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AP:GOP'majorityofmajority'rulecouldtestanybudgetdeal
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150718_ap_cb5f5231a75246dcbdf7afc31b1e6bfb.html

MARCLEVY,TheAssociatedPress

Posted:Saturday,July18,2015,9:38AM
HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP)InoneofPennsylvania'sdefininglegislativebattlesthiscentury,thenGov.EdRendellwon
passageofa$1billiontaxpackage,anditstillnagssomeRepublicansthattheirleadersworkedwithDemocratstomakeit
law,despiteoppositionfrommostmembersoftheGOP'slegislativemajority.
Twelveyearslater,anunwrittenRepublicanruleinspiredbyvoteslikethatunderRendellcouldbeakeytestasleadersofthe
RepublicancontrolledLegislatureandDemocraticGov.TomWolftrytobreakabudgetdeadlock.
Simplyput,the"majorityofthemajority"rulemeanslegislationcannotgetafloorvoteunlessmostRepublicanlawmakers
supportit.AndmanyRepublicans,particularlythemostconservative,wanttoseetheirleadersadheretothatrulethistime
around,asWolfpursueswhatopponentscallPennsylvania'sbiggesttaxincreaseinhistory.
"Iabsolutelydo,"saidRep.JustinSimmons,RLehigh.Otherwise,hesaid,"Iwouldfeelliketheyaresellingusout."
Sen.JohnEichelberger,RBlair,saidhethinkshisfellowSenateRepublicanssupporttheruleandshouldtheirleadersnot
observeit,they"wouldalienatealotofpeopleinthecaucus."
Thatrule,plusmuchlargerandmoreconservativeRepublicanmajoritiesthanRendellfaced12yearsago,couldmakeit
harderforWolftowinpassageofthepackageoftaxincreaseshewantstofinancearecordboostinpublicschoolaidand
wipeoutalongtermbudgetdeficit.
Inthe2003taxvote,Democratscast90ofthe134"yes"votesintheHouseandSenate.Acombined89Republicansvoted
"no,"while44voted"yes."
Thisyear,amajorityofthemajorityrulesuggeststhat77Republicanswillneedtosignon,countingtwoHousedistrictsthat
arelikelytoseataRepublicaninspecialelectionsonAug.4.
Still,Wolf'sdriveforaroughly$2.5billiontaxincreaseinthefirstyearmorethan$4billiononcefullyinforcecouldultimately
divideRepublicans.SomearewillingtosupportatleastpartofwhatWolfwants,andasmatteringofRepublicanscouldjoin
Democratstodeliverit.
IntheSenate,EichelbergerestimatedatleastahandfulofRepublicansincludinghimselfwillopposeataxincrease.Rep.
SethGrove,RYork,estimated40to50HouseRepublicans,includinghim,willopposeanytaxincrease.
"Deadsetagainstit,"Grovesaid."Noway,nohow,notinterested."
ForRepublicans,thecalculusofabudgetdealcouldgetcomplicated.
TheGOPmaydecideit'sworthallowingafloorvoteonataxpackagethatWolfsupportsifWolfaccedestootherelementsof
abudgetdealthataredeartoRepublicans.Asasweetener,RepublicanscouldtrytoforceDemocratstosupplythelion's
shareofthepoliticallysensitive"yes"votesnecessaryforthetaxlegislationtopass,similartothe2003budgetfight.
Sofar,HouseandSenateRepublicanleadersalreadyhaveruledoutpassageofanincreaseofthesalesorincometax.They
leftthedooropentoothertaxincreasessoughtbyWolfonMarcellusShalenaturalgasproduction,salesoftobaccoproducts
andbankshares.
Rep.EugeneDiGirolamo,RBucks,whosupportedthe2003taxvote,isnowfloatinghisown"middleoftheroad"proposal
toincreasetaxes.HeacknowledgedtheuphillbattleitfacesinthemajorityGOPchamber,butalsoinsistedheisunawareof
amajorityruleadoptedbyHouseGOPleaders.
"Wereallyhavetobereasonablewhenwelookatthisstuff,"DiGirolamosaid.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,saidhisfirstgoalistosecureabudgetdealthatall30SenateRepublicans
cansupport.
Inanycase,thedaysof"sixorsevenRepublicansdoingadealwithalltheDemocratsisnotgoingtohappen,"Cormansaid.
"Thosearedayslonggonebyandwe'vebeenveryclearwiththegovernorthatwe'regoingtoneedamajorityofthe
(Republican)caucustobeinsupport."
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AP:GOP'majorityofmajority'rulecouldtestanybudgetdeal

AP:GOP'majorityofmajority'rulecouldtestanybudgetdeal
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150718_ap_cb5f5231a75246dcbdf7afc31b1e6bfb.html

MARCLEVY,TheAssociatedPress

Posted:Saturday,July18,2015,9:38AM
HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP)InoneofPennsylvania'sdefininglegislativebattlesthiscentury,thenGov.EdRendellwon
passageofa$1billiontaxpackage,anditstillnagssomeRepublicansthattheirleadersworkedwithDemocratstomakeit
law,despiteoppositionfrommostmembersoftheGOP'slegislativemajority.
Twelveyearslater,anunwrittenRepublicanruleinspiredbyvoteslikethatunderRendellcouldbeakeytestasleadersofthe
RepublicancontrolledLegislatureandDemocraticGov.TomWolftrytobreakabudgetdeadlock.
Simplyput,the"majorityofthemajority"rulemeanslegislationcannotgetafloorvoteunlessmostRepublicanlawmakers
supportit.AndmanyRepublicans,particularlythemostconservative,wanttoseetheirleadersadheretothatrulethistime
around,asWolfpursueswhatopponentscallPennsylvania'sbiggesttaxincreaseinhistory.
"Iabsolutelydo,"saidRep.JustinSimmons,RLehigh.Otherwise,hesaid,"Iwouldfeelliketheyaresellingusout."
Sen.JohnEichelberger,RBlair,saidhethinkshisfellowSenateRepublicanssupporttheruleandshouldtheirleadersnot
observeit,they"wouldalienatealotofpeopleinthecaucus."
Thatrule,plusmuchlargerandmoreconservativeRepublicanmajoritiesthanRendellfaced12yearsago,couldmakeit
harderforWolftowinpassageofthepackageoftaxincreaseshewantstofinancearecordboostinpublicschoolaidand
wipeoutalongtermbudgetdeficit.
Inthe2003taxvote,Democratscast90ofthe134"yes"votesintheHouseandSenate.Acombined89Republicansvoted
"no,"while44voted"yes."
Thisyear,amajorityofthemajorityrulesuggeststhat77Republicanswillneedtosignon,countingtwoHousedistrictsthat
arelikelytoseataRepublicaninspecialelectionsonAug.4.
Still,Wolf'sdriveforaroughly$2.5billiontaxincreaseinthefirstyearmorethan$4billiononcefullyinforcecouldultimately
divideRepublicans.SomearewillingtosupportatleastpartofwhatWolfwants,andasmatteringofRepublicanscouldjoin
Democratstodeliverit.
IntheSenate,EichelbergerestimatedatleastahandfulofRepublicansincludinghimselfwillopposeataxincrease.Rep.
SethGrove,RYork,estimated40to50HouseRepublicans,includinghim,willopposeanytaxincrease.
"Deadsetagainstit,"Grovesaid."Noway,nohow,notinterested."
ForRepublicans,thecalculusofabudgetdealcouldgetcomplicated.
TheGOPmaydecideit'sworthallowingafloorvoteonataxpackagethatWolfsupportsifWolfaccedestootherelementsof
abudgetdealthataredeartoRepublicans.Asasweetener,RepublicanscouldtrytoforceDemocratstosupplythelion's
shareofthepoliticallysensitive"yes"votesnecessaryforthetaxlegislationtopass,similartothe2003budgetfight.
Sofar,HouseandSenateRepublicanleadersalreadyhaveruledoutpassageofanincreaseofthesalesorincometax.They
leftthedooropentoothertaxincreasessoughtbyWolfonMarcellusShalenaturalgasproduction,salesoftobaccoproducts
andbankshares.
Rep.EugeneDiGirolamo,RBucks,whosupportedthe2003taxvote,isnowfloatinghisown"middleoftheroad"proposal
toincreasetaxes.HeacknowledgedtheuphillbattleitfacesinthemajorityGOPchamber,butalsoinsistedheisunawareof
amajorityruleadoptedbyHouseGOPleaders.
"Wereallyhavetobereasonablewhenwelookatthisstuff,"DiGirolamosaid.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,saidhisfirstgoalistosecureabudgetdealthatall30SenateRepublicans
cansupport.
Inanycase,thedaysof"sixorsevenRepublicansdoingadealwithalltheDemocratsisnotgoingtohappen,"Cormansaid.
"Thosearedayslonggonebyandwe'vebeenveryclearwiththegovernorthatwe'regoingtoneedamajorityofthe
(Republican)caucustobeinsupport."
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06/30/201506:43:02PM

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AP:Onlastdayoffiscalyear,PennsylvaniaSenatesendsGOPbudgetbilltoWolf'sdesk,andveto

AP:Onlastdayoffiscalyear,PennsylvaniaSenatesendsGOPbudgetbilltoWolf'sdesk,andveto
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5ad038859fbb4ed28c38ee2339fcfaec/PAPennsylvaniaBudget

ByMARKSCOLFOROandMARCLEVY
Published:6/30/156:24pmEDTUpdated:6/30/156:28pmEDT

HARRISBURG,PennsylvaniaAvetoawaitedaRepublicanpennedspendingplansent
TuesdaytoDemocraticGov.TomWolf'sdesk,astheGOPuseditshugelegislativemajorities
onthefinaldayofthestategovernment'sfiscalyeartotrytowrapupanambitiousagenda.
Thenearly$30.2billionbudgetbillpassedtheHouseandSenatewithoutasingleDemocratic
voteafternegotiationsbetweenGOPleadersandWolfstalledinrecentweeks.
Inthemeantime,Republicanworkedtopassbillstolicenseprivatecompaniestotakeover
themarketing,shipmentandsaleofwineandliquorfromthestate,andtosqueezesavings
fromthelargepensionsystemsforschoolemployeesandstateworkers,inpartbymoving
newhiresinto401(k)styleplans.Democraticlawmakersalsoopposedthosebills.
WolfsaidTuesdayitwasonlyaquestionofwhetherhewillvetotheentirebudgetorpartof
it,asheseekstoforceconcessionsfromRepublicansonhisagenda.
AfterabriefmeetingwithHouseGOPleadersTuesdaymorning,Wolfsaidbothsides"will
havesomethingstotalkabouttomorrow."
IfWolfrejectsthebudgetintotal,itwouldbethefirsttimethathasoccurredinPennsylvania
foratleastfourdecades.Thestatealsowouldlosesomeofitsauthoritytospendmoney,
includingbillionsofdollarsforpublicschoolsandsocialservices.
WolfalsoopposesRepublicans'pensionandliquorplans,andDemocratsexpecthimtoveto
both.
DuringfourhoursofdebateTuesday,Republicansdefendedtheirbudgetbillasaresponsible
alternativetothemultibilliondollartaxincreasesoughtbyWolftowipeoutagapingdeficit
anddeepcutsineducationunderhisRepublicanpredecessor.
TheGOP'sbudgetbilldoesnotincreasetaxes,andauthorizesanadditional$1.1billionin
spending,primarilyforrisingcostsforpublicpensionsandhealthcare,aswellas$200million
moreforeducation.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,urgedWolftosignthebudgetlegislation,but
saidthatifWolfvetoesit,hewillbereadytoreturntoworkonitWednesday.
"I'llbeheretomorrow,ifneedbeI'llbeherethenextdayandthedayafterthatandthe
FourthofJuly,"Cormansaidduringfloordebate."Whateveritmaybe,wewillbehererolling
upoursleeves,readytogoanddoourjobforthepeopleofPennsylvania."
Wolfhassaidthespendingplanshortchangespublicschools,letstheMarcellusShalenatural
gasindustryoffthehookwithoutaseverancetaxandaddstothestategovernment'sdeficit
becauseitispackedwithonetimestopgaps,includingtransfersfromoffbudgetfundsand
paymentdelays.
ThestopgapsandlackofinputfromDemocratspromptedSen.RobTeplitz,DDauphin,tocall
theGOP'sbudgetbilllittlemorethantheatrics.

"It'salsonotrealbecausethere'snotapersoninthisbuildingwhobelievesit'llbeenacted
intolaw,"Teplitzsaid,referringtotheexpectationofWolf'sveto.
AnotherWolfpriority,legislationtocutlocalschoolpropertytaxesstatewide,stalledinthe
Senate.
Theliquorprivatizationplanwouldallowabout14,000beersaleslicenseholdersretailers,
restaurants,grocerystoresandotherstopayahigherfeeforpermissiontoalsosellwine,
liquororboth.
Itwouldalsoprovideapathwaytotheclosureoftheapproximately600statecontrolledwine
andliquorstoresand,Republicanssaid,addconvenienceandmodernizationtoanarchaic
system.
Democratscounteredthattheplanwouldirresponsiblyliquidateavaluablestatemoney
makerforvirtuallynothing.ItpassedtheSenate,2722,andawaitedavoteintheHouseon
Tuesdaynight.
DuringHousedebateonthepensionbill,Republicanbackerssaidthecurrentsystemisnot
sustainablefortaxpayers.Thebill'smajorfeaturewouldpourmostnewhiresintoa401(k)
styledefinedcontributionplan,anditwouldsaveabout$11billioninpaymentsover30years
onapensiondebtcurrentlyestimatedat$53billion.Lawmakersalsowouldgointothe
401(k)styleplanaftertheirnextelection.
Itpassed10689,andawaitedavoteintheSenateonTuesdaynight.
Republicanssaidtheplanwouldsetthestateonamorefiscallyresponsiblepath,but
Democratsslammedtheproposalastakingawayretirementsecurityforfuturestate
governmentandpublicschoolemployeesandriskingacourtchallenge.

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AP:Onlastdayoffiscalyear,PennsylvaniaSenatesendsGOPbudgetbilltoWolf'sdesk,andveto

AP:Onlastdayoffiscalyear,PennsylvaniaSenatesendsGOPbudgetbilltoWolf'sdesk,andveto
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5ad038859fbb4ed28c38ee2339fcfaec/PAPennsylvaniaBudget

ByMARKSCOLFOROandMARCLEVY
Published:6/30/156:24pmEDTUpdated:6/30/156:28pmEDT

HARRISBURG,PennsylvaniaAvetoawaitedaRepublicanpennedspendingplansent
TuesdaytoDemocraticGov.TomWolf'sdesk,astheGOPuseditshugelegislativemajorities
onthefinaldayofthestategovernment'sfiscalyeartotrytowrapupanambitiousagenda.
Thenearly$30.2billionbudgetbillpassedtheHouseandSenatewithoutasingleDemocratic
voteafternegotiationsbetweenGOPleadersandWolfstalledinrecentweeks.
Inthemeantime,Republicanworkedtopassbillstolicenseprivatecompaniestotakeover
themarketing,shipmentandsaleofwineandliquorfromthestate,andtosqueezesavings
fromthelargepensionsystemsforschoolemployeesandstateworkers,inpartbymoving
newhiresinto401(k)styleplans.Democraticlawmakersalsoopposedthosebills.
WolfsaidTuesdayitwasonlyaquestionofwhetherhewillvetotheentirebudgetorpartof
it,asheseekstoforceconcessionsfromRepublicansonhisagenda.
AfterabriefmeetingwithHouseGOPleadersTuesdaymorning,Wolfsaidbothsides"will
havesomethingstotalkabouttomorrow."
IfWolfrejectsthebudgetintotal,itwouldbethefirsttimethathasoccurredinPennsylvania
foratleastfourdecades.Thestatealsowouldlosesomeofitsauthoritytospendmoney,
includingbillionsofdollarsforpublicschoolsandsocialservices.
WolfalsoopposesRepublicans'pensionandliquorplans,andDemocratsexpecthimtoveto
both.
DuringfourhoursofdebateTuesday,Republicansdefendedtheirbudgetbillasaresponsible
alternativetothemultibilliondollartaxincreasesoughtbyWolftowipeoutagapingdeficit
anddeepcutsineducationunderhisRepublicanpredecessor.
TheGOP'sbudgetbilldoesnotincreasetaxes,andauthorizesanadditional$1.1billionin
spending,primarilyforrisingcostsforpublicpensionsandhealthcare,aswellas$200million
moreforeducation.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,urgedWolftosignthebudgetlegislation,but
saidthatifWolfvetoesit,hewillbereadytoreturntoworkonitWednesday.
"I'llbeheretomorrow,ifneedbeI'llbeherethenextdayandthedayafterthatandthe
FourthofJuly,"Cormansaidduringfloordebate."Whateveritmaybe,wewillbehererolling
upoursleeves,readytogoanddoourjobforthepeopleofPennsylvania."
Wolfhassaidthespendingplanshortchangespublicschools,letstheMarcellusShalenatural
gasindustryoffthehookwithoutaseverancetaxandaddstothestategovernment'sdeficit
becauseitispackedwithonetimestopgaps,includingtransfersfromoffbudgetfundsand
paymentdelays.
ThestopgapsandlackofinputfromDemocratspromptedSen.RobTeplitz,DDauphin,tocall
theGOP'sbudgetbilllittlemorethantheatrics.

"It'salsonotrealbecausethere'snotapersoninthisbuildingwhobelievesit'llbeenacted
intolaw,"Teplitzsaid,referringtotheexpectationofWolf'sveto.
AnotherWolfpriority,legislationtocutlocalschoolpropertytaxesstatewide,stalledinthe
Senate.
Theliquorprivatizationplanwouldallowabout14,000beersaleslicenseholdersretailers,
restaurants,grocerystoresandotherstopayahigherfeeforpermissiontoalsosellwine,
liquororboth.
Itwouldalsoprovideapathwaytotheclosureoftheapproximately600statecontrolledwine
andliquorstoresand,Republicanssaid,addconvenienceandmodernizationtoanarchaic
system.
Democratscounteredthattheplanwouldirresponsiblyliquidateavaluablestatemoney
makerforvirtuallynothing.ItpassedtheSenate,2722,andawaitedavoteintheHouseon
Tuesdaynight.
DuringHousedebateonthepensionbill,Republicanbackerssaidthecurrentsystemisnot
sustainablefortaxpayers.Thebill'smajorfeaturewouldpourmostnewhiresintoa401(k)
styledefinedcontributionplan,anditwouldsaveabout$11billioninpaymentsover30years
onapensiondebtcurrentlyestimatedat$53billion.Lawmakersalsowouldgointothe
401(k)styleplanaftertheirnextelection.
Itpassed10689,andawaitedavoteintheSenateonTuesdaynight.
Republicanssaidtheplanwouldsetthestateonamorefiscallyresponsiblepath,but
Democratsslammedtheproposalastakingawayretirementsecurityforfuturestate
governmentandpublicschoolemployeesandriskingacourtchallenge.

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OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
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AP:Wolfwillingtoexploresales,incometaxhikealternatives

AP:Wolfwillingtoexploresales,incometaxhikealternatives
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/10/4830059_wolfwillingtoexploresales.html?rh=1

BYMARCLEVY
AssociatedPressJuly10,2015

HARRISBURG,PA.Gov.TomWolfsayshe'lllistentowaystowipeoutalongtermdeficitandincreaseeducationaid
withoutraisingsalesorincometaxes,whichRepublicansoppose.
WolfsaidFridaythathe'swillingtoexploreideas,aslongasPennsylvaniastategovernment'sdeficitisaddressedhonestly
andwithoutwhathecalls"smokeandmirrors."
TheWolfadministrationisonday10ofthenewfiscalyearwithoutsignedbudgetlegislationthatgivesittheauthoritytopay
allofitsbills.SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormansaidearlierintheweekthatthestalematewilllastforaslongasWolf
insistsonhigherincomeorsalestaxestosupportstatespending.
ButWolfvetoedtheRepublicans'budgetbill,sayingitfeltshortofhisprioritiesandusedunacceptablestopgaps.

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AP:Wolf,GOPlawmakerstoresumebudgettalksafterveto

AP:Wolf,GOPlawmakerstoresumebudgettalksa erveto
h p://6abc.com/poli cs/wolfgoplawmakerstoresumebudgettalksa erveto/819827/

ByMARKSCOLFOROandPETERJACKSONAssociatedPress
Updated19minsago

HARRISBURG,Pa.

Gov.TomWolfsoughttorestartbudgettalkswithlegislativeleadersWednesday,lessthanaday
afterhevetoeda$30.2billionRepublicancraftedspendingplanthateveryDemocratvoted
against.
WolfinvitedHouseandSenatenegotiatorstohisCapitolofficesforanafternoonsession,seeking
tofindawaytobridgethevastgapbetweenthebudgethewants,whichwouldraisetaxesand
substantiallyincreaseeducationfunding,andtheGOPplanthathadnonewtaxesandmuchmore
modestschoolspending.
ThefirsttermDemocrat'swrittenvetomessagesenttotheHouselateTuesdayillustratedthe
challengetheyfaceinlookingforadeal.Republicansholdsubstantialmajoritiesinbothchambers,
andtherehasbeenlittleevidencethesidesareanywherenearacompromise.
"ThecitizensofPennsylvaniasentusheretodoseriousworkandtoaddressproblemsfacingthis
commonwealth,"Wolfsaidinthevetomessage,repeatingthepolicyobjectiveshehasoutlinedfor
monthsmoneyforschoolsfromataxonnaturalgasdrilling,cutsinlocalschoolpropertytaxes,
jobcreationeffortsandwhathecalls"asolutiontofixthestructuralbudgetdeficit."
"Thisbillfailstoaccomplishtheseessentialtasks,soIcannotgiveitmyapproval,"hesaid.
Wolfhasnotsaidwhetherhe'llsignliquorprivatizationandpublicsectorpensionchangesthat
alsopassedtheRepublicancontrolledGeneralAssemblyonTuesday.
RepublicanssaidHouseMajorityLeaderDaveReed,RIndiana,wouldattendalongwithhis
party'swhip,Rep.BryanCutler,RLancaster.Otherleaderswereexpectedtojoinbyphone.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormansaidTuesdaynightthatWolf'sactiondisappointedhimand
arguedthegovernorshouldputforwardsomethinglawmakerscanpass.TheGOPbudget,which
proposeda$1.1billionspendingincrease,wouldhaveaddedmoneyforrisingpensionandhealth
carecostsand$200millionmoreforeducation.
"Thegovernorownsthisnow,"theCentreCountyRepublicansaid."TheGeneralAssemblyputup
thevotestopassabalancedbudget.Heownsthefactthatwedon'thaveabudgetnow,andwe
willwaitforhimtoofferanewplan."
ThehallsoftheCapitol,teemingwithpeopleadayearlier,wererelativelyquietWednesday
morning,andsomelawmakerswerewonderingwhathappensnext.
Rep.MarkCohen,DPhiladelphia,saidhewouldnotbesurprisedifthebudgetstandofflastedfor
months,perhapstotheendof2015.

Wolf"wantshisviewstobetakenintoconsideration,"Cohensaid."Peoplearenotlookingforthe
fifthyearoftheCorbettadministration."
WolfbeatRepublicanTomCorbettintheNovemberelection,denyinghimasecondterm.
Rep.KerryBenninghoff,RCentre,saidhehasnotseenmuchsignofcompromisefromWolfsince
hetookofficeinJanuary.
"Theyhaven'tgivenonanything,"Benninghoffsaid."DoIthinkthatwecancometosome
negotiationsonabudget?Thatdependswhatthewillis."
Thevetooftheentirebudgetbill,ratherthanusinglineitemauthoritytoeliminatepartsofit,had
notoccurredinthestateforatleast40years.
Theabsenceofabudgetasthenewfiscalyearbeganwasnotexpectedtohaveanimmediate
effectonservicesbecauseagenciescantapsurplusesandspecialfunds,butthesituationcould
deteriorateiftheimpassedragson.Thestatehaslosttheauthoritytopayitsvendorsforwork
donenowthatthestate'snewfiscalyearhasbegun.

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Capitolwire:Nobudgingonbudget.

Capitolwire:Nobudgingonbudget.
TheSenateissettoreturnforraresummersessionnextweek.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July7)SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanonTuesdaysaidRepublicanleadersareopentonewrevenues,butnot
Gov.TomWolf'ssoughtafterbroadbasedtaxincreases.
InMarch,Wolfcalledfora$4.7billiontaxincrease,withthebulkcomingfromahigherpersonalincometaxrate,from3.07percentto
3.7percent,andahighersalestax,from6percentto6.6percent,whileremovingexemptionsforcertaincurrentlyuntaxeditems.
Thegovernor'sholdingtothefactthatheneedsabroadbasedtaxincreasewedon'tbelievethatwedo,saidCorman,RCentre,after
ameetingTuesdaywithWolf.Untilthatissuecanberesolved,we'regoingtobehereawhile.
Cormansaidwe'reopentodiscussionstogoalittlehigherthanthe$30.2billionGOPbackedspendingproposalvetoedbyWolf.But
we'renotopentoadiscussiononanincometaxincrease,we'renotopentoadiscussiononasalestaxincrease,we'renotopentoa
discussiononclosingsalestaxexemptions.
Everythingelseisopenfordiscussions,hesaid.We'reopentotrytohelpoutthegovernortomeetsomeofhisinitiatives,youknow,
withinreason.Butwe'renotopentoabroadbasedtaxincrease.
Wolf'sbudgetproposalalsocalledforincreasedtaxesonnaturalgasdrillingandcigaretteswhileaddinganewtaxforcertaintobacco
products.Healsocalledforloweringthecorporatenetincometax,whilerequiringstricterreportingrequirementsformultistate
companies,andseeingtheeliminationofabusinessassetstax.
WolfspokesmanJeffSheridantoldreportersthegovernorwantsnewsourcesofrecurringrevenuestoclosethestructuraldeficit,and
thebroadbasedtaxincreasesaresofarthebestproposal.
Heismorethanwillingtocontinuetalkingwiththemaboutfindingwaystodothat,Sheridansaid.Rightnow,therehavenotbeenany
betterideaspresentedtousthanincreasingthepersonalincometax,increasingthesalestaxwhilealsoprovidingpropertytaxrelief
thatwasnotincludedintheirbudget.
Wehavetofindnewrecurringrevenuessomehow,theseverancetaxisawaytodothat,headded.
TheSenateisscheduledtoreturnnextweekforararesummersessiononMonday,TuesdayandWednesday.Thechamberis
planningtorunsomelegislation,butwilldiscussvetooverrides,whichwouldrequireatwothirdsmajority,saidSenateGOP
spokeswomanJenniferKocher.
WolfvetoedtheGeneralAppropriationsbill,FiscalandPublicSchoolcodebills,aswellasaliquorprivatizationbill.Hemustalsomake
adecisiononapensionoverhaulbyFridaythisweek.
ThosebillshadnosupportfromDemocratsinJune.RepublicanswouldneedahandfulofDemocratstoflipforasuccessfuloverride
vote.
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Capitolwire:Nobudgingonbudget.
TheSenateissettoreturnforraresummersessionnextweek.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July7)SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanonTuesdaysaidRepublicanleadersareopentonewrevenues,butnot
Gov.TomWolf'ssoughtafterbroadbasedtaxincreases.
InMarch,Wolfcalledfora$4.7billiontaxincrease,withthebulkcomingfromahigherpersonalincometaxrate,from3.07percentto
3.7percent,andahighersalestax,from6percentto6.6percent,whileremovingexemptionsforcertaincurrentlyuntaxeditems.
Thegovernor'sholdingtothefactthatheneedsabroadbasedtaxincreasewedon'tbelievethatwedo,saidCorman,RCentre,after
ameetingTuesdaywithWolf.Untilthatissuecanberesolved,we'regoingtobehereawhile.
Cormansaidwe'reopentodiscussionstogoalittlehigherthanthe$30.2billionGOPbackedspendingproposalvetoedbyWolf.But
we'renotopentoadiscussiononanincometaxincrease,we'renotopentoadiscussiononasalestaxincrease,we'renotopentoa
discussiononclosingsalestaxexemptions.
Everythingelseisopenfordiscussions,hesaid.We'reopentotrytohelpoutthegovernortomeetsomeofhisinitiatives,youknow,
withinreason.Butwe'renotopentoabroadbasedtaxincrease.
Wolf'sbudgetproposalalsocalledforincreasedtaxesonnaturalgasdrillingandcigaretteswhileaddinganewtaxforcertaintobacco
products.Healsocalledforloweringthecorporatenetincometax,whilerequiringstricterreportingrequirementsformultistate
companies,andseeingtheeliminationofabusinessassetstax.
WolfspokesmanJeffSheridantoldreportersthegovernorwantsnewsourcesofrecurringrevenuestoclosethestructuraldeficit,and
thebroadbasedtaxincreasesaresofarthebestproposal.
Heismorethanwillingtocontinuetalkingwiththemaboutfindingwaystodothat,Sheridansaid.Rightnow,therehavenotbeenany
betterideaspresentedtousthanincreasingthepersonalincometax,increasingthesalestaxwhilealsoprovidingpropertytaxrelief
thatwasnotincludedintheirbudget.
Wehavetofindnewrecurringrevenuessomehow,theseverancetaxisawaytodothat,headded.
TheSenateisscheduledtoreturnnextweekforararesummersessiononMonday,TuesdayandWednesday.Thechamberis
planningtorunsomelegislation,butwilldiscussvetooverrides,whichwouldrequireatwothirdsmajority,saidSenateGOP
spokeswomanJenniferKocher.
WolfvetoedtheGeneralAppropriationsbill,FiscalandPublicSchoolcodebills,aswellasaliquorprivatizationbill.Hemustalsomake
adecisiononapensionoverhaulbyFridaythisweek.
ThosebillshadnosupportfromDemocratsinJune.RepublicanswouldneedahandfulofDemocratstoflipforasuccessfuloverride
vote.
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Capitolwire:Wolf,legislativeleadersreadytoworktoreachagreementsonbudget,
pensions,liquor.
ByChrisComisac,KevinZwick&ChristenSmith
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July1)Thearmsareunfolded,saidGov.TomWolf,characterizingthepositivenatureofaWednesdayafternoon
meetingwithlegislativeleadersaboutthestatebudget,lessthanadayafterissuinganunprecedentedcompletevetooftheGOP's
budgetproposal.
Followingtheapproximately30minutemeeting,WolfsaidhehasofferedhisbudgetandlegislativeRepublicanshavenowofferedtheirs,
withthetasknowtofindcommongroundbetweenthetwo.
We'reallgoingtoworkveryhardtomakesurewehaveabudgetasquicklyaspossible,saidWolf,standingwithHouseMajority
LeaderDaveReed,RIndiana.
ThateffortwillbegininearnestonMonday,thegovernorsaid.
DrewCrompton,chiefofstaffandlegalcounseltoSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,saidnothingnewwasoffered
duringthemeeting,withthegovernorandlegislativeRepublicansstillfarapartontheitemsonwhichtheywerefarapartpriortothe
governorsTuesdaynightbudgetveto.Scarnati,likeHouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,andSenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,RCentre,participatedinthemeetingbytelephone.
Anothermeetingabouthavingmoremeetings,saidCrompton,addingthetenorofthegatheringwascollegial.
Thoseattendingthemeetingincluded,fromtheHouse,Reed,AppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairmanBillAdolph,RDelaware,
MinorityLeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny,andMinorityWhipMikeHanna,DClintonandfromtheSenateitwasMinorityLeader
JayCosta,DAllegheny,AppropriationsCommitteeMinorityChairmanVinceHughes,DPhiladelphiaandMinorityWhipTonyWilliams,
DPhiladelphia.
Allthoseinvolvedinthemeetingsaidtheconversationabouthowtofindcommongroundandconsensuswouldbeginwithaseriesof
meetingsonMondayandTuesdaynextweek.Untilthen,considerthenextfewdaysabitofacoolingoffperiod.
Youknowfolkshavebeenhereforaprotractedtimeframe,andfolksaregonnagetalittlemorefiredupthanusual,explainedReed.I
thinkrightnowitjustgivesusachancetoevaluatewhatwedidintheHouseandtheSenate,itgivesthegovernorachancetoevaluate
liquorandpensions,andthenwecancomebacktothetableonMondaywithsomemoreinformation,somemoredatasome
justificationastowhysomeoftheideaswethoughtwereinthebestinterestofthepeopleofthecommonwealth,andImsurethe
governorwilldothesame.
Buttherewouldappeartobeplentyofworkaheadforthosewhoparticipateinthosemeetings.
SaidReed:ThegovernorputanoriginalbudgetdocumentonthetableinMarchthatdoesnothavesupportintheHouseandSenate.
WepassedabudgetintheHouseandintheSenateyesterdayandovertheweekendthatdoesnothavethegovernor'ssignature.So
we'vegotalotofworktodooverthenexthopefullyjustcoupledaysorcoupleweekstogettoanagreementonafinalbudget
document.
Thatrequiresalittlegiveandtakeonbothsides,Reedsaid.
Imgladweremeeting,saidAdolph,butlateradded:Idonotwanttogiveyoutheimpressionthatwereclose.Wearefar,far,far
apartonnumbers,andthatsbecausewhatthegovernorwouldliketospendtakesalotoftaxes,andtheyrenotsurehowmanyvotes
theycanproduce[forthosetaxes],soitsgoingtobealotofwork.
Obviouslytheyhavetomoveontheirfiguresbecausetheresnotthevotesforthetypeofrevenuethatsneededforthespendnumber,
Adolphadded.
AndreactingtothegovernorspressconferenceTuesdayevening,duringwhichhesaidhewouldvetotheGOPdevelopedbudget
becausethemathdoesntwork,Adolphsaid:Ournumbersaddup.
Costasaidtheresbeensomemovementbythegovernoronsuchthingsaswineandspiritsalesandpensions.Reedlatersaidgetting
abudgetagreementisthetoppriority,buttheresalsoalotoffocusbeingputonpensionandliquorproposals.

ConversationsbetweenGOPleadersandWolfonapensiondealhavebeenveryfruitful,buttheyarenotclosetoanagreementover
liquorprivatization,Reedsaid.
Propertytaxrelief,whichthegovernorhasmadeoneofhispriorities,willcontinuetobeworkedon,butitdoesnthavetogetdoneas
partofthebudget,addedReed.
But,asRepublicansindicated,thebudgetnumberswillrequiremorediscussions.
Ithinkthatthere'sanumberofissuesweareworkingaltogetheron,butwithrespecttothegeneralfundbudget,Ithinkwehavesome
moreworktodo,butyouknow,ourfolksaregoingtoprepthisweekend,thenextcoupledays,andthencomebackMondaytobe
positionedtocomebackandhavesomeveryseriousconversationswithbothsides,saidCosta.AndIthinkpeopleshouldbe
encouragedthatbothsidesaregoingtocometothetableandbeginaconversation.Ithinkthat'sapositivestep.
Ianticipatetherewillbemeetingseverysingleday,saidReed,notingtheywilllikelyinvolvefewerpeoplethantheworkgroupsthat
hadbeenmeetingpriortoTuesdaysbudgetveto.Reedsaidthoselargerworkgroups,someofwhichhad30or40participants,
includingstaff,justwerentproductive.
SodontexpecttheGeneralAssemblytoreturntothestateCapitolanytimesoon.
Thisisjustaconversationamonghighrankingstaffmembers,reducingthesizeoftheroomtomakecertainwecangettosomevery
seriousdiscussionsandthenoncewegetthroughthatprocessandthenbeginmovingforward,Ibelievethemajorityleaderwouldbe
abletocallfolksback,saidCosta.
Peopleneedtocometothetableinaseriouswaywithalimitednumberofplayerssothatwecannotjustputthingsonthetable,but
alsotakethingsoffthetabletoactuallygettoafinalagreement,Reedsaid.
Reedaddedmembersareonsixhournoticestartingnextweekincaseafinalbudgetagreementisreached.
Andifittakesanextendedperiodoftimebeforeanagreementisreached?
Ithinkcertainlythedaysaregone,aswehadunderGov.Rendell,whenhesentoutthefurloughnotices,atthebeginningofJune
beforethediscussionsevenstartedonafinalbudgetdocument,andthreatenedstateworkerstheywouldbelaidoffJuly1,saidReed.
SoIthinkthecourtrulingstookcareofthatsideoftheequation,sostateworkersarenotreallyindangerofnotgettingpaid.Now,I
thinkthebiggerimpactisonhumanserviceagenciesand,dependingonhowlongitgoeson,schoolsaswell.
ButtherewasoptimismexpressedWednesday.
Eventuallywe'regoingtogetthisdone,government'sgoingtocontinuetooperateandwewillhopefullycontinuetosendabilltothe
governorthatthistimehewillsignasopposedtowithholdinghissignature,Reedsaid.
AddedWolf:Ithinkwhat'shearteningaboutthismeetinghereisthatwe'reonthesamepageaboutdoingwhat'srightforPennsylvania,
I'mnotjustsayingthat,andweactuallyaredoingthiswithagreatdealofmutualrespect.We'regoingtoworktogether.
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CentreDailyTimes:LTE:Cormanneedstoshowleadership
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/10/4829432/lettertotheeditorcormanneeds.html

July10,2015

ThefirststatementmadebySenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanaftertheRepublicanonlycraftedbudgetwasvetoedby
thegovernorwasheownsitnow.Thatsleadership?
Inanyorganizationwhentheresaproblemtoresolve,theentireorganizationownstheproblem.Everyoneworkstogether
tocreateasolution.Andtheorganizationalleadersaretheonesresponsibletogeteveryoneelseintheorganization
involvedinhelping.ButapparentlyLeaderCormanisntinterestedinleadingotherstoresolvetheproblemhejustwants
toblamesomeoneelse.Comeonkids.Youallworkforus.Youallowntheproblem.
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POTENTIALLEGISLATIVEAGENDA

TheHouseandSenateareinrecess.
TheSenteisscheduledtoreconvenetoday,Tuesday,Monday,June16that1:00pm.
TheHouseisscheduledtoreconvenetoday,Monday,16,2015

FloorActivity

HouseBillsonConcurrence
HB188(Sonney)AmendstheAgricultureAreaSecurityLaw,furtherprovidingfordefinitionsandforthepurchaseofagricultural
conservationeasements.

HouseFloor3rdConsideration
HB1256(Masser)AmendstheTaxReformCode,allowingforpoliticalsubdivisionstoeliminatetheoptionaloccupationaltaxby
usingtheearnedincometax,whilemaintainingtherevenuegeneratedbybothtaxesindependently.

HB1276(Watson)AnActamendingTitle23(DomesticRelations)clarifyingstipulationsforemployeesandadultvolunteerswho
workwithchildrenwhoarerequiredtoobtainbackgroundchecks.

SB397(Alloway)AmendsTitle42(Judiciary),providingforuniform,statewiderulesforoperatingasabailbondsmen.

SB485(Scarnati)AnActamendingTitle18(Crimes&Offenses),increasingpenaltiesforimpersonatingaphysician.
HouseFloor2ndConsideration
HB97(Costa,D.)CreatesthePennsylvaniaOfficerDownAdvisoryinordertoquicklynotifythepublicofasuspectwhohasinjured
amemberoflawenforcementwhoisatlarge.

HB235(Heffley)AnActamendingTitle18(Crimes&Offenses)&75(Vehicles),infalsificationandintimidation,raisingthe
offenseforimpersonatingapublicservantfromaseconddegreemisdemeanortoathirddegreefelony.

HB308(Caltagirone)AmendsTitle23(DomesticRelations),allowingforaformerorretiredjudge,justice,ormagisterialdistrict
judgewhohasnotservedafulltermtoperformamarriageceremony.

SB622(Mensch)AnActeliminatingcertainthefollowingdutiesoftheLegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommittee(BLOC):cost
benefitstudiesofmentalhealthinsurancecoverage,asmandatedbyAct1998150,annualstudiesontheimpactofslotsonthestate
lottery,andthePennDOTPerformanceAuditthatisconductedevery6years.

SB699(Yudichak)AuthorizesthedispositionoflandsinPlymouthTownship,LuzerneCounty.

SenateFloor3rdConsideration
SB352(Vogel)AmendstheRaceHorseIndustryReformActtoexpandthecommission,andmakechangestolicensure,fines,
andfees.

SB590(Tomlinson)AnActamendingthePASSHEIntellectualPropertyAct,furtherprovidingfortitleofact,forshorttitle,for
definitionsforrepeal.

SB687(Browne)AnActamendingTitle68(RealandPersonalProperty),ingeneralprovisionsforplannedcommunities,further
providingforapplicabilityoflocalordinances,regulations,andbuildingcodes.

SB688(Browne)AmendsTitle68(Real&PersonalProperty),withregardstogeneralprovisionsforcondominiums,further
providingforapplicabilityoflocalordinances,regulationsandbuildingcodes.

SB861(White)AnActamendingTitle75(Vehicles)
HB863(Benninghoff)AnActdesignatingaportionofRoute3006(CentreCounty)astheBellefonteVeteransBridge
SB880(Smucker)AmendsTitle35(Health&Safety),delayingtheuseoftheKeystoneExamaseitheragraduationorbenchmark
requirementfortheneedforparticipationinaprojectbasedassessmentuntilthe20182019schoolyears.

HB911(Barrar)AnActamendingTitle35,furtherprovidingforemergencytelephoneservice.

SenateFloorSecondConsideration
HB182(Grove)AmendsthePharmacyAct,furtherprovidingfortheauthoritytoadministermedicationsandimmunizations.
HB475(Adolph)AnActdesignatingaportionofRoute22/322(JuniataCounty)astheHonorableDanielF.ClarkMemorial

Highway.
SB663(Vulakovich)AmendsTitle20(DomesticRelations),furtherprovidingforsupportand,inchildcustody,furtherprovidingfor
considerationofcriminalconviction.
SB747(Vogel)AnActamendingtheMedicalCareAvailabilityandReductionofError(Mcare)Act,providingforastudyofpunitive
damagesimposingdutiesontheInsuranceCommissioner.
SB772(Gordner)AmendstheProfessionalPsychologistsPracticeAct,allowingapplicantstotakenecessarytestssooner.

CommitteeActivity

HouseFinance
HB1319(Marshall)AnActestablishingasavingsprogrambytheTreasuryDepartmenttoencourageeligibleindividualswith
disabilitiestosaveprivatefunds,fromwhichtheexpensesrelatedtotheirdisabilitymaybepaidtoassisttheminmaintaininghealth,
independence,andqualityoflife.

HB1205(Dunbar)EstablishestheResultsFirstProjectprovidesfordatacollectionandanalysis.
HouseTourismandRecreationalDevelopment
HB682(Murt)AnActamendingTitle75(Vehicles)makingseveralchangestoallterrainvehicles(ATVssegregatingthe
incomesandexpensesofATVsandsnowmobilesintherestrictedaccountwithinDCNR.

SenateTransportation
SB474(Rafferty)AnActamendingtheAdministrativeCode,furtherprovidingforgubernatorialappointments.

SB748(Argall)AmendsTitle75prohibitinganyindividualfromwillfullyrefusingtocomplywithanylawfulorderordirectionofany
certifiedescortvehiclewhoisactinginthecapacityadriverofacertifiedescortvehicle.

HouseJudiciary
HB123(Delozier)AnActamendingTitle42(Judiciary)requiringtheuseofcashbail,whichwouldotherwisebereturnedtothe
defendant,tobedivertedtopayforanyrestitution,fees,fines,andcostsincurred.
HB758(Toepel)AmendsTitle42(Judiciary),providingforpriorityrestitutionordersbycreatingameansforautomaticpayment
deductionsfromabankaccount.
HB1070(Costa,D.)AnActamendingTitle42(Judiciary),increasingcollectionsfromcourtorderedrestitutionfromcrimevictims
byensuringthattheordersarebeingenforcedatthecountylevel.
HB1089(Stephens)amendsTitle42(Judiciary)providesforproceduresforcollectionfrominmatesofrestitution,fees,costs,
finesandpenalties.
HB1687(Barbin)AnActrequiringtheDepartmentofRevenuetointerceptanystatetaxrefundduetosomeonewhohasan
outstandingrestitutionorder

ConfirmationMeetings
None

PRESSCLIPS

Budget

PLSReporter:Republicansclaimagreementreachedonstructuraldeficitadministrationsaysconversationsareongoing
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/artmid/472/articleid/760/Republicansclaimagreementreachedonstructuraldeficitadministrationsaysconversationsare
ongoing.aspx

OfficeofOpenRecords

PatriotNews:SenateGOP'sreactionmixedaboutWolf'sdecisiononArneson
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/senate_gops_reaction_mixed_abo.html

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolf:Openrecordschiefcanreturnfornow
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150616_Wolf__Open_records_chief_can_return__for_now.html#x8e6AtidZjgSdZkt.99

StatePolice

TribuneReview:BrownwithdrawsnamefromconsiderationtoleadPa.statepolice
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/857006274/brownpolicepennsylvania#ixzz3d9wewFkk

PittsburghPostGazette:Brownwithdrawsfromconsiderationforstatepolicecommissioner
http://www.postgazette.com/news/politicsstate/2015/06/15/Brownwithdrawsfromconsiderationforstatepolicecommissioner/stories/201506150158

BackgroundCheckFees

MeadvilleTribune:JohnFinnerty:Droppingfeesforvolunteersstirsconfusion
http://www.meadvilletribune.com/opinion/columndroppingfeesforvolunteersstirsconfusion/article_b324261a0dbe5a91b5484b014138c6e5.html

PatriotNews:HousedebateonbackgroundcheckslawpostponeduntilTuesday
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/house_debate_on_background_che.html#incart_river

Dea hPenalty

ABC27:Survey:MostPa.crimevictimssupportdeathpenalty
http://abc27.com/2015/06/15/surveymostpacrimevictimssupportdeathpenalty/

StateLegislature

AP:Pa.lawmakers''reformcaucus'toutsproposedgiftlimits
http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=Tzlxhg2J

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Attendees:Gov,COS,Shafer,Isenhour,Hanger,Albright,Smyler

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238ConferenceRoom
Staff:Gov,COS,Shafer,Isenhour,Hanger,Albright,Smyler
Attendees:SenJoeScarnati,SenJakeCorman,RepMikeTurzai,RepDaveReed

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PAConventionCenter,1101ArchStreet,Philadelphia
Attendees:Gov,COS,DennisDavin,MichaelNutter,LarryMahan,JamesGreenwood,Dr.JaySiegel,TomBrokaw

1:30pm2:15pm
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2:30pm3:30pm
TWW/McGinty/Albright/Sweetmeetingw/PhiladelphiaChamberExecutiveBoardPOCRobWonderling
ComcastCenter,56thFloor,OneComcastCenter,Philadelphia
Staff:Gov,COS,Albright,Sweet
Attendees:DavidCohen,RobWonderling,LisaCrutchfield,WaltDAlessio,NickDeBenedictis,HaroldEpps,JohnFry,Bill
Hankowsky,DenisOBrien,PhilRinaldi,BillSasso,NicolePullenRoss,JudeeVonSeldeneck

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Mtgw/JohnFry
CornerBakery,1701MarketSt,Philadelphia
Staff:COS,Barsotti
Attendees:JohnFry

5:00pm5:30pm
Mtgw/BillGoodrich
CornerBakery,1701MarketSt,Philadelphia
Staff:COS,Barsotti
Attendees:BillGoodrich

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DAILYINCIDENTREPORT
Thisreportcoverstheperiod6:00a.m.,June15,2015,through6:00a.m.,June16,2015.

STATUSREPORT:(asof6:00a.m.)

THREATSTATUS:

NationalTerrorismAdvisorySystem:

Therearenocurrentalerts.

EOCSTATUS:

StateEOCActivation:None
CountyEOCActivations:None

CAPABILITIESSTATUS:

PAAllHazardsType3IncidentManagementTeamMissionCapable
PATaskForce2(PATF2)Search&RescueMissionCapable
PATaskForce1(PATF1)UrbanSearch&RescueMissionCapable

INFRASTRUCTURESTATUS:

MajorRoadClosures:None
PowerOutageReports:Asof5:30a.m.,916customers.
TelephoneOutageReports:None

SIGNIFICANTEVENTS:

OPEN:

COMMERCIALSTRUCTUREFIREAdamsCounty,6/8/15CleanupcontinuesatthesiteoftheMillerChemical&FertilizerCo.firein
ConewagoTownship.TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectioniscoordinatingoperationswiththeprivatecontractor.

TEXASEMACREQUESTStateofTexas,6/10/15TheLogisticsSectionprocessedanEMACrequestfromtheStateofTexasforsix
DisasterRecoveryCenter(DRC)managers.ThemanagersdeployedtoAustin,TXyesterday.Onemanagerhasalreadybeenassigned
toopenaDRCinHouston.ThedeploymenthasthesixreturningtoPennsylvaniaon6/30/15.

