Sen. Wagner: “Tom Wolf is trying to play the CEO of the Pennsylvania Corporation”

Sen. Wagner: “Tom Wolf is trying to play the CEO of the Pennsylvania Corporation”

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) sounded off on a number of issues at Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon including his views on public pension reform, liquor privatization, education funding, and special interests.

Sen. Wagner also had some very pointed remarks about Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow York County businessman whom he has known for a number of years.

Asked if Gov. Wolf is governing as he would expect, Sen. Wagner said he is not.

“Tom Wolf is a nice guy. Tom Wolf I believe is trying to play CEO of the Pennsylvania Corporation,” he said. “It’s almost like: ‘If you need me come get me.’”

Monday, June 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Supreme Court bars attempt to resurrect adultBasic; calls into question Fiscal Code amendment process

A unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court Friday reversed an opinion of the Commonwealth Court and held those attempting to resurrect Pennsylvania’s now-defunct adultBasic health insurance program lack legal standing to challenge the defunding of the program.

The opinions came in the separate, but later consolidated, cases of Sears v. Wolf, Sear v. Smith, and Weisblatt v. Wolf.

In the Court’s opinion, Chief Justice Tom Saylor said that the language in the operative statute which established the adultBasic program made the insurance program an non-entitlement program, meaning those receiving funds from the program had no claim over those funds.

Friday, June 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Conditions already placed on use of fairer education funding formula?

Conditions already placed on use of fairer education funding formula?

Bipartisanship and cheer abounded at the Capitol Thursday for those taking part in the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, which included representatives from all four legislative caucuses and the governor’s office, when they unanimously released their long-anticipated funding formula recommendations and other education funding suggestions.

The commission’s recommended funding formula was described as taking into account both student-based and district-based factors that are aimed at providing funding that is truly representative of a district’s needs and unique situation.

However, while many are anticipating swift action on legislative implementation of the commission’s recommendations, some are already putting preconditions on when it would be best to implement the new funding formula.

“There are certainly a group of struggling school districts it would take a number of years back to a basic, functional school district and that—in our view—is not an acceptable funding decision with new resources for the 15-16 fiscal year,” said Budget Secretary Randy Albright, a member of the commission.

Thursday, June 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Vereb, Browne discuss Basic Education Funding Commission Report

VIDEO: Vereb, Browne discuss Basic Education Funding Commission Report

Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery), co-chairs of the Basic Education Funding Commission, discussed the report released by the commission today. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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What might be coming down the pension pipeline?

Following Wednesday’s Public Employee Retirement Commission meeting, commission members and staff discussed with reporters what the commission has been working on and asked to look at with regard to possible upcoming pension bills and amendments.

Notably, other than the already-sunshined House Bill 727, the commission reports that it has not recently been officially asked to review any stand-alone state pension system reform bills.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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