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Marley Parish

Marley Parish

A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.

In final budget address, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces $43.7B spending proposal

By: and - February 8, 2022

“We are no longer digging out of a hole. We’re ready to build,” Wolf, who vowed to leave Pennsylvania with a budget surplus at the end of his term, said during a joint session of the House and Senate.

Pa. Senate panel approves bill that would call for U.S. Constitutional convention

By: - February 8, 2022

Seventeen states, primarily in the south where the GOP holds the majority, have called for a convention, meeting the halfway point to trigger the meeting.

Pa. Senate committee takes up legalizing adult-use cannabis in initial legislative hearing

By: - February 7, 2022

The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hold another hearing on adult-use cannabis within the next month.

Pa. Senate committee OKs turnpike reform legislation

By: - February 7, 2022

The Senate Transportation Committee approved a package of bills reforming the turnpike’s tolling system and financial reporting, with lawmakers hoping they will deter additional losses and make using the highway system more convenient for motorists.

Montgomery County Democrat Val Arkoosh suspends U.S. Senate campaign

By: - February 4, 2022

'My name may not be on the ballot, but make no mistake, I will still be fighting every day to help win this election,' she said.

Pa. Gov. Wolf vetoes GOP-authored local gun law preemption bill

By: - February 3, 2022

Wolf called the bill “an attack on local governments who take action to find common sense solutions to gun violence."

Bipartisan coalition discuss accountability in the 2022 political cycle, tracking election deniers

By: - February 2, 2022

States United Action — a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for election integrity — recently launched an online tool, dubbed “Replacing the Refs,” to track 2022 candidates for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state who have rejected the 2020 election results.

‘We should not do nothing.’ Gov. Tom Wolf unveils $1.7B spending plan for federal relief money

By: - February 2, 2022

The proposal, which has support from House and Senate Democrats and comes less than a week ahead of Wolf’s expected 2022-23 budget address, would use American Rescue Plan money allocated to Pennsylvania last year to help with pandemic recovery, business and worker support, and climate action.

‘This is not sustainable’: Pa. educators detail staffing shortage, urge legislative relief

By: - February 1, 2022

Before the pandemic, there was already a growing staffing shortage, especially among classroom substitutes, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated educational challenges.

Pa. Democrats unveil $3.75B education spending blueprint ahead of budget season

By: - January 31, 2022

The proposal would use $2.75 billion out of the general fund and $1 billion from unspent federal American Rescue Plan funds allocated to Pennsylvania last year.

Pa. poised to see $1B from national opioid settlement, with all 67 counties signing on

By: - January 27, 2022

By the Wednesday night deadline, all 67 counties, including 241 local governments, opted to join the $26 billion opioid agreement with three of the country’s largest pharmaceutical providers — Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen — and manufacturer Johnson & Johnson over their role in fueling the nationwide opioid crisis.

$225M in federal COVID-19 relief slated for Pa. health care workers

By: and - January 26, 2022

The proposal, revealed in the Senate on Tuesday and expected to pass the House on Wednesday, will allocate $225 million in federal pandemic relief money to Pennsylvania health care workers.