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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.

COMMENTARY

At Christmas, Wolf, allies call on Legislature to hike minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 23, 2021

(A scheduling note: This newsletter will be off until 1/3/2022 for a holiday break. From all of us at the Capital-Star, our best wishes for a happy holiday and peaceful New Year.) Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With more than two-dozen states set to hike their minimum wage in 2022, the Democratic Wolf administration is urging the […]

Pa. Sen. Pat Browne recovering following motorcycle accident

BY: - September 9, 2021

Browne, the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, is in stable condition after suffering a concussion, fractured neck and broken orbital bone and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future

BY: and - June 25, 2021

“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.