Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done

Gov. Tom Wolf and State Treasurer Joe Torsella on Tuesday cheered a $317 million deposit in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, although they cautioned that more work needs to be done in order to better secure the state’s fiscal future.

Lawmakers elected to plow most of the state’s budget surplus into its cash reserves, which started the year ranked among the worst in the country. The decision was one of bipartisan agreement between Republican leaders and Wolf, although more than half of the surplus will be devoted to paying off pieces of last year’s budget.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Just days after he vetoed a bill offering $90 million to help counties pay for new voting machines, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced that his administration will be providing that same amount to counties through a state-issued bond.

The move from Wolf comes after the Democratic governor vetoed Senate Bill 48, legislation that would have amended the Election Code to give the General Assembly more oversight over the decertification of voting machines.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

At least one member is taking another run at ensuring counties get upwards of $90 million to underwrite the cost of buying new voting machines, just days after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a larger bill that would have doled out money to local governments for that purpose.

Wolf vetoed SB 48 on Friday, a bill which would have raised the $90 million by bonding, covering up to 60 percent of the costs incurred by counties from complying with a Department of State mandate to replace all voting machines by the 2020 presidential election.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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