Press Releases

WATCH: What Pennsylvanians with ID/A, Caregivers, and Advocates Are Saying About Governor Shapiro’s Proposed Budget Investments for ID/A Services  

“I am hopeful for Pennsylvania’s future when I see people in positions of power taking action that is effective now. This will be a game changer. Thank you, Governor Shapiro, thank you.”  Harrisburg, PA – Since Governor Josh Shapiro proposed critical investments in the 2024-25 budget that will expand services for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities […]

Less Testing, More Learning: Governor Shapiro Takes Action to Reduce Reliance on Standardized Testing, Help More Students and Teachers Succeed

At the Governor’s direction, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will implement a three-part plan to overhaul Pennsylvania’s state assessment system that includes moving PSSA and Keystone testing online. These changes will save Pennsylvania millions of dollars, reduce the burden on students, families, and teachers, shorten the time students spend taking tests, and ensure schools […]

Governor Shapiro, DHS Secretary Arkoosh Hear from Pennsylvanians with ID/A, Caregivers, and Advocates About How Historic Budget Proposal Would Expand ID/A Services

The Governor visited BARC Development Services in Warminster to hear how his proposed budget investments would address the workforce shortage of direct support professionals and help more Pennsylvanians with ID/A receive the home and community-based services they need, when they need them. The Governor’s 2024-25 budget proposes $483 million to support reimbursement rates for direct […]

Shapiro Administration Makes Record Amount of State Funding Available for Property Tax Relief, Saving Millions of Pennsylvanians Money by Reducing Property Tax Burden

Governor Shapiro’s Office of the Budget certifies $900 million – a record amount – available to cut property taxes for millions of Pennsylvanians over the next five years. The Shapiro Administration’s continued track record of fiscally responsible leadership is putting more money back in Pennsylvanians’ pockets. Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Josh Shapiro’s Administration formally […]