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

Schmidt, Arkoosh, Browne officially take office as department secretaries

BY: - June 29, 2023

Al Schmidt, Val Arkoosh, and Pat Browne became secretaries of the state, human services, and revenue departments, respectively.

Decreasing tax; Wooden blocks with "TAX" text of concept.

Pa. extends the deadline to apply for property tax rent/rebates

BY: - June 12, 2023

The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2022 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 21

Former Sen. Browne’s last win for his Lehigh Valley district draws criticism of state hospital sale

BY: - December 7, 2022

Browne sponsored legislation to sell the Allentown State Hospital property directly to a developer with whom the GOP lawmaker has strong ties.

Budget mavens Browne and Saylor’s reelection losses not a factor in negotiations, experts say

BY: - June 12, 2022

Sen. Pat Browne and Rep. Stanley Saylor, the Legislature's top budget negotiators, lost their reelection bids to primary opponents, but if this election season is unusual, that's unlikely to be the reason.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

It’s budget season in Pennsylvania. Here are five issues to look for

BY: and - June 9, 2022

Pennsylvania lawmakers in the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf have until midnight on June 30 to pass the 2022-23 state budget.

The Fairness Act has bipartisan support. So what’s holding it up in Harrisburg? | Analysis

BY: - June 5, 2022

As many celebrate Pride month, LGBTQ Pennsylvanians are continuing the fight for protections from discrimination.

PAC linked to billionaire Jeffrey Yass donated heavily to Coleman’s 16th Senate campaign

BY: - June 2, 2022

Citizens Alliance for Pennsylvania gave more than $376,885 in donations and in-kind contributions.

Jarrett Coleman declares victory over Pa. Sen Browne in Lehigh Valley GOP primary

BY: - May 26, 2022

Browne says he may ask for a recount in the closely contested race.

A top Pa. Senate Republican has a primary. Who’s running against him?

BY: - April 26, 2022

Jarrett Coleman, a suburban Allentown school board member, is challenging Senate Approps Chair Pat Browne.

To spend or save? Wolf, Legislature begin budget talks with different views on Pa.’s fiscal future

BY: - February 23, 2022

Lawmakers and Wolf have until July 1 to reach a deal on the budget.

In final budget address, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces $43.7B spending proposal

BY: and - February 8, 2022

“We are no longer digging out of a hole. We’re ready to build,” Wolf, who vowed to leave Pennsylvania with a budget surplus at the end of his term, said during a joint session of the House and Senate.

‘This is not sustainable’: Pa. educators detail staffing shortage, urge legislative relief

BY: - February 1, 2022

Before the pandemic, there was already a growing staffing shortage, especially among classroom substitutes, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated educational challenges.