Tom Corbett

Government & Politics
7:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Gov. Corbett Doing Well After Surgery In Pittsburgh

Updated: 10:35 a.m.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office says his hernia surgery went well and he's resumed his role and powers as governor.

Corbett returned to Pittsburgh to have the outpatient surgery performed at Allegheny General Hospital so he could recover in his Shaler home. 

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.

Corbett will remain in Shaler through the weekend and return to work in Harrisburg Monday.

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Government & Politics
5:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

PA Supreme Court Won't Revisit Gas Drilling Case

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.

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.

Instead, the justices left in place the Dec. 19 decision that said new industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution.

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Affordable Care Act
10:52 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Reaction Swift to Corbett’s Medicaid Compromise

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.

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Government & Politics
3:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

PA Budget Chief Defends Governor's Spending Plan

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.

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.

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Education
3:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

State Dems Take Issue With Corbett's Education Funding Proposal

State Democratic lawmakers are taking issue with how Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing to increase funding for public education.

The governor proposed a $240 million block grant which would come with spending restrictions and be doled out according to a formula.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:43 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Breaking Down Corbett's Budget Proposal

Governor Tom Corbett giving his fourth budget address Tuesday, calling for more than $900 million in additional state spending over the current fiscal year.
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Governor Tom Corbett delivered his fourth budget address Tuesday, calling for more than $900 million in additional state spending over the current fiscal year.

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 Budget Secretary Charles Zogby is calling it?

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review capitol reporter Brad Bumsted points out that the budget has supporters and critics. Senator Tim Pawlenty 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?

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."

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Early Childhood Education
12:20 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Corbett Proposes an Additional $10 Million for PA's Pre-K Program

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced an additional $10 million in funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts.

“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.

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State Government
11:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Corbett Looks to Spend More, Relying on Unresolved Items

Gov. Tom Corbett makes his budget proposal to state lawmakers Tuesday.
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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.

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.

The proposal also calls for continuing the phase out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax on business holdings, erasing the levy by 2016.

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Government & Politics
2:57 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski Exits Gubernatorial Race

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has ended his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

In so doing, he’s trumpeting his support for Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord.

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.

He says his decision comes down to money.

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Government & Politics
1:56 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Corbett to Ask Lawmakers for a $10M Increase for Early Ed Grants

Gov. Tom Corbett plans to ask lawmakers for a $10 million increase for early education grants in his budget address next week.

The proposal would amount to a 16 percent increase in funding for the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program.

"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."

Estimates show more than a one billion dollar deficit going into the fiscal year beginning in July.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Gov. Candidate To Be First Among Democratic Contenders To Air TV Ad

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.

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Measure to Create New Schools Funding Formula Gets a Boost from Corbett

Prospects for legislation to devise a new schools funding formula have gotten a bit brighter.

Gov. Tom Corbett recently criticized the current method of divvying up state aid, which happens during budget negotiations among state lawmakers.

"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."

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Government & Politics
7:37 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Corbett Mulling Next Move On Voter ID

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
1:55 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Corbett Proposes Second Annual Boost to Abuse Victims’ Programs

Gov. Tom Corbett says he’ll propose an additional $2.2 million in state aid for programs serving victims of rape and domestic abuse.

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
4:19 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Corbett Unveils State Energy Plan for PA

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.

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.

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Education
3:34 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

PA Dems Disparage Corbett's Record on Higher Education Funding

As Governor Tom Corbett gears up for the release of his 2014-15 budget proposal next month, Pennsylvania Democrats are disparaging cuts to higher education over the course of his tenure.

Total state spending on state-related higher education institutions dropped by 18% in 2011-12, and funding has remained flat since then.

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Government & Politics
4:11 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Corbett Spokesman: Governor Has Not Changed Position on Medical Marijuana

Gov. Tom Corbett isn’t budging from his stance against legalizing medical marijuana.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News recently reported the governor had “softened” his position after a spokesman said Corbett would consider changing his mind if the Food and Drug Administration deemed the drug a valid medicine.

But the spokesman later said Corbett’s stance is unchanged.

Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, who is running for Congress, said Corbett should know the ball isn’t in the FDA’s court on this issue.

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Government & Politics
10:58 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Corbett Optimistic Legislative Support for Lottery Privatization is Growing

Gov. Tom Corbett is optimistic that legislative support for privatizing the state lottery is growing.

For the first time in more than a year, the Corbett administration has no obligation to a British firm that bid on a deal to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The bid from Camelot Global Services expired at the end of 2013.

But Corbett says state lawmakers are still in talks over legislation to allow lottery privatization.

"Nothing’s public," he said. "There’s more discussion and I think there’s more look at getting more funds into Pennsylvania.

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State Lottery
3:49 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

PA Ends Pursuit of Hiring British Lottery Firm

The Corbett administration will not extend a British firm’s bid to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Camelot Global Services’ bid to take over management of the lottery will expire Dec. 31.

