Tom Corbett

Environment & Energy
4:03 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

In Pittsburgh, Corbett Says Shale Opponents Are 'Economic Development Deniers'

At a shale gas conference in Pittsburgh Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett defended his policies promoting drilling in the state, and defended his own math, too.

Corbett, who is running for re-election, said drilling under his watch was responsible for a vast economic lift to the state. "More than 200,000 jobs have either been created, made more prosperous or made more secure" by the drilling boom brought on by fracking in Pennsylvania.

“That number of course seems to bother some out there," said Corbett.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:18 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

A Review of the Pennsylvania Governor Race

Governor Tom Corbett officially announces that he is running for a second term as Pennsylvania's governor.
Credit 90.5 WESA

Governor Tom Corbett officially announced Wednesday that he will be running for a second term.

“Why?" he says "Because we’re not done yet.”

According to John Baer of the Philadelphia Daily News, many Democrats may argue that Corbett is done. Corbett is taking a multi-city tour throughout Pennsylvania, which Baer says will make him more visible to the public.

No matter what happens, Baer says Corbett will make history with his re-election campaign.

“He is either going to be the first ever incumbent governor to lose in Pennsylvania or he is going to be the Lazarus of Pennsylvania politics.”

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Government & Politics
12:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Speaking in Pittsburgh, Corbett Makes His Bid For Re-Election Official

A day after the general election and in his first stop on a tour announcing his bid for re-election, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he intended to be governor again.

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Election 2014
7:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Corbett Approval Could Hinge on Medicaid

A new statewide poll shows there could be light at the end of a tunnel lined with low job performance ratings for Gov. Corbett.

The Franklin & Marshall College survey indicates Corbett's vision for health care may win over some sorely needed voters in advance of next year's gubernatorial election.

64 percent of respondents support expanding the state's Medicaid program to hundreds of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians using federal money.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Time is on John Hanger's Side

John Hanger plans to run for Governor in 2014.
Credit Hanger for governor website

John Hanger, former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection,  announced his candidacy for Governor shortly after the 2012 Presidential election.  

Hanger says he made his announcement early because he believes an Incumbent is unofficially running for re-election as soon as they take office.

One of Hanger’s biggest issues with the Corbett Administration is  education funding. He says the top two areas of concern for the budget should be education and public safety.

"Pennsylvania schools have never been worse off than they are today,” says Hanger.

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Government & Politics
7:49 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Top Openly Gay State Official Denounces Corbett's Same-Sex Marriage Remarks

Pennsylvania state government's top-ranking openly gay official says she's saddened by Gov. Tom Corbett's comments about gay marriage.

"I work for a governor that, I believe, has done a great disservice to the commonwealth," said Terry Mutchler, head of the Office of Open Records, veering from her typical talking points about government transparency in a speech she gave to archivists and historians Monday.

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Government & Politics
1:12 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Corbett: Gay Marriage Remarks Not Meant to Offend

Pennsylvania's governor says he's sorry if anyone was offended when he compared gay marriage to the marriage of a brother and sister during a TV interview.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett issued a statement Friday saying his "words were not intended to offend anyone" and apologizing if they did.

Corbett says his comment during the WHP-TV morning news interview was meant to provide an example of the categories of people who aren't legally entitled to obtain marriage licenses in Pennsylvania.

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Government & Politics
10:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

State Treasurer McCord 8th Democrat to Enter Race for Governor

State Treasurer Rob McCord is now the eighth Democratic candidate to throw his hat in the ring for governor.

But just days into his campaign, he’s still aiming most of his venom at Gov. Tom Corbett.
    
The former venture capitalist has, as treasurer, challenged Corbett’s plans to privatize the state lottery and overhaul the public pension systems.

He also dings Corbett for signing a “no new taxes” pledge, saying such promises aren’t the source of good public policy.

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Health
4:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Options Aplenty, Lower-Than-Expected Premiums for Pittsburghers in Health Insurance Marketplace

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that people will have more options in the health insurance marketplace and premiums will not be as high as originally thought. 

Premiums nationwide will be about 16 percent lower than originally expected.

“In the past, consumers were too often denied or priced-out of quality health insurance options, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers will be able to choose from a number of new coverage options at a price that is affordable,” Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. 

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Government & Politics
10:40 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Lawmakers Call on Corbett to Sever Any Ties Between Two Legislative Proposals

Two legislative leaders are calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to dispel the rumors once and for all that two of his top priorities from the spring are linked as some grand strategy.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa is again asking the administration to announce there is no effort to keep transportation funding hostage in order to pass a liquor privatization bill, or vice versa.

The GOP House Majority Leader agreed that it falls to Corbett to de-couple the two items.

