Policy

Joe Biden

President Biden calls on GOP to extend funding for affordable internet program

The Affordable Connectivity Program serves more than 763,000 Pennsylvanians

Budget

PA’s structural deficit could shape budget battle for years to come

Pennsylvania’s budget cycle presents challenges both old and new as leaders grapple with a long-budget structural deficit.

Philadelphia

Gov. Shapiro touts $50M proposal for home repairs program in Philadelphia

Lawmakers said demand for the Whole-Homes Repair Program far outweighs current funding

Criminal Justice

Philadelphia is No. 2 in exonerations nationwide

The city accounted for nearly 10% of U.S. exonerations in 2023

General Assembly

PA House GOP lawmakers plan to pursue expanded voter ID

Republicans say they will use a legislative maneuver to force a floor vote on the measure.

Capitol Beat

Five for Friday: Harrisburg storylines you may have missed

City & State breaks down five moves that shaped policy discussion this week

Philadelphia

Cherelle Parker’s $6.29B ‘One Philly Budget’ prioritizes public safety, quality-of-life issues

The Philadelphia mayor offered the first glimpse of what her vision for the “safest, cleanest, greenest big city in the nation with economic opportunity for all” might look like

Policy

Cherelle Parker’s $6.29 billion budget – by the numbers

The Philadelphia mayor is delivering her budget plan to City Council Thursday

Capitol Beat

Josh Shapiro announces new plan to cap emissions in Pennsylvania

The governor promised to pull Pennsylvania out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative if lawmakers approve a state-specific plan to cut emissions.

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Capitol Beat

A running list of Pennsylvania’s State of the Union guests

Attendees will include Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker, local officials and educators.

Capitol Beat

Polling memo shows Stelson with 20-point lead in PA-10 Democratic primary

However, the poll shows that 31% of voters are still undecided.

Budget

Updating story: Funding for Philadelphia LGBTQ+ center stripped out of congressional spending plan

The spending concession reportedly occurred following concerns arising over the usage of William Way’s rental space by third parties, which later led to online attacks from the far-right and anti-LGBTQ+ social media account Libs of TikTok.

U.S. Congress

John Fetterman introduces federal Whole-Home Repairs legislation

The bipartisan bill mirrors the home improvement bill passed in Pennsylvania in 2022

Capitol Beat

State Police officials commission investigation into Philadelphia traffic stop

The weekend incident involved City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs Executive Director Celena Morrison and her husband

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania gets $20 million to boost broadband and device accessibility

The federal grant program is part of $279 million in broadband funding distributed through the Capital Projects Fund

Ask the Experts

‘We have no time to waste’: Fighting back against the maternal mortality crisis for women of color

City & State talks with three experts about how to improve maternal health for women of color in the commonwealth