The bid has been extended numerous times since the company’s deal with the commonwealth, originally announced in January, entered a limbo-like state after being rejected by the state’s attorney general.

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Government & Politics
10:13 am
Fri December 27, 2013

PA's Minimum Wage Becomes Campaign Fodder For Gubernatorial Candidates

Recent rumblings over the Pennsylvania minimum wage may foreshadow a flashpoint in the gubernatorial election.

Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, has expressed uneasiness with the idea of raising the state’s 7.25 dollar wage.

"I’m not going to go into details right now," he said. "I’ve made a statement on that before and I’m going to stay by that."

He told the Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre he’s concerned raising the wage may put a damper on Pennsylvania’s economy.

Government & Politics
8:13 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Corbett Administration Considers Re-Bidding Lottery Privatization Deal

The British firm that's been waiting on its bid to privatize certain functions of the Pennsylvania Lottery may soon have some competition.

The Corbett administration is considering starting the bid process over for the plan, now that state lawmakers are considering legislation to pave the way to outsource the management of the lottery.

Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to do it without their approval has been in limbo ever since it was struck down by the attorney general last February.

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Pennsylvania
3:43 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Corbett Inks Post-Sandusky PA Child-Abuse Bills

Pennsylvania enacted its first new laws Wednesday in the Legislature's wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals, a step that expands the nearly 20-year-old playbook for how caseworkers and investigators can handle reports of child abuse.

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Government & Politics
4:26 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Corbett Backs Gay Rights Bill On Discrimination

Gov. Tom Corbett is supporting a measure to ban the discrimination of Pennsylvanians based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The proposal would update the commonwealth’s anti-discrimination law to include what supporters call basic protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians.

The governor insists he’s not changing his stance on the issue, claiming it’s the first time he’s had any kind of position.

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Government & Politics
10:32 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Facing a Crowded Field in Governor's Race, Dems Shore Up Support at PA Society

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls took to New York over the weekend for the 115th Pennsylvania Society, a series of parties and networking with other big names in politics and industry.

Among the expected frontrunners is Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who was one of the candidates to speak at an event before a largely Republican audience.

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Government & Politics
10:09 am
Mon December 16, 2013

In Weekend Event, Corbett Says He's Ready to Campaign for Second Term

At the 115th annual Pennsylvania Society weekend, when the state’s political and industry elite head to New York City for a string of high-end parties, Gov. Tom Corbett was hard at work to send the message that he’s ready to campaign for a second term.

The buzz may have followed the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but the governor, not known for being an extrovert, made his way around the various parties and forums in midtown Manhattan.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:22 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

An Update on Governor Corbett's Health Care Plan

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The Corbett Administration is making details of its alternative proposal to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion available to the public.

The Governor recently held a presser on his health care plan days after releasing it online. The plan, which would allow hundreds of thousands of people to enroll in private health insurance plans subsidized with federal funds, is one step closer to receiving federal review.

90.5 WESA's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson reports on the plan from Harrisburg and says the proposal is similar to those of other states, but includes a few elements unique to the Commonwealth’s needs.

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Harrisburg
11:23 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Christmas Trees Lit at the State Capitol

The state Capitol Christmas trees have been lit, one inside, and another outside the Capitol building.
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

The Christmas trees at the state Capitol have been lit and will be on display until early January.               

First Lady Susan Corbett and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard pressed the button to turn on 800 energy-saving lights, but the cue came from two kids standing on either side of Governor Corbett.

"For the next few weeks in the month of December, hopefully we will act a little kinder towards each other, a little gentler towards each other, and, obviously, hopefully a little more generous towards one another," the governor said.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:37 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

State Transportation Funding Passed Through Compromise

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The PA state legislature has finally approved a transportation bill that would fund mass transit and infrastructure improvements. Governor Tom Corbett and many others in the state have been pushing for its passage for well over a year.

State capitol correspondent Mary Wilson says by leading the most recent round of compromises between Republican and Democratic Representatives, the House speaker should be credited for the final adoption of this contentious bill.

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Transportation
3:08 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Corbett Signs $2.3 Billion PA Transportation Bill

Gov. Tom Corbett speaks under Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge about legislation that will provide funds for improvements to Pennsylvania's highways, bridges and mass-transit systems.
Deanna Garcia 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Corbett spent Monday touring sites in need of repair to talk about the just-signed transportation bill.

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Transportation
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Corbett Hails Passage of PA Highways Bill

After more than a year of discussion, the state has a transportation plan in place.

A $2.3 billion plan to fund roads, bridges, mass transit, airports, waterways, bike paths and more has passed the state House and heads to the governor’s desk.

Gov. Tom Corbett is hailing passage of new transportation bill, saying he perceived an urgent need to fix roads and bridges after he took office three years ago.

The Republican spoke Thursday shortly after legislative approval of a law to pump billions into transportation infrastructure and mass transit.

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