U.S. House approves $4.5B border aid package that Pa. Republicans believe is ‘insufficient’

BY: - June 26, 2019

The Senate is expected to take up its own version of the aid bill this week. A Senate committee voted last week to approve its own bipartisan version of the bill. 

Here’s what Pennsylvania’s public education advocates think of this year’s budget plan

BY: - June 26, 2019

A $34 billion budget plan approved by the state House Tuesday boosts basic education spending by $160 million, but public school advocates say Pennsylvania’s school districts need even more to cover ever-increasing expenses.

Pennsylvania’s rainy day fund, explained: Why a $250 million deposit is getting so much attention

BY: - June 26, 2019

As part of this year’s budget, lawmakers are getting ready to do something unusual: make a deposit into Pennsylvania’s rainy day fund. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled state House passed a budget spending bill that puts $250 million into an emergency savings account. The move was backed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who consistently said any […]

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Education secretary secures key reconfirmation vote from Senate committee

BY: - June 25, 2019

If the reception he received from the Senate Education Committee is any indication, Secretary Pedro Rivera is poised to cruise to a second term as Pennsylvania’s top education czar. 

Lawmakers work late into Tuesday, as 2019-20 budget moves forward

BY: and - June 25, 2019

The General Assembly moved at a breakneck pace Tuesday night toward budget completion, as the House and Senate advanced several pieces of legislation.

Pennsylvania House passes $34 billion budget proposal without widespread Democratic support

BY: - June 25, 2019

With support from most Republicans and some Democrats, the Pennsylvania House passed a $34 billion budget spending plan Tuesday afternoon, 140-62.

Dem DePasquale will launch PA10 bid against Republican Rep. Scott Perry in July: report

BY: - June 25, 2019

So there’s been chatter for a while now that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is gearing up for Democratic bid against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania’s rejiggered 10th Congressional District. Now, it would appear, there’s an actual launch date. The National Journal, a publication that covers Congress, reported Tuesday that DePasquale will […]

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

General Assembly moves closer to eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians

BY: - June 25, 2019

A state Senate Committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for disabled Pennsylvanians.

Some Pa. teachers could still get a raise as part of this year’s budget negotiations

BY: - June 25, 2019

Despite its lukewarm reception from Republicans, Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to give more than 5,000 Pennsylvania teachers a raise may still find a place in the budget legislation expected to reach his desk this week.

Pennsylvania marks 100th anniversary of vote in favor of women’s suffrage

BY: - June 24, 2019

On June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment to give women the right to vote. But that wasn’t the end of the story. To amend the U.S. Constitution, Congress sent the question to the states, where three-fourths of the 48 legislatures were required to ratify the change. On June 24, Pennsylvania became […]

House Republicans ponder rider cutting funding to Pitt to prevent fetal tissue research

BY: - June 24, 2019

As part of budget negotiations, Republicans are considering whether to add language that would cut state funding to the University of Pittsburgh if it participates in fetal tissue research. The proposal piggybacks on a policy push from President Donald Trump’s administration announced earlier this month to end federal government funding for medical research using fetal […]

Without minimum wage, cash assistance, $34 billion budget falls flat with some House Democrats

BY: - June 24, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $33.997 billion budget Monday, the opening salvo in the week before the June 30 deadline to secure a new fiscal blueprint for next year.