race
Acting Secretary of State to Order Recount in Oz-McCormick Race

Pennsylvania's top election official issued notice of a recount for the May 17 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. As of today, all 67 counties have reported their unofficial returns, which show Dr. Mehmet Oz leading Dave McCormick by 902 votes. 

Long-Term Care Industry in PA Lost 20% of Workforce Since Start of Pandemic
Long-Term Care Industry in PA Lost 20% of Workforce Since Start of Pandemic

According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, long-term care in Pennsylvania has lost nearly 20-percent of its workforce since the start of the pandemic. 
Long-term care workers and advocates raised their voices about a serious workforce shortage

Educate to Combat Hate: Advocates Rally for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Educate to Combat Hate: Advocates Rally for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This month is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month. To mark the annual event, the group Make Us Visible PA held a rally to advocate and educate today in Harrisburg. 

Shapiro weighs in on education funding trial, files amicus brief
Shapiro weighs in on education funding trial, files amicus brief

This week, Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed an amicus brief supporting petitioners in the education funding trial.  

Even with Higher Temperatures, COVID-19 Cases Still Increasing in PA
Even with Higher Temperatures, COVID-19 Cases Still Increasing in PA

Even though temperatures are rising, COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are not decreasing. 
Today, Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Denise Johnson said this upward trend is due to new, highly transmissible Omicron variants. 

Breaking Down the Candidates for PA Governor
Breaking Down the Candidates for PA Governor

Here are the candidates for Pennsylvania governor voters can expect to see on their ballot tomorrow.

All Eyes on Election for Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Advocates
All Eyes on Election for Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Advocates

Since the leaked opinion from the Supreme Court, pro-choice advocates have been protesting and rallying around the country. In Harrisburg, protesters don't plan to quit fighting any time soon.

PA Dept. of State: Nearly 450,000 Mail-In, Absentee Ballots Already Received
PA Dept. of State: Nearly 450,000 Mail-In, Absentee Ballots Already Received

Nearly 450,000 mail-in and absentee ballots have already been received by county boards of election offices, according to Acting Secretary of State Chapman. There were over 900,000 requests for mail-in and absentee ballots up until the May 10 deadline.