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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.

Cracking the Code: These budget bills are where the deals get made

By: - June 19, 2019

The bills are a package of budget-enabling legislation that effectively serves as the instruction manual for spending the money in the state’s General Fund budget.

Moo-ve over skim milk: These lawmakers are udderly serious about bringing back whole milk

By: - June 19, 2019

Surrounded by sash-wearing dairy princesses, lawmakers gulping down chocolate milk, and a sea of concerned farmers and their families, allies of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry made a plea in the Capitol Tuesday on behalf of the country’s school children — let them drink milk. Whole milk, that is. In 2010, the Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress pushed through […]

Anti-abortion protester harassed by Brian Sims says lawmaker deserves censure

By: - June 18, 2019

The woman spent the day meeting with lawmakers, asking for their backing to formally condemn Sims and strip him of his committee assignments.

Despite immigration concerns, bill that expands use of federal work status checks passes House

By: - June 17, 2019

By a 140-plus vote margin, the House on Monday passed a bill to expand federal immigration work status checks to the state's construction industry. 

Republicans pick Lewisburg businessman to run for House seat formerly held by Rep. Fred Keller

By: - June 14, 2019

Democrats will name their candidate next Thursday, June 20, according to Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Brandon Cwalina.

Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination

By: - June 13, 2019

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information from the Attorney General’s Office. Democratic elected officials from across Pennsylvania, including Attorney General Josh Shapiro, gathered in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill Thursday to hear, up close and personal, what it’s like when someone encounters harassment or hate for their race or religion. The event, hosted […]

Unions, immigration advocates divided over expanding work status checks to construction industry

By: - June 13, 2019

That divide is also manifesting itself in the General Assembly.

With new tip line in place, lawmakers push schools to address reported threats

By: - June 11, 2019

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Pennsylvania's Legislature last year poured $60 million into school safety funding while also creating a statewide tip line to report threats of school violence.

Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues

By: - June 11, 2019

Facing an uncooperative Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf and his legislative allies are looking to use a legislative shortcut to pass a marquee part of the Democrat’s second-term agenda — a $4.5 billion investment in state infrastructure, from roads to rural broadband and flood prevention. At a Democratic policy hearing Monday, Rep. Mike Sturla, of […]

Distracted drivers, beware: House advances bill to create $200 fine for cell phone use behind the wheel

By: - June 10, 2019

The legislative gears are again moving to crack down on Pennsylvania’s cell phone-wielding drivers. The House Transportation Committee advanced a bill Monday that would create a $200 fine for anyone caught using a hand-held cell phone while driving. This isn’t the first time Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe, has introduced the bill. But she sees Monday’s […]

Two dozen Democrats including state party chair join call for Sen. Daylin Leach to resign

By: and - June 7, 2019

Here’s a list of every official and organization asking for Leach’s resignation.

Restore PA requires 20 years of natural gas production. Some progressive legislators aren’t ready to sign on

By: - June 7, 2019

A handful of state House progressives are standing strong against Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature infrastructure plan, seeing in the $4.5 billion investment spree an over-reliance on the state’s natural gas industry at a time when Pennsylvania should be moving away from fossil fuels. The administration’s proposal, known as Restore PA, “locks us into the extraction […]