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Shortly after a $30 billion budget was approved in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the entire plan.  He’s the first governor in 40 years to turn down an entire budget proposal.The governor tells us why he decided to veto the plan and what he’d like to see change about the next proposal. Wolf says he speaks on behalf of the compromises needed to be made from both sides to get the next budget proposal underway: 

"The job now is to bring those two points together because whether we like it or not Pennsylvanians voted for divided government and we both have to agree in the end... to come to a place that we can all agree will make Pennsylvania better. We all know we need a budget, we all know we're gonna have to agree and we're gonna have to do that as quickly as we possibly can." - Governor Tom Wolf


Also in the program, as The Salvation Army turns 150 years old, discover how the charity has evolved over the years and how they'll be celebrating their anniversary. WESA Celebrates reports a lesser-known story of the Homestead strike, the possibility of larger fireworks being legal in our state will be addressed and our travel contributor shares her favorite 4th of July weekend getaways.

In the wake of a disaster, your next meal might not be the first thought that comes to mind – but when hunger strikes, the Salvation Army has that covered, too.

The organization will reveal a new custom $100,000 disaster response unit Saturday at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh.

Michael Riemer, director for Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services for Western Pennsylvania, said the unit basically looks like a food truck.

With Christmas only two days away, the Salvation Army is calling on shoppers to help it reach its annual Red Kettle Campaign goal.

The Salvation Army needs an additional $394,000 to reach its goal of $2.49 million – it’s short $73,000 at its Allegheny County locations.

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign isn’t seeing as much green as the Salvation Army would like in Western Pennsylvania.

According to the nearly 150-year-old charity, 24 of the 39 Worship and Service Centers are trailing behind last year’s pace. Allegheny County is off by more than $37,500. The charity hopes to raise $577,000 in the county.

Major William Bode, divisional commander of the Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division, said the popularity of online shopping could be one reason for lag in donations.

While many will wake early on “Black Friday” with a shopping list in hand and sneakers laced to snag some deals at local retailers, a select few will awaken with a different goal in mind.

For volunteers of the Salvation Army of Western PA, the day after Thanksgiving marks the official kick off to the Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.

Salvation Army To Host 6th Annual 'Most Amazing Race'

Sep 18, 2014

Thirty-two teams are gearing up to put both their mental and physical capacities to the test for a good cause. The Salvation Army of Western PA is hosting its 6th annual “Most Amazing Race” Saturday, September 20th, to benefit youth in Allegheny County.

In recent years there has been an increase IN demand for youth programming provided by the Salvation Army. Funds generated through the “Most Amazing Race” will allow the organization to keep its doors open according to Donna Fencik, Salvation Army Divisional Director of Fundraising

Salvation Army Fundraises During Christmas in July

Jul 21, 2014

The iconic Salvation Army red kettles are a familiar sight every Christmas season. But what are they doing out in July?

The Western PA Division of the Salvation Army is celebrating “Christmas in July” in Allegheny County by fundraising at various locations throughout the month.

Divisional Director of Development Fran Brace says the Salvation Army is filling a $64,000 funding gap created by last year’s shortened collection season.

“Thanksgiving was later, and so that definitely had an effect on us raising dollars to help people in need,” Brace said.

Salvation Army, Westmorland United Way Sever Ties

Jul 2, 2014

The New Kensington Salvation Army Corps has severed ties with the Westmoreland County United Way over a tax form dispute.

After more than a decade of giving grant money to the local Salvation Army, United Way has turned down an application for future funds due to the Army’s refusal to complete IRS Form 990.

The 990 is a 12-page form that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must fill out annually. It contains information about the organizations programs, mission, and finances.

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division’s Red Christmas Kettle Campaign is trailing last year’s numbers by more than $312,000.

Thirty-five of the Salvation Army’s 39 divisional facilities are falling short of their goals, including those in Braddock, Homewood and Pittsburgh’s Northside.

The Salvation Army has a goal of raising $687,500 this holiday season in Allegheny County and more than $2.7 million in Western Pennsylvania. But with two weeks before Christmas, that might not happen.

The turkey hasn’t yet been served, but an iconic sign of Christmas will start popping up outside of stores and other locations – the Salvation Army’s red kettles.

“The goal for Western Pennsylvania is $2.7 million and the goal for Allegheny County is $687,500,” said Major Mark Mackneer, general secretary of Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania.