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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.

Wolf vetoes GOP effort to block carbon fee on Pa. power plants

By: - January 10, 2022

*This story was updated at 6:25 p.m. 1/10/25 with comment from Senate Republicans Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed an attempt by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to block his administration from implementing a carbon fee on the commonwealth’s 58 fossil fuel-burning power plants. Wolf, a Democrat, announced in 2019 he was bringing Pennsylvania into the Regional […]

Harrisburg Republicans advance redistricting reform amid map fight

By: - January 10, 2022

The proposal has a long way to go to become law — the earliest that could happen is spring 2023. But it’s the latest in a run of constitutional changes from Harrisburg Republicans that could reshuffle the balance of power in favor of the General Assembly.

Redistricting chair Nordenberg defends proposed state House map against GOP attacks

By: - January 6, 2022

'It's awkward to talk about myself, but I don't have teams of public relations professionals to talk about myself like the caucus leaders do,' he said Thursday.

In their first debate, Pa. GOP gov. candidates promise lower taxes, school choice

By: - January 5, 2022

The GOP candidates are vying to replace Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who will leave office in January 2023 after serving the constitutional maximum of two, four-year terms.

Wolf admin used state grant funding as leverage during debate on carbon fee

By: - January 4, 2022

The General Assembly fell eight votes shy of the needed two thirds majority to overcome the governor's veto.

Capital-Star Q+A: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Guy Ciarrocchi says he can jumpstart Pa.’s economy

By: - December 31, 2021

Ciarrocchi has argued that the economy is the most important issue in the race, and thinks he can use his mix of experiences — including his time as chief of staff for former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley — to change how the state’s bureaucracy works with businesses to encourage economic growth.

Pa. lawmakers say they have time to draw maps; but state courts, Wolf admin. disagree

By: - December 22, 2021

Pennsylvania lost one congressional seat in the 2020 census, the lawsuits argue, making a timely new map even more critical. The state is going from 18 to 17 congressional seats.

Wolf vetoes school curriculum bill; signs nine others, including broadband authority, into law

By: - December 22, 2021

State law already requires public schools to allow parents and guardians access to their child’s curriculum, academic standards, instructional materials, and assessment techniques by request.

Pa. Supreme Court rules against Marsy’s Law; says victims’ right amendment cannot be enacted

By: - December 21, 2021

The amendment passed the General Assembly late last decade, and would have, in a single question, given victim’s the right to petition a judge if they were not informed about the accused’s case or did not have the ability to attend the trial or subsequent hearings. 

National Democrats file new suit asking state courts to draw Pa. congressional map

By: - December 17, 2021

The state had 18 the last decade, but lost one due to population gains in the other states after the 2020 census. The new population numbers also leave the state’s map malapportioned, unlawful and in need of an immediate redraw, the suit argues.

Panel approves new Pa. legislative maps that leaves incumbents in the lurch

By: - December 16, 2021

With the map’s approval Thursday, the public — including citizens and lawmakers — have 30 days to submit comments.

New district maps loom over Pa. lawmakers ahead of long-awaited reveal

By: - December 16, 2021

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly finished off its last week of lawmaking of 2021, the specter of a key vote on Thursday — one entirely outside of its control — loomed over their debates. “You know, today, the chatter in this building is maps,” state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene, quipped on the House floor while […]