ADVERSEWEATHERStateofPennsylvania,6/15/15Astrongline ofthunderstormspassedthroughtheCommonwealthof
Pennsylvaniaknockingdownpowerlinesandtrees,floodingroadways,andcausingnumerouspoweroutages.Therewerealsoreportsof
rockandmudslidesinthewesternpartofthestate.NumerousFlashFloodWarningswerealsoreceived.

CLOSED:
None

DISASTERDECLARATIONS:
None

CONTIGUOUSSTATEEVENTSOFPOTENTIALINTERESTTOPENNSYLVANIA:
Delaware:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
Maryland:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
NewJersey:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
NewYork:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
Ohio:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
WestVirginia:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.

24hourProjectedWeatherStatewide:

NationalWeatherService,5:01a.m.,6/16/15:

AcoldfrontwillmovesoutheastfromtheGreatLakestoday.Showersandthunderstormswithheavydownpourswillbelikelyasitmoves
throughthestatetoday.

FairweatheronWednesdaywillbebriefaswarmhumidairagain movesnorthward.Thechanceofshowersandthunderstormswillreturn
forWednesdaynightandThursday.

Hightemperaturetodaywillrangefromthemid70sinErietoaround90degreesinPhiladelphia.

WATCHESANDWARNINGS:

ThereareFlashFloodWarningsforthefollowingcountiesuntil8:30a.m.:Allegheny,Armstrong,Beaver,Butler,Washingtonand
WestmorelandCounties.

ThereareFlashFloodWatchesforthefollowingcountiesuntil2:00p.m.:BedfordBlairCambriaCameronClearfieldElkMcKean
NorthernCentreNorthernClintonNorthernLycomingPotterSomersetTiogaWarren,AlleghenyArmstrongBeaverButlerClarion
FayetteFayetteRidgesForestGreeneIndianaJeffersonLawrenceMercerVenangoWashingtonWestmorelandWestmoreland
RidgesCrawfordNorthernErieSouthernErieCounties.

TROPICALWEATHEROUTLOOK:

LOTTERYREPORT


Totalsalesaredown$6,927,185.50(9.24%)fromthesameweeklastyear.Thisweekstotalsales$68,027,770.50

Instantsalesaredown$899,372.00(1.83%)fromthesameweeklastyear.Thisweeksinstantsales$48,180,114.00

Terminalbasegamesalesaredown$6,027,813.50(23.30%)fromthesameweeklastyear.Thisweeksterminalbasegamesales
$19,847,657.00

TodaysJackpots(LastYear)
PB$70($50)
MM$35($15)
M6$700,000($1,650,000)
Cash5$325,000($325,000)

KathieSmith|ExecutiveAssistanttotheGovernor
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapital|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
Email:
www.pa.gov

From:

Smith,Kathie

Senttime:

06/17/201507:31:41AM

To:

Wolf,Thomas

Cc:

GVSeniorStaffMaldonado,JacobMelena,BethWillford,Jean

Subject:

Dashboard06172015

POTENTIALLEGISLATIVEAGENDA
TheHouseandSenateareinrecess;theyarescheduledtoreconvenetoday,Tuesday,June17that1:00am.

FloorAc vity

HouseFloor3rdConsideration
HB97(Costa,D.)CreatesthePennsylvaniaOfficerDownAdvisoryinordertoquicklynotifythepublicofasuspectwhohasinjuredamemberof
lawenforcementwhoisatlarge.

HB235(Heffley)AnActamendingTitle18(Crimes&Offenses)&75(Vehicles),infalsificationandintimidation,raisingtheoffensefor
impersona ngapublicservantfromaseconddegreemisdemeanortoathirddegreefelony.

HB308(Caltagirone)AmendsTitle23(DomesticRelations),allowingforaformerorretiredjudge,justice,ormagisterialdistrictjudgewhohas
notservedafulltermtoperformamarriageceremony.

HouseFloor2ndConsideration
HB794(Gillespie)AnActamendingtheCountyCode,repealingprovisionsrelatingtohoteltaxandexcisetax;providesforhotelroomrentaltax
inthirdclasscoun es.

HB1110(Schreiber)AmendstheLiquorCode,limitingthenumberofretaillicensestobeusedineachcounty.

HB1119(Hill)AnActamendingthePublicSchoolCode,allowingschoolentitiestoapplytotheDepartmentofEducationformandatewaivers,
includingfortheSepara onAct,prevailingwage,andUSSteelproductsrequirements.

HB1196(Petri)AnActamendingtheLiquorCode,inlicenses&regulations,andliquor,alcohol,malt&brewedbeverages,furtherdefining
geographicallycon guousareas.

SenateFloor3rdConsideration
SB352(Vogel)AmendstheRaceHorseIndustryReformActtoexpandthecommission,andmakechangestolicensure,fines,andfees.

SB590(Tomlinson)AnActamendingthePASSHEIntellectualPropertyAct,furtherprovidingfortitleofact,forshorttitle,fordefinitionsfor
repeal.

SB663(Vulakovich)AmendsTitle20(DomesticRelations),furtherprovidingforsupport;and,inchildcustody,furtherprovidingforconsideration
ofcriminalconvic on.

SB861(White)AmendsTitle75(Vehicles),stipulatingthataninsurancecompanyshallprovideprimarycoverageofthirdpartyfinancialliability
obligationsandfirstpartyphysicaldamageobligationswhileavehiclethatisspecificallycoveredundertheinsuredsinsurancepolicyisbeing
repaired,serviced,inspected,ortransportedbyadealeroracer edagent.

SenateFloorSecondConsideration
HB73(Farry)AnActamendingTitle42(Judiciary),furtherprovidingforcounselingofsexuallyviolentpredators.

SB77(Alloway)AmendsTitle34(Game),furtherprovidingfordogtrainingareas.

SB129(Wiley)AnActamendingCountyPensionLaw,addingthatthetriennialcostoflivingincreaseneednotbecalculatedretroactivelyand
neednotapplythecostoflivingindexchangeforeachyearsincesuchpreviouscostoflivingincrease.

HB164(Stephens)AmendsTitle18(Crimes&Offenses),makingitathirddegreemisdemeanortoknowinglyownorpossessanimalfighting
paraphernalia.

HB175(Goodman)AmendsthePersianGulfConflictVeteransBenefitActbyextendingtheapplicationperiodforthe19901991PersianGulfWar
BonusProgramforthreeyears.

HB189(Sonney)AmendstheLiquorCode,inpreliminaryprevisions,allowingwineobtainadirectwineshipperlicensetheabilitytodeliver
directlytoPennsylvaniacustomersanunlimitedamountofwinetoanyci zenofthecommonwealth21yearsorolder,solelyforpersonaluse.

SB202(Schwank)AmendstheUniformCrimeReportingAct,inhighereducationsecurityinformation,furtherprovidingforreporting
requirementsincasesofsexualassault.

HB263(Gabler)Removesthecurrentprohibitiononhuntingwithanairriffle.

HB455(Keller)AnActamendingTitle34(Game),furtherprovidingforunlawfulactivitiesbyremovingtheprohibitiononrefusingtoanswer
certainques onsofthecommissionregardinganimals.

HB475(Adolph)AnActdesignatingaportionofRoute22/322(JuniataCounty)astheHonorableDanielF.ClarkMemorialHighway.

SB772(Gordner)AmendstheProfessionalPsychologistsPracticeAct,allowingapplicantstotakenecessarytestssooner.

Commi eeAc vity

HouseVeteransAairs&EmergencyPreparedness
HB784(Barbin)AnActamendingtheTaxReformCode,providingtheVetsFirsttaxcredittohonorveteransfortheirserviceandprovide
incen vesfortheiremployment.

HB687(Hanna)AmendstheHazardousMaterialEmergencyPlanning&ResponseAct;requiresthelocalemergencyplanningcommitteeto
includethe911coordinatorandaPEMArepresenta ve;requiresanowneroroperatorofanyfacilitythatmanufactures,uses,transports,
distributes,orsupplieshazardousmaterialtoprovideemergencyplanningno ca ontothecountyemergencymanagementcoordinator,911
coordinator,andregionalPEMAoce.

SB285(Baker)AmendsTitle51(MilitaryAffairs),furtherprovidingfortheVeteransTrustFund.

SenateCommunity,Economic&Recrea onalDevelopment
SB700(Ward)AmendsTitle4(Amusements),furtherprovidingforslotmachinelicensefee,supplier&manufacturinglicenses,slotmachine
licenses;providingfortablegamedevicetes ngandcer ca onstandards;furtherprovidingforinves ga on,enforcement,anddeten on.
SB385(Pileggi)AmendstheTransitRevitaliza onInvestmentDistrictAct,ingeneralprovisions;fordeni ons;inTRIDcrea onandloca on;TRID
planningstudy;landdevelopmentpowers;fordevelopmentorredevelopment;forpublicmee ng.

HB1154(Costa,D.)AnActamendingTitle75(Vehicles),repealingtheeliminationofthevehicleregistrationsticker.

HB1278(Emrick)AmendsTitle75(Vehicles);prohibitsdrivingamotorvehicleequippedwithanimagedisplaydevicelocatedatanypoint
forwardofthebackdriversseatorvisibletothedriverwhiledriving.

SenateEduca on
HB224(Christiana)ThePublicSchoolWebAccountabilityandTransparency(SchoolWATCH)ActrequirestheDepartmentofEducationtopostall
ofthenancialinforma onenumeratedinthelegisla onforeachpublicschoolen tyonlinebyMay31stofeachyear.

HB530(Reese)AnactamendingthePublicSchoolCode,providingatwoyearperiodwhentraditionalpublicschoolsdeductpension
contribu onsandfoodservicesontheirperpupilcalcula ontocybercharterschools.

HouseStateGovernment
HB564(Pickett)AdoptscelestineastheofficialStatemineral.

HB826(Gingrich)AmendsTitle45(LegalNotices),&71(StateGovernment),requiringexecutiveorderstohavefiscalnotes;repealsprovisionsof
Administra veCode

Conrma onMee ngs


None

PRESSCLIPS
GovernorWolf

PhiladelphiaInquire:LTE:Takesasuperhero
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150616_Start_early_for_lifelong_learning.html

StateMarketplaceExchange

TheHill:TwostateswinapprovalforObamaCarebackupplans
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/245034twostateswinapprovalforobamacarebackupplans

TheWashingtonPost:IfSupremeCourtupendshealthlaw,criticsandbackersmobilizefornextaction
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/healthscience/obamacarecriticsbackersmobilizeeffortsbeforesupremecourtruling/2015/06/15/6171843c106b11e5
972649d6fa26a8c6_story.html

Budget

PLSReporter:TightlipsandmixedreactionsfollowTuesdaybudgetmeeting
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/artmid/472/articleid/765/TightlipsandmixedreactionsfollowTuesdaybudgetmeeting.aspx
PhiladelphiaInquirer:Talkingpoints
h p://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_poli cs/Talkingpoints.html

Education

LNP:WhatcouldanewschoolfundingformulameanforPennsylvania?
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/whatcouldanewschoolfundingformulameanforpennsylvania/article 16c936260a1911e59731231e36fc70d4.html

PittsburghPostGazette:Sevenof10Pa.schooldistrictsexpecttoraisetaxesfor201516schoolyear
http://www.postgazette.com/news/education/2015/06/16/7of10Paschooldistrictsexpecttoraisestaxesfor201516schoolyear/stories/201506160168

Pensions

TimesLeader:Editorial:Pennsylvaniapaystoomuch$720millionininvestmentfeesforpensionfunds
http://www.timesleader.com/news/editorial/154069050/OURVIEW$720Minfeessappedfrompensionfunds

OfficeofOpenRecords

YorkDailyRecord:Editorial:OpenrecordsfightawasteoftimeforWolf
http://www.ydr.com/opinion/ci_28317314/openrecordsfightwastetimewolfydropinion

ObserverReporter:Editorial:Wolfshouldgiveupfightoveropenrecordsdirector
http://www.observerreporter.com/article/20150615/OPINION01/150619645

COSSCHEDULE
8:15am9:30am

NationalTerrorismAdvisorySystem:

Therearenocurrentalerts.

EOCSTATUS:

StateEOCActivation:None
CountyEOCActivations:None

CAPABILITIESSTATUS:
PAAllHazardsType3IncidentManagementTeamMissionCapable
PATaskForce2(PATF2)Search&RescueMissionCapable
PATaskForce1(PATF1)UrbanSearch&RescueMissionCapable

INFRASTRUCTURESTATUS:
MajorRoadClosures:None
PowerOutageReports:Asof5:40a.m.,120customers.
TelephoneOutageReports:None

SIGNIFICANTEVENTS:

OPEN:
COMMERCIALSTRUCTUREFIRE/WATERSUPPLYANDCONTAMINATIONISSUESAdamsCounty,6/8/15Cleanupcontinuesat
thesiteoftheMillerChemical&FertilizerCo.fireinConewagoTownship.TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectioniscoordinating
operationswiththeprivatecontractorandismonitoringwaterwaysandwellsforcontamination.

TEXASEMACREQUESTStateofTexas,6/10/15TheLogisticsSectionprocessedanEMACrequestfromtheStateofTexasfor
sixDisasterRecoveryCenter(DRC)managers.ThemanagersdeployedtoAustin,TXyesterday.Onemanagerhasalreadybeen
assignedtoopenaDRCinHouston.ThedeploymenthasthesixreturningtoPennsylvaniaon6/30/15.TheDepartmentofHuman
Servicesprovidedthepersonnelforthedeployment.

ADVERSEWEATHERStateofPennsylvania,6/15/15Astrongline ofthunderstormspassedthroughtheCommonwealthof
Pennsylvaniaknockingdownpowerlinesandtrees,floodingroadways,andcausingnumerouspoweroutages.Therewerealsoreports
ofrockandmudslidesinthewesternpartofthestate.Numerousflashfloodandtornadowarningswerealsoreceived.Cleanup
operationsareinprogress.

CLOSED:
None

DISASTERDECLARATIONS:
None

CONTIGUOUSSTATEEVENTSOFPOTENTIALINTERESTTOPENNSYLVANIA:
Delaware:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
Maryland:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
NewJersey:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
NewYork:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
Ohio:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
WestVirginia:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.

24hourProjectedWeatherStatewide:
NationalWeatherService,5:15a.m.,6/17/15:

Highpressurewillprovideadryandcomfortabledaystatewidetoday.AwarmfrontwillmovenorthwardintoPennsylvanialatertonight
andonThursday,againbringingthechanceofshowersandthunderstormsstatewideaswellasareturnofwarmhumidair.

Thehightemperaturetodaywillvaryfromthelower70sintheLaurelHighlandstothelower80sthroughoutsoutheasternPiedmont.

WATCHESANDWARNINGS:
None

TROPICALWEATHEROUTLOOK:

LOTTERYREPORT
Totalsalesareup$368,888.50(1.71%)fromthesameweeklastyear.
Thisweekstotalsales$21,956,572.00

Instantsalesareup$476,708.00(2.56%)fromthesameweeklastyear.
Thisweeksinstantsales$19,108,491.00

Terminalbasegamesalesaredown$107,819.50(3.65%)fromthesameweeklastyear.
Thisweeksterminalbasegamesales$2,848,081.00

TodaysJackpots(LastYear)
PB$70($50)
MM$44($20)
M6$700,000($1,650,000)
Cash5$450,000($450,000)


KathieSmith|ExecutiveAssistanttotheGovernor
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapital|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
Email:
www.pa.gov

From:

Smith,Kathie

Senttime:

06/23/201507:42:26AM

To:

Wolf,Thomas

Cc:

GVSeniorStaffMaldonado,JacobMelena,BethWillford,Jean

Subject:

Dashboard06232015

POTENTIALLEGISLATIVEAGENDA
TheHouseandSenateareinrecess.
TheHouseisscheduledtoreconvenetoday,Tuesday,June23rdat11:00am.
TheSenateisscheduledtoreconvenetoday,Tuesday,June23rd,at1:00pm.

FloorActivity

HouseFloor3rdConsideration
HB603(Grove)AmendstheSocialWorkers,Marriage&FamilyTherapists&ProfessionalCounselorsAct;furtherprovidingforStateBoardof
SocialWorkers,addingthatthemembersoftheBoardshallbealicensedmarriageandfamilytherapistoralicensedprofessionalcounselor;
increasespenaltiesforanyonewhostylesthemselveswiththelettersL.M.F.TorM.F.T,withoutreceivingalicenseasamarriageandfamily
therapist,fromamaximumof$1,000toamaximumof$10,000.

