Shapiro: Senate GOP failed to close budget deal with House Democrats on school vouchers
In debate over the budget on Wednesday, Rep. Seth Grove, of York County, who is the ranking Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, said that a number of other Democratic priorities faced a similar fate because the House had failed to pass legislation to authorize them.
Pa. lawmakers, advocates react to state budget passage
*This breaking story was updated at 6:39 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 to include additional information. The state House voted 117-86 to pass a proposed $45.5 billion state budget late Wednesday, sending the spending plan to Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s desk for a signature. In a statement following Wednesday’s vote, Shapiro said he was proud […]
‘From the farm to the table’: June is Dairy Month in Pa. | Five for the Weekend
The commonwealth's dairy industry supports more than 53,000 jobs, and contributes more than $14 billion to the economy, according to the Shapiro administration.
Shapiro touts proposed expansion to property tax, rent rebate program for seniors, Pennsylvanians with disabilities
Shapiro, speaking from the Erie West Senior Center, noted that the rebate program has not been updated in more than a decade, despite rising inflation, and called his proposal “common sense.”
Shapiro aims to improve state websites, digital services with new order | Wednesday Morning Coffee
The order, which was announced by Shapiro at a press conference in Harrisburg, establishes the Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience (CODE PA), to lead efforts to "improve, streamline, and continuously adapt the Commonwealth’s digital services so that interactions between users and Commonwealth entities are simple, seamless, and secure," according to the order.
Pa., N.J. join forces to ‘collaboratively enforce’ state labor laws | Five for the Weekend
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy met in Philadelphia this week to tour the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 training facility and to announce a "interstate task force" to collaboratively enforce each state's labor laws.
Permitting reform, carbon compact take center stage at DEP’s budget hearing
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.
Shapiro, his budget, and the politics of pragmatic progressivism | Fletcher McClellan
After years of performative politics, it was reassuring to hear a governor address the real issues facing real people.
Maternal mortality crisis among top concerns for state lawmakers, Shapiro admin
In his first budget address to state lawmakers last week, Gov. Josh Shapiro said that “for the first time” the commonwealth is going to put “real resources” into studying the root causes of Pennsylvania’s high maternal mortality rate, which is three times higher for Black women.
Shapiro admin releases naloxone distribution stats | Five for the Weekend
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), which distributes free naloxone to organizations and individuals through its Naloxone for First Responders Program (NFRP), has distributed 214,514 kits or 429,028 doses of the overdose reversal medicine since 2017.
Pa. Gov. Shapiro proposes $44.4B spending plan in 1st budget address
The administration said the $44.4 billion spending plan aims to preserve the state’s flush coffers while still making investments to promote growth and continue funding pandemic-era relief programs.
Pa. shouldn’t wait any longer to abolish the death penalty | Friday Morning Coffee
It's racist, biased, and brutalizes all of us. End it.