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Philly Sen. Hughes says he’s ‘deathly afraid’ GOP will squander $10B in surplus, federal stimulus

BY: - June 12, 2021

Hughes said the state’s revenue surplus combined with the federal pandemic funding was the largest influx of capital into the economy since President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

House advances bills to help military families; stimulus funding for state veterans programs pending

BY: - June 9, 2021

The proposals are sponsored by members of the chamber’s Republican majority and Democratic minority. 

Pa. House votes to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency

BY: - June 8, 2021

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. 

Empowered by referendum, Harrisburg GOP moves to terminate some — but not all — of Wolf’s pandemic powers

BY: - May 25, 2021

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.

COMMENTARY

Wolf: Pa. voters need to ‘think carefully’ about emergency powers amendments | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 7, 2021

There will be Republican governors in the future, I’m not sure you want to hamstring a governor of any party,' Wolf warned in remarks taped for broadcast on Sunday.

Pa. House Republican leadership set to fundraise with lawmaker they called to resign

BY: - April 23, 2021

Admission to the event at Cafe Fresco in Harrisburg runs $250 to $1,000.

In search of bipartisanship, lawmakers work to trim the fat in Pa. House

BY: - April 22, 2021

The group was started in the aftermath of the 2020 election by Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Philadelphia, and Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Dauphin. 

Faced with limited Republican backing, statute of limitations reform on thin ice in House

BY: and - March 18, 2021

The Republican division could sink the emergency amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority, or 136 votes in the House and 34 in the Senate, to pass.

GOP lawmakers accuse Wolf admin of trying to fix results of ballot question limiting governors’ emergency powers

BY: - February 24, 2021

The bill that Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, described at a press conference would mark another attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislature to curb executive branch powers with policies that would outlast the current Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration. 

Weed, ethics and a natural gas tax: Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021 plan for Pennsylvania, explained

BY: - January 28, 2021

The pitch, delivered during a video press conference, featured few new ideas. Instead, Wolf focused on repackaging proposals he has pitched time and time and time again to the Legislature

Wolf, legislative GOP not talking as $145M relief plan for small businesses languishes

BY: - January 14, 2021

“Republican leaders have not made any moves to get that money out of the General Fund and into the hand of businesses that need it,” Wolf said during a news conference.

Reporters kept from Pa. Capitol press conference, Wolf admin cites ‘miscommunication’

BY: - January 12, 2021

A Capital-Star reporter also was told that press were not being allowed into the building by a Capitol Police officer, but was able to get in through a different entrance.