At limit of executive authority, Wolf pushes for legislative action on government ethics

At limit of executive authority, Wolf pushes for legislative action on government ethics

At a press conference in downtown Pittsburgh Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a new package of reforms, including a gift ban on all elected officials and campaign finance reform. 

Wolf, citing his own ban on executive branch employee gifts, outlined the plan as a path to restoring public faith in Harrisburg. 

“The truth is our citizens don’t trust our government,” Wolf said. 

Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wolf pushes $50 million increase for job training in Pittsburgh visit

Wolf pushes $50 million increase for job training in Pittsburgh visit

Dubbed “PAsmart,” the program proposes $25 million for STEM education, $7 million for apprenticeships and $5 million for college and university job preparation programs, among other uses. 

Friday, March 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

The House Appropriations Committee questioned representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) about how the agency ensures it only provides services for those in need.


Republicans expressed concerns about welfare fraud and recipients that are not actively looking for work.


Republicans pushed for House Bill 59 that Gov. Wolf vetoed last session. The bill would have put stronger work requirements onto welfare recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

The House Appropriations Committee questioned the Department of Education about why Gov. Tom Wolf proposed to give the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) an extra $15 million in his proposed budget.


The Republicans, in particular, scrutinized PASSHE’s labor union contracts.


Pedro Rivera, the secretary of Department of Education, voted in support of those contracts but would not disclose the cost.

Monday, March 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Opioid disaster declaration reaches halfway point

Opioid disaster declaration reaches halfway point

The 90-day disaster declaration issued by Gov. Tom Wolf relative to the state’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis reached its halfway point Wednesday and state leaders were out highlighting achievements gained through agency coordination and a greater focus of resources on combating the problem.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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