Tom Corbett http://wesa.fm en 'In Sync' with Wolf, Stack Absolves Himself of Opinions http://wesa.fm/post/sync-wolf-stack-absolves-himself-opinions <p>For candidates vying to be the governor’s number two, denying one’s own policy platform is part of the process.<br /><br />Mike Stack, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said Monday he’ll march in lockstep with his de facto running mate, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and York County businessman Tom Wolf.<br /><br />There isn’t much daylight between the priorities of Mike Stack and Tom Wolf. Even so, Stack is distancing himself from prior votes and campaign stances during his four terms as a state senator representing Philadelphia.<br /> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:51:29 +0000 Mary Wilson 33384 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Has Spent $1.7 Million on TV Ads Since the Primary http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-has-spent-17-million-tv-ads-primary <p>Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing opponent Tom Wolf by 20 to 25 points in the polls, has poured $1.66 million into television ads blanketing the state in July, according to FCC reports.<br /><br />That’s more than one-third of the $4.8 million in campaign funds Corbett had left over from the primary.<br /><br />A Franklin &amp; Marshall College poll of registered voters in late June showed Corbett, a Republican, trailing Democrat Wolf 47 percent to 25 percent.<br /><br />Wolf has spent no money on ads this month.<br /> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:09:08 +0000 Eric Holmberg | PublicSource 33166 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Has Spent $1.7 Million on TV Ads Since the Primary Corbett Shrugs Off Possibility Lawmakers Will Sue Over Blocked Earmarks http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-shrugs-possibility-lawmakers-will-sue-over-blocked-earmarks <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is shrugging off the possibility state lawmakers will sue him for blocking their earmarks earlier this month.<br /><br />Legislative leaders say the line-item veto of seven-point-two million dollars in projects was unconstitutional.<br /><br />They could try to override the veto with a two-thirds vote, or sue the administration.<br /><br />Corbett said he doesn’t think a court battle is likely, though he’s not troubled by the possibility.<br /><br />"Let them sue me," he said. "Last time I looked, that’s in the constitution, isn’t it?"<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:02:49 +0000 Mary Wilson 33004 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Not Letting Up On Public Pension Overhaul http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-not-letting-public-pension-overhaul <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is not giving up the ghost of a public pension overhaul proposal — saying he may still call a special session of the state Legislature to address the issue.<br /><br />The measure still does not have enough support in the House and Senate, Corbett said at a roundtable discussion in Hummelstown Friday.<br /><br />The governor has been making daily statements about the plan, which would reduce retirement benefits of future public workers.<br /><br />Supporters say the changes would reign in long-term costs of public pensions.<br /> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 32850 at http://wesa.fm Partial Veto of Projects Could Prompt Lawsuit http://wesa.fm/post/partial-veto-projects-could-prompt-lawsuit <p>Lawmakers think the governor overreached when he vetoed not just parts of the state budget, but parts of another related piece of legislation, and House and Senate leaders are weighing their options to retaliate.<br /><br />The state constitution allows the governor to partially veto “appropriations.” Lawmakers have interpreted that to mean specific sections of a state budget can be struck down by the governor.<br /><br />Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett did that.<br /> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:11:23 +0000 Mary Wilson 32847 at http://wesa.fm No New Gas Leases in State Parks and Forests Pending Court Decision http://wesa.fm/post/no-new-gas-leases-state-parks-and-forests-pending-court-decision <p>The Corbett administration has announced that no new natural gas leases will be issued under state parks and forest land while the case of PEDF v. Commonwealth progresses in court.</p><p>The decision is part of a settlement, which includes the continued funding of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The suit was brought by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:37 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32835 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts Tobash's Pension Reform Plan in Shaler Township http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-touts-tobashs-pension-reform-plan-shaler-township <p>Less than a week after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett ended the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/explaining-governor-corbetts-budget-battle">budget standoff</a> with the state Legislature, he’s setting a new deadline for <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-withholds-signature-budget-pension-overhaul">pension reform</a>: election season.</p><p>Corbett was in Shaler Township Monday afternoon pushing an overhaul of the public pension system, which he said is necessary to help struggling school districts and stem the wave of rising property taxes.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:34:04 +0000 Liz Reid 32616 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts Tobash's Pension Reform Plan in Shaler Township Strong and Decisive, Corbett Takes A Stand Against the Legislature http://wesa.fm/post/strong-and-decisive-corbett-takes-stand-against-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the eve of the state budget deadline, Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that he had signed the $29 billion state spending plan, but </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-signs-budget-cuts-general-assembly-funds" style="line-height: 1.5;">line-item vetoed $65 million</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in legislative spending. