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Sarah Anne Hughes

Sarah Anne Hughes

Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes covers the governor and Pennsylvania's agencies. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for Billy Penn and The Incline, and a 2018 corps member for Report for America. She was previously managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post.

Could this be the year Pennsylvania lawmakers ban LGBTQ discrimination?

By: - February 11, 2019

The legislation, nicknamed the Fairness Act, has never been brought up for a vote. This year could be different.

Report: 37,000+ cancer diagnoses made because of Pa.’s Medicaid expansion

By: - February 8, 2019

It’s been four years since Gov. Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid access to low-income adults. Since then, 1.4 million people have been covered, and Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has fallen to 5.5 percent. That’s the lowest in the commonwealth’s history, state Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said Friday. During a Capitol news conference, the agency […]

Higher teacher salaries sound appealing, but can districts afford them long term?

By: and - February 8, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal contains a provision that’s hard to argue with, at least on the surface: higher salaries for teachers. In his 2019-20 budget, Wolf provides nearly $14 million to bump up salaries in districts where teachers make less than $45,000 per year to start. According to state Department of Education records, 178 […]

The controversial fee on Pennsylvania State Police coverage, explained

By: - February 8, 2019

Like diamonds and a mother's love, some things are timeless — including the perennial fight over a proposed fee on Pennsylvania municipalities that rely solely on State Police.

This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The Wolf administration wants to copy that success

By: - February 7, 2019

In his Tuesday budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf focused on ways to get Pennsylvanians into good-paying jobs, from more investment in early education to revamped workforce programs. He also highlighted the work of Misericordia, a 2,879-student liberal arts university in Northeastern Pa. The school “is home to one of only eight programs in the country that […]

Gov. Tom Wolf wants a higher minimum wage and more money for teachers — with no new taxes

By: - February 5, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum wage, increase the base salary for teachers, and invest heavily in workforce development.

Pennsylvania budget season starts today. Here’s what you need to know

By: - February 5, 2019

Getting a budget passed is complicated, but the end result should be: spending = revenue.