Tom Corbett http://wesa.fm en Corbett Touts STEM Funding in 2015-16 Budget Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-touts-stem-funding-2015-16-budget-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Tom Corbett was in Pittsburgh Monday, touring the Carnegie Science Center and touting his 2015-16&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">budget proposal, which he says includes funds mean to boost student achievement in STEM fields.</span></p><p>“It’s vital to make sure that every child today … has a full productive life for tomorrow, and (is) being exposed to science, technology, engineering, and math,” Corbett said.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:18:56 +0000 Liz Reid 27955 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts STEM Funding in 2015-16 Budget Proposal Guzzardi Wins Ballot Challenge; Appeal Expected http://wesa.fm/post/guzzardi-wins-ballot-challenge-appeal-expected <p>A Commonwealth Court judge has ruled Bob Guzzardi will remain on the Republican gubernatorial primary ballot as Gov. Tom Corbett’s only challenger.<br /><br />The state GOP’s general counsel, Lawrence Tabas, who argued against Guzzardi’s nominating petitions, said he’ll “absolutely” file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.<br /><br />“I’ll be prompt,” Tabas said.<br /> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:40:17 +0000 Mary Wilson 27649 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Administration Finalizes 2014 Transportation Projects http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-administration-finalizes-2014-transportation-projects <p>Gov. Tom Corbett's administration says it has finalized the highway, bridge and mass transit improvement projects that'll begin this year as a result of a landmark transportation funding bill he signed in November.<br /><br />The administration said Thursday that about 250 highway and bridge projects and 50 mass transit projects will begin in 2014 as a result of the law. That puts the total at approximately 950 highway, bridge and mass transit projects beginning in 2014.<br /> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:14:41 +0000 The Associated Press 26965 at http://wesa.fm Petitions Challenge Of Corbett’s Only Primary Opponent Ongoing http://wesa.fm/post/petitions-challenge-corbett-s-only-primary-opponent-ongoing <p>Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s only primary opponent has faced a second day in court over a challenge to get him thrown off the ballot.<br /><br />GOP-backed voters say Bob Guzzardi, a Montgomery County activist and lawyer, should not be a candidate in the May 20 primary because he failed to file a statement of financial interest on time to the State Ethics Commission.<br /><br />Lawyer Lawrence Tabas quotes the state Ethics Act in calling the oversight a “fatal defect.”<br /> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:44:37 +0000 Mary Wilson 26948 at http://wesa.fm Corbett, Lawmakers Slam PA Hunting Agency http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-lawmakers-slam-pa-hunting-agency <p>Gov. Tom Corbett and several high-ranking state lawmakers are demanding that members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission make changes or resign.<br /><br />The letter they sent Tuesday to Pennsylvania Game Commission President Bob Schlemmer says the agency should rescind an agreement to pay $220,000 to its former executive director, Carl Roe.<br /><br />It also says William Capouillez shouldn't be named to succeed Roe.<br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:56:05 +0000 The Associated Press 26068 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Remain Under Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-remain-under-act-47 <p>With the thanks of Pittsburgh’s mayor, Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced that the city would remain under the controls of Act 47.&nbsp;</p><p>Pittsburgh entered into distressed-city status 10 years ago, and the Ravenstahl administration had argued in 2012 that enough progress had been made to release the city from its bonds.</p><p>“While Pittsburgh continues to take considerable steps in its efforts in stabilizing the city’s financial position, many conditions that originally led to the distressed determination have not been alleviated,” Corbett said.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:58:19 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 25816 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Remain Under Act 47 Corbett Joins Opposition Against National Guard Cuts http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-joins-opposition-against-national-guard-cuts <p>Potential budget cuts to the Army National Guard have received opposition from 50 governors across the country, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.</p><p>A letter signed by the governors asking President Obama to reconsider the cuts was delivered to the White House on Feb. 28. In the letter, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin wrote that the cuts “suggest a pre-2001 strategic reserve construct,” which would take funding back to levels it was it before the September 11 attacks.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 25337 at http://wesa.fm Corbett: Liquor Privatization Issue Still Alive http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-liquor-privatization-issue-still-alive <p>Gov. Tom Corbett says the liquor privatization issue that has been a priority for him for more than a year is still the subject of negotiations.<br /><br />Progress ground to a halt last summer on plans to dismantle the state-controlled wine and liquor system and change the rules governing all alcohol sales. But Corbett says there’s still some fizz left in the bottle.<br /> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:08:59 +0000 Mary Wilson 25475 at http://wesa.fm RMU Poll Shows High Unfavorable Rating for Gov. Corbett http://wesa.fm/post/rmu-poll-shows-high-unfavorable-rating-gov-corbett <p>A new poll by Robert Morris University (RMU) shows November's gubernatorial election might be an&nbsp;historic event.&nbsp; According to the survey, Gov. Tom Corbett faces an uphill reelection challenge in a race that’s historically dominated by the incumbent. Of those questioned, 29.4 percent of likely voters currently hold a favorable impression of the Republican governor.