Few in the Capitol appear stressed over the annual horse-trading ritual. This year, there is more money — revenues are running more than $800 million higher than projected — and more realism. But there are still key policy disagreements.
Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo has been investigating the allegations against ex-state Rep. Brian Ellis since the start of the year. This month, his office placed the case before a grand jury.
There is open talk in the Capitol’s hallways and on social media about the growing divide between Rep. Mark Rozzi and some in the victim community that once considered him their champion. Those victims, advocates, say, feel betrayed and abandoned.
The Pennsylvania Inspector General’s office is investigating the state Department of Human Services' role in ensuring the safety of children who are suspected of being abused — and whether employees at the department failed to detect problems in the handling of Grace’s case.