HB810(Thomas)AnActamendingTitle64(PublicAuthoritiesandQuasiPublicCorporations),furtherprovidingforSecondStageLoan
Program;providingforexpandedeligibilitycriteriaandadjustingloanguaranteestomarketconditions.

HB826(Gingrich)AmendsTitle45(LegalNotices),&71(StateGovernment),requiringexecutiveorderstohavefiscalnotes;repeals
provisionsofAdministrativeCode.

HB1070(Costa,D.)AnActamendingTitle42(Judiciary),increasingcollectionsfromcourtorderedrestitutionfromcrimevictimsby
ensuringthattheordersarebeingenforcedatthecountylevel.

HB1110(Schreiber)AmendstheLiquorCode,limitingthenumberofretaillicensestobeusedineachcounty.

HB1164(Murt)AnActamendingthePublicWelfareCode,expandingeligibilityforchildcaresubsidiesfromthoseearningupto235%ofthe
Federalpovertyincomeguidelines(FPIG)tothoseearningupto300%oftheFPIGandallowsforreducedchildcarecopaymentsbasedon
increasedwageearninghoursperweekperparent.

HouseFloor2ndConsideration
HB222(Regan)AmendsthePublicWelfareCode,inpublicassistance,prohibitingeligibilityforindividualsconvictedofdrugdistribution.

HB758(Toepel)AmendsTitle42(Judiciary),providingforpriorityrestitutionordersbycreatingameansforautomaticpaymentdeductions
fromabankaccount.

HB1089(Stephens)AmendsTitle42(Judiciary);providesforproceduresforcollectionfrominmatesofrestitution,fees,costs,finesand
penalties.

HB1319(Marshall)AnActestablishingasavingsprogrambytheTreasuryDepartmenttoencourageeligibleindividualswith
disabilitiestosaveprivatefunds,fromwhichtheexpensesrelatedtotheirdisabilitymaybepaidtoassisttheminmaintaining
health,independence,andqualityoflife.

SenateFloor3rdConsideration
HB164(Stephens)AmendsTitle18(Crimes&Offenses),makingitathirddegreemisdemeanortoknowinglyownorpossessanimalfighting
paraphernalia.

HB299(Baker)AnActamendingTitle35(Health&Safety),providingforincentivesformunicipalvolunteersoffirecompaniesandnonprofit
EMSagencies.

HB370(White)AmendsTitle35(Health&Safety),furtherprovidingforawardsofgrantstofirecompaniesandvolunteerservices

SB663(Vulakovich)AmendsTitle20(DomesticRelations),furtherprovidingforsupport;and,inchildcustody,further
providingforconsiderationofcriminalconviction.

HB775(Eichelberger)AnActamendingTitle11(Cities),consolidatingtheThirdClassCityCode;revisingrecordsofordinance,
quali icationsforcitytreasurer.

SB792(Wozniak)AmendstheFirstClassTownshipCode,incorporatepowers,furtherprovidingfortheboardoftownship
commissionerswithregardstobuilding&housinginspectors;andprovidingforUCC,propertymaintenancecode&powers.

SB793(Hutchinson)AnActamendingtheSecondClassTownshipCode,furtherprovidingforbuilding&housingregulations
andrepealingprovisionsrelatingtobuilding&housinginspectors;andforUCC,propertymaintenancecode&powers.

SB871(Eichelberger)AmendstheFirstClassTownshipCode,furtherprovidingforthecorporatepowerinvestedintheboard
oftownshipcommissioners


SB872(Eichelberger)AnActamendingtheSecondClassTownshipCode,furtherprovidingforobservancesbyaddingthatthe
boardmayappropriatefundsforsuchdecorationsas lowers,plaques,etc.,anamountupto$100inordertorecognizetheservice
orpassingofatownshipof icial,employee,orvolunteer.

SB873(Eichelberger)AmendsTitle8(BoroughsandIncorporatedTowns),furtherprovidingforspecificpowers.
SenateFloorSecondConsideration
HB14(Marshall)AmendstheLegislativeCodeofEthics,providingparametersforestablishingandoperatinglegislativenonprofit
organizations.

HB73(Farry)AnActamendingTitle42(Judiciary),furtherprovidingforcounselingofsexuallyviolentpredators.

SB77(Alloway)AmendsTitle34(Game),furtherprovidingfordogtrainingareas.

HB89(Harper)AmendsTitle42(Judiciary),furtherprovidingforautomaticretirementonage.

SB129(Wiley)AnActamendingCountyPensionLaw,addingthatthetriennialcostoflivingincreaseneednotbecalculatedretroactivelyand
neednotapplythecostoflivingindexchangeforeachyearsincesuchpreviouscostoflivingincrease.

HB175(Goodman)AmendsthePersianGulfConflictVeteransBenefitActbyextendingtheapplicationperiodforthe19901991PersianGulf
WarBonusProgramforthreeyears.

HB189(Sonney)AmendstheLiquorCode,inpreliminaryprevisions,allowingwineobtainadirectwineshipperlicensetheabilitytodeliver
directlytoPennsylvaniacustomersanunlimitedamountofwinetoanycitizenofthecommonwealth21yearsorolder,solelyforpersonaluse.

SB202(Schwank)AmendstheUniformCrimeReportingAct,inhighereducationsecurityinformation,furtherprovidingforreporting
requirementsincasesofsexualassault.

HB221(Caltagirone)AmendsTitle42requiringallministerialjudgestocompletecontinuingeducationcoursesforidentifyingmentalillnesses
andintellectualdisabilities.

HB263(Gabler)Removesthecurrentprohibitiononhuntingwithanairriffle.

SB430(Hughes)AnActamendingTitle61(Prisons&Parole),withregardtoStateintermediatepunishment,expandingittoincludegambling
addiction.

HB455(Keller)AnActamendingTitle34(Game),furtherprovidingforunlawfulactivitiesbyremovingtheprohibitiononrefusingtoanswer
certainquestionsofthecommissionregardinganimals.

SB474(Rafferty)AnActamendingtheAdministrativeCode,furtherprovidingforgubernatorialappointments.

SB524(Scarnati)AmendsTitle61(Prisons&Parole),establishingtheNonnarcoticMedicationAssistedSubstanceAbuseTreatmentGrant
Programinordertoincreaseopportunitiesforcountiestoprovidelonglastingnonnarcotic,nonaddictivemedicationcombinedwithsubstance
abusetreatmenttoeligibleoffendersuponreleasefromcountycorrectionalfacilities.

SB609(Mensch)AnActestablishingataskforceonprostatecancerandrelatedchronicprostateconditions.

HB664(Helm)AnActannuallydesignatingeverythirdSaturdayinJuneasJuneteenthNationalFreedomDaythroughoutthecommonwealth.

SB747(Vogel)AnActamendingtheMedicalCareAvailabilityandReductionofError(Mcare)Act,providingforastudyofpunitivedamages;
imposingdutiesontheInsuranceCommissioner.

SB811(Hughes)Actprovidingforthecapitalbudgetforthefiscalyear20152016.

SB875(Bartolotta)EstablishestheTreatedMineWaterAct,providingfortheuseoftreatedminewaterforoilandgasdevelopment;providing
immunityformineoperatorsfromliabilityforcost,injury,ordamageundercertainconditions.

CommitteeActivity

HouseStateGovernment
HB941(Regan)AnActamendingtheAdministrativeCode,reducingthelicensingfeesforadistilleryofhistoricalsignificance(beforeJanuary
1,1875)from$5,400to$1,200.

SB644(Folmer)AnActamendingTitle71(StateGovernment),inIndependentFiscalOffice,requiringtheIFOtoprovideacost
analysisforthecurrentand ivesubsequent iscalyearsoftheimpactofeachproposedcollectivebargainingagreementunderthe
jurisdictionoftheGovernorpriortoexecution.Theanalysisincludescostssurroundingpublicemployeewages,bene its,and
pensions.ThebillrequirestheOf iceofAdministrationandtheOf iceoftheBudgettosubmitcopiesoftheproposedagreements
totheIFOatleasttwoweekspriortoexecution.

SB645(Stefano)AnActprovidingfornoticeanddisclosureofproposedcollectivebargainingagreementsandrelateddocumentsandforopen
records.

HouseFinance
HB928(Mentzer)AmendstheCapitalFacilitiesDebtEnablingAct,decreasingtheamountofRACPobligationsby$50,000,000annually
beginningJuly1,2018untiltheoutstandingobligationis$2,950,000.


HB930(Toohil)AnActamendingtheCapitalFacilitiesDebtEnablingAct,limitingthespendingonRACPto$125millionannuallyandPublic
ImprovementProjects(PIP)to$350millionannually.

SenateEducation
SB910(Smucker)AmendsthePublicSchoolCode,providingforstudentweightedbasiceducationfunding.

HB224(Christiana)ThePublicSchoolWebAccountabilityandTransparency(SchoolWATCH)ActrequirestheDepartmentofEducationto
postallofthe inancialinformationenumeratedinthelegislationforeachpublicschoolentityonlinebyMay31stofeachyear.

HouseJudiciary
HB262(Baker)AnActamendingTitle68(Real&PersonalProperty),creatingaregistryforadultentertainmentestablishmentsaswellas
personsconnectedtothem;restrictsnudity;prohibitssuchestablishmentsfromsellingalcoholicbeverages.

HB1118(Vereb)AnActamendingTitle18(Crimes&Offenses),reestablishingtheIndependentCounselStatute,whichexpiredin2003,which
providedfortheprocessofinvestigatinganAttorneyGeneralandotherpublicof icials.

HB1205(Dunbar)AnActestablishingtheResultsFirstProgram;providingfordatacollectionandanalysis.

SenateJudiciary
SB296(Hughes)AmendsTitle18(Crimes&Offenses)and42(Judiciary),redefiningtheoffenseofreportingfalsealarmstoastateagency.

HB272(Neuman)AmendsSexualAssaultTestingandEvidenceCollectActfurtherprovidingforde initions,collectionofsexualassault
evidence;andprovidingfortherightsofsexualassaultvictims.

Con irmationHearings

SenateConsumerProtection&ProfessionalLicensure
PublichearingonthenominationofIanJ.HarlowasCommissionerofProfessionalandOccupationalAffairs
Tuesday,June23rd11:00am;Room461MainCapitol

PRESSCLIPS
GovernorWolf

PoliticsPA:PAGov:QuinnipiacPoll:WolfsApprovalRatingInchesto47%
http://www.politicspa.com/pagovquinnipiacpollwolfsapprovalratinginchesto47/67170/

QuinnipiacUniversity:June22,2015PollResults(Gov.Wolf,PAlegislaturementioned)
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/newsandevents/quinnipiacuniversitypoll/2016presidentialswingstatepolls/releasedetail?ReleaseID=2236

Budget

TribuneReview:GOPleaders,Gov.Wolfaccuseeachotherofbadfaithbudgetnegotiations
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/861173074/wolfstatesenate#axzz3dpEdOLoi

PatriotNews:Arestatebudgettalksatastandstill?GOPlawmakerssayyes
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/are state budget talks at a st.html#incart river

PatriotNews:Video:Democraticlawmakers:'We'renotgoingtonegotiateawayretirementsecurity'forpublicemployees
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/democratic_lawmakers_were_not.html#incart_river

PatriotNews:Video:Pa.Budget:Demssayboozeprivatizationholdinguptalks
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/pa budget dems say booze priva.html

PatriotNews:Video:RepublicanscriticizeGov.TomWolffor'notnegotiatingingoodfaith'onpensions
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/republicans_tell_gov_tom_wolf.html#incart_river

DepartmentNews

TribuneReview:ShellgetsstateairandwaterpermitsforproposedcrackerinBeaverCounty
http://triblive.com/business/headlines/861075574/shellpermitpermits#ixzz3dniJ6ilS

PAPressClub

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wagnervs.Wolf
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/WagnervsWolf.html

PatriotNews:Sen.ScottWagneronbeingabully,Wolf,giftbanandmore
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/sen scott wagner on being a bu.html

StateLegislature

MorningCall:DUIhearingforStateSen.PatBrownepostponed
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mcallentownpatbrownehearingpostponed20150622story.html

COSSCHEDULE
7:30am9:00am
TraveltoHarrisburg

8:30am9:00am

SeniorStaCall
DialIn
Pin
Sta:SeniorSta

9:00am10:00am
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/Nicastre/Smylerre:Legisla vemee ng(strategy)
GovernorsOffice
Sta:Governor,COS,Shafer,SecyIsenhour,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright,Nicastre&Smyler

10:00am10:15am
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/SmylerprepforLegisla vemee ng
GovernorsOffice
Sta:Governor,COS,Shafer,SecyIsenhour,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright&Smyler

10:15am11:00am
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/SmylerLegisla vemee ng(Senate&HouseR's)
238ConferenceRoom
Sta:Governor,COS,Shafer,SecyIsenhour,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright&Smyler
A endees:SenJoeScarna ,SenJakeCorman,RepMikeTurzai&RepDaveReed

11:00am11:30am
Mtgw/SenJayCosta
535MainCapitol
Sta:COS&Barso
A endees:SenJayCosta

11:30am12:00pm
McGinty/KernodleMtgw/JimKenney
COSOce
Sta:COS&Kernodle
A endees:JimKenney

12:00pm12:30pm
McGinty/Bane/Hanger/AlbrightMtgw/Shell
238ConferenceRoom
Sta:COS,Bane,SecyHanger&SecyAlbright
A endees:JohnHines,SanjeevAyyar&MikelvanBeek

12:30pm1:00pm
McGinty/Hanger/Albright/BrunelleMtgw/MercyHealthSystem
238MainCapitol
Sta:COS,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright&Brunelle
A endees:KaraBeem,MarkBullock&CathyCardillo

1:00pm2:00pm
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/Nicastre/Smylerre:Legisla vemee ng(strategy)
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DAILYINCIDENTREPORT
Thisreportcoverstheperiod6:00a.m.,June22,2015,through6:00a.m.,June23,2015.

STATUSREPORT:(asof6:00a.m.)

THREATSTATUS:

NationalTerrorismAdvisorySystem:

Therearenocurrentalerts.

EOCSTATUS:

StateEOCActivation:None
CountyEOCActivations:None

CAPABILITIESSTATUS:
PAAllHazardsType3IncidentManagementTeamMissionCapable
PATaskForce2(PATF2)Search&RescueMissionCapable
PATaskForce1(PATF1)UrbanSearch&RescueMissionCapable

INFRASTRUCTURESTATUS:
MajorRoadClosures:None
PowerOutageReports:Asof5:30a.m.,2,101customers.
TelephoneOutageReports:None

SIGNIFICANTEVENTS:

OPEN:
COMMERCIALSTRUCTUREFIRE/WATERSUPPLYANDCONTAMINATIONISSUESAdamsCounty,6/8/15Cleanupcontinuesat
thesiteoftheMillerChemical&FertilizerCo.fireinConewagoTownship.TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectioniscoordinating
operationswiththeprivatecontractorandismonitoringwaterwaysandwellsforcontamination.

TEXASEMACREQUESTStateofTexas,6/10/15TheLogisticsSectionprocessedanEMACrequestfromtheStateofTexasfor
sixDisasterRecoveryCenter(DRC)managers.ThemanagersdeployedtoAustin,TXandarecurrentlyrunningfiveDRCs.The
deploymentisscheduledtoendon6/30/15.Texashasrequestedtoextendthedeploymentsforonetotwomoreweeks,depending
uponavailability,ortosendreplacementsforanyonewhoisunabletoextendtheirdeployment.TheDepartmentofHumanServices
providedthepersonnelforthedeployment.

BRIDGECOLLAPSEElkCounty,6/18/15WhileunderconstructiontheUS219PennsyBridgeinRidgewayBoroughcollapsed.
Thereweretwominorinjuriesandonecriticallyinjuredconstructionworker.Heavyequipmentfromtheconstructionsiteenteredthe
water.US219isclosedinbothdirectionsusingthecurrentdetoursetupforongoingconstructionwork.Thereisnoestimatedtimeof
reopeningtheroadway.

CLOSED:
NATURALGASLEAKBucksCounty,6/21/15AnaturalgasleakoccurredattheChesterfieldApartmentsat1300Veterans
Highway,MiddletownTownship.Fivebuildings,with12unitseachwereevacuated.Allresidentswereabletoreturntotheirunitsat
3:00p.m.,6/22/15.

