Government & Politics

Retirements, resignations and more: These are all the Pa. lawmakers who won’t be back...

Many thanks to Capital-Star Staff Reporter Stephen Caruso who did the data work. You can mouse over the map below for fully updated information.

Preliminary Philly budget cuts $33M in police spending, implements reform

The police department’s budget was reduced to $727M from Mayor Jim Kenney’s original proposal of $760M, still the biggest department in the city.

Preparing for the unexpected: 4 questions with interim House Speaker Bryan Cutler | Thursday...

In the COVID-19 era, the interim House Speaker is keeping his options open as the House and Senate move into a busy June.

What 2020 does — and doesn’t — have in common with 1968 | Fletcher...

Sudden economic downturns and U.S. responses to foreign attacks or threats triggered three of the five turbulent years prior to 2020. One year – 1968 – featured domestic social and political turmoil.

Md., other states push EPA to force stricter pollution standards for Pa. power plants

The regional Ozone Transport Commission voted 9-2 on June 3 to send Maryland’s petition to the EPA. Pennsylvania and Virginia voted no, while New York and Maine abstained.

Pa. Supreme Court will take up fight between Wolf, Republicans over COVID-19 emergency declaration

The state Supreme Court will decide if Wolf must sign a resolution, passed by both the GOP-controlled House and Senate, to end his state of emergency for the coronavirus.

AFT launches $1M ad blitz in Pa., 2020 battleground states calling on Senate to...

The 30-second ad called “Essential,” shows essential workers, such as first responders, food service workers and teachers, equipped with face shields, masks and gloves, going about their jobs in the midst of the pandemic.

Mike Turzai just went to work for the gas industry. The revolving door keeps...

If people are cynical about politics, this might have something to do with it. The revolving door between government and industry keeps spinning.

With focus on diversity and inclusion, Pa. rolls out new contractor policies

The three-fold changes to Wolf’s 2015 Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy executive order are attempting to improve opportunities for minority, women, LGBTQ, veteran and disabled-owned businesses to compete for state government contracts, the administration said. 

Philly’s budget hole grows to $749M as officials scramble to approve city’s new spending...

$100 million more than the revised spending plan Mayor Jim Kenney put out after the COVID-19 pandemic cratered the economy.