Gov. Wolf: Ideology and numbers at play in budget discussions

Gov. Wolf: Ideology and numbers at play in budget discussions

During a regularly scheduled radio interview with Pittsburgh’s KDKA 1020 AM, Gov. Tom Wolf said both specific budget line-items and party ideology are part of budget discussions.

“We’re talking specific items and we’re talking overall ideology,” he told morning show hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway.

Gov. Wolf also pointed out that he has put proposals on the table in terms of liquor and pension reform.

“What I don’t understand are people who don’t want to govern at all,” he said. “I want to make this budget work for Pennsylvania and let it be an honest budget with integrity, and I’m willing to do what I have to do in this divided government to make that work, but I cannot concede to people who just want to blow things up.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Budget meetings to start fresh Tuesday

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders opted to start negotiations fresh Tuesday, calling off plans to possibly meet for a third time to discuss the Commonwealth’s ongoing budget stalemate Monday.

After two meetings, the wording used was cryptic, but optimistic coming from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

“We’d like to try to get a budget done sooner rather than later,” he said on the prospects of a third meeting after the second of the day broke up around 5:00 p.m. “If we can meet tonight and find some common ground, I think that would be a good thing.”

While he was elusive about what common ground he might be speaking of, he did note that both sides are “trying to work through some numbers."

Monday, September 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO:Wolf still plans to veto stopgap budget

VIDEO:Wolf still plans to veto stopgap budget

After the second budget meeting of the day, Gov. Wolf says negotiations are to continue later this evening. 

Monday, September 28, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Early afternoon budget meeting has negotiators looking hard at numbers

While budget negotiators pouring out of Monday’s early-afternoon budget meeting said they were still nowhere close to a deal, leaders in attendance went back to their respective corners in earnest to get a better feel for numbers of what is needed for a General Fund budget package and supporting revenue.

“We have some other data we need to accumulate,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) quickly told reporters gathered outside the negotiating session before quickly heading down the stairs out of the governor’s office.

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said the meeting included “a very detailed” discussion looking at a cost-to-carry budget and what that would entail.

“We need to get through that in the first instance,” he said. 

Monday, September 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Chief Justice Saylor comments on Kane suspension, other court matters

Just a week after temporarily suspending Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s license to practice law in Pennsylvania, Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor spoke about the event at September’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

Notably focusing on a part of the suspension order that clarified that the suspension did not remove Kane from office, Saylor stated that the clarifying sentence was added to address confusion and speculation about what a temporary suspension means.

“The order could’ve been, perhaps, written without that sentence,” he said. “But, I think, we thought collectively because of the speculation that had been ongoing in the media and also some misinformation, misunderstanding, that it was better we take that opportunity in a unanimous fashion to clarify what the order did and didn’t do.”

He added the order made the fact that the suspension does not in-and-of-itself remove Kane from office “self-evident what would have otherwise been implicit."

Monday, September 28, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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