Category Archives: Issues

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

Replay: *Racial Conservative* John Morganelli Slams “Illegal Aliens”

Rerunning this as the John Morganelli for AG trial balloon has unfortunately surfaced once again, and must be popped as quickly as possible. Whether you like it or not, there are about 12 million people living in this country without … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Issues

Tom Wolf is Winning the #PABudget Fight the Ed Rendell Way

Mark Dent’s attempt at grading Tom Wolf’s budget performance thus far contains a useful error I see a lot of journalists making, which is worth flagging because it’s really the lodestar of bad budget reporting. The trouble starts with reporters’ … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

Why Wolf Must Veto a Short-Term Budget

A three-month budget should be a non-starter for Tom Wolf, and he should immediately make clear that he’ll veto anything less than a full fiscal year’s worth of funding. What the Republicans want to do here is essentially extend the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues