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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.

After budget whiff, census advocates again pitch state funding to Senate Republicans

By: - July 16, 2019

During a Monday hearing, experts described the potential costs of an undercount of Pennsylvania's estimated 12.8 million residents.

Republicans emphasize unity, 2020 as they tap Tabas as new state party chair

By: - July 13, 2019

During an hour-long session in a hotel ballroom, Republican activists tapped Lawrence Tabas, a well-known Philadelphia elections attorney and long-serving party general counsel, as their new chairman.

On the eve of Trump’s immigration raids, protesters call for shutdown of Berks Family Detention Center

By: - July 13, 2019

For 90 minutes, attendees chanted "Shame" and "Shut Down Berks" in both English and Spanish; sang songs, and heard stories of people who had been held in the detention center -- either separated or with their children.

How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers

By: - July 12, 2019

State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours of last month’s budget debate. According to a half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, some interviewed on the basis of anonymity to […]

State OKs medical marijuana use for anxiety, Tourette syndrome

By: - July 11, 2019

Individuals with anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome will be eligible to join Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program starting July 20, the state Health Department said Thursday. The two conditions now join the 21 existing diagnosis qualify for a medicinal weed prescription — including cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain and opioid use disorder in special cases. “I do […]

Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 Democratic candidate Tom Brier talks climate change, DePasquale

By: - July 11, 2019

The 27-year-old from Hershey has never run for office before. So he's going big out of the gate.

Conservative think-tank identifies $61 million in earmarks in state budget

By: - July 10, 2019

For 14 Pennsylvania counties, the end of the state budget also meant the start of some pet projects. The Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative, think-tank in Harrisburg, identified at least $61 million in money hidden with the state budget, earmarked for everything from Lyme disease testing to public transit. You can look at the full list […]

Wolf borrows $90 million against economic development dollars to fund voting machines

By: - July 9, 2019

The money will cover 60 percent of the costs incurred by Pennsylvania's 67 counties to purchase new voting machines.

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

By: - July 9, 2019

In the rush of last month’s budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases when the district attorney chooses to not press charges. The provision was first reported Monday evening by both the Intercept, an […]

Days after Wolf veto, Bucks County Rep. DiGirolamo floats plan to help counties pay for new voting machines

By: and - July 8, 2019

The Bucks County legislator is looking for co-sponsors for legislation that would float up to $90 million in bonds that would to reimburse counties for the cost of replacing their existing voting machines.

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that tied voting machine funding to end of straight-ticket ballots

By: - July 5, 2019

“Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” Wolf said in a statement Friday.

What Pa.’s green lawmakers and environmentalists think of this year’s budget

By: - July 4, 2019

A trend of environmental issues seemingly playing second fiddle to other state priorities continued in the latest budget, according to environmental advocates.