WATERRESCUENorthamptonCounty,6/22/15AfemalejumpedoffofthebridgeonInterstate78Eastjustbeforethetollplaza
headingintoNewJersey.Thewomanwasneverlocatedinthewater.AllNorthamptonUnitsclearedthescene.NewJerseyassumed
responsibilityforanyothersearch/recoveryefforts.NorthamptonunitswillassistifrequestedbyNewJersey.

HIGHANGLERESCUENorthamptonCounty,6/22/15Ahighanglerescuewasconductedtoretrievetwofishermanwhofell
downontotherockswheretheDelawareandLehighRiversmergeinEastonCity.Bothsufferedleginjuriesandhadtoberemoved
usingstokesstretchers.

ROADCLOSURESchuylkillCounty,6/22/15AvehicleaccidentoccurredinaconstructionzoneonInterstate81NorthinPine
GroveTownshipclosingbothnorthandsouthboundlanesbetweenmilemarker100and104.Theroadwaywasclosedfortwohours.

DISASTERDECLARATIONS:
None

CONTIGUOUSSTATEEVENTSOFPOTENTIALINTERESTTOPENNSYLVANIA:
Delaware:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
Maryland:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.

NewJersey:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
NewYork:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
Ohio:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.
WestVirginia:Nosignificanteventsatthistime.

24hourProjectedWeatherStatewide:

NationalWeatherService,4:55a.m.,6/23/15:
AstormsystemoutaheadofanapproachingcoldfrontwillbringshowersandthunderstormstoPennsylvaniatoday.Giventhewarm
moistairmassoutaheadofthesystemandthestrongupperlevelwindsinsupportofthesystem, thereisaslightriskofsevere
stormsthroughcentralPennsylvaniaandanenhancedriskforseverestormsthroughthesoutheasternportion ofPennsylvaniatoday.
FairweatherwillprevailWednesday.

Thehightemperaturetodaywillrangefromthemid70sinErietothemid90sinPhiladelphia.Lowtemperaturestonightwillrange from
themid50sacrossthenorthernhalfofPennsylvaniatothemid60sacrossthesouthernportionofthestate.

WATCHESANDWARNINGS:
ASevereThunderstormWarninghasbeenissuedforCameron,ClearfieldandElkcountiesexpiringat7:15a.m.
ASevereThunderstormWarninghasbeenissuedforClinton,Lycoming,PotterandTiogacountiesexpiringat7:30a.m.

TROPICALWEATHEROUTLOOK:

LOTTERYREPORT
Totalsalesareup$3,045,259.50(4.55%)fromthesameweeklastyear.
Thisweekstotalsales$69,977,761.00

Instantsalesareup$3,566,684.00(7.89%)fromthesameweeklastyear.
Thisweeksinstantsales$48,744,992.00

Terminalbasegamesalesaredown$521,424.50(2.40%)fromthesameweeklastyear.
Thisweeksterminalbasegamesales$21,232,769.00

TodaysJackpots(LastYear)
PB$40($70)
MM$52($25)
M6$800,000($2,000,000)
Cash5$225,000($125,000)

KathieSmith|ExecutiveAssistanttotheGovernor
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapital|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
Email:
www.pa.gov

From:

Sturla,Michael<

Senttime:

07/08/201510:18:03PM

To:

Sheridan,JeffreyShafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenHanger,John

Subject:

DowningtonSD

Intheattachedarticle,GovsaysDowningtonwouldhaveonlyreceived$300kmoreinRepublicanbudgetcomparedtolastyearvshis
planthatwouldsendanextra$1.3m.

ButtheGovfailedtomentionthattheRbudgetwasalsostiffingschoolsoutof2monthsSocialSecurityreimbursements.Accordingto
dataIgotfromPDE,Downingtownwouldhavebeenshorted$511,224inSSpaymentswhilegetting$251,247inBEFand$80,879in
specialedfindsforanetLOSSof$179,098comparedtofundstheyreceivedfromthestatelastyear.

Icansendyouthespreadsheetforall500SDsifyouwant.

Originalmessage
From:"Dawes,James"
Date:07/08/20155:10PM(GMT05:00)
To:"Sturla,Michael","Bohnke,Michelle","Brunner,Nicole","McIlmoyle,Ryan","Miller,Brandi"
Subject:Corman'sFlipFloponTaxes

GoodPoliticsPAarticlebelowthatshowsAdministrationcallingoutCormanshypocrisy:

Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneedforbroadbasedtax
increases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroad
basedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,were
goingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,
07/07/15<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse_in_pa_budget_talks_it.html>]

Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Whetherthatsnextyearortheyearafterthat,I
dontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,
06/28/14<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/get_ready_for_the_big_gimmick.html>]

Mike,Downingtownactuallyhad$180,000cutifWolffactoredinthesocialsecuritypayment.

PABGT:Wolf,GOPSparoverEducationFunding

WrittenbyNickField,ManagingEditor

GovernorWolfistakingthebudgetfighttotheschoolsliterally.


AspartoftheGovsSchoolsthatTeachtour(youllrememberthatisoneofhisbudgetsthreepillars<http://www.politicspa.com/pagov
wolfdeliversfirstbudgetaddress/64204/>),WolfvisitedDowningtownSchoolDistrict<http://www.dasd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1>.

ThepeopleofPennsylvaniawantfundingforeducation,andtheysupportacommonsenseseverancetaxtopayforit,GovernorWolf
said.Whilemybudgetproposesahistoric$1billioninvestmentineducationatalllevels,including$500millionforK12education,the
Republicanbudgetcontinuesthehandoutsforoilandgascompaniesandtheunderfundingofourschools.Theirbudgetincludesonly$8
millionforeducationthatslessthan3cents,perchild,perday.

TheGovernorwentontoassertthathisbudgetplanwouldprovide$1.3millioninadditionalfundingtotheDowningtownSchoolDistrict,
whiletheRepublicansbudgetwouldgrantjust$300,000more.

JustdaysaftervetoingthelargeststatebudgetinPennsylvaniahistory,itlookslikeTomWolfisheadedbacktothecampaigntrail,
respondedPAGOPCommunicationsDirectorMeganSweeney.TomWolfvetoedahistoricstateinvestmentinourschoolsbecauseit
waspaidforwithoutraisingtaxes.

TomWolfstaxhikeswouldcostresidentsoftheDowningtownAreaSchoolDistrictnearly$27millioninnewtaxeslikeadiaperandday
caretax shecontinued.ItsnowonderthatGovernorWolfsbudgetwasunanimouslyrejectedintheStateHouse.ItstimeforTomWolf
tostepoffofthecampaigntrailandjoinwithRepublicansinsupportingafiscallyresponsiblebudget.

WolfandCorman

WolfsPressSecretaryJeffreySheridanalsocameoutswingingagainstSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormantoday.Whilethe
Administrationhasfrequentlybeensendingoutemails<http://www.politicspa.com/pagovwolfseekstoframebudgetdebate/67267/>
defendingtheirplanandpokingholesintheGOPbudget,directattackshavebeenrareforthem.

TherefusalbySenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandRepublicanleaderstoacceptbasicmathandacknowledgePennsylvanias
massivestructuralbudgetdeficitisthesoleobstaclepreventingbudgettalksfrommovingforward,theemailbegins.

SheridangoesontoaccuseSen.Cormanofflipfloppingontaxincreases.

Strangely,todaysSenatorCormandoesntagreewiththeSenatorCormanofthepast.SenatorCormansleadershiptitleseemstohave
shiftedhisidealsonbudgetingandfinancialplanning.

TheypointtotwostatementsfromCormantoillustratethispoint,onefromyesterdayandtheotherfromlastyear:

Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneedforbroadbasedtax
increases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroad
basedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,were
goingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,
07/07/15<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse_in_pa_budget_talks_it.html>]

Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Whetherthatsnextyearortheyearafterthat,I
dontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,
06/28/14<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/get_ready_for_the_big_gimmick.html>]

ThenotexactlysubtleinsinuationfromtheWolfteamisthatCormanwasfinewithtaxincreaseswhenGov.Corbettwasinchargebut
isnowagainstthemunderthenewGovernor.

PoliticsPAreachedouttoSen.Cormansofficebuthasyettohearback.

From:

Sturla,Michael<

Senttime:

07/08/201510:18:03PM

To:

Sheridan,JeffreyShafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenHanger,John

Subject:

DowningtonSD

Intheattachedarticle,GovsaysDowningtonwouldhaveonlyreceived$300kmoreinRepublicanbud
getcomparedtolastyearvshisplanthatwouldsendanextra$1.3m.
ButtheGovfailedtomentionthattheRbudgetwasalsostiffingschoolsoutof2monthsSocialS
ecurityreimbursements.AccordingtodataIgotfromPDE,Downingtownwouldhavebeenshorted$511
,224inSSpaymentswhilegetting$251,247inBEFand$80,879inspecialedfindsforanetLOSSo
f$179,098comparedtofundstheyreceivedfromthestatelastyear.
Icansendyouthespreadsheetforall500SDsifyouwant.

Originalmessage
From:"Dawes,James"
Date:07/08/20155:10PM(GMT05:00)
To:"Sturla,Michael","Bohnke,Michelle","Brunner,Nicole","McIlmoyle,Ryan","Miller,Brandi"
Subject:Corman'sFlipFloponTaxes
GoodPoliticsPAarticlebelowthatshowsAdministrationcallingoutCormanshypocrisy:
Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorh
oldsontotheneedforbroadbasedtaxincreases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonme
eting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroadbasedtaxincreasesare
notgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanbere
solved,weregoingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,07/07/15]
Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Wheth
erthatsnextyearortheyearafterthat,Idontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondoll
arsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,06/28/14]
Mike,Downingtownactuallyhad$180,000cutifWolffactoredinthesocialsecuritypayment.
PABGT:Wolf,GOPSparoverEducationFunding
WrittenbyNickField,ManagingEditor
GovernorWolfistakingthebudgetfighttotheschoolsliterally.
AspartoftheGovsSchoolsthatTeachtour(youllrememberthatisoneofhisbudgetsthree
pillars),WolfvisitedDowningtownSchoolDistrict.
ThepeopleofPennsylvaniawantfundingforeducation,andtheysupportacommonsenseseverancet
axtopayforit,GovernorWolfsaid.Whilemybudgetproposesahistoric$1billioninvestment
ineducationatalllevels,including$500millionforK12education,theRepublicanbudgetconti
nuesthehandoutsforoilandgascompaniesandtheunderfundingofourschools.Theirbudgetincl
udesonly$8millionforeducationthatslessthan3cents,perchild,perday.
TheGovernorwentontoassertthathisbudgetplanwouldprovide$1.3millioninadditionalfundi
ngtotheDowningtownSchoolDistrict,whiletheRepublicansbudgetwouldgrantjust$300,000mor
e.
JustdaysaftervetoingthelargeststatebudgetinPennsylvaniahistory,itlookslikeTomWolf
isheadedbacktothecampaigntrail,respondedPAGOPCommunicationsDirectorMeganSweeney.To
mWolfvetoedahistoricstateinvestmentinourschoolsbecauseitwaspaidforwithoutraisingt
axes.
TomWolfstaxhikeswouldcostresidentsoftheDowningtownAreaSchoolDistrictnearly$27mill
ioninnewtaxeslikeadiaperanddaycaretax,shecontinued.ItsnowonderthatGovernorWol
fsbudgetwasunanimouslyrejectedintheStateHouse.ItstimeforTomWolftostepoffofthe
campaigntrailandjoinwithRepublicansinsupportingafiscallyresponsiblebudget.
WolfandCorman

WolfsPressSecretaryJeffreySheridanalsocameoutswingingagainstSenateMajorityLeaderJake
Cormantoday.WhiletheAdministrationhasfrequentlybeensendingoutemailsdefendingtheirpla
nandpokingholesintheGOPbudget,directattackshavebeenrareforthem.
TherefusalbySenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandRepublicanleaderstoacceptbasicmathand
acknowledgePennsylvaniasmassivestructuralbudgetdeficitisthesoleobstaclepreventingbudg
ettalksfrommovingforward,theemailbegins.
SheridangoesontoaccuseSen.Cormanofflipfloppingontaxincreases.
Strangely,todaysSenatorCormandoesntagreewiththeSenatorCormanofthepast.SenatorCorm
ansleadershiptitleseemstohaveshiftedhisidealsonbudgetingandfinancialplanning.
TheypointtotwostatementsfromCormantoillustratethispoint,onefromyesterdayandtheothe
rfromlastyear:
Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorho
ldsontotheneedforbroadbasedtaxincreases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmee
ting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroadbasedtaxincreasesaren
otgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberes
olved,weregoingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,07/07/15]
Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Wheth
erthatsnextyearortheyearafterthat,Idontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondoll
arsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,06/28/14]
ThenotexactlysubtleinsinuationfromtheWolfteamisthatCormanwasfinewithtaxincreasesw
henGov.CorbettwasinchargebutisnowagainstthemunderthenewGovernor.
PoliticsPAreachedouttoSen.Cormansofficebuthasyettohearback.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

07/15/201505:40:27PM

To:

Isenhour,MaryShafer,JosephHanger,JohnAlbright,RandolphNicastre,Mark

Subject:

FW:BudgetMeetingonTuesday,July21st

Whatdowemakeofthis????
From:MichaelTurzai<
Sent:Wednesday,July15,20155:01:29PM
To:JoeScarna ;JakeCorman;PatBrowne;JohnGordner;MichaelTurzai;DaveReed;WilliamAdolph;BryanCutler;McGinty,
Kathleen;Isenhour,Mary;Albright,Randolph;Hanger,John
Cc:

KarenCoates;ToddBrysiak;MarciaLampman;AnthonyAliano;DavidDonley;DanielleGuyer;John
Scarpato;RitchieLafaver;CurtSchroder
Subject:BudgetMee ngonTuesday,July21st

SenatorScarnatiandIwouldliketoextendaninvitationforyoutoattendabudgetmeetingonTuesday,July21st,
at3:00pminRoom401MainCapitol.HouseandSenateRepublicanLeaderswillbeinattendance.

WelookforwardtoseeingeveryoneonTuesday.

Thankyou,
MikeTurzai

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/09/201509:24:24PM

To:

Shafer,Joseph

Subject:

FW:CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget

Thisisgood.Butitlookslikecormandidshowup
OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Monday,March09,201505:51PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget
CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget
Link:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/09/4641477_wolfvisitswingateelementary.html?rh=1

BYLORIFALCE
9,2015Updated9minutesago

Thelittlegirlranuptothefrontoftheclasstosortthewordsintocategories,usingapointertoclickononetileanddigitally
slideitintothesoundslikeboxonthescreen.
Gov.TomWolfleanedovertostateSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RBennerTownship.
IsaidtoJake,Thatdidnthappenwhenwewereinschool,thegovernorrecounted.
WolfwasatWingateElementarySchoolonMondaytoseehowtechnologyandnewteaching
techniquesareimpactingeducation.
Healsowastherewithamessage,urgingsupportofhisproposedbudget.
Inthegovernorsspendingplanfor201516,hewantstodramaticallyincreasemoneyfor
education,fromthelittlestlearnerstotheuniversitylevel.ForBaldEagleAreaSchoolDistrict,that
wouldmeangoingfromthe$725,000cutoverthelastfouryearstoa$484,606increaseinjust
oneyear.
ItsnotjustagoodthingforBaldEagle,Wolfsaid.IcareaboutwhathappensinschoolsinErie,
inPhiladelphia,inStateCollege.
Wolfsaidhewantstorevamphoweducationisfunded,frombeingaboutlocalpropertytaxto
relyingmoreonstatecontributions.
Wereallyneedtoinvestineducation,hesaid.
Cormandisagreed.Althoughhewaspresentforthetour,hesaidafterWolfleftthattheplanwas
notpractical.Cormanadvocatedaddressingpensionissuesthatarecreatingcriticalproblemsfor
localschooldistricts,sayingthatwoulddomoretoincreasetheamountofmoneydistrictshaveat
theirdiscretion.
ButschoolboardmemberssuchasBellefontesBobLumleySapanskiareexcitedaboutthe
prospectsofthegovernorsproposal.

