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Capitol Reporter

Twitter: @StephenJ_Caruso
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Focus: Governor’s office, legislature
Pennsylvania’s governor and 253-member General Assembly drive decision making in Harrisburg. Their often closed-door dealings dictate how billions in taxpayer dollars are spent each year. They also make public policy decisions on issues from energy and criminal justice to naming an official state amphibian. Caruso analyzes what gets done and why, and holds lawmakers accountable for what lingers on Harrisburg’s agenda.

A New York native, Caruso attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he learned how to report at his student newspaper, The Pitt News. After graduating, he moved to Harrisburg in March 2018, where he has covered state government and politics, in particular the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Latest by Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Critics call water quality bill moving through Pennsylvania legislature a back door to privatization

The bill requires some public water systems to create an asset management plan, a mandate that municipal leaders and environmental groups called a solution in search of a problem.

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Updated: August 2, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Pennsylvania’s mail voting law can stay in place, state Supreme Court rules

The state Supreme Court has upheld Pennsylvania’s mail ballot law, preserving a popular voting method.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA