Governor Corbett http://wesa.fm en 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 PA Minimum Wage Battle Heats Up http://wesa.fm/post/pa-minimum-wage-battle-heats <p>As the national debate <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/12/06/249275617/debate-on-wage-and-wealth-gap-heats-up-solutions-elusive">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 http://wesa.fm Corbett Launches Innovate in PA http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-launches-innovate-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 http://wesa.fm Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/concerns-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="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fpahealthaccess.org%2FContact&amp;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 http://wesa.fm Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-labor-day-parade-focuses-upmc-governors-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 http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race PA's Highest Court Stops Public Health Center Closures ... For Now http://wesa.fm/post/pas-highest-court-stops-public-health-center-closures-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 http://wesa.fm Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season http://wesa.fm/post/micek-aclu-lawsuit-payday-loans-penndots-lost-construction-season <p></p><p>In the wake of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation">Governor Corbett’s budget signing</a> and the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, <strong>John Micek </strong><a href="http://blog.pennlive.com/capitol-notebook/index.html">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 http://wesa.fm Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation <p>Following a “bad weekend” with the <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_gets_budget_bu.html#/0">collapse of his agenda</a>, Governor Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion <a href="http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48182083/2013-14%20Governors%20Executive%20Budget%20CD.pdf">state budget</a> Sunday night.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_signs_off_on_p.html">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 http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation Corbett Signs Bill to Save 911 Centers http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-signs-bill-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 http://wesa.fm Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/political-commentary-essential-pittsburgh-1 <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="http://www.governor.state.pa.us">Governor Corbett </a>asks for, and receives, the resignation of DCNR Chief Richard Allan, former <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Rendell">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 http://wesa.fm