It's a tiny line item in the giant Pennsylvania state budget.
But the inclusion of $12 million in state aid for child protection services is priceless to those who need it.
Gov. Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 budget includes for the first time $2 million to help fund Children's Advocacy Centers and $10 million to create a database that will help track reports of abuse and abuse cases.
Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith confirmed today he will not be seeking reelection, setting the stage for a mad scramble to replace the man sometimes described as "the closer" for pushing through tricky, high-profile legislation.
In making his announcement this morning in the Capitol newsroom, the top House Republican said a number of factors played into his decision, but among the biggest: "My heart isn't in it."
"And to me, that's important," said Smith, of Jefferson County. "The reason I first ran for office was to make sure our rural voice was heard in Harrisburg."
Gov. Corbett said he will submit his plan for expanding Medicaid coverage by the end of the month.
Corbett said Friday he expects to ask the federal government in ten days to two weeks to approve the waiver that would allow the state to use federal funds to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians.
The governor said he expected the waiver to be "turned around pretty quickly" because state officials have been meeting regularly with federal officials at the Department of Health and Human Services.
For Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen McGinty the loss of a Western Pennsylvania wind energy plant is personal - and political.
Not just because of the loss of good-paying jobs, she said, but because it means the loss of jobs she helped create.
To enter or not to enter that Superbowl betting pool offered down at the local fire hall or VFW post?
The Pennsylvania State Police says the answer can be summed up in one word: No.
Union members from across Pennsylvania came to the Capitol in big numbers Tuesday morning to rally against legislation they say is aimed at chipping away at the heart of their mission: helping middle-class workers.
The proposal, outlined in separate House and Senate bills, would effectively strip public-sector unions (with the exception of those representing police and firefighters) of their ability to have members' dues deducted out of their paychecks. The measures, dubbed "paycheck protection," would also prevent workers from signing up for automatic paycheck deductions to contribute to their unions' political initiatives.
Pennsylvania State Nurses Association today became the first medical professional group to register support for legislation that would allow the use of medical marijuana.
The group, representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, said Thursday that it is backing passage of the bill (SB 1182), which protects those patients who want to use medicinal marijuana, and health care professionals who recommend it, from criminal prosecution.
"We have been hearing a lot from our patients and their families about it, especially from those with seizure disorders where traditions medical treatments are not effective," said the association's CEO Betsy Snook, who also is a registered nurse.
Gov. Corbett today said he wants to boost funding for domestic violence and rape crisis programs by $2.2 million in the 2014-2015 budget.
"I'm calling for an increase because I understand these programs are not simple line items, they change and save lives," said Corbett at a news conference.
Corbett, who is set to make his budget address on Feb. 4, said additional funding would bring the total to $15.3 million, representing a 10 percent increase over the prior year and be used to support emergency services, such as a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter and financial aid and victim advocacy.