<br /> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 25436 at http://wesa.fm Transportation Funding: Too Touchy To Tout? http://wesa.fm/post/transportation-funding-too-touchy-tout <p>A Wall Street Journal editorial last week delivered a harsh sizing-up of Gov. Tom Corbett’s legislative achievements, and in so doing prompted a question: Why isn’t the governor campaigning on securing additional transportation funding for the state?<br /><br />The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303801304579409083427420634">WSJ op-ed</a> noted Corbett’s low polling numbers and criticized the governor for being “unable to corral his caucus to pass even de minimis pension, school and tax reforms.”<br /> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:12:30 +0000 Mary Wilson 25303 at http://wesa.fm Gov. Corbett Doing Well After Surgery In Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/gov-corbett-doing-well-after-surgery-pittsburgh <p><strong>Updated: 10:35 a.m.</strong></p><p>Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office says his hernia surgery went well and he's resumed his role and powers as governor.</p><p>Corbett returned to Pittsburgh to have the outpatient surgery performed at Allegheny General Hospital so he could recover in his Shaler home.&nbsp;</p><p>Corbett was under general anesthesia from 7:10 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. Spokesperson Jay Pagni said the governor "was in great spirits" as he left the hospital.</p><p>Corbett will remain in Shaler through the weekend and return to work in Harrisburg Monday.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:52:31 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 25090 at http://wesa.fm PA Supreme Court Won't Revisit Gas Drilling Case http://wesa.fm/post/pa-supreme-court-wont-revisit-gas-drilling-case <p>Pennsylvania's highest court said Friday it would not revisit its decision striking down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments.<br /><br />The state Supreme Court denied a request by Gov. Tom Corbett's administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court for a new round of briefs and fact-finding process.<br /><br />Instead, the justices left in place the Dec. 19 decision that said new industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution.<br /> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:00:10 +0000 The Associated Press 24821 at http://wesa.fm Reaction Swift to Corbett’s Medicaid Compromise http://wesa.fm/post/reaction-swift-corbett-s-medicaid-compromise <p>Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday officially began seeking federal approval for his plan to bring billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to Pennsylvania to cover a half-million working poor residents through private health plans, although advocates for the poor and uninsured called it bureaucratic and punitive.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:52:30 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & The Associated Press 24706 at http://wesa.fm PA Budget Chief Defends Governor's Spending Plan http://wesa.fm/post/pa-budget-chief-defends-governors-spending-plan <p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget secretary has started three weeks of budget hearings by defending the use of revenue predictions built into a proposed $29.4 billion spending plan.<br /><br />Charles Zogby acknowledges the budget proposal rests, in part, on reducing the state’s payments into the two public pension systems — something that still requires action by the Legislature.<br /> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:15:23 +0000 Mary Wilson 24196 at http://wesa.fm State Dems Take Issue With Corbett's Education Funding Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/state-dems-take-issue-corbetts-education-funding-proposal <p>State Democratic lawmakers are taking issue with how Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing to increase funding for public education.<br /><br />The governor proposed a $240 million block grant which would come with spending restrictions and be doled out according to a formula.<br /><br />But Chester County Sen. Andy Dinniman, ranking Democrat on the chamber’s education committee, said the formula differs from the one used under an existing block grant.<br /> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 24157 at http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/breaking-down-corbetts-budget-proposal <p>Governor Tom Corbett delivered his fourth budget address Tuesday, calling for more than $900 million in additional state spending over the current fiscal year.</p><p>A sizable portion of Corbett's roughly three percent increase in state spending would go to education. Is this year's version of the governor's budget really the "pivot point" that <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/office_of_the_budget____home/4408/charles_zogby/461439">Budget Secretary Charles Zogby</a> is calling it?</p><p>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review capitol reporter Brad Bumsted points out that the budget has supporters and critics. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Pawlenty">Senator Tim Pawlenty</a> showed support for the budget plan by declaring the latest speech as the best budget speech of Corbett's tenure. But how does Corbett plan on completing this budget plan without raising taxes?</p><p>According to Bumsted, “his budget director says its by anticipating 4% revenue growth with a number of one-time fixes and continuing fixes. But some of the things he is counting on requires approval outside of his control." Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:43:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23929 at http://wesa.fm Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal Corbett Proposes an Additional $10 Million for PA's Pre-K Program http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-proposes-additional-10-million-pas-pre-k-program <p>Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced an additional $10 million in funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts.</p><p>“Every child in this state should be, ready to learn, ready to grow, ready to succeed, and my budget sets an agenda in that spirit,” Corbett said.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Liz Reid 23867 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Looks to Spend More, Relying on Unresolved Items http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-looks-spend-more-relying-unresolved-items <p>Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his fourth budget address midday Tuesday, calling for more than $900 million in additional state spending over the current fiscal year.<br /><br />A good chunk of Corbett’s proposed roughly 3 percent increase in state spending would go to education. About $300 million more would go toward a new block grant for schools, special education and early learning programs, and higher education scholarships.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:56:27 +0000 Mary Wilson & Deanna Garcia 23865 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Looks to Spend More, Relying on Unresolved Items Allentown Mayor Pawlowski Exits Gubernatorial Race http://wesa.fm/post/allentown-mayor-pawlowski-exits-gubernatorial-race <p>Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has ended his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.<br /><br />In so doing, he’s trumpeting his support for Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord.<br /><br />Pawlowski said he hopes the now seven-person field thins to minimize any intra-party bickering that he says would make it more likely that incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett secures a second term.<br /><br />He says his decision comes down to money.<br /> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:57:11 +0000 Mary Wilson 23814 at http://wesa.fm Corbett to Ask Lawmakers for a $10M Increase for Early Ed Grants http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-ask-lawmakers-10m-increase-early-ed-grants <p>Gov. Tom Corbett plans to ask lawmakers for a $10 million increase for early education grants in his budget address next week.<br /><br />The proposal would amount to a 16 percent increase in funding for the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program.<br /><br />"Our Pre-K Counts programs consistently deliver high-quality pre-k education," Corbett said. "We’re not talking just babysitting, we’re talking care, we’re talking about teaching, we’re talking about nurturing."<br /><br />Estimates show more than a one billion dollar deficit going into the fiscal year beginning in July.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:56:35 +0000 Mary Wilson & Mark Nootbaar 23634 at http://wesa.fm Gov. Candidate To Be First Among Democratic Contenders To Air TV Ad http://wesa.fm/post/gov-candidate-be-first-among-democratic-contenders-air-tv-ad <p>At forums and debates, the Democratic gubernatorial candidates have largely agreed on policy issues, but one of the eight-person field is try to break out of the pack with a television ad this week.<br /><br />Katie McGinty, a former Department of Environmental Protection secretary, says her ad will air before and after the president’s State of the Union Address, on CNN and MSNBC.<br /><br />Gov. Tom Corbett has already hit the television airwaves with an ad last November, but McGinty is the first Democratic contender to launch a TV spot.<br /> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:34:16 +0000 Mary Wilson 23450 at http://wesa.fm Measure to Create New Schools Funding Formula Gets a Boost from Corbett http://wesa.fm/post/measure-create-new-schools-funding-formula-gets-boost-corbett <p>Prospects for legislation to devise a new schools funding formula have gotten a bit brighter.<br /><br />Gov. Tom Corbett recently criticized the current method of divvying up state aid, which happens during budget negotiations among state lawmakers.<br /><br />"It’s not fair right now. OK? So we need to address that," Corbett said. "So I’m looking forward to seeing that bill pass in the Senate. I’m looking forward to that commission, and then let’s go to a true funding system."<br /> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 23332 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Mulling Next Move On Voter ID http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-mulling-next-move-voter-id <p>Days after a state judge struck down Pennsylvania voter identification law, Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s not sure whether his administration will appeal the ruling.<br /><br />The law was passed at the urging of the Corbett administration by the Republican-controlled Legislature, over protests from Democrats. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley rejected the law in a ruling released last Friday, calling voter ID unconstitutional based in part on its flawed implementation and its foundation on a “vague concern” of voter fraud.<br /> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:37:57 +0000 Mary Wilson 23285 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Proposes Second Annual Boost to Abuse Victims’ Programs http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-proposes-second-annual-boost-abuse-victims-programs <p>Gov. Tom Corbett says he’ll propose an additional $2.2 million in state aid for programs serving victims of rape and domestic abuse.</p><p>The unusual preview of part of Corbett’s budget address comes nearly three weeks before he’s scheduled to outline his spending plan to the Legislature.</p><p>The 10 percent funding increase isn’t set in stone. Corbett said legislative leaders haven’t promised to keep it in the spending plan they’ll negotiate and send to his desk. The budget is due at the end of June.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:55:37 +0000 Mary Wilson 23181 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Unveils State Energy Plan for PA http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-unveils-state-energy-plan-pa <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is unveiling a state energy resource book that stresses the strength of Pennsylvania's business and energy sectors as a way to market the state to business people and investors.<br /><br />Flanked by two-year students studying diesel engine technology, Corbett released the book Tuesday at Pennsylvania College of Technology's Earth Science Center near Williamsport.<br /> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:19:55 +0000 The Associated Press 23140 at http://wesa.fm