News & Politics

Policy

Five for Friday: What you missed from Shapiro’s budget proposal

The governor’s $48.3 billion spending plan calls for a wide range of new investments

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: Time for a full stop on marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania

As state lawmakers debate cannabis legalization, advocates say they should bring an end to cannabis-related arrests in the commonwealth.

Budget

Policy

Philly Dems: SEPTA boost just one highlight for city in Shapiro budget proposal

The governor proposed a $283 million increase in transit funding statewide

Capitol Beat

Policy

10 things to know about Josh Shapiro’s 2024 budget proposal

Shapiro’s budget calls for investments in education, legalizing cannabis and gun violence prevention funds.

Budget

Policy

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2024 budget: By the Numbers

The governor delivered his second budget address to the General Assembly Tuesday, proposing a $48.3 billion spending plan.

Capitol Beat

Personality

‘We have a lot of work to do”: A Q&A on education with state Sen. Lindsey Williams

Williams talks with City & State about the work of the Basic Education Funding Commission and how lawmakers should address all things education.

Capitol Beat

Policy

Home Improvement, Season 2: Democrats highlight demand for Whole Home Repairs

Lawmakers call for greater investment in home repairs ahead of Gov. Shapiro’s budget address

Philadelphia

Opinion

Opinion: Elected leaders must act now to save the SS United States

Facing eviction, the historic vessel known as "America's Flagship" is in need of a new home.

Capitol Beat

Policy

A step in the right direction: PA Capitol’s infamous escalators to be replaced

The Department of General Services announced a renovation project for the Capitol’s East Wing that is set to be completed by August 2025.

Education

Policy

Advocates who won education lawsuit call for $2B ‘down payment’ on fair funding

‘We are prepared to go back to court to uphold the rights of those communities,’ Deborah Gordon Klehr of the Education Law Center said

Capitol Beat

Policy

13 things to know about the PA budget and other bills passed by lawmakers in December

Lawmakers finished 2023 by finalizing a budget and honoring Taylor Swift.

Satire/Odd News

Personality

5 of PA politicos’ worst nightmares

Horror films that could flip the script in Harrisburg this Halloween

Education

Policy

Philadelphia students navigate school without access to school libraries

The number of school librarians in Philadelphia has declined over the past decade, from about 57 in the 2012-13 school year to just one in the 2023-24 school year

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Five for Friday: Summer Storylines

Revisiting the most significant storylines from the summer season

Energy

Policy

With billions in clean energy grants on the way, states get a leg up on applications

To help school districts come up with the rest of the money they’ll need to take advantage of the federal funds, state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler is proposing setting aside enough state money to pay half of the cost of solar panels

News & Politics

Policy

Understanding Pennsylvania’s ongoing debate over skill games

Lawmakers are weighing the benefits and drawbacks of regulating so-called games of skill.

Education

Personality

A Q&A with Tony Watlington

City & State spoke with the Philadelphia School District superintendent to hear about his five-year strategic plan and his message to lawmakers as they consider the future of public education funding.

Education

Personality

A Q&A with Dave Argall

The Republican state senator and chair of the chamber’s education committee discusses the education funding trial and the state’s path forward

Education

Policy

State public education funding’s teachable moment

Following the landmark ruling that the state's public education funding system is unconstitutional, state lawmakers are learning just how difficult it will be to change it.