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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.

Bail funds help the poor get out of jail. Advocates say a Pa. House bill could shut them down

By: - November 16, 2021

The General Assembly is also being lobbied by the bail industry's former top advocate, who is registered to work for four bail bond companies.

Dems stage walkout of House hearing on bills tightening public sector labor laws

By: - November 15, 2021

'This committee should be talking about ways to strengthen our workforce and getting people back to work,' Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne said.

Wolf admin denies legislative panel access to COVID death data, says it’s not a government agency

By: - November 12, 2021

The Wolf administration has ruled that a six-decade-old legislative committee is not a government agency, blocking its efforts to access 100 redacted death certificates for a study of COVID-19 data reporting. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, which sought the information, noted the administration’s ruling in a report it released this week.  The 12-member committee, […]

W.Pa. municipalities sue state to block PennDOT bridge tolling plan

By: - November 11, 2021

Three municipalities in Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs are suing PennDOT over a $2B plan to pay for the replacement of nine bridges with future toll revenue.

Pa. statewide judge race heads to recount, GOP requests another in Chester County

By: - November 10, 2021

The recount is the latest sign of the tightening in many races that appeared to be going well for Republicans on Election Night.

Top Pa. Senate Republican leader Jake Corman tests positive for COVID-19

By: and - November 10, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Wednesday morning.

Legislators at work? One in 5 laws enacted in Pa. this year renamed a bridge (or road)

By: - November 10, 2021

Much like legislation naming post offices to members of Congress, bills to name bridges and roads are a staple of slow legislative days in Harrisburg. The honorees range from military members and first responders who have died in the line of service to deceased lawmakers and local historical figures. But such legislation has made up […]

Beginning in January, Pa. K-12 schools can modify, terminate universal mask mandate

By: and - November 8, 2021

Starting in  January, Pennsylvania public schools will be able to modify or terminate the state’s universal mask mandate.

As Pa. Senate leader Corman preps GOP governor run, rival Mastriano explores idea

By: and - November 5, 2021

Their tandem entrance brings a Trump-tinged feud between two legislative colleagues to a key 2022 primary.

Fresh off 2021 wins, Pa. GOP eyes a bright midterm. Can Democrats stop them?

By: - November 4, 2021

“If someone was surprised, they shouldn't have been,” Muhlenberg College pollster Chris Borick said.

GOP triumphant in Pa. Supreme Court race; leads in three others

By: - November 3, 2021

Republicans look to have swept four open state appellate court seats in Tuesday’s election, as the Associated Press called two races for the GOP overnight, and their candidates lead in two more. The top prize was an open spot on the influential Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which Republican Kevin Brobson, who is currently president judge of […]

Mysterious texts discouraging voters befuddle politicos in Harrisburg mayoral race

By: - October 29, 2021

A mysterious text message campaign claiming to be from a Harrisburg mayoral candidate has sparked last minute confusion in a contentious municipal election. Numerous Harrisburg residents, including a Capital-Star reporter, have received texts in recent days from an individual who claims to be from Democratic mayoral candidate Wanda Williams’ campaign. The texter, who often uses […]