April 6, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Wolf's veto works Gov. Wolf was right to veto House Bill 1327 and preserve Pennsylvania's progress toward compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan in the face of roadblocks put up by the state legislature for short-term political gain ("Wolf vetoes Pennsylvania's fiscal code," March 29). The bill would have empowered the House and Senate to block the state's compliance plan. Interfering with the development and submission of a plan could force the state to accept a federal plan.
April 5, 2016
Whether it was his intent or not, one consequence of Gov. Wolf's veto of legislation that details how state allocations must be spent could give him more leverage to get his next budget passed. Wolf last week let a $30 billion budget become law without his signature to end a nine-month stalemate with the Republican-led legislature. But he vetoed the accompanying fiscal code because its distribution of $200 million in new education funds shortchanges strapped school districts like Philadelphia's.
March 17, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - In yet another turn of the political carousel that is the still-unapproved state budget, Gov. Wolf said Wednesday that he would veto the latest spending plan passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. "Republican leaders are once again insistent on passing another irresponsible and unbalanced budget that does not fund our schools or fix the deficit," the Democratic governor said in a statement. "This is further indication that the Republican leaders have no intention of working together with me to produce a final budget.
January 25, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week. (The House was in recess.): Senate Screening refugees. Voting 55-43 against, the Senate on Wednesday failed to reach 60 votes for advancing a bill (HR 4038) to impose additional security screening on refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria. The bill would require the homeland security secretary, FBI director, and director of national intelligence to clear each applicant from the two countries before they entry to the U.S. could be permitted.
January 21, 2016 |
Gov. Christie acted Tuesday on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption. Christie, a Republican running for president, had until Tuesday to take action on bills the Legislature passed during the lame-duck session between November's election and the start of the new legislative session last week. He "pocket vetoed" dozens of bills, meaning he did not sign them into law or officially reject them.
December 31, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed pieces of what he called the "ridiculous" and "unconscionable" budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, slamming lawmakers as shortchanging schools and pressing for new talks on a final spending plan. Acknowledging the impact of the nearly six-month stalemate, the governor agreed to release six months' worth of emergency funds for schools and more than $9 billion for human services. "I don't want to hold the children of Pennsylvania hostage for the inability of folks here in Harrisburg to get the job done," he said.
December 5, 2015 |
TRENTON - Assembly Democrats failed Thursday to override Gov. Christie's veto of gun-control legislation, despite previous Republican support and a successful vote in the Senate less than two months ago. After about 90 minutes of debate, the Democrats were three votes short of the 54 needed to override the veto. Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) did not record an official vote and said he would try "again and again" to defeat the veto. Christie, a Republican running for president, preserved his record of sustaining each of the 50 or so vetoes Democrats have tried to override.
November 17, 2015 |
In apparent desperation after winding up at the kids' table in the last Republican presidential debate, Gov. Christie doubled down on his campaign to shamelessly pander to the radical right by adding to New Jersey voters' frustration. In a rare visit to Trenton, Christie vetoed a bill that would expand early voting and allow online and automatic registration, saying it would upend the current early-voting system and cost the state $25 million. Maybe his presidential campaign's troubles inspired Christie to kick up his misleading rhetoric.
November 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed legislation that would have brought sweeping changes to the state's voting laws, panning the bill as "thinly veiled political gamesmanship. " Christie, a Republican running for president, previously criticized the legislation as an effort by the Democratic National Committee to increase voter fraud. "Ultimately, New Jersey taxpayers deserve better than to have their hard-earned tax dollars spent on thinly veiled political gamesmanship, and the state must ensure that every eligible citizen's vote counts and is not stolen by fraud," Christie wrote in his veto message.
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.