Category Archives: Issues

State Agency-Crippling Bill Heads to a Vote in the Senate Rules Committee Today

When we last left the IRRC bill Republicans cooked up to completely defang Executive branch rule-making, it had passed the House on close to a party-line vote, and has now headed back to the Senate. Laura Legere at the Post-Gazette brought … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues, Labor and Unions

#HB965 Update: Tom Wolf Opposes Crippling State Agency Regulatory Authority

A few updates on this turd of a bill since last night. Not surprisingly, Tom Wolf officially opposes new Executive branch agency regulations disappearing into the legislative purgatory of Republican-controlled committees before going to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. Wolf needs 68 House … More after the jump

Posted in Environment, Issues, Labor and Unions

PA Republican Bill Up for a Vote Today Would Gut State Agencies’ Rule-Making Authority

If you’ve been sitting there thinking “I hope the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania never passes any new protections for worker safety, food safety, or air and water quality ever again” have PA Republicans got a bill for you! Up for a … More after the jump

Posted in Environment, Health, Issues, Labor and Unions

Wolf Says He Won’t Sign a 5th Corbett Budget. Agreement on Budget Framework or No Dice.

The key questions to ask about any stop-gap budget are going to be “does it extend the Tom Corbett budget?” and “is there agreement on a new framework” that will be embodied in the stop-gap? A stop-gap that extends the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

PA in Line for $626 Million in Savings from Medicaid Expansion

Elections have consequences: Department of Human Services Sec. Ted Dallas Tuesday announced the end of the transition from Healthy PA to traditional Medicaid expansion—known as HealthChoices in Pennsylvania—as the last of the expansion insurance plans took effect. According to Sec. … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Health, Issues

A Stop-Gap Budget is a Political Bailout for Republicans and Tom Wolf Should Veto It

Voters are currently blaming legislative Republicans much more than Tom Wolf for failing to compromise on a state budget. 54%–more than half!–blame the legislature, and only 29% blame Wolf. Naturally, this has Republicans looking for an exit, and you can see … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Governor, Issues

Bob Casey Comes Out in Support of the Iran Deal

Good stuff. The polling on this issue in PA is tilted against the deal by a not-unsubstantial margin, but the fact is that there’s no way most voters have actually read up on what’s in the deal, so politicians have … More after the jump

Posted in Issues, Miscellany

A Severance Tax is Just the Beginning

The push for a severance tax on natural gas production has all the attention right now because it’s a major piece of the budget negotiations, but the past week has also sent us several reminders that there is much more work to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

EPA’s Proposed Methane Rules Underscore the Need for State Action

Big news in the natural gas world yesterday as the EPA released their methane reduction proposals under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The proposed federal rules aim to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues

Ed Rendell’s Been Reading His Keystone Politics

Sounds familiar: Did you see the movie Field of Dreams? Remember those messages Kevin Costner got? I’ve been texting him messages from that movie. “Stay the course.” “Go the distance.” “If you hold, they will fold” — my version of … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues