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.

Philly lawmaker wants Major League Baseball to honor Roberto Clemente

By: - February 8, 2019

In 298 career games against the Philadelphia Phillies, Roberto Clemente — baseball’s first Latino star and a Pittsburgh Pirates great — slashed a .330 average against the cross-state rivals. That was his second best against any team. But even if Clemente tormented the Philly fanbase in life, Rep. Angel Cruz, a Democrat from the city, […]

Lawmaker who chaired Liquor Control Committee moves to lobbying role for Pa. brewers

By: - February 7, 2019

Former Rep. Adam Harris, a Republican who spent 16 years in the General Assembly before retiring last session, has a new job leading outreach for Pennsylvania’s beer brewing industry. Harris was chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee in 2016 when the state reformed its liquor laws, including letting distributors sell six packs. “Brewers across Pennsylvania […]

Environmental advocates worry over creative math in Wolf’s budget

By: - February 7, 2019

A look at Wolf's budget proposal shows nearly $63 million in cuts to the two departments responsible for environmental tasks.

To build ‘civic muscle,’ this group is giving out cash for citizen-drawn congressional maps

By: - February 6, 2019

Three dozen Pennsylvanians walked out of the Capitol Wednesday with a nice chunk of change, all for drawing maps. The winners, divided by age and region, had participated in a political cartography contest run by Draw the Lines PA, a nonpartisan civic education group that asks commonwealth citizens to make their own congressional maps online. […]

Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?

By: and - February 6, 2019

There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.

Democrats are happy with Wolf’s budget proposal — but want to go further

By: - February 5, 2019

The reaction from Gov. Tom Wolf’s own party to his Tuesday budget address? It’s a start. Members of the Democratic minority from both chambers sees Wolf’s proposed budget as an uncontroversial kickoff to negotiations they hope to expand to include more policies in the coming months. “It’s consistent with the previous budgets of the governor, […]

Five takeaways from Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget

By: - February 5, 2019

From a minimum wage increase to a new fee on municipalities

Rep. Jake Wheatley thinks Pa. is ready for recreational pot – again

By: - February 5, 2019

Even with Senate GOP leadership opposed and a decriminalization bill just receiving its first tentative vote last fall, Rep. Jake Wheatley sees reasons for optimism that this session could mean legal pot for Pennsylvania.

This powerful Capitol committee has a new chair. He’s not Daryl Metcalfe 2.0

By: - February 5, 2019

Colleagues expect new House State Government Chair Garth Everett will bring decorum and cooperation to Metcalfe’s old committee

Leach steps down from key committee post in light of sexual misconduct accusations

By: - February 4, 2019

He stepped down to "avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest" as he pursues a defamation lawsuit against three women, one of whom accused him of sexual assault.