October 1, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed the interim spending plan sent to him by Republicans who control the legislature, all but ensuring the state will enter a fourth month without a budget. The veto was expected, but it means the two sides have no backup plan during the impasse to fund schools, counties, and social-services providers that rely on state aid. It came less than a day after a negotiating session that Republican leaders said had ended with signs of progress. Instead, both sides were back to public bickering Tuesday, with no talks scheduled.
September 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday agreed to send Gov. Wolf a temporary budget to offset the impact of their nearly three-month-long impasse on a spending plan. Voting 117-83, the House gave final approval along partisan lines to the stopgap budget, which would let money begin flowing again to schools, counties, and providers of social services that get state aid. The Senate passed the measure last week. It now heads to Wolf, where it is likely to die. The Democratic governor has pledged to veto it, calling it a "very cynical, hypocritical" attempt to solve the problems the sides are having in reaching a deal.
September 18, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - An angry Gov. Wolf said Wednesday he would veto the temporary budget Republicans are proposing, calling it "a very cynical, hypocritical attempt" to solve the problems the two sides are having in reaching a deal. Wolf, who met with leaders of the GOP-controlled legislature earlier in the day, said he offered Republicans two proposals for issues important to them - reforming the public liquor and pension systems - and "got nothing" in return. The Democratic governor also said it was "ridiculous" for Republicans to say they want a stopgap, or interim, budget because they are worried about state funding drying up for social service nonprofit organizations.
August 12, 2015 |
Gov. Christie took action Monday on 40 bills and resolutions, ranging from a law he says will help drug addicts to measures addressing dogfighting, gun rights, and the underfunded pension system for public workers. Among the 27 bills and resolutions Christie signed into law is a measure that allows the state to issue apprentice hunting licenses to applicants 11 to 15 years old who have not completed safety training, provided that they are accompanied by someone who is 21 or older and has a hunting license.
July 11, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday vetoed the Republican-backed pension reform plan, striking down the final piece of a trifecta of budget bills from the GOP-controlled legislature. Wolf said that he understood the need for reining in the skyrocketing cost of public-employee pensions, but that "this legislation provides no immediate cost savings to taxpayers and does not maximize long-term savings for taxpayers. " "We need pension reform that works," Wolf said in a statement.
July 4, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf vetoed a plan Thursday to privatize the state liquor industry, as his standoff with Republican legislators over the state budget continued. The Democratic governor also vetoed an education funding bill that applied a new formula for distributing aid to school districts. The actions came days after Wolf vetoed the $30.1 billion budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, leaving Pennsylvania without a spending plan at the start of a new fiscal year. The vetoed liquor bill would allow private retailers to sell wine and liquor, which now can be sold only at State Stores.
July 2, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican-backed $30.1 billion budget in its entirety Tuesday night, a move that leaves Pennsylvania without a spending plan and sets the stage for a partial government shutdown. A visibly frustrated Wolf told reporters shortly after 9 that the spending plan the Republican-controlled legislature sent him was riddled with "gimmicks," as well as "smoke and mirrors, and a lot of kicking the can down the road. " He said it failed to adequately fund public education or provide property-tax relief to homeowners, and contended it would worsen the state's finances.
June 27, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers passed a $35.3 billion budget Thursday along party lines that Democrats say makes a full contribution to the pension system for public workers, even as Gov. Christie is almost certain to veto the tax hikes that help fund it. Christie said on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor program Thursday evening that the Legislature appeared to be adopting "another ridiculous budget. " Of the lawmakers, Christie said: "I think it's safe to say they have spent a lot of money that we don't have.
March 19, 2015
RECENTLY, less than three months after UIL Holdings Corporation abandoned its bid to purchase Philadelphia Gas Works, an energy firm based in Spain - Iberdrola - announced that it was acquiring UIL in order to "help the company [diversify] away from Spain," according to the Financial Times . That's great for Iberdrola, which now has an expanded portfolio in the United States, a much more economically stable nation than Spain. That's also great for UIL, which was purchased for $4.6 billion, including assumption of its debt in the deal.
December 29, 2014 |
The governors of New Jersey and New York late Saturday vetoed legislation passed unanimously by each state's legislature to overhaul the operations of the Port Authority, and instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, had until Saturday to take action on the legislation, which needed the signature of each state's governor. About 6 p.m., Cuomo and Gov. Christie, a Republican, jointly released and endorsed a 103-page report compiled by a special panel the governors convened in May in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, which laid bare cross-Hudson rivalries among leaders of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.