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Health
4:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Corbett Wraps Up 'Healthy Pennsylvania' Tour in Pittsburgh, Touts CHIP

Gov. Tom Corbett has been traveling the state, raising awareness of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

As part of the push to get all Pennsylvania children enrolled in CHIP, the governor is convening a Healthy Pennsylvania Summit in the spring and continues his effort to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. Included in the 2013-14 budget is $8.5 million for enrollment and outreach efforts for CHIP.

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Government & Politics
8:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Corbett Administration Says Medicaid Plan Doesn't Need Legislative Approval

The Corbett administration insists it doesn’t need legislative approval to go forward with its overhaul plan for Medicaid, despite some cries to the contrary.

The governor has linked his acceptance of federal funding for private health coverage for low-income residents to a separate plan to change Medicaid benefits and add a work-search requirement.

Todd Shamash, a deputy chief of staff in the governor’s office, says Corbett doesn’t need legislative say-so to go forward, as long as federal officials approve.

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Government & Politics
2:12 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Drug Database Proposal Part of Corbett's Health Care Plan

Part of the Gov. Tom Corbett's Medicaid plan includes health care policy changes that remain in the hands of the state Legislature, including one bill supporters say would reduce prescription drug abuse.

The governor called on state lawmakers to expand the state's medication tracking database. The current system monitors only certain drugs, and law enforcement alone has access to the information.

A bill before the state House would expand the database to track all controlled substances. It would also let doctors and pharmacists check the database.

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Government & Politics
2:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

With Corbett's Medicaid Plan, a Familiar Rift in His Own Party

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to reform Medicaid and extend federally subsidized private health coverage to half a million more Pennsylvanians is riling up the staunch conservatives within his party.
    
GOP state Representative Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County says he’s calling the proposal an expansion, even if the governor isn’t using the same language.

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Government & Politics
3:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Corbett Sends Medicaid Plan to Feds

Gov. Tom Corbett addresses the media at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital on Monday.
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing a way for about half a million low-income Pennsylvanians to get access to health insurance, but only if the federal government signs off on reforms to the state's traditional Medicaid program.

The proposal includes replacing Medicaid co-pays with monthly premiums that will range from zero to $25 a month per person based on a recipient's income. The governor also wants to require working-age Medicaid recipients, with some undefined exceptions, to show they're looking for work or getting job training.

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Government & Politics
7:49 am
Mon September 16, 2013

No Shortage of Questions as Corbett Readies Medicaid Proposal

Sources within the Corbett administration say the governor will make an announcement about proposed changes to Medicaid Monday afternoon. It may take some time to answer questions about the fiscal prudence of the plan - and whether it can satisfy the federal government.

What's being proposed isn't an expansion, administration officials emphasize. They've hinted at a plan that would make reforms to Medicaid and use federal dollars to subsidize private health insurance for low-income Pennsylvanians.

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Government & Politics
3:50 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Poll Shows Small Percentage of Voters Say Corbett Should Be Re-Elected

A new poll of Pennsylvania voters shows only 20 percent of respondents say Gov. Tom Corbett should be re-elected next fall.
    
Franklin and Marshall pollster Terry Madonna chalks up low ratings to turnover in Corbett’s cabinet and among his top aides.
    
He noted Corbett has seen the departure of three top aides as well as two department heads since May, and his pick for new education secretary resigned abruptly just as the poll came to a close this week.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:57 am
Thu August 29, 2013

PA Attorneys: Gay Couples Like Kids, Can't Marry

Attorneys for Pennsylvania's Republican governor say marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying — just like "12-year-olds."

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to block same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County.

State attorneys say in a Wednesday court filing the licenses have no "legitimacy." They compare gay and lesbian couples to children, who can't marry because a 1996 law says marriage is between a man and a woman.

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Government & Politics
2:16 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Corbett Forces Out 2nd Education Chief in 3 Months

Gov. Tom Corbett has dismissed another education secretary, the second in three months.

Corbett's office said Monday that the governor has asked for and received the resignation of his nominee for the job, William Harner, less than three months after he started.

A Corbett spokeswoman says Harner's removal is because of a personnel matter that doesn't involve his service to the state, but she declined to elaborate.

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Government & Politics
5:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

State Officials’ Free Gala Tickets Lead To Discrepancies In Ethics Reports

A look at how public officials treated free tickets to an event in Philadelphia shows a wide variety of interpretations of the state ethics law.

In 2012, the Barnes Foundation celebrated its art collection’s new home with a gala in the new building. Between 2006 and 2011 the museum received more than $47 million in public funding.

