Tweets of the Week - October 16, 2017

Author: Mike Howells/Friday, October 20, 2017/Categories: Features

Gov. Tom Wolf this week took aim at the Trump Administration and Republican lawmakers following the president's decision to halt cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers, obliging them to hike premium rates substantially to make up the shortfall. With lawsuits already pending, the insurance marketplace remains as uncertain as ever as state governments try to maintain a holding pattern on the issue.

  Despite urging from House and Senate Republicans, Gov. Wolf followed through on his promise to veto an amended Human Services Code this week that included work requirements.

  Meanwhile reaction was split on news that the Wolf administration is going to merge certain aspects of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole. Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) indicated support for the change, while other Republicans, including chief of staff for President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), suggested the move is not entirely above-board on the part of the executive branch.