A broken-open piggy bank with $20 bills inside

Report: Record reserves are giving states a budgetary buffer | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 20, 2023

Republicans in the state House and the Gov. Josh Shapiro administration already are sparring over whether the state will have the cash the Democratic chief executive needs to fund his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Last week, state Rep. Seth Grove, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, warned that the state will have a massive […]

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Volunteer firefighters deserve an income tax credit too. This is why | Opinion

BY: - March 17, 2023

Those who continue to volunteer as protectors of life and property in our communities remain the true public servants of our time.


Pennsylvania must fulfill the constitutional guarantee of adequate representation | Opinion

BY: - March 16, 2023

Pa. is one of only two states in the nation that provide essentially no funding for its public defenders.

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, 3/7/23 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Shapiro, his budget, and the politics of pragmatic progressivism | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - March 15, 2023

After years of performative politics, it was reassuring to hear a governor address the real issues facing real people.


Shapiro’s support for Cheyney Univ. is welcome — and badly needed | Michael Coard

BY: - March 12, 2023

The HBCU needs equitable -- not just equal -- funding to make up for decades of racist underfunding

In Philly, city and schools leaders respond to Shapiro’s first budget

BY: - March 11, 2023

By Chanel Hill PHILADELPHIA — Following Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget address, Philadelphia city officials and education leaders have responded to the administration’s plans for education funding. “We applaud Gov. Shapiro for putting forward an ambitious proposal,” School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said. “We are looking forward to engaging with Gov. Shapiro […]


What’s at the end of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget rainbow? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - March 11, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro's $44.4B budget proposal for FY23-24 has a little something for everyone.

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, 3/7/23 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

What Pa’s advocacy community had to say about Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 10, 2023

A view, across the spectrum of issues, on the Democratic governor's first spending blueprint.

Gov. Josh Shapiro addresses a joint session of the state House and Senate on Tuesday, 3/7/23 (Photo by Amanda Mustard, for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

A ‘commonsense’ budget? In Harrisburg? Just maybe | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 8, 2023

There's a little something for everyone in Gov. Josh Shapiro's first budget. Here's why that might work in his favor.


Pa. lawmakers react to Shapiro’s $44.4B budget proposal, marking the beginning of negotiations

BY: and - March 7, 2023

After hearing about the Democratic governor’s proposed $44.4 billion budget during a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, lawmakers in the now-divided Legislature had mixed reactions to the spending plan.

Pa. Gov. Shapiro proposes $44.4B spending plan in 1st budget address

BY: , and - March 7, 2023

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.

It’s #PaBudget Day. What are you listening for today? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 7, 2023

Here's what's topping your priorities list as Gov. Josh Shapiro gives his first speech.