Gov. Shapiro creates AI governing board to help steer the state’s use of generative artificial intelligence

BY: - September 20, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro on Wednesday signed an executive order to create a AI governing board for Pennsylvania that will guide the commonwealth’s use of generative artificial intelligence, including developing training programs for state employees. “We don’t want to let AI happen to us,” Shapiro said. “We want to be part of helping develop AI for […]

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Pennsylvania adds automatic voter registration

BY: - September 19, 2023

Pennsylvania will now automatically register eligible residents to vote when they renew their driver’s licenses or ID cards at PennDOT driver and photo license centers, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday. “When running for governor, I made a commitment to bring automatic voter registration to Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said in a statement, noting it was National Voter […]

Pennsylvania Gov . Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Gov. Josh Shapiro wants you to text him

BY: - September 15, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro wants everyone in Pennsylvania to text him directly.  Starting today, the governor’s office will be available on Community, an SMS messaging system that delivers text messages directly to subscribers. Using the number 717-788-8990 on Community, constituents can send and receive text messages from Shapiro’s office. “To best serve the people of  Pennsylvania, […]


Opinion: The value of life-saving emergency services is worth the price tag

BY: - September 13, 2023

By Lisa Schaefer We live in a world of monthly subscriptions. Whether it’s your two or three favorite movie streaming services, an online TV package or a gaming product, it’s likely that you receive a number of autopay notifications between $6 to $15 every month. And it’s no secret; those rates are climbing at a […]

Students, families, and education advocates join Children First and Education Voters of Pennsylvania to host a rally on the Capitol steps to “ring the bells of justice,” and call for equitable funding for Pennsylvania public schools. The rally, which took place Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, occurred on the first day of the landmark trial that could change how Pennsylvania funds its 500 school districts. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Opinion: The public deserves to speak at Basic Education Funding Commission hearings

BY: - September 6, 2023

By Brenda Morales and Sylvia Witherspoon Just beneath the hustle and bustle of the start of another school year – fundraising campaigns for school supplies, family debates about new backpacks, and wringing every least deal from chain stores – lies a persistent truth: Pennsylvania’s school districts are chronically underfunded, leaving children, families, and their teachers […]

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State police see an increase in applicants after waiving college education requirements

BY: - August 30, 2023

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro shared on “X” the platform formerly known as Twitter, that the Pennsylvania State Police has received 297 applications since Monday’s announcement waiving the requirements, including 137 applicants who would not have met the previous education requirement. 

Shapiro admin waives college degree requirements for state police cadets

BY: - August 28, 2023

Cadets must still meet eligibility requirements outlined by the PSP and must pass the qualifying examination, complete a polygraph examination, background investigation, physical readiness test, medical screening, and psychological screening before attending 28 weeks of training at the academy.

Pennsylvania residents call for action after study links fracking to asthma and lymphoma

BY: - August 28, 2023

By Audrey Carleton A “bombshell” set of studies that linked fracking exposure to lymphoma, asthma and low birth weight is making waves in Pennsylvania and prompting calls by some for a ban on fracking in the state. The studies were released only after years of pressure from people living in the heart of one the most […]

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Gov. Shapiro to deliver keynote at New Hampshire Democrats’ convention

BY: - August 22, 2023

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro will be the keynote speaker at a Democratic Party Convention next month — in New Hampshire. “With a key race for governor and its position as a crucial swing state in the presidential race, New Hampshire is set to play a major role in the 2024 general election,” the New Hampshire […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Former Pa. First Lady Ellen Casey has died

BY: - August 11, 2023

Ellen Casey served as first lady of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995 while her husband, Bob Casey Sr., who died in 2000, served as the commonwealth’s 42nd governor. 

In Allegheny Co., Shapiro admin celebrates free breakfast funding for public school students

BY: - August 8, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro, lawmakers and educators gathered at Penn Hills Elementary School in Allegheny County on Tuesday to commemorate the signing of the 2023-24 fiscal year budget, which allocates funds for universal free breakfast at public schools across the Commonwealth.

Shapiro signs expansion of property tax rent and rebate program

BY: - August 4, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro on Friday signed into law an expansion of the property tax and rent rebate (PTRR) program, which will cover almost 175,000 more senior citizens, and double rebates for many of the nearly 400,000 people who already participate in the program.   Friday marked the first time the program has been expanded since 2006. […]