Pa. environmental groups file appeal of RGGI ruling

BY: - November 29, 2023

“Participation in the RGGI program would bring huge, known benefits to Pennsylvanians including lower carbon emissions, reduced air pollution, consumer cost savings, and job creation that would prioritize those most in need. It would also spur clean energy investments that provide additional public health, environmental, and economic benefits,” the statement reads.

Pennsylvania redesigns its mail-in ballots for the 2024 election

BY: - November 29, 2023

Pennsylvania’s Act 77 —which allows "no-excuse" mail-in voting—  made voting by mail a popular option in 2020, but there have been numerous challenges and disputes over how to consider ballots with return envelopes that are filled out incorrectly.

GOP lawmakers say Shapiro’s response to harassment case shows room for improvement

BY: - October 15, 2023

As lawmakers return to Harrisburg this week, some in the state House and Senate say they will be discussing a response to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against a longtime ally and cabinet secretary that reportedly led to a secret settlement with the accuser. In response to statements by the administration that […]

Shapiro: Strategic plan underway to bolster economic development in Pennsylvania

BY: - September 26, 2023

The economic development strategy, Shapiro said, will allow the Department of Community and Economic Development to “assess” areas of strength and barriers to growth for Pennsylvania and help state officials determine the best path forward. 

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Pennsylvania sees ‘dramatic increase’ in reports of child labor law violations

BY: - September 5, 2023

Since January, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has opened 403 child labor investigations compared to 107 cases during the same period last year, marking a 276% increase.

Pa. launches Office of Outdoor Recreation

BY: - August 31, 2023

The office will coordinate efforts across state agencies such as the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the departments of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Health, and Transportation (PennDOT), to create a “cohesive strategy for the growth and expansion of the outdoor sector,” state officials said from Yough River Park in Connellsville, Pa. on Thursday. 

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State police see an increase in applicants after waiving college education requirements

BY: - August 30, 2023

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro shared on “X” the platform formerly known as Twitter, that the Pennsylvania State Police has received 297 applications since Monday’s announcement waiving the requirements, including 137 applicants who would not have met the previous education requirement. 

Shapiro admin waives college degree requirements for state police cadets

BY: - August 28, 2023

Cadets must still meet eligibility requirements outlined by the PSP and must pass the qualifying examination, complete a polygraph examination, background investigation, physical readiness test, medical screening, and psychological screening before attending 28 weeks of training at the academy.

In Allegheny Co., Shapiro admin celebrates free breakfast funding for public school students

BY: - August 8, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro, lawmakers and educators gathered at Penn Hills Elementary School in Allegheny County on Tuesday to commemorate the signing of the 2023-24 fiscal year budget, which allocates funds for universal free breakfast at public schools across the Commonwealth.

Shapiro terminates state funding for Real Alternatives anti-abortion centers in Pa.

BY: - August 4, 2023

Real Alternatives, a Pennsylvania-based organization that supports and partners with anti-abortion centers to dissuade pregnant people from seeking abortion care, has received state funding for 30 years. 

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Legislators welcome funds for maternal health included in House-approved budget bill

BY: - July 13, 2023

The current iteration of Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first state budget includes a first-of-its-kind $2.3 million investment in expanding maternal health programming and implementation of prevention strategies to reduce maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.

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ICYMI: The biggest headlines from budget negotiations this week | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 8, 2023

Lawmakers and state officials have quarreled over the inclusion of a $100 million for a school voucher program in the budget, which Shapiro promised this week to line-item veto in an effort to compromise with Democrats opposed to the vouchers.