Permitting reform, carbon compact take center stage at DEP’s budget hearing

BY: - March 22, 2023

Lawmakers from both parties asked Negrín about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state carbon credit program; permitting reform, and regulatory enforcement at Wednesday’s hearing, hoping to better understand the department’s spending priorities for the new fiscal year, which is set to begin on July 1.

PASSHE head tells lawmakers state universities need greater funding to compete

BY: - March 22, 2023

'There are challenges of demography and ... legacy financial deficit ... and we're going to need to partner with the state in order to do that,' Chancellor Daniel Greenstein said.

Pa. House lawmakers ask state-related university leaders to justify proposed funding growth

BY: - March 21, 2023

Asked by Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette, whether the universities would commit to a tuition freeze if they received the 7% increase, each president said they could not.

Shapiro touts proposed K-12 spending in Pittsburgh, saying it gives every kid ‘a fair shot’

BY: - March 21, 2023

During Shapiro's stop in Allegheny County to discuss his plan to address the educator staffing shortage and proposed investments in K-12 classrooms, Tamara Sanders-Woods urged leaders to ask: “And how are the educators?”

Education Secretary Khalid Mumin calls Shapiro’s school plan a starting point for fair funding

BY: - March 20, 2023

“When we're talking about funding school districts that have external issues as well as internal issues, we have to invest in mental health, we have to invest in … the teacher pipeline, we have to provide students with a voice and parents and communities with a voice to help us to further lead. Lead our students through the educational system,” Mumin said.

State Rep. Seth Grove, the ranking Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, speaks during a committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 (Capital-Star file).

Pa. House GOP leader warns Gov. Shapiro’s budget proposal will lead to massive deficit

BY: - March 15, 2023

(This article was updated at 4:51 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, to include comment from Gov. Josh Shapiro’s office.) Pennsylvania would have a massive budget deficit within three years under Gov. Josh Shapiro’s proposed 2023-24 budget, the ranking Republican member of the state House Appropriations Committee said Wednesday. Rep. Seth Grove, of York County, […]

Gov. Josh Shapiro addresses a joint session of the state House and Senate on Tuesday, 3/7/23 (Photo by Amanda Mustard, for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Shapiro touts proposed K-12 spending as ‘a real downpayment on the future of education’

BY: - March 15, 2023

“This is a great moment of opportunity for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to both believe in the new generation and invest in them,” Gov. Josh Shapiro said Wednesday.

Pa. advocates push for new Level Up funds ahead of 2023-24 budget negotiations

BY: and - March 14, 2023

Still, some advocates worry the governor’s spending plan — which ends the Level Up special funding program that prioritizes the state’s 100 poorest school districts — doesn’t go far enough to meet the constitutional mandate for a “thorough and efficient” education.

Gov. Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address this week. Here’s what to expect

BY: and - March 6, 2023

His speech, expected to touch on promises made on the campaign trail, marks the beginning of weeks of budget hearings and negotiations.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Senate GOP outlines 2023-24 priorities ahead of state budget address | Five for the Weekend

BY: - March 4, 2023

With Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro scheduled to give his first budget address next Tuesday, Senate Republicans this week outlined their "principles and priorities" for the 2023-24 state budget.