Jan Murphy, PennLive

I cover state government and basic and higher education policy. Reach me at JMurphy@pennlive.com or at 717-255-4106 or 717-255-4106.

Latest by Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pa. House GOP leaders grow frustrated with Democrats’ response to Rep. Brian Sims’ ‘egregious and unacceptable behavior’

"The victims of Rep. Sims’ actions deserve a sincere apology as do the members of the House.”
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Which school security personnel can carry a gun? Lawmaker seeks to clear up controversy

The state Department of Education essentially said contracted school security guards are not permitted to possess a firearm on the job.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Gov. Tom Wolf gave raises of $25,000 to $33,000 to some top staffers

J.J. Abbott, Wolf’s press secretary, said some of the increases were made to bring salaries “in-line with each other to ensure all were being paid equally and fairly for their work.”

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pa. lawmakers explain their pension plan choice

For the first time this year, state lawmakers had a chance to move away from the traditional pension plan and pick a 401(k)-style plan like the one most private-sector businesses offer.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pa. lawmakers cling to pensions after pushing new state workers to adopt 401(k)-style plans

“They talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk."
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

State takeover of Harrisburg schools may not produce the results advocates seek

The Harrisburg School District was placed under mayoral control in 2001 for nearly a decade. In 2012, the state declared the district in severe financial recovery, a status that led to a chief recovery officer being appointed and access to an interest-free loans. The district remains in recovery to this day.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pa. is spending millions on election security, but the effort has its critics

"We are not fighting this battle alone.”
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey hopes expectations for a heavily redacted Mueller report are ‘too pessimistic’

Casey said he favors the public getting to see a version of the report containing only intelligence-related and possibly some grand jury proceeding redactions. But he believes members of Congress should be entitled to see the complete version of the report.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws

Pennsylvania was once regarded as having one of the worst open records law in the United States.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Nation’s oldest historically black university unveils its plan to put the school on sounder financial footing

Cheyney’s supporters are looking for a pathway to keep the school operating in a financially sustainable way
By Jan Murphy, PennLive