October 19, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf stood before a group of reporters Friday at a township building about six miles from the Capitol and implored them to provide an example of when Republican legislators had agreed to compromise during the state's prolonged budget impasse. "I've made a lot of compromises and offers, and what have I gotten in return? Nothing," Wolf said, reiterating his call to enact major financial reforms to plug the state's multibillion-dollar deficit. His remarks were similar to those the governor had delivered during at least 16 other stump-style appearances at schools, municipal buildings, and other settings statewide since July - from Downingtown to Pittsburgh, from Bellefonte to Phoenixville.
October 12, 2015 |
Asked frequently during his gubernatorial campaign how he would prevail upon a conservative legislature to approve his liberal proposals, Tom Wolf cited his Peace Corps experience persuading Indian farmers to adopt novel rice strains. And sure enough, when Wolf's tax-hiking budget went before lawmakers amid a lengthening stalemate last week, not a single Indian farmer voted against it. Unfortunately for Wolf, most members of the Pennsylvania House did vote against it. Adding insult to impasse, nine of his fellow Democrats defected to a unified Republican majority to resoundingly reject the governor's budget.
October 10, 2015 |
One day after the state House torpedoed Gov. Wolf's plan to increase school funding through tax hikes, State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) said it takes two sides to compromise in order to pass a state budget. And the minority chair of the Appropriations Committee suggested that Republicans - who control both the House and Senate - are trying to ensure that Wolf is a one-term governor. "One of the problems is . . . that there is a new Republican Party operating in Pennsylvania," Hughes said at a news conference Thursday.
August 17, 2015 |
GOV. Wolf has quietly appointed a new commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority following a Daily News story last month that led to the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Whitney White. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan confirmed yesterday that attorney Carl Singley - the former dean of Temple University's law school and onetime close friend of John Street - had been appointed to the DRPA's board on Aug. 4. Unlike Wolf's previous appointments, Singley's was not publicly announced.
July 29, 2015 |
Dashing hopes of a thaw in the frozen state budget talks, Pennsylvania's House speaker said Monday that he would not support taxes "of any kind" without a concession on liquor privatization, and raised the prospect of overriding Gov. Wolf's veto of a Republican spending plan. Rep. Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) assailed the Democratic governor's proposal to tax natural gas drilling, and insisted Wolf consider his party's plan to raise money by privatizing the state-run wine and liquor stores, which the governor has opposed.
July 28, 2015 |
WHEN AN elected official's chief of staff resigns it's usually a bad thing for the person resigning or the office or the elected official. But last week's resignation of Gov. Wolf's chief of staff, Katie McGinty, is a good thing. Maybe even a trifecta: good for Wolf, good for the stalled state budget and good for McGinty, who seems poised to run for the U.S. Senate. It's good for Wolf because McGinty was an odd fit for chief of staff from the start. She ran against Wolf in the 2014 Democratic primary, so clearly she believed she'd be a better governor.
July 25, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday named Mary Isenhour, a key aide and Democratic Party veteran, to be his new chief of staff, one day after Katie McGinty resigned for what many observers believe will be a U.S. Senate campaign. A former state Democratic Party leader and political strategist, Isenhour had been Wolf's director of legislative affairs. "She is stepping into some very big shoes," the governor said during a Capitol news conference. But he said she knows how to manage people and has the ability to work with the Republican-controlled legislature.
July 23, 2015 |
Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party since 2010, said Tuesday that he is resigning and told party leaders they will elect a new chairman when they meet in September. Burn, in a YouTube video e-mailed to state Democratic Committee members, said his decision was driven by the controversy that flared last summer when he refused to step aside to let Tom Wolf, then the Democratic nominee for governor, install his own party leader. That controversy continues to "resonate," said Burn, who raised the possibility of resigning last month when party leaders met in Allentown.
July 21, 2015
LET'S TAKE a peek inside Katie McGinty's tug of war. We know there is one. Otherwise she'd simply say, "I am not a candidate for U.S. Senate. " That would end speculation that started in May, after Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he won't run against Republican Pat Toomey next year. So, just the fact that McGinty's not talking shows, as one source close to her put it, she's "seriously, seriously considering. " She needs to make a decision soon because as Gov. Wolf's chief of staff she's a distraction to the many distractions keeping the governor and GOP lawmakers from agreeing on a now three-week-late budget.
July 9, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - If Gov. Wolf continues to insist on raising taxes as part of any state budget deal, "we're going to be here for a while," a top Republican warned Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) made the prediction after emerging from a brief closed-door meeting with the governor. He said the Republicans who control the legislature are open to raising new revenue but cannot support Wolf's plan to raise the state's personal income and sales taxes. The governor wants to use a block of that money to pay for a sweeping property tax-relief plan.