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. auditor general’s budget cut: ‘He’s obviously getting under somebody’s skin,’ an analyst says

Eugene DePasquale’s frequent press conferences, the flurry of news releases, and his forays into policy areas that go beyond the traditional responsibilities of the auditor general’s office made him one of the most visible state officials around.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

This spur-wearing senator is hoping to prod Pa. forward through lawmaking that makes a difference

Sen. Doug Mastriano is the first spur-wearing senator to walk on to the chamber’s floor in the 21st century and likely the only one who has done so for decades before.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

When it comes to grading teachers in Pa., test scores could carry less weight

“I think it will ensure greater creativity and innovation for teachers to do best what they do in the classroom – to creatively instruct."
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Old enough to marry? Or buy cigarettes? Age matters in bills before Pa. lawmakers

Lawmakers are weighing different bills that would require Pennsylvanians to wait until age 18 – or 21 – before making some major life decisions.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Calls for criminal justice reform in Pa. are gathering broad support

“We need to remove barriers and we need to say to people that they deserve a second chance,” said Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland County.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Recreational marijuana laws put on hold by NJ and NY. What’s that mean for Pennsylvania?

Key lawmakers say what does or doesn’t happen in New York and New Jersey doesn’t affect their thinking on what should happen here.
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