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Government & Politics
7:03 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Corbett, Krancer Fail To Disclose Vacation Homes

Governor Corbett has failed to list an out-of-state vacation home he bought last year on his annual financial disclosure form.

The governor and his wife, First Lady Susan Corbett spent $265,000 last year on a condo at a beachfront resort community in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Public records show the deed and mortgage documents were filed December 5, 2012, but the governor did not list it in his annual Code of Conduct statement of financial interest.

Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Democratic Congressional Delegation: Don't Mess With PA's Electoral College

Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle wants it on record that he and the rest of his fellow Democrats in the Pennsylvania delegation are opposed to changing the Electoral College.

They have sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett warning him that passage of PA Senate Bill 538 would have consequences. The bill was introduced in February by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) and hasn't shown much movement since. But Doyle said that does not mean the bill is dead.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

PA Democrats Launch Campaign Against Gov. Corbett

Leading up to Gov. Tom Corbett’s expected re-election announcement, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is launching a “Promises Made, Promises Broken” campaign aimed at highlighting what they called the Republican governor’s failures.

“From taxes to state parks, the governor has broken campaign promises, we intend to hold him accountable,” said state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn.

The campaign is in anticipation of Corbett’s re-election campaign which is expected to have a “Promises Made, Promises Kept” theme.  

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State Government
3:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

In Latest Shake-Up, Two Top Corbett Aides Jump Ship

Gov. Tom Corbett says he's hiring his third chief of staff and his third secretary of legislative affairs in as many years as he struggles to improve his public image and his clout inside the Capitol.

Corbett made the announcement Wednesday.

Veteran Republican lobbyist and political strategist Leslie Gromis Baker will replace Steve Aichele as Corbett's chief of staff. Aichele was Corbett's chief counsel when he took office in January 2011, but became chief of staff last year in a separate shake-up.

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Government & Politics
7:10 am
Mon July 1, 2013

State Budget Signed On Time, But Deadline Moves for Rest of Corbett's Agenda

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an on-time budget, but he can claim zero victories on his other top priorities: liquor privatization, transportation funding or pension overhaul.
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an on-time budget, but without any victories on his other top three legislative priorities.

Liquor privatization, transportation funding and pension overhaul will have to wait until the fall for further legislative action.

A transportation funding plan got stuck in the House. A bid to change how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania stalled in the Senate. Pension overhaul is a plan neither chamber is ready to advance.

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Government & Politics
11:56 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Gay Rights Advocate Says PA Law Means Inequality

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage says nothing about the validity of Pennsylvania's ban.

Despite the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday, gay marriage bans still stand in Pennsylvania and roughly three dozen other states. Pennsylvania's constitution, however, does not ban gay marriage.

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State Government
6:56 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Crunch Time for Corbett's Agenda, and State Budget

As the state budget deadline looms, lawmakers are still considering Gov. Tom Corbett's "big three" priorities: pension reforms, transportation funding and liquor reform.
Credit 90.5 WESA

The state budget deadline is days away, but the spending plan is practically an afterthought to lawmakers as Gov. Tom Corbett's other priorities remain unresolved.

A scaled-back pension overhaul proposal is advancing in the Senate and still needs House approval. But it's not the subject of intense disagreement between the chambers, as Senate GOP spokesman Erik Arneson notes is true of other items on the governor's to-do list, like transportation funding and liquor privatization.

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Government & Politics
12:59 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

DCNR Chief's Resignation 'Asked For and Received'

Another member of the Corbett administration is out: Richard Allan, head of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has resigned.

The news came in a press release from the governor's office, which said the resignation was "asked for" and would be effective immediately.

No reason was given for Allan's departure.

"It's a personnel matter so I can't discuss it, other than to say that it has nothing to do with any differences of public policy," said Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley.

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Transportation
9:45 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Speeding Ticket Surcharge May Be On Chopping Block

State lawmakers may take issue with making speeding tickets cost any more than they already do.

A proposal to tack a $100 surcharge on moving violations was the subject of questions at a Wednesday House Transportation Committee hearing on the $2.5 billion transportation funding proposal.

The revenue generated from the surcharge would be slated for mass transit, and with a number of rural House lawmakers already balking at funding mass transit systems, the proposal might be one of the least popular items in a bill full of unpalatable revenue generators.

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State Government
3:41 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Corbett Pushes Liquor Privatization Ahead of Expected Action in Senate

At an umpteenth press conference called by the governor on liquor privatization, press aides futzed around, arranging a people asked to stand around the podium with ready smiles and applause.

The state Senate is next to act in this saga that began with a plan to close down the state wine and spirits stores.

State lawmakers have less than three weeks before the governor's deadline for passing a liquor privatization bill. Much is still unknown about how the process will unfold.

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