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.

Wolf calls for a compact, proportional congressional map; and he wants to see the Legislature’s notes

By: - November 24, 2021

Wolf also called for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to  “include an explanation of specific decisions, such as the communities of interest and how they were defined and the factors that led to the creation of a majority-minority districts.”

Crompton concedes; GOP takes three of four statewide judicial races

By: - November 23, 2021

The Republican candidate in the last contested statewide race conceded on Tuesday, leaving the GOP as winners in three of the four statewide judicial races on the Nov. 2 ballot. In a tweet early Tuesday afternoon, Republican Drew Crompton, a Commonwealth Court judge appointed in 2019 who was running for a full, 10- year term, […]

Activist announces independent run against 20-term western Pa. Democratic lawmaker

By: - November 22, 2021

Independent Zarah Livingston says it's time for a change: Incumbent Rep. Anthony DeLuca has held the seat 'longer than I've been alive.'

Pa. teachers pension fund’s top two officials stepping down next month

By: - November 18, 2021

Executive Director Glen Grell, and Chief Investment Officer, Jim Grossman will bow out of their formal positions in December, the agency said Thursday.

Wolf says he opposes Pa. House bill tightening rules on nonprofit bail funds

By: - November 18, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says it opposes a controversial bill that passed the Pennsylvania House this week that would regulate nonprofit bail funds as for-profit bail bondsmen.  In an email Wednesday evening, Wolf spokesperson Elizabeth Rementer said that the bill would create barriers to the nonprofit groups, which collect community donations to pay to free […]

Pa. House sends permitless concealed carry bill to Wolf’s desk, who promises veto

By: - November 16, 2021

Twenty-one states already have relaxed their gun laws to allow for concealed carry without a permit.

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.