Charles Zogby en PA Budget Chief Defends Governor's 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 Interpretation of Tobacco Settlement Ruling Begins in PA <p>The fate of a program receiving money from the state’s tobacco settlement is unknown, as are the Corbett administration’s next steps on how to allocate the special funding.</p><p>A judge deemed unconstitutional two state laws that diverted tobacco settlement money away from adultBasic, the commonwealth’s bygone health insurance program for adults. It was shut down in 2011 after Governor Corbett said it was no longer affordable.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:25:59 +0000 Mary Wilson 2256 at