Itsbeentightgivingthekidstheeducationtheyneedtobesuccessful,hesaidafterthetour.I
knowthisisastartingpoint...butImoptimistic.
WingatePrincipalJimOrichoskysaidhehopestoseethefundingapproved.Hewantstorollthe
moneyintoadditionaltechnology,likethesmartboardsWolfsawinfirstgrade.
Thesmartboardsareinonlyfourclassroomsinthekindergartenthroughfifthgradebuilding,with
twomoreinbroaderareaslikethelibrary.Orichoskysaidhealsowouldliketoincreasethe
numberofChromebooksforstudents.Rightnow,Wingatehas90ofthemoncartsthatcanbe
usedindifferentclassrooms.Thereareabout400studentsinthebuilding.
Wehave21stcenturylearners.Wewanttomakesurewehave21stcenturytools,hetoldthe
governor.Ourstudentsliveinaninteractiveworldnow.
Orichoskyalsosaidhewouldliketoseethedistrictdevelopacomprehensivepreschoolprogram.
Wolfsaidhedoesntplantodictatehowthenewmoneywillbespent.
Themoneygoesintotheclassroom,hesaid.Everyschoolboardneedstobeinchargeofhow
theyspendtheirmoney.
Hedid,however,talkabouttheimportanceofaccountabilityandhowstandardizedtestingfitsinto
thepicture.
Thereisagoodcasetobemadeforaccountability.Wewanttomakesurewearegettingareturn
onourinvestment,Wolfsaid.Hesaidhedidntbelievethathighstakestestingshouldbea
focusofeducation.
Thatsnotthewaytogo,hesaid.
Thefinalbudgetwillnotbeknownformonths.Thelasttwoadministrationshavefacedshowdowns
withthelegislatureoverbudgetnegotiations.
LoriFalcecanbereachedat

FollowheronTwitter@LoriFalce.

Readmorehere:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/09/4641477_wolfvisitswingateelementary.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:

|Office:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/09/201509:24:24PM

To:

Shafer,Joseph

Subject:

FW:CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget

Thisisgood.Butitlookslikecormandidshowup
OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Monday,March09,201505:51PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget
CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget
Link:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/09/4641477_wolfvisitswingateelementary.html?rh=1

BYLORIFALCE
9,2015Updated9minutesago

Thelittlegirlranuptothefrontoftheclasstosortthewordsintocategories,usingapointertoclickononetileanddigitally
slideitintothesoundslikeboxonthescreen.
Gov.TomWolfleanedovertostateSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RBennerTownship.
IsaidtoJake,Thatdidnthappenwhenwewereinschool,thegovernorrecounted.
WolfwasatWingateElementarySchoolonMondaytoseehowtechnologyandnewteaching
techniquesareimpactingeducation.
Healsowastherewithamessage,urgingsupportofhisproposedbudget.
Inthegovernorsspendingplanfor201516,hewantstodramaticallyincreasemoneyfor
education,fromthelittlestlearnerstotheuniversitylevel.ForBaldEagleAreaSchoolDistrict,that
wouldmeangoingfromthe$725,000cutoverthelastfouryearstoa$484,606increaseinjust
oneyear.
ItsnotjustagoodthingforBaldEagle,Wolfsaid.IcareaboutwhathappensinschoolsinErie,
inPhiladelphia,inStateCollege.
Wolfsaidhewantstorevamphoweducationisfunded,frombeingaboutlocalpropertytaxto
relyingmoreonstatecontributions.
Wereallyneedtoinvestineducation,hesaid.
Cormandisagreed.Althoughhewaspresentforthetour,hesaidafterWolfleftthattheplanwas
notpractical.Cormanadvocatedaddressingpensionissuesthatarecreatingcriticalproblemsfor
localschooldistricts,sayingthatwoulddomoretoincreasetheamountofmoneydistrictshaveat
theirdiscretion.
ButschoolboardmemberssuchasBellefontesBobLumleySapanskiareexcitedaboutthe
prospectsofthegovernorsproposal.

Itsbeentightgivingthekidstheeducationtheyneedtobesuccessful,hesaidafterthetour.I
knowthisisastartingpoint...butImoptimistic.
WingatePrincipalJimOrichoskysaidhehopestoseethefundingapproved.Hewantstorollthe
moneyintoadditionaltechnology,likethesmartboardsWolfsawinfirstgrade.
Thesmartboardsareinonlyfourclassroomsinthekindergartenthroughfifthgradebuilding,with
twomoreinbroaderareaslikethelibrary.Orichoskysaidhealsowouldliketoincreasethe
numberofChromebooksforstudents.Rightnow,Wingatehas90ofthemoncartsthatcanbe
usedindifferentclassrooms.Thereareabout400studentsinthebuilding.
Wehave21stcenturylearners.Wewanttomakesurewehave21stcenturytools,hetoldthe
governor.Ourstudentsliveinaninteractiveworldnow.
Orichoskyalsosaidhewouldliketoseethedistrictdevelopacomprehensivepreschoolprogram.
Wolfsaidhedoesntplantodictatehowthenewmoneywillbespent.
Themoneygoesintotheclassroom,hesaid.Everyschoolboardneedstobeinchargeofhow
theyspendtheirmoney.
Hedid,however,talkabouttheimportanceofaccountabilityandhowstandardizedtestingfitsinto
thepicture.
Thereisagoodcasetobemadeforaccountability.Wewanttomakesurewearegettingareturn
onourinvestment,Wolfsaid.Hesaidhedidntbelievethathighstakestestingshouldbea
focusofeducation.
Thatsnotthewaytogo,hesaid.
Thefinalbudgetwillnotbeknownformonths.Thelasttwoadministrationshavefacedshowdowns
withthelegislatureoverbudgetnegotiations.
LoriFalcecanbereachedat

FollowheronTwitter@LoriFalce.

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SentonbehalfofDennisYablonsky
DearHonorableMembersofthePASenate:
TheGreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerce,theGreaterPittsburghChamberofCommerce,andthe
AlleghenyConferenceonCommunityDevelopmentarewritingtoissuetheirsupportfortheprinciple
sofpensionreformlegislationasembodiedinSenateBill1.
WethankandapplaudSenatorCormanandSenateleadershipfortheireffortstointroducethislegi
slationandaddressthiscriticalproblem.OurorganizationswillcontinuetoworkwithHouseand
SenateleadersandtheWolfAdministrationtoachievemeaningful,lastingpensionreform.
EmployersinPittsburghandPhiladelphiaknowthatpublicpensionreformisneededifwearetogr
owoureconomyandimprovegovernmentoperations.Today,Pennsylvaniaisfacingasizeablestructu
raldeficit.Withoutlegislativeaction,ourpensionobligationswillcontinuetoconsumelargerp
ortionsofthestatebudgetandfurtherstraintheabilityofgovernments,andschooldistrictsto
maintain,letaloneimprove,basicservices.
Again,weencourageallmembersofthePennsylvaniaSenatetosupportthispensionreformlegislat
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TheGreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerce,theGreaterPittsburghChamberofCommerce,andtheAlleghenyConferenceon

CommunityDevelopmentarewritingtoissuetheirsupportfortheprinciplesofpensionreformlegislationasembodiedinSenateBill1.

WethankandapplaudSenatorCormanandSenateleadershipfortheireffortstointroducethislegislationandaddressthiscritical
problem.OurorganizationswillcontinuetoworkwithHouseandSenateleadersandtheWolfAdministrationtoachievemeaningful,
lastingpensionreform.

EmployersinPittsburghandPhiladelphiaknowthatpublicpensionreformisneededifwearetogrowoureconomyandimprove
governmentoperations.Today,Pennsylvaniaisfacingasizeablestructuraldeficit.Withoutlegislativeaction,ourpensionobligationswill
continuetoconsumelargerportionsofthestatebudgetandfurtherstraintheabilityofgovernments,andschooldistrictstomaintain,let
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OriginalMessage
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Sent:Friday,March20,201508:53PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner
MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner
Link:http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolfbrownstatepoliceuniform20150320story.html#page=1
BySteveEsack
March20,2015
AFacebookcampaignsomeretiredandcurrentPennsylvaniastatetrooperslaunchedagainstGov.TomWolf'spicktoleadtheagency
hashitthestreets,thehallsoftheCapitolandtheconfinesofasmallsuburbanpoliceforce.
AgroupofRepublicansenatorssenttheDemocraticgovernoraletterFridayurginghimtorescindtheappointmentofCol.Marcus
Brown,aformerCaliforniaandMarylandpoliceofficer,ascommissioner.
TheSenatelettercameafterBrownfoundhimselfundersurveillancebyaretiredtrooperwhoplantedroadsidesignscriticalofhis
appointmentnearBrown'ssuburbanHarrisburghome.
Theextrooper,sittinginaparkedcar,videotapedBrownonWednesdayremovingthesignsthatcriticizedhimforwearingthe
department'sgrayuniformeventhoughhedidn'tgraduatefromtheStatePoliceAcademy.
ThereisnorulethatsaysBrowncannotweartheuniformandhesayshedoessoasashowofrespectforthetroopershewilllead.
Butsometroopersbelieveitisafauxpasandthereshouldbealawagainstit,Facebookpostsshows.
TheextrooperlethisdispleasurewithBrown'sfashionchoicebeknownwhenhegavehisrecordingtoaHarrisburgtelevisionnews
station.
TheABC27airedthefootageinstories,includingonethataskedwhetherBrownshouldbechargedwiththefteventhoughthereisno
statelawagainstremovingpoliticalsignsfromapublicrightofway.
InastatementissuedlateThursdaynight,Brownsaidhewassorryfortakingthe"MarcusBrowndidn'tearnit!MarcusBrowndon't
wearit!"signsbutsaidhewastryingtoprotecthisfamily.
"Afterseeingthesignsandrealizingthatsomeonehadinvadedmyfamily'sprivacy,Iactedhastilywithoutconsideringmyroleandthe
leadershippositionIholdinthecommonwealth,"Brownsaid."MyactionsclearlydidnotreflectwellonmeortheorganizationI
represent,andIregretthat."
TheMorningCallhasidentifiedtheextrooperasAnthony"Tony"DeLuca.Heworkedfrom1986untilhisretirementin2011asa
sergeantandbarrackscommanderinwesternPennsylvania.DeLucanowworksassecurityspecialistforagascompany,FracTech
ServicesinCanonsburg,WashingtonCounty.
"Iamavictimofacrime,"DeLucasaid.
Stealingapoliticalsignisconsideredtheftunderstatecriminallawonlyifitisremovedfromprivateproperty.Thereisnolawagainst
removingpoliticalsignsfrompublicland,whichABC27'sfootageshowsBrowndoing.
"Ifit'soutontheroadway,it'sjustabandonedproperty,"saidNorthamptonCountyDistrictAttorneyJohnMorganelli,aDemocrat,who
spokeonlyaboutstatelawandnotthefeudoverWolf'sselection.
Toldbyareporterthatthetheftlawdoesnotcoverpublicland,DeLucareferredquestionstotheHampdenTownshipPoliceDepartment
andtheCumberlandCountydistrictattorney'soffice.
HampdenTownshippoliceChiefSteveJunkinapparentlydoesnotsupportBrowneither.
Junkin,aretiredstatepolicecommander,wrotetwoFacebookpostscriticalofBrown,accordingtoPennlive/ThePatriotNews.

"Itoowilldoeverythinginmypowertoseethatyoudon'tweartheuniformofaPSPtrooper,"PennLivereportedJunkinwroteinaJan.
31Facebookpost.
InaninterviewwithPennlive/ThePatriotNews,Junkinsaidheistheauthorofthepost.HealsosaidheforwardedtheBrown
investigationtoCumberlandCountyDistrictAttorneyDaveFreed.
Freed,aRepublican,didnotreturncallsforcommentfromTheMorningCall.
JennKocher,spokeswomanforSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,defendedthesenators'letterbutcouldnotcitethe
statelawBrownallegedlyviolated.
"Wearenotsayingheviolatedstatelaw,"Kochersaid."Wearesayingheisunderinvestigationforviolatingstatelaw,whichthe
townshippolicehaveconfirmedinnumerousinterviews."
AskedonFridayaboutthegrowingcontroversy,WolfbackedBrownandsaidhedidnotunderstandthecontroversy.
"Hewasactingasafatherandhewasupsetwithwhathesaw,andhe'sapologized,"saidWolf,whowasinPhiladelphia."Ichosehim
becausehewasabeatcopinBaltimore.HewasheadoftheMarylandStatePolice.He'shadgreatexperience."
WolfisnotthefirstgovernortopickanoutsiderfortheCabinetlevelpositionofcommissioner.
Mostrecently,Wolf'sRepublicanpredecessor,Gov.TomCorbett,choseFrankNoonan,whoworkedwithCorbettintheattorney
general'sofficeandalsoservedintheMarinesandFBI.NoonanfacedthesameinternalpublicrelationsproblemsasBrown.But
Noonanquicklyendedthegripingbyannouncinghewouldwearasuitinsteadofthestatepoliceuniform.
Stateandhighwaypatrolofficersacrossthecountryhighlyvaluetraditionandareveryprotectiveoftheimagetheiruniformsandsquad
carsconvey,saidDennisBowman,aWesternIllinoisUniversitycriminaljusticeprofessorandretiredIllinoisStatePolicecaptain.
Outsidersmaynotunderstandthatsubculture,hesaid,eveniftheyareinlawenforcement.
Inhindsight,Bowmansaid,BrownshouldhaveaskedhistopcommandersfortheiropiniononwhetherheshouldwearthePennsylvania
uniform."That'sonethingaboutpoliceofficers:Theywantinputandtheydonotalwaysgetitandthatmakesthemveryfrustrated",he
said.
ButBowmansaidtheretiredtroopercrossedanethicallinewithhissignsandrecording."Thatisunprofessionalconductthatgoes
beyondthescopeofhowapoliceofficershouldhandletheirdisagreementonapolicydecision,"Bowmansaid.
ThePennsylvaniaStatePoliceTroopersAssociation,aunionthatrepresentscurrentandretiredmembers,declinedtocommentonthe
videotapingandBrown'sappointment.
Brown,50,isaPennStateUniversitygraduatewhoworkedbrieflyasapoliceofficerinSanJose,Calif.,beforejoiningtheBaltimore
PoliceDepartment,whereheeventuallybecamedeputycommissioner.BrownbecameheadoftheMarylandStatePolicein2011when
BaltimoreMayorMartinO'Malleybecamegovernor.
InMaryland,hehadhisshareofcontroversy.
Brownwascriticizedforgettingahighercitypensionbyusingaloopholeincitypensionsystemthatallowedhimtoincludepartofhis
SanJosepoliceservice,accordingtopublishedreports.MarylandmediaalsoquestionedBrown'sresidencybecausehiswifeowneda
homeinPennsylvania.WolfnamedBrowntothestatepolicepostinmidJanuary,citingBrown'scommitmenttodiversityandhislaw
enforcementexperiencethatspanstwodecades.
AfterdecadesofwatchingCapitolpolitics,Franklin&MarshallpoliticalscientistG.TerryMadonnasaidhehasneverseensucharush
tobringdownagovernor'sappointment.Normallyanappointeestepsasideif"onebigthing"isfoundinthepast,nottherathersmall
itemsthesenatorshavebroughtupinthecourseofBrown'scareer.Butblamesocialmedia,ratherthanaconspiracy,Madonnasaid.
"Thisistheexpansionofsocialmedia,"hesaid."Thisiswhathappenswhenyouhavesomanyavenuestoaffectpeople's
appointments,livelihoods."
TheantiBrownFacebookpagehas3,566"Likes."
SenateconfirmationhearingsonBrown'sappointmentwillbeinthespring.

