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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is the Capital-Star's House reporter. He previously covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter. You can reach him at 845-891-4306.

Pa. barbers, salons to get $20M in belated pandemic relief

By: - August 19, 2021

The $20 million comes from a pool of $370 million in federal stimulus money allocated to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in the 2021-22 budget. He signed the spending plan into law at the end of June.

Pa. Democrats’ constituencies are growing. How does that impact 2022?

By: - August 18, 2021

“This leadership team … recognizes that if we have fair districts, Democrats will win. We don’t need gerrymandered Democratic districts, and frankly we don’t want that,” Democratic strategist Joe Corrigan said.

Pa. has long been a home for refugees. Will Afghans be the next to find shelter here?

By: - August 17, 2021

Advocates and lawmakers said this week that Pennsylvania could — and should — continue that tradition as a safe haven for Afghans.

Prison guards sue, other unions bargain over Wolf’s vaccine policy for state workers

By: - August 12, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, 8/12/21, with additional information about PSCOA and comment from Temple University epidemiologist Krys Johnson, and at 4:05 p.m. with additional comment from PSCOA) The unions representing state workers in Pennsylvania have faced a choice in dealing with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new policy ordering tens of thousands […]

With $370M in COVID relief to spend, Wolf looking at vaccine incentives

By: - August 12, 2021

Pennsylvania’s vaccination rate is currently hovering around 60 percent, and the number of people who are fully vaccinated in recent weeks has slowed.

Top Senate leader announces all expenses will be publicly available next month

By: and - August 11, 2021

All Senate expenses will be available online starting Sept. 1, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman announced Wednesday.

House panel hears ‘controversial’ bill that would grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants

By: - August 11, 2021

Advocates said the proposal would make the lives of license-less undocumented immigrants easier.

On 2-year anniv. of Pa’s healthcare exchange, officials urge uninsured residents to sign up for coverage

By: - August 11, 2021

State House Speaker Bryan Cutler and the Wolf administration celebrated the two-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s state health care exchange on Wednesday, while encouraging uninsured Pennsylvanians to sign up for subsidized coverage. In 2019, the General Assembly passed, with just a single dissenting vote, a bill to create a state-run health care marketplace under the Affordable […]

State hospital, prison employees must be vaccinated or face weekly COVID tests under new policy

By: - August 10, 2021

Starting Sept. 7, if workers in these facilities do not get vaccinated, they must take weekly tests for the virus. The tests will be at no cost to the employee, and will mostly take place on site, the administration said.

W.Pa U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb announces 2022 bid for U.S. Senate

By: - August 6, 2021

In a video released Friday morning, the 37-year-old western Pennsylvania Democrat announced a bid to take over the seat currently held by the retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Lehigh County.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, a Pa. native, dies, age 72

By: - August 5, 2021

Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, died Thursday morning at age 72.

GOP 2022 gubernatorial hopefuls spar over Pa. vote by-mail law

By: - August 5, 2021

In the lead up to the 2022 governor’s race, some Pennsylvania Republican hopefuls are reaching for a new way to question conservative credentials — did their rival vote to approve no-excuse mail-in ballots?