Author

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Laura Olson covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

Bridges, buses, bypasses, and more: All the Pa. projects included in U.S. House Dems’ $547B transportation bill

By: - June 9, 2021

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District, submitted four projects tallying exactly $20 million. All four of those proposals for road work and bridge replacements were selected.

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness

By: - June 7, 2021

Statutes in five states, including Georgia and Florida, will go into effect July 1.

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

By: - June 2, 2021

The administration said it's “pulling out all the stops” on a national month of action focused on getting more people vaccinated.

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd’s family

By: - May 25, 2021

“Indeed, that change is coming true,” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: On Capitol Hill, pols from Pa., nationwide jostle for federal transportation cash

By: and - May 23, 2021

Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District., put in for $5.5 million to resurface a stretch of US-222 in Berks County, while Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District., is seeking $5 million to add a lane to a stretch of that same road, just five miles away.

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

By: - May 13, 2021

The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated to continue wearing a face mask when indoors with anyone not vaccinated or when in large-group settings. 

Law enforcement officials from Pa., Md. urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

By: - May 12, 2021

In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said there’s been a 437 percent increase in the last year in the number of ghost guns recovered. 

Pittsburgh, Philly to share in federal recovery cash rolling out states, cities & counties

By: - May 11, 2021

The funds will boost the budgets of not just states but thousands of U.S. cities and counties—unlike the first pandemic relief bill passed in 2020, which gave money to only states and larger local governments.

‘The system denies our humanity’: Congressional panel hears heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism

By: - May 8, 2021

Black birthing people are three times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death when compared to their white counterparts.

States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds

By: - May 4, 2021

Biden also will call on states to be prepared to expand access to younger Americans, with an application from Pfizer expected to be approved as soon as next week that would allow that shot to be given to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15.

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

By: - April 29, 2021

Biden in his first address to a joint session of Congress touted quick results from the massive relief package enacted last month to help heal lingering economic wounds from the pandemic.

Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats

By: - April 28, 2021

States key to Biden’s victory, such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, are set to lose congressional districts, while Colorado, which also backed Biden, will pick up another seat.