Twitter@sesack

Copyright2015,TheMorningCall

From:

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Senttime:

03/20/201510:27:24PM

To:

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Subject:

FW:MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner

OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Friday,March20,201508:53PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner
MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner
Link:http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolfbrownstatepoliceuniform20150320story.html#page=1
BySteveEsack
March20,2015
AFacebookcampaignsomeretiredandcurrentPennsylvaniastatetrooperslaunchedagainstGov.TomWolf'spicktoleadtheagency
hashitthestreets,thehallsoftheCapitolandtheconfinesofasmallsuburbanpoliceforce.
AgroupofRepublicansenatorssenttheDemocraticgovernoraletterFridayurginghimtorescindtheappointmentofCol.Marcus
Brown,aformerCaliforniaandMarylandpoliceofficer,ascommissioner.
TheSenatelettercameafterBrownfoundhimselfundersurveillancebyaretiredtrooperwhoplantedroadsidesignscriticalofhis
appointmentnearBrown'ssuburbanHarrisburghome.
Theextrooper,sittinginaparkedcar,videotapedBrownonWednesdayremovingthesignsthatcriticizedhimforwearingthe
department'sgrayuniformeventhoughhedidn'tgraduatefromtheStatePoliceAcademy.
ThereisnorulethatsaysBrowncannotweartheuniformandhesayshedoessoasashowofrespectforthetroopershewilllead.
Butsometroopersbelieveitisafauxpasandthereshouldbealawagainstit,Facebookpostsshows.
TheextrooperlethisdispleasurewithBrown'sfashionchoicebeknownwhenhegavehisrecordingtoaHarrisburgtelevisionnews
station.
TheABC27airedthefootageinstories,includingonethataskedwhetherBrownshouldbechargedwiththefteventhoughthereisno
statelawagainstremovingpoliticalsignsfromapublicrightofway.
InastatementissuedlateThursdaynight,Brownsaidhewassorryfortakingthe"MarcusBrowndidn'tearnit!MarcusBrowndon't
wearit!"signsbutsaidhewastryingtoprotecthisfamily.
"Afterseeingthesignsandrealizingthatsomeonehadinvadedmyfamily'sprivacy,Iactedhastilywithoutconsideringmyroleandthe
leadershippositionIholdinthecommonwealth,"Brownsaid."MyactionsclearlydidnotreflectwellonmeortheorganizationI
represent,andIregretthat."
TheMorningCallhasidentifiedtheextrooperasAnthony"Tony"DeLuca.Heworkedfrom1986untilhisretirementin2011asa
sergeantandbarrackscommanderinwesternPennsylvania.DeLucanowworksassecurityspecialistforagascompany,FracTech
ServicesinCanonsburg,WashingtonCounty.
"Iamavictimofacrime,"DeLucasaid.
Stealingapoliticalsignisconsideredtheftunderstatecriminallawonlyifitisremovedfromprivateproperty.Thereisnolawagainst
removingpoliticalsignsfrompublicland,whichABC27'sfootageshowsBrowndoing.
"Ifit'soutontheroadway,it'sjustabandonedproperty,"saidNorthamptonCountyDistrictAttorneyJohnMorganelli,aDemocrat,who
spokeonlyaboutstatelawandnotthefeudoverWolf'sselection.
Toldbyareporterthatthetheftlawdoesnotcoverpublicland,DeLucareferredquestionstotheHampdenTownshipPoliceDepartment
andtheCumberlandCountydistrictattorney'soffice.
HampdenTownshippoliceChiefSteveJunkinapparentlydoesnotsupportBrowneither.
Junkin,aretiredstatepolicecommander,wrotetwoFacebookpostscriticalofBrown,accordingtoPennlive/ThePatriotNews.

"Itoowilldoeverythinginmypowertoseethatyoudon'tweartheuniformofaPSPtrooper,"PennLivereportedJunkinwroteinaJan.
31Facebookpost.
InaninterviewwithPennlive/ThePatriotNews,Junkinsaidheistheauthorofthepost.HealsosaidheforwardedtheBrown
investigationtoCumberlandCountyDistrictAttorneyDaveFreed.
Freed,aRepublican,didnotreturncallsforcommentfromTheMorningCall.
JennKocher,spokeswomanforSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,defendedthesenators'letterbutcouldnotcitethe
statelawBrownallegedlyviolated.
"Wearenotsayingheviolatedstatelaw,"Kochersaid."Wearesayingheisunderinvestigationforviolatingstatelaw,whichthe
townshippolicehaveconfirmedinnumerousinterviews."
AskedonFridayaboutthegrowingcontroversy,WolfbackedBrownandsaidhedidnotunderstandthecontroversy.
"Hewasactingasafatherandhewasupsetwithwhathesaw,andhe'sapologized,"saidWolf,whowasinPhiladelphia."Ichosehim
becausehewasabeatcopinBaltimore.HewasheadoftheMarylandStatePolice.He'shadgreatexperience."
WolfisnotthefirstgovernortopickanoutsiderfortheCabinetlevelpositionofcommissioner.
Mostrecently,Wolf'sRepublicanpredecessor,Gov.TomCorbett,choseFrankNoonan,whoworkedwithCorbettintheattorney
general'sofficeandalsoservedintheMarinesandFBI.NoonanfacedthesameinternalpublicrelationsproblemsasBrown.But
Noonanquicklyendedthegripingbyannouncinghewouldwearasuitinsteadofthestatepoliceuniform.
Stateandhighwaypatrolofficersacrossthecountryhighlyvaluetraditionandareveryprotectiveoftheimagetheiruniformsandsquad
carsconvey,saidDennisBowman,aWesternIllinoisUniversitycriminaljusticeprofessorandretiredIllinoisStatePolicecaptain.
Outsidersmaynotunderstandthatsubculture,hesaid,eveniftheyareinlawenforcement.
Inhindsight,Bowmansaid,BrownshouldhaveaskedhistopcommandersfortheiropiniononwhetherheshouldwearthePennsylvania
uniform."That'sonethingaboutpoliceofficers:Theywantinputandtheydonotalwaysgetitandthatmakesthemveryfrustrated",he
said.
ButBowmansaidtheretiredtroopercrossedanethicallinewithhissignsandrecording."Thatisunprofessionalconductthatgoes
beyondthescopeofhowapoliceofficershouldhandletheirdisagreementonapolicydecision,"Bowmansaid.
ThePennsylvaniaStatePoliceTroopersAssociation,aunionthatrepresentscurrentandretiredmembers,declinedtocommentonthe
videotapingandBrown'sappointment.
Brown,50,isaPennStateUniversitygraduatewhoworkedbrieflyasapoliceofficerinSanJose,Calif.,beforejoiningtheBaltimore
PoliceDepartment,whereheeventuallybecamedeputycommissioner.BrownbecameheadoftheMarylandStatePolicein2011when
BaltimoreMayorMartinO'Malleybecamegovernor.
InMaryland,hehadhisshareofcontroversy.
Brownwascriticizedforgettingahighercitypensionbyusingaloopholeincitypensionsystemthatallowedhimtoincludepartofhis
SanJosepoliceservice,accordingtopublishedreports.MarylandmediaalsoquestionedBrown'sresidencybecausehiswifeowneda
homeinPennsylvania.WolfnamedBrowntothestatepolicepostinmidJanuary,citingBrown'scommitmenttodiversityandhislaw
enforcementexperiencethatspanstwodecades.
AfterdecadesofwatchingCapitolpolitics,Franklin&MarshallpoliticalscientistG.TerryMadonnasaidhehasneverseensucharush
tobringdownagovernor'sappointment.Normallyanappointeestepsasideif"onebigthing"isfoundinthepast,nottherathersmall
itemsthesenatorshavebroughtupinthecourseofBrown'scareer.Butblamesocialmedia,ratherthanaconspiracy,Madonnasaid.
"Thisistheexpansionofsocialmedia,"hesaid."Thisiswhathappenswhenyouhavesomanyavenuestoaffectpeople's
appointments,livelihoods."
TheantiBrownFacebookpagehas3,566"Likes."
SenateconfirmationhearingsonBrown'sappointmentwillbeinthespring.

Twitter@sesack

Copyright2015,TheMorningCall

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/20/201510:28:36PM

To:

Vince(D7)Hughes<

Subject:

FW:MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner

OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
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MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner
Link:http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolfbrownstatepoliceuniform20150320story.html#page=1
BySteveEsack
March20,2015
AFacebookcampaignsomeretiredandcurrentPennsylvaniastatetrooperslaunchedagainstGov.TomWolf'spicktoleadtheagency
hashitthestreets,thehallsoftheCapitolandtheconfinesofasmallsuburbanpoliceforce.
AgroupofRepublicansenatorssenttheDemocraticgovernoraletterFridayurginghimtorescindtheappointmentofCol.Marcus
Brown,aformerCaliforniaandMarylandpoliceofficer,ascommissioner.
TheSenatelettercameafterBrownfoundhimselfundersurveillancebyaretiredtrooperwhoplantedroadsidesignscriticalofhis
appointmentnearBrown'ssuburbanHarrisburghome.
Theextrooper,sittinginaparkedcar,videotapedBrownonWednesdayremovingthesignsthatcriticizedhimforwearingthe
department'sgrayuniformeventhoughhedidn'tgraduatefromtheStatePoliceAcademy.
ThereisnorulethatsaysBrowncannotweartheuniformandhesayshedoessoasashowofrespectforthetroopershewilllead.
Butsometroopersbelieveitisafauxpasandthereshouldbealawagainstit,Facebookpostsshows.
TheextrooperlethisdispleasurewithBrown'sfashionchoicebeknownwhenhegavehisrecordingtoaHarrisburgtelevisionnews
station.
TheABC27airedthefootageinstories,includingonethataskedwhetherBrownshouldbechargedwiththefteventhoughthereisno
statelawagainstremovingpoliticalsignsfromapublicrightofway.
InastatementissuedlateThursdaynight,Brownsaidhewassorryfortakingthe"MarcusBrowndidn'tearnit!MarcusBrowndon't
wearit!"signsbutsaidhewastryingtoprotecthisfamily.
"Afterseeingthesignsandrealizingthatsomeonehadinvadedmyfamily'sprivacy,Iactedhastilywithoutconsideringmyroleandthe
leadershippositionIholdinthecommonwealth,"Brownsaid."MyactionsclearlydidnotreflectwellonmeortheorganizationI
represent,andIregretthat."
TheMorningCallhasidentifiedtheextrooperasAnthony"Tony"DeLuca.Heworkedfrom1986untilhisretirementin2011asa
sergeantandbarrackscommanderinwesternPennsylvania.DeLucanowworksassecurityspecialistforagascompany,FracTech
ServicesinCanonsburg,WashingtonCounty.
"Iamavictimofacrime,"DeLucasaid.
Stealingapoliticalsignisconsideredtheftunderstatecriminallawonlyifitisremovedfromprivateproperty.Thereisnolawagainst
removingpoliticalsignsfrompublicland,whichABC27'sfootageshowsBrowndoing.
"Ifit'soutontheroadway,it'sjustabandonedproperty,"saidNorthamptonCountyDistrictAttorneyJohnMorganelli,aDemocrat,who
spokeonlyaboutstatelawandnotthefeudoverWolf'sselection.
Toldbyareporterthatthetheftlawdoesnotcoverpublicland,DeLucareferredquestionstotheHampdenTownshipPoliceDepartment
andtheCumberlandCountydistrictattorney'soffice.
HampdenTownshippoliceChiefSteveJunkinapparentlydoesnotsupportBrowneither.
Junkin,aretiredstatepolicecommander,wrotetwoFacebookpostscriticalofBrown,accordingtoPennlive/ThePatriotNews.

"Itoowilldoeverythinginmypowertoseethatyoudon'tweartheuniformofaPSPtrooper,"PennLivereportedJunkinwroteinaJan.
31Facebookpost.
InaninterviewwithPennlive/ThePatriotNews,Junkinsaidheistheauthorofthepost.HealsosaidheforwardedtheBrown
investigationtoCumberlandCountyDistrictAttorneyDaveFreed.
Freed,aRepublican,didnotreturncallsforcommentfromTheMorningCall.
JennKocher,spokeswomanforSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,defendedthesenators'letterbutcouldnotcitethe
statelawBrownallegedlyviolated.
"Wearenotsayingheviolatedstatelaw,"Kochersaid."Wearesayingheisunderinvestigationforviolatingstatelaw,whichthe
townshippolicehaveconfirmedinnumerousinterviews."
AskedonFridayaboutthegrowingcontroversy,WolfbackedBrownandsaidhedidnotunderstandthecontroversy.
"Hewasactingasafatherandhewasupsetwithwhathesaw,andhe'sapologized,"saidWolf,whowasinPhiladelphia."Ichosehim
becausehewasabeatcopinBaltimore.HewasheadoftheMarylandStatePolice.He'shadgreatexperience."
WolfisnotthefirstgovernortopickanoutsiderfortheCabinetlevelpositionofcommissioner.
Mostrecently,Wolf'sRepublicanpredecessor,Gov.TomCorbett,choseFrankNoonan,whoworkedwithCorbettintheattorney
general'sofficeandalsoservedintheMarinesandFBI.NoonanfacedthesameinternalpublicrelationsproblemsasBrown.But
Noonanquicklyendedthegripingbyannouncinghewouldwearasuitinsteadofthestatepoliceuniform.
Stateandhighwaypatrolofficersacrossthecountryhighlyvaluetraditionandareveryprotectiveoftheimagetheiruniformsandsquad
carsconvey,saidDennisBowman,aWesternIllinoisUniversitycriminaljusticeprofessorandretiredIllinoisStatePolicecaptain.
Outsidersmaynotunderstandthatsubculture,hesaid,eveniftheyareinlawenforcement.
Inhindsight,Bowmansaid,BrownshouldhaveaskedhistopcommandersfortheiropiniononwhetherheshouldwearthePennsylvania
uniform."That'sonethingaboutpoliceofficers:Theywantinputandtheydonotalwaysgetitandthatmakesthemveryfrustrated",he
said.
ButBowmansaidtheretiredtroopercrossedanethicallinewithhissignsandrecording."Thatisunprofessionalconductthatgoes
beyondthescopeofhowapoliceofficershouldhandletheirdisagreementonapolicydecision,"Bowmansaid.
ThePennsylvaniaStatePoliceTroopersAssociation,aunionthatrepresentscurrentandretiredmembers,declinedtocommentonthe
videotapingandBrown'sappointment.
Brown,50,isaPennStateUniversitygraduatewhoworkedbrieflyasapoliceofficerinSanJose,Calif.,beforejoiningtheBaltimore
PoliceDepartment,whereheeventuallybecamedeputycommissioner.BrownbecameheadoftheMarylandStatePolicein2011when
BaltimoreMayorMartinO'Malleybecamegovernor.
InMaryland,hehadhisshareofcontroversy.
Brownwascriticizedforgettingahighercitypensionbyusingaloopholeincitypensionsystemthatallowedhimtoincludepartofhis
SanJosepoliceservice,accordingtopublishedreports.MarylandmediaalsoquestionedBrown'sresidencybecausehiswifeowneda
homeinPennsylvania.WolfnamedBrowntothestatepolicepostinmidJanuary,citingBrown'scommitmenttodiversityandhislaw
enforcementexperiencethatspanstwodecades.
AfterdecadesofwatchingCapitolpolitics,Franklin&MarshallpoliticalscientistG.TerryMadonnasaidhehasneverseensucharush
tobringdownagovernor'sappointment.Normallyanappointeestepsasideif"onebigthing"isfoundinthepast,nottherathersmall
itemsthesenatorshavebroughtupinthecourseofBrown'scareer.Butblamesocialmedia,ratherthanaconspiracy,Madonnasaid.
"Thisistheexpansionofsocialmedia,"hesaid."Thisiswhathappenswhenyouhavesomanyavenuestoaffectpeople's
appointments,livelihoods."
TheantiBrownFacebookpagehas3,566"Likes."
SenateconfirmationhearingsonBrown'sappointmentwillbeinthespring.

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MorningCall:SecretrecordingescalatesflapoverGov.TomWolf'spickforstatepolicecommissioner
Link:http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolfbrownstatepoliceuniform20150320story.html#page=1
BySteveEsack
March20,2015
AFacebookcampaignsomeretiredandcurrentPennsylvaniastatetrooperslaunchedagainstGov.TomWolf'spicktoleadtheagency
hashitthestreets,thehallsoftheCapitolandtheconfinesofasmallsuburbanpoliceforce.
AgroupofRepublicansenatorssenttheDemocraticgovernoraletterFridayurginghimtorescindtheappointmentofCol.Marcus
Brown,aformerCaliforniaandMarylandpoliceofficer,ascommissioner.
TheSenatelettercameafterBrownfoundhimselfundersurveillancebyaretiredtrooperwhoplantedroadsidesignscriticalofhis
appointmentnearBrown'ssuburbanHarrisburghome.
Theextrooper,sittinginaparkedcar,videotapedBrownonWednesdayremovingthesignsthatcriticizedhimforwearingthe
department'sgrayuniformeventhoughhedidn'tgraduatefromtheStatePoliceAcademy.
ThereisnorulethatsaysBrowncannotweartheuniformandhesayshedoessoasashowofrespectforthetroopershewilllead.
Butsometroopersbelieveitisafauxpasandthereshouldbealawagainstit,Facebookpostsshows.
TheextrooperlethisdispleasurewithBrown'sfashionchoicebeknownwhenhegavