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.

Redistricting is now in the courts. See all of the Pa. congressional maps submitted to them

By: - January 27, 2022

Lawyers for lawmakers and good government groups argued in court Thursday over who had the best map to divide Pennsylvania in to 17 new congressional districts. The state is shedding a congressional seat in the decennial redraw because of slow population growth. On Sunday, the Commonwealth Court will pick one map for the coming decade […]

Wolf vetoes GOP congressional map, courts to pick Pa.’s redistricting plan

By: - January 27, 2022

'The people of Pennsylvania deserve a fair election map that promotes accountability and responsiveness to voters and is drawn in an open and honest way,' Wolf said in his veto message.

$225M in federal COVID-19 relief slated for Pa. health care workers

By: and - January 26, 2022

The proposal, revealed in the Senate on Tuesday and expected to pass the House on Wednesday, will allocate $225 million in federal pandemic relief money to Pennsylvania health care workers.

Patient limits for nurses has majority support, but won’t advance in Harrisburg. Why?

By: - January 25, 2022

The culprit is legislative rules that have troubled reformers and advocates in many fields, not just health care.

Courts likely to pick Pa. congressional map after Wolf, Legislature fall short

By: and - January 24, 2022

(*This story was updated at 6:04 p.m. 1/24/22 with comment from state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York and 9:03 p.m. with comment from Gov. Tom Wolf.) Despite some last-minute intrigue, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate on Monday passed a new congressional redistricting plan along party lines, 29-20, sending it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. But Wolf […]

Senators interrogate Wolf map at hearing, though no one could speak for it

By: - January 21, 2022

Lawmakers left a hearing on Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed congressional map with more questions than answers on Friday afternoon.

In final year, Wolf touts multi-billion surplus; but projections depict gloomy fiscal future

By: - January 20, 2022

This sign of economic strength, Wolf said, was a direct result of his “progressive” policy agenda, which has resulted in $2.8 billion more in education spending, lower prison populations, and more government funding for economic development and health care.

Pa.’s political calendar disrupted by leg. redistricting; Lawsuit asks state court to clean it up

By: - January 20, 2022

The suit, filed in Commonwealth Court on Thursday, is the first effort to rectify the misaligned timelines to finalize and implement the state’s legislative maps, and for candidates to successfully get on the ballot for the May 17 primary election.

Pa. creeps closer to map deadline without final lines in place

By: - January 19, 2022

This outcome has looked increasingly clear for weeks, and has prompted an unprecedented number of questions for political hopefuls and campaign professionals of both parties as they attempt to navigate the early months of a key midterm election cycle.

Pa. to get $1.6B in new bridge funding from feds, though toll plans still on amid funding shortfalls

By: and - January 18, 2022

Pennsylvania will get $1.6 billion in extra federal funding over the next five years to fix more than 3,000 bridges across the commonwealth.  The funding comes from $26.5 billion in funds for distressed bridges authorized under the recent infrastructure law. The law will also waive the requirement that states and local governments provide matching funds, […]

Where to draw the lines in Black, Latino communities at center of Pa. legislative map fight

By: - January 17, 2022

Some leaders in communities of color have raised concerns that the proposed House map may, intentionally or not, dilute their voices.

Pa.’s bitter, chaotic redistricting cycle likely to reach crescendo in court

By: - January 12, 2022

To be sure, they are giving it a go. New state House and Senate maps could be approved as soon as next week by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission under constitutionally required deadlines.