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Sam Dunklau, Capitol Bureau Chief

Sam Dunklau was WITF’s Capitol Bureau Chief from 2020 – 2023.

Latest by Sam Dunklau

Plan to improve Pennsylvania’s voting and licensing databases met with skepticism 

House and Senate lawmakers crafting next year’s state budget are questioning whether a multi-million dollar funding increase will help the Department of State finish plans to replace those systems
By Sam Dunklau

Josh Shapiro urges support for $2,500 tax credit for new Pa. cops

The credit, which Shapiro’s office estimates would cost $25 million per year if approved, is one of several bids to fill municipal department vacancies.
By Sam Dunklau

Updated: 2023-03-22 19:17:36

Early Pa. state budget talks reveal a potential sticking point: how much to give colleges and universities

Gov. Josh Shapiro is asking for a $60 million increase for higher education schools, but some lawmakers disagree about which schools should get more funding.
By Sam Dunklau

Sen. Bob Casey has faith Sen. John Fetterman can keep serving Pennsylvania

While celebrating a federal grant that will pay for upgrades at Harrisburg International Airport, Casey said he’s confident Fetterman can still perform Senate duties from the hospital
By Sam Dunklau

Updated: 2023-03-10 11:16:23

Pennsylvania counties see potential mental health funding boost as a “down payment”

Advocates and service providers fear a proposed $20 million funding increase for community mental health services would not go far enough.
By Sam Dunklau

Pennsylvania House speaker Joanna McClinton responds to harassment allegations against fellow Democrat Mike Zabel

The allegations are roiling an already fragile House Democratic majority, and are the first major test of McClinton’s speakership
By Sam Dunklau