Wave of GOP primary challengers seek Harrisburg shakeup over mail-in voting, pandemic response
Among those who face opponents are House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, both chambers’ top budget officials — House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh — and a handful of other minor members of leadership, as well as a number of rank-and-file members.
Could charging Pa. motorists for rush-hour driving pay for infrastructure? PennDOT wants to find out
Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told a House panel this week that they’re studying a congestion fee as a solution to the state’s constant search for cash to fund highway and public transit investment.
Can you pay for infrastructure repairs without raising state taxes? In new plan, House GOP says ‘Yes.’
Without calling for any new taxes, Republicans in the state House have released a plan they say will address billions of dollars in unmet repairs to Pennsylvania’s crumbling highways, bridges, dams and railroads. Rep. Martina White, the Philadelphia Republican who’s running point on the effort, said the GOP plan is to end diversions of state […]
‘The time for kicking the can down the road is over’: House Republicans plan infrastructure report
The group hopes to take next steps on infrastructure improvements "without putting any additional burdens on taxpayers."
How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers
State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours of last month’s budget debate. According to a half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, some interviewed on the basis of anonymity to […]
Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes
In the rush of last month’s budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases when the district attorney chooses to not press charges. The provision was first reported Monday evening by both the Intercept, an […]
State Police attempt to assuage GOP concerns on new immigration policies
In February, Republicans expressed grave concerns over new Pennsylvania State Police policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Some state House Republicans went as far as saying Pennsylvania had been made a de-facto “sanctuary state.” In a follow-up hearing Wednesday, State Police officials told the House Judiciary Committee that their policies do not prevent […]
New Pa. State Police policy that limits cooperation with ICE angers GOP lawmakers
A new Pennsylvania State Police policy that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities drew the ire of House Republicans during a Monday budget hearing. The rules, dated Jan. 30, prohibit state troopers from holding people suspected of being undocumented at the request of federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. It also prevents officers from asking for ID solely […]