Policy

Education

Doug Mastriano calls for tuition freeze at four state-related universities

The GOP gubernatorial candidate says ‘families simply cannot afford a tuition hike’ in the current economy.

Campaigns & Elections

Grove renews push for large-scale election law changes

The House GOP elections leader said continuing issues necessitate reforms

News & Politics

State Senate examines gubernatorial line of succession law

The hearing comes after Lt. Gov. John Fetterman temporarily gave up duties after suffering a stroke

Public Health

Biden administration, Philly officials announce launch of 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The new suicide prevention hotline will make connecting with a professional in times of crisis as easy as calling or texting three numbers.

Business

Susan Wild, Commerce Secretary Raimondo call for boosting American manufacturing of semiconductors

Wild, Raimondo emphasized the importance of passing the Bipartisan Innovation Act to improve the nation’s competitiveness

Budget

The new state budget brings changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws

For one thing, counties will no longer be able to accept third-party grants to fund elections.

Environment

State budget will give environmental efforts a funding boost, advocates, lawmakers say

The spending plan the General Assembly approved last week includes $220 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to establish a clean streams fund.

Abortion

Wolf takes executive action to protect out-of-state residents seeking abortions

The governor’s order would prohibit state agencies from helping other states crack down on abortion.

Health Care

Pennsylvania is looking at a $250 million investment in long-term care

Long-term care advocates say the state budget is an ‘historic moment’ for long-term care.

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Budget

Senate lawmakers approve ‘historic’ state budget, raft of constitutional amendments

The measures were approved after extensive debate in the legislature’s upper chamber.

Budget

House lawmakers approve $45.2 billion state budget proposal

Still waiting on the Senate, but House leadership called the plan a responsible one that ‘takes care of people.’

Capitol Beat

Lawmakers send veto-bound transgender athlete bill to Tom Wolf’s desk

The measure would ban trans women from playing on women’s school sports teams.

Health Care

University of Pittsburgh funding could hinge on its fetal tissue research

Republican lawmakers are hoping to stop Pitt from using tissue obtained from elective abortions

Gun Control

Gun control bill once again amended and replaced with GOP concealed-carry legislation

The House Judiciary Committee voted to amend a firearm background check bill, changing it into a constitutional carry proposal.