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.

GOP opposition to proposed Wolf regs on carbon pricing; charter schools could shape coming months

By: and - April 7, 2022

Wolf, who has long called for charter school reform and a raise to the minimum wage, celebrated the commission’s decision, pushing back against accusations from Republicans by telling the commission the regulations are not outside of its jurisdiction.

State appeals court blocks Pa. carbon pricing scheme for power generators

By: - April 5, 2022

A Pennsylvania appeals court has blocked a carbon pricing plan from taking effect. In an unsigned, one-page order issued Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court said that the plan, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, could not take effect pending a full order from the court. The decision was first reported by the Associated Press. […]

Doug Mastriano speaks at an event

The platforms are the same, but strategies differ for Pa. 2022 GOP governor hopefuls

By: - April 1, 2022

In a likely first, all nine GOP hopefuls were in the same place Friday for an annual conservative conclave.

Wolf signs bill to extending waivers of some state regulations until at least June 30

By: - April 1, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf once again signed into law this week an extension of the suspension of more than 240 state regulations. The bill, which passed the General Assembly unanimously, will keep in place waivers that govern everything from professional licensing to unemployment hearings until June 30, 2022. This is the third regulatory suspension approved by […]

Now a defender of personal freedom, Mastriano wanted to lift privacy rules in pandemic’s early days

By: - April 1, 2022

In statements no longer available on his Senate website, the GOP governor hopeful said HIPAA regulations 'are threatening the lives of our citizens.'

Carol Kuniholm, of the reform group, Fair Districts PA, speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol on Wednesday, 3/30/22 (Capital-Star Photo by Stephen Caruso).

Advocates ask for rewrite of Pa. Legislature’s rules to prioritize bipartisan bills

By: - March 30, 2022

House GOP leadership said the calls for reform came from 'participation trophy liberals.'

Harrisburg is set for a makeover amid retirement wave and a busy primary season

By: - March 29, 2022

A total of 37 lawmakers are calling it quits this year, leaving some hotly contested openings in races around the state.

Two GOP hopefuls ask for Mastriano; running mate Daniels to be civil in 2022 primary

By: - March 24, 2022

In a Thursday video, lieutenant governor contenders Jeff Coleman and Chris Frye called on fellow aspirant Teddy Daniels to stop making personal attacks against his opponents in online videos.

How Pa. teachers’ pensions fit into the feud between Oz, McCormick

By: - March 24, 2022

The argument goes something like this: Starting in 2012, PSERS, which pays for 500,000 former teachers, principals, and other school employees retirements, decided to make a new investment in Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based financial services firm that McCormick worked at from 2009 until 2022 — first as president, then as CEO.

Four GOP gov. candidates demand Republican moderator, no yes or no q’s for primary debates

By: - March 22, 2022

Representatives of the four campaigns told the Capital-Star that the letter’s debate criteria only applied to the May primary.

Pa. Democrat proposes study of four-day work week for state employees

By: - March 21, 2022

Rep. Chris Rabb said he wanted a cost-benefit analysis of such a schedule to “enhance state government’s efficacy.”

Little has changed for Pennsylvania election officials, voters heading into 2022

By: - March 18, 2022

The same challenges, such as limited state funding and limited time to process mail-in ballots, remain unresolved.