Governor Corbett en New Law Raises Minimum Sentences For Hit-And-Run Drivers <p>Drivers who flee the scene of a vehicular homicide now face a stiffer sentence after Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation last Monday that raised the sentence to a minimum of three years in jail.</p><p>“Kevin’s Law” is to honor a 5-year-old boy, from Wilkes-Barre, who was killed 18 months ago by a driver who drove away after the accident. Authorities finally caught the man who killed the boy, but he was sentenced to less than a year because of a loophole. Kevin Miller’s parents advocated for change.</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 31899 at Explaining Governor Corbett's Budget Battle <p>Budgets often lead to some of the most contentious battles within government, and the approval for the Pennsylvania’s $29.1 billion budget is shaping up to follow suit.</p><p>The budget was approved by lawmakers on Monday night, hours before the end of Pennsylvania’s fiscal year, but Governor Tom Corbett <a href="">refused to sign the budget sent to him</a>.</p><p>He said he would withhold his signature until the General Assembly made a decision regarding pension cuts, adding that the budget “does not address all the difficult choices that still need to be made.” Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:02:28 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31975 at Explaining Governor Corbett's Budget Battle UPMC, Highmark Reach Transition Deal <p>A blueprint for what Pennsylvania officials hope will be a smooth transition for Highmark Insurance customers currently using UPMC doctors has been agreed to by both non profit organizations but the details have yet to be reached.&nbsp;</p><p>“This as really been a bipartisan approach,” said Highmark CEO David Holmberg who just two weeks ago did not think such a deal was possible.&nbsp; “This has been about everybody putting their swords down and doing the right things.”</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:25:04 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 31686 at Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a report Monday regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation when he was Attorney General. Patriot News opinions editor John Micek talked about how the findings of Kane's office<a href=""> could impact Governor Corbett's chances of re-election</a>.</span></p><p>The Attorney General’s report found no evidence of Corbett mishandling the investigation due to political influence. Micek said even though the report was issued well before voting begins, for Corbett's re-election campaign, the report may hurt his chances in the polls. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:33:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31480 at Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation Corbett: Wolf Is Not a Target <p>Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his use of campaign ads that focus on his would-be Democratic opponents, despite the fact that the primary has not yet been held. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 28962 at Corbett Launches Heroin Working Group, Sets September Deadline <p>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is hoping a newly formed working group will be able to turn the tide of heroin overdose deaths in the Commonwealth.&nbsp;</p><p>Corbett is calling for the working group, which will be chaired by Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, to put a report on his desk by September.</p><p>“Yes I know that’s an aggressive time frame and I know that’s across the summer,” Corbett said.&nbsp; “We don’t have the time to wait.”</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:26:38 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 28957 at Coalition of African American Groups Hold Forum for Democratic Gubornatorial Candidates <p></p><p>How are the candidates for governor planning to take on the issues in the commonwealth’s African American community?</p><p>That’s what a coalition of African American organizations want to find out during its forum April 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>The coalition invited the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates - Robert McCord and Kathleen McGinty accepted, but Thomas Wolf and Allyson Schwartz were unable to clear their schedules.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:24:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 27735 at Coalition of African American Groups Hold Forum for Democratic Gubornatorial Candidates 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 PA Minimum Wage Battle Heats Up <p>As the national debate <a href="">continues</a> over an increase to the federal minimum wage, politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out about Pennsylvania’s version of the pay floor.</p><p>Currently, state law sets the minimum hourly wage at $7.25, which in line with the national law. Washington D.C. and 19 states have a higher minimum.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 21349 at Corbett Launches Innovate in PA <p>A room full of politicians, entrepreneurs and robots - this was the scene Thursday at the Innovation Works AlphaLab as Governor Tom Corbett announced the launch of Innovate in PA.</p><p>With the program, the commonwealth will auction $100 million in deferred tax credits to insurance companies.</p><p>These companies will then use the credits to raise funds that will go towards start up technology-related businesses - the Ben Franklin Technology Development Partners, three Life Sciences Greenhouses and the Venture Capital Investment program.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:41:51 +0000 Jessica Nath 17218 at Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion <p>Governor Tom Corbett’s medicaid expansion plan sounds like “a step in the right direction” according to <a href=";sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF1t7tSBZ05Yi2D2sVxio3JAnRLOw">Erin Ninehouser</a>, the Education and Outreach Director for Pennsylvania Health Access Network, but she does have some reservations.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:05:32 +0000 Nick Frost 16694 at Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race <p>Thousands of marchers took to the streets for the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh Monday. This year an estimated 85,000 participants in 191 groups were expected to down Grant Street and onto Boulevard of the Allies.</p><p>Local politicians and community leaders participated in the parade, including U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Jack Shea, president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, and Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Diocese.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 18:39:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 15851 at Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race PA's Highest Court Stops Public Health Center Closures ... For Now <p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s plans to shut down 26 of the state’s 60 public health centers has been put on hold after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction Wednesday.</p><p>The state’s Department of Health said closing almost half of Pennsylvania’s health centers that provide services such as immunizations and disease testing would save $3.4 million.</p><p>But the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania argued doing so would cut 26 nursing jobs, and the state couldn’t close the centers without state legislature approval.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:14:36 +0000 Emily Farah 13418 at Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season <p></p><p>In the wake of <a href="">Governor Corbett’s budget signing</a> and the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, <strong>John Micek </strong><a href="">Opinions Editor of the Harrisburg Patriot-News </a>explains the many pressing issues at the state level.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12884 at Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation <p>Following a “bad weekend” with the <a href="">collapse of his agenda</a>, Governor Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion <a href="">state budget</a> Sunday night.&nbsp; <a href="">Controversial issues </a>including liquor privatization and allocations for transportation funding remain in the Legislature until the fall, prompting a close examination of these pressing topics and the motivations behind both parties in both the House and Senate.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:52:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12400 at State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation Corbett Signs Bill to Save 911 Centers <p>Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed a bill that gives 911 systems across the state a one-year warning that they will no longer be able to turn to the state for all the funding they want.&nbsp;</p><p>House Bill 583, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester), provides for a one-year transition period to a system that will base disbursements on funds that have actually been collected through the 911 surcharge rather than simply fully funding all requests.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:02:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 11726 at Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh <p>Essential Pittsburgh has convened a political panel to disucss the &nbsp;impact of recent state and regional political developments. Up for discussion this week:&nbsp;<a href="">Governor Corbett </a>asks for, and receives, the resignation of DCNR Chief Richard Allan, former <a href="">Governor Ed Rendell</a> jumps into the fray on the transportation plan before the House, and control of Allegheny County's Port Authority board could be at risk as a bill moves through the state Senate.<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:41:03 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11477 at