PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–

— Gov. Shapiro

— Gov. Shapiro Issues Order Directing Agencies To Set Deadlines For Permit Reviews, Requires Money-Back Guarantee If Deadlines Not Met  [PaEN]

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Shapiro Offers A Money-Back Guarantee On PA’s Licensing And Permitting Process

— PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Launches Review To Mitigate Red Tape In PA Professional Licensure Process

— AP: Shapiro Order Aims To Reduce Wait Times For Professional Licensing

— The Center Square: Shapiro Executive Order Refunds Licensing, Permitting Fees For Slow State Processing

— Pittsburgh Business Times: Business Groups Optimistic About Shapiro’s Efforts To Cut Red Tape

— Inquirer: How Josh Shapiro Is Starting His Administration With A Pro-Business Focus, And A ‘Money-Back’ Guarantee

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Gov. Shapiro Orders 2,300 State Employees To End Hybrid Remote/In-Office Working And Return To The Office

— TribLive/PennLive: Shapiro Administration Orders 2,300 State Employees To Return To The Office

— TribLive Editorial: Let’s Not Forget What Working At Home Taught Us

— Courier Times: Why Josh Shapiro’s DEP Nominee May Be Grilled By PA Senate

— Gov. Shapiro Nominates DGS Secretary, Appoints Inspector General


— PA Senate/House Transition

— AP: Unexpected PA House Speaker Hopes To Retain The Job

— Politics PA: PA House Speakers Expects To Keep His Job After Special Elections

— WESA: Public Has Message For House Speaker’s Listening Group: ‘Let Us Be Heard’

— The Center Square: Policy Hearings Fill PA House’s Legislative Void

— Politics PA: The Rise Of Women In PA Politics

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA House Republican Leader Irate After Staffer Locked Out Of His Office, Speaker Says Office Space Was Occupied Without His Permission

— Inquirer: PA House Speaker Changes Locks On Room With Sensitive House Republican Materials

— LancasterOnline Editorial: Pennsylvanians Deserve Better From State House

— PennLive: PA Republican Groups Holding Events With Right-Wing Fringe Group Organizer Over Next Week


— Special Elections

— TribLive: 3 Special Elections In Allegheny County Will Determine State House Majority

— PennLive: Republican Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver Wins State Senate Special Election

— PennLive: Legislature’s Special Election Season Kicks Off Tuesday With State Senate Seat

— PA Capital-Star: PA Democrats Shake The Money Tree Ahead Of Feb. 7 Special House Elections


— May Primary Election

— AP: Democrats Endorse McCaffery For Open Seat On PA Supreme Court

— AP: PA Republicans Endorse Carolyn Carluccio For PA Supreme Court


— November 2022 Election

— Reading Eagle: Commonwealth Court Dismisses Berks Republicans’ Election Recount Petitions

— Reading Eagle: Clash Among Berks County Republicans Still Unresolved


— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— MCall: Sen. Boscola Proposes Funding For Election Drop Boxers, Letting Family Members Drop Off Ballots

— TribLive Guest Essay: PA Republicans Must Solve The Suburban Puzzle – By Chester County Republican Running For Congress

— Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: Dispelling The Myth Of ‘Rural Rage’ In Pennsylvania

— Post-Gazette Guest Essay: Opening Primary Elections To Unaligned Voters Is Essential To Healing PA Politics – By David Thornburgh

— Scranton Times Editorial: Fight Fraud With False Claims Law


— PA’s Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

— MCall: Monroe County Man Charged With Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— Post-Gazette/WPost: Court Blocks DOJ Review Of PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry’s Phone In Probe Of Assault On U.S. Capitol

— York Dispatch: PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Is In A Position To Investigate Himself

— PennLive: PA Republican Groups Holding Events With Right-Wing Fringe Group Organizer Over Next Week


— State Constitutional Amendments

— Spotlight PA: Complete Guide To More Than 70 Proposed Amendments To State Constitution


— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— PJM Interconnection Electric Grid Operator Issues Cold Weather Alert, Conservative Operations For Feb. 3–4  [PaEN]

— National Fuel Gas Reduces Cost For Natural Gas It Supplies To Customers [Due To Easing Of Price Spike Caused By Russia’s War Against Ukraine, LNG Exports]

— Marcellus Drilling News: 5 Reasons Why The Price Of Natural Gas May Be Ready To Bounce Higher

— Inquirer: Hefty Heating Bills Leave Some Philadelphians Aghast [Global Energy Markets For Natural Gas Driving Up Costs]

— TribLive: Sticker Shock: High Natural Gas, Electric Bills From December Have More Seeking Help With Heating Bills

— PUC Launches Comprehensive Investigation Into Billing Issues Impacting PPL Electric Customers

— StateImpactPA – Rachel McDevitt: PUC Investigating Incorrect PPL Electric Bills

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Burned By PPL Billing Problem?  Let State Regulators Know About It

— Reuters: U.S. Natural Gas Prices Slip 2% To 25-Month Low On Milder Feb Weather Forecast

— Reuters: Fire-Idled Texas LNG Natural Gas Plant Seeks U.S. Approval To Start One Unit


— PA/Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— Inquirer: PA Republicans Sticking With Current Leadership Despite Suffering Big 2022 Losses

— Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: Dispelling The Myth Of ‘Rural Rage’ In Pennsylvania

— TribLive Editorial: Does Pennsylvania Have A Real-Life ‘Groundhog Day’ Problem?

— Citizens Voice Editorial: Lawmakers Need Grip, Not Grope, Lawmakers Have History Of Failing To Take Claims Of Sexual Harassment Seriously

— PennLive: Fmr Lycoming County Republican House Member Garth Everett Dies

— PA Capital-Star: Republican Sen. Regan Forcibly Removed, Stepped Over Protester Blocking Access To Fundraiser

— Inquirer: Summer Lee’s Journey To Becoming PA’s First Black Congresswoman


— Budget 2023

— Senate Appropriations Committee Sets Agency Budget Hearing Schedule  [PaEN]

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: PA State Revenue Estimate Revised Upward $1.5 Billion For FY 2022-23

— Courier Times: New Financial Report Could Complicate PA’s Budget And Tax Scenario, Here’s How

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: PA State Treasurer Warns – Fiscal Cliff Ahead [FY 2025-26]

— Dept. Of Revenue Reports January State Tax Collections Were 5.5%, $205.6 Million Less Than Anticipated, Fiscal Year-To-Date Up $297.5 Million

— Independent Fiscal Office: January State Revenue 0.9%, $32.8 Million Above IFO Estimates, Up $1.19 Billion For Fiscal Year


— COVID Pandemic/Health

— Scranton Times: PA Reports 10,268 New COVID Cases, 158 More Deaths

— Centre Daily Times: COVID Cases Down, Deaths Still Rise, No PA Counties At High Community Transmission


School Districts/Higher Education

— PennLive – John Baer: Auditor General’s Look At School Surpluses – Groundhog Day All Over Again


— PA Economy

— Pittsburgh Business Times: Business Groups Optimistic About Shapiro’s Efforts To Cut Red Tape

— WESA: With Gig Work On The Rise, PA Democrats Look To Crack Down On ‘Worker Misclassification’

— TribLive/AP: Father Of Marshmallow Peeps Bob Born Dies At 98

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