Republicans still mulling Gov. Wolf’s pension, liquor reform proposals

Republicans still mulling Gov. Wolf’s pension, liquor reform proposals

Despite contentions made by Gov. Tom Wolf to the contrary, Republicans claimed Thursday that they have not rejected the pension and liquor reform proposals made by Gov. Wolf at a budget meeting yesterday.

In fact, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) told reporters he has not seen the proposals in writing so that he can discuss them fully with members of his caucus.

Wednesday, in response to Republican criticism over Gov. Wolf not accepting their offer for basic education funding proposal in exchange for pension reform, the governor held a news conference where he relayed that he put on the table new proposals to provide for pension reform and to allow the state liquor system to be run by a private manager.

Thursday, September 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Offers rejected, more offers made, as budget negotiators continue finger-pointing during budget stalemate

Offers rejected, more offers made, as budget negotiators continue finger-pointing during budget stalemate

After four weeks of consideration, the governor Wednesday told legislative leaders in a face-to-face meeting that he would not accept their offer of an additional $300 million for basic education in exchange for the governor agreeing to a modified defined contribution-like pension reform plan..

According to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), this puts negotiations at square one.

“It’s unfortunate that it took four weeks to get around to rejecting our offer, but it did, so be it,” he said. “We’re going to have these discussions and hopefully we can continue to move closer.”

He said Republicans will continue to negotiate with Gov. Wolf to bring his spend number down to “a reasonable number” that doesn’t require broad-based tax increases while also working toward reforms with regard to pension plans and liquor sales.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Hanger outlines Wolf's state liquor store plan

VIDEO: Hanger outlines Wolf's state liquor store plan

Secretary of Policy and Planning John Hanger discusses the Wolf administrations plan for state liquor stores after a budget press conference. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Stop-gap budget opposition grows as Wolf eyes temporary budget veto

As a temporary budget spending plan made its way through the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday, opposition to the GOP-led plan grew as key Democrats went on the record in opposition to the measure.

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday afternoon said the Republicans’ insistence on running the stop-gap measure is akin to them trying to poke him in the eye and he vowed to veto the legislation.

“I’m against the stop-gap, I mean, they’re poking me in the eye again,” he told reporters at a news conference. “That’s exactly what this is about; I guess they want to see how far they can push me. They can’t. Pennsylvanians deserve better than this.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Corman highlights need for stop-gap budget

VIDEO: Corman highlights need for stop-gap budget

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), along with President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) discuss why they are moving forward with a stop-gap budget. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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