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Harrisburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Steve:

Q&A examining Obamacare's costs in dollars and politics in Pennsylvania

Q&A examining Pennsylvania's 'Obamacare' costs in dollars and politics in Pennsylvania. → Read More

Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates' legal mail

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has agreed in a lawsuit settlement to stop copying inmates legal mail as part of its drug security plans. → Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes $34.1 billion budget for 2019-20 fiscal year

Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf gives his 2019-20 budget address to the Republican-controlled Legislature on Tuesday. → Read More

More money for schools, a corporate tax cut: Gov. Tom Wolf's budget at a glance

Gov. Tom Wolf's top budget proposals he wants for Pennsylvania's 2019-20 fiscal year that begins July 1. → Read More

Q&A: Do you qualify for lower property taxes? Find out here

The Morning Call offers a Q&A to explain the difference between Pennsylvania's two property tax reduction programs: Property Tax/Rent Rebate, and Homestead/Farmstead exclusion. → Read More

How much would you pay for a liquor license in the Lehigh Valley?

Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board is accepting bids for liquor licenses in several counties, including two in the Lehigh Valley. → Read More

Karen Coates, Pennsylvania House's first female chief of staff, dies at 55

Karen Coates, Pennsylvania House's first female chief of staff, dies at 55 → Read More

Gamblers bet $16 million in first month of sports wagering in Pennsylvania

Gamblers bet $16 million in Pennsylvania's first of legal sports wagering at casinos. → Read More

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman sworn into office

Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman was sworn into office in a ceremony this morning in the Pennsylvania Senate chamber. → Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf inauguration speech could set the tone for a pragmatic second term

What sort of priorities will Gov. Tom Wolf launch in his second term that begins Tuesday when he takes the oath of office in a ceremony outside the Capitol? → Read More

Pennsylvania's federal workers feel financial effects of government funding impasse

Federal employees and agencies struggle with the financial impacts two weeks into a partial government shutdown caused by Congress's unwillingness to pay billions toward a Mexican border wall sought by President Donald Trump. → Read More

Pennsylvania House's powerful new 'oversight committee' triggers legal and political questions

The Pennsylvania House started the New Year by granting itself new oversight and subpoena power over other branches of government, potentially setting up a constitutional crisis with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, the courts, Democratic row officers, the Republican-controlled Senate and others. → Read More

Pennsylvania politics: Through the looking glass of 2018 into 2019

The 2018 story lines of Pennsylvania politics could be coming back for an encore or rerun in 2019. → Read More

Pennsylvania's on a shrinking legal island when it comes to not suing over opioid crisis

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro announce a hotline for suspicious prescription drug activity, but are sitting back while counties and municipalities are suing drug makers and distributors. Those suing accuse the companies of flooding communities with those drugs. → Read More

'Marsy's Law': A worthwhile victims rights bill or a relic that hampers courts?

Pennsylvania lawmakers pushing to add a "victims rights" amendment, known as Marsy's Law, to the state constitution despite the existing "1998 Crime Victims Bill of Rights" law that carries all but one of the protections outlined in the amendment. → Read More

100-year-old, ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker dies

Joe Zeller, a Depression-era bootlegger in his youth, a Navy sailor in war and Pennsylvania lawmaker in adulthood, died Wednesday. He was 100. → Read More

Pennsylvania court: School bus video of altercation can be a public record

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that some school bus video can be considered public under the state's Right to Know law, rejecting a school district's claim that doing so would violate student privacy, among other reasons. → Read More

Ho, ho, ho! Protesters briefly disrupt Pennsylvania Capitol Christmas tree lighting

Ho, ho, ho! Protesters seeking prison reforms briefly disrupt Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree. → Read More

Pa. Supreme Court rules priests names to remain secret in grand jury abuse case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not release the names of redacted priests in a grand jury child sex abuse case, ruling keeping them secret is the only way to ensure their due process rights are kept. → Read More

Legalize pot in Pennsylvania? Highly unlikely anytime soon

It's highly unlikely Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will legalize recreational marijuana use even though neighboring New Jersey is doing just that. → Read More