Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums
Such measures are approved by the Legislature before they go before voters in a referendum. Governors have no say on their ratification.
GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:03 p.m. 6/29/21 to reflect that Erica Clayton Wright told the Capital-Star that the draft budget was “out of date.” Under pressure from former supporters of President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans gave $3.1 million to the state’s auditor general to fund future election audits. But the problem? […]
Pa. House votes to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency
Using the powers that Pennsylvania voters gave to the Legislature during last month’s statewide referendum vote, the lower chamber voted 113-90 along party lines to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency, and the executive powers that come with it.
To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season
The question of how to spend $7.3 billion in federal stimulus funds has quickly -- and predictably -- cleaved along party lines.
Empowered by referendum, Harrisburg GOP moves to terminate some — but not all — of Wolf’s pandemic powers
The flexing of these new emergency powers comes after voters empowered the 253-member General Assembly to end or edit gubernatorial powers during a disaster.
Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?
A new package of bills could tighten the guidelines for Pennsylvania lobbyists. Though it’s a step toward reform, advocates say they need more details. In a statement released Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, unveiled plans to draft legislation and build on the state’s existing Lobbyist Disclosure […]
Pa. House Republican leadership set to fundraise with lawmaker they called to resign
Admission to the event at Cafe Fresco in Harrisburg runs $250 to $1,000.
Already quarantining, Pa. House Speaker Cutler tests positive for COVID-19
Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Thursday. His office had already announced Monday that he was quarantining at home due to exposure to a confirmed positive case. Cutler’s symptoms are mild, and he will continue to work from home, he said in a statement. “My exposure […]
Pa. to award $2.7M in grants to help fight addiction | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Communities are still struggling against the opioid epidemic even as Pa. fights the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pa. House Speaker Cutler quarantining after exposure to COVID-19
In a statement, House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, did not say whether he had tested positive or where the exposure had occurred.
Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler talks misinformation, amendments and marijuana
The Capital-Star spoke with House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, recently. Among the youngest people to oversee the Pennsylvania House, the upcoming two years will be his first full session as the Republican-controlled chamber’s presiding officer.
Wolf’s budget calls for 3rd round of funding for Pa. Farm Bill | Monday Morning Coffee
The Democratic administration is seeking $13.6 million in funding for a variety of agricultural programs.