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Governor is blaming budget problems on pension costs and called on the legislature to come back and enact <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/hybrid-approach-pennsylvania-pension-reform">pension reform</a>.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.pennlive.com">Penn Live</a>’s John Micek said he expected that Corbett’s announcement would include the line-item veto, so he was not surprised with the outcome.&nbsp;</p><p>Micek was instead surprised by Corbett's demeanor.</p><p>“I wondered where this Tom Corbett was four years ago. Very strong, very decisive. You know, not taking any guff, casting the legislature as the bad guy. His approval rating has been lousy, theirs’ is worse than his. So he loses nothing by running against them and making them the bogeyman here.” Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:45:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32392 at http://wesa.fm Strong and Decisive, Corbett Takes A Stand Against the Legislature Corbett Signs Budget, But Cuts Off General Assembly Funds http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-signs-budget-cuts-general-assembly-funds <p>Though Gov. Tom Corbett signed the 2014-15 state budget, he line-item vetoed $65 million in General Assembly spending and an additional $7.2 million in legislative designated spending.<br /><br />He said he did this because the lawmakers sent him a budget that was filled with discretionary spending but refused to deal with the unsustainable public pension system.<br /><br />Instead, he said the Assembly increased its $320 million budget by two percent – which he said would cost taxpayers an additional $5 million.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:57:17 +0000 Jessica Nath 32379 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Faces Tough Challenge in Budget Decision http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-faces-tough-challenge-budget-decision <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has yet to sign the $29.1 billion budget passed by state lawmakers last week. He said he would not sign a budget that does not include a pension overhaul.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:48:46 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32263 at http://wesa.fm Pension Overhaul Spiked As Corbett Stalls http://wesa.fm/post/pension-overhaul-spiked-corbett-stalls <p>State lawmakers unceremoniously sidelined a public pension overhaul bill Tuesday, disarming House Republicans in their efforts to advance a priority topping Gov. Tom Corbett’s legislative wish list.<br /><br />Midway through floor debate on the measure, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R- Bucks) asked to send the pensions proposal to his committee for further study over the summer.<br /><br />“There are too many unanswered questions about the proposal and about the amendment that we have before us,” said DiGirolamo.<br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:55:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 31939 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Withholds Signature On Budget For Pension Overhaul http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-withholds-signature-budget-pension-overhaul <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is holding off on signing the $29.1 billion commonwealth budget approved by state lawmakers Monday evening.<br /><br />The announcement came just after the final vote on the spending plan, which includes no new taxes but leans heavily on one-time revenue sources and hopeful revenue forecasts.<br /><br />In a written statement, the governor took issue not with anything in the spending plan, but with the Legislature’s failure to pass another one of his top priorities: changes to public pension benefits for future state and school employees.<br /> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:51:25 +0000 Mary Wilson 31867 at http://wesa.fm Nothing But Questions As the June Budget Deadline Nears http://wesa.fm/post/nothing-questions-june-budget-deadline-nears <p>State lawmakers are heading into the final stretch of June, and for the first time in four years, a budget agreement doesn’t appear to be on the horizon.<br /><br />Gov. Tom Corbett, who ran for office promising timely state budgets, has said he’ll forgive a late spending plan in return for passage of two other legislative priorities: an overhaul of public pensions and changes to how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania.<br /> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:23:58 +0000 Mary Wilson 31478 at http://wesa.fm Kane Report: Politics Had No Role in Sandusky Probe http://wesa.fm/post/kane-report-politics-had-no-role-sandusky-probe <p>A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.</p><p>The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, by a former federal prosecutor blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:45:12 +0000 The Associated Press 31398 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Shrugs Off June 30 Budget Deadline http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-shrugs-june-30-budget-deadline <p>Gov. Tom Corbett says he’ll make do with a late budget this year and possibly renege on his no-taxes campaign pledge. &nbsp;<br /><br />“Given the difficulty of this budget, I have allowed — I have informed — the legislators, we need to get this done and we need to get it done right, rather than quickly,” said Corbett at a news conference Tuesday. “So, if we are not able to finish by June 30, we are not able to finish by June 30.”<br /> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:47:34 +0000 Mary Wilson 31099 at http://wesa.fm RMU Poll Shows Corbett Losing Favor With Key Demographic http://wesa.fm/post/rmu-poll-shows-corbett-losing-favor-key-demographic <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is losing favor with a key demographic, those 50 and older, that helped him get elected in 2010.</p><p>An online survey conducted by Robert Morris University shows 30.8 percent of the 508 registered PA voters who were questioned said that they favored the governor. The poll was conducted from May 6<sup>th</sup>-13<sup>th</sup>—before the May 20<sup>th</sup> primary election.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:40:42 +0000 Jess Lasky 29927 at http://wesa.fm NJ, PA Face Similar Pressures To Defer Pension Payments http://wesa.fm/post/nj-pa-face-similar-pressures-defer-pension-payments <p>New Jersey and Pennsylvania are caught between a rock and a hard place: The budget shortfalls that make deferring pension fund contributions so tempting, and the credit downgrades that await them if they skip more scheduled payments on ballooning pension debt.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 29841 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Case http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-wont-appeal-same-sex-marriage-case <p>Pennsylvania's governor says he won't appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.<br /><br />Gov. Tom Corbett's decision Wednesday means that same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban.<br /><br />On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III struck down Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning recognition of gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.<br /> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:08:38 +0000 The Associated Press 29624 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Set For Fight To Retain Governorship http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-set-fight-retain-governorship <p>Gov. Tom Corbett took the stage at his primary election night headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday night to chants of “four more years!” from supporters.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 04:13:18 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29575 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Set For Fight To Retain Governorship Wolf Wins Four-Way Democratic Primary For Governor http://wesa.fm/post/wolf-wins-four-way-democratic-primary-governor <p>Tom Wolf, the man in the Jeep from York County, has won the Democratic nomination to face <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-set-fight-retain-governorship">incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett</a> in the November general election.<br /><br />Wolf took roughly 58 percent of the Democratic vote, with none of his opponents cresting the 20 percent mark.<br /> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:26:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 29570 at http://wesa.fm Wolf Wins Four-Way Democratic Primary For Governor Western PA No Longer Requires Gasoline Switch In Summer Months http://wesa.fm/post/western-pa-no-longer-requires-gasoline-switch-summer-months <p>Gov. Tom Corbett signed <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/bill-do-away-summer-gas-pittsburgh-passes-senate">a bill</a> last week that eliminates requirements for what’s called “summer gas.”</p><p>Seven counties in Western Pennsylvania require that a different kind of gasoline be sold during the summer. It evaporates less readily, releasing less of the pollutants that contribute to smog.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29348 at http://wesa.fm Construction Commences On Marcellus Shale Power Plant http://wesa.fm/post/construction-commences-marcellus-shale-power-plant <p>Construction for the first power plant deliberately located on the Marcellus Shale formation began Thursday.</p><p>“Panda Power Funds Liberty Energy Center is the first power plant in Pennsylvania specifically developed to harness potential Marcellus Shale gas formation,” Gov. Tom Corbett said at the groundbreaking.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 829-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant will be located in Asylum Township in Bradford County.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:29:49 +0000 Jessica Nath 29355 at http://wesa.fm Construction Commences On Marcellus Shale Power Plant Frankel Urges State To Adopt Medicaid Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/frankel-urges-state-adopt-medicaid-expansion <p>Healthcare advocates, along with State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), unveiled an <a href="http://pahealthaccess.org/">online ticker</a> today, which tracks the amount of money they claim Pennsylvania is losing by rejecting Medicaid expansion.</p><p>As of today, the state has missed out on more than $640 million since the start of 2014, according to the ticker.</p><p>“It’s hard to turn your back against this when it addresses so many important issues facing the state at this time,” Frankel said.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:14:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 29218 at http://wesa.fm Groundbreaking for New Section of Southern Beltway http://wesa.fm/post/groundbreaking-new-section-southern-beltway <p>Ground was broken &nbsp;Monday on Phase 2 of the Southern Beltway (I-576) that will &nbsp;eventually&nbsp;connect Pittsburgh International Airport to &nbsp;the Mon Fayette Expressway.</p><p>This phase, totaling&nbsp;$550 million &nbsp;includes construction of a 13-mile highway linking Route 22 with I-79 near McDonald&nbsp;and begins with the building of two bridges costing $14 million.</p><p>The project was made possible by Act 89, the $2.3 billion transportation funding plan, signed into law last November by Governor Tom Corbett who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:10:14 +0000 Jess Lasky 29135 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Now Supports Some Medical Marijuana; House GOP Leaders Balk http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-now-supports-some-medical-marijuana-house-gop-leaders-balk <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has reversed his opposition to legalizing a certain kind of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The governor said Thursday he’ll support a proposal to make it available to people suffering from debilitating seizures.</p><div><p>Spokesman Jay Pagni said Corbett shared his decision first with parents and families advocating for medical marijuana in a private meeting Thursday in Harrisburg. A notice was sent simultaneously to other families who have been advocating for legalization, Pagni said.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:34:49 +0000 Mary WIlson 28572 at http://wesa.fm