Democratic leaders happy with governor’s budget, look forward to legislative review

Democratic leaders happy with governor’s budget, look forward to legislative review

Democratic leaders from both chambers reacted to the governor’s budget address Tuesday, offering wide praise for its approach and announcing they look forward to further reviewing the proposal in its entirety during the budget hearing process.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Though less combative than in past years following budget addresses by Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican leaders Tuesday offered their reaction to the governor’s FY 2017-2018 budget address.

 

Senate Republicans were first up to offer their spin on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion spending plan, noting their concern that the governor was silent on major budget cost-drivers like pension reform and long-term care where Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the governor “offered nothing to restructure the problem."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved Scott Schubert’s appointment as chief of the city’s Bureau of Police on Tuesday. 

“I think this is a great appointment by the Mayor,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2). “We’ve seen [Schubert] first hand serve the community as commander of our zone, attend countless community meetings…it's just tremendous.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sen. Corman speaks out on Gov. Wolf's new budget proposal

Sen. Corman speaks out on Gov. Wolf's new budget proposal

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) jointed other Senate Republican leaders to share his thoughts on Gov. Wolf's new budget proposal. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

A deeper dive: Gov. Wolf counts on nearly $2.1 billion in executive branch savings in proposed budget

While Gov. Tom Wolf was not hiding the fact that he was planning on agency consolidations, complement capping, and other efficiencies in the executive branch, the burning question around the Capitol since the beginning of the year was how much would the governor try to save through these efforts and how would he get it done.

 

In unveiling his $32.3 billion budget Tuesday before a Joint Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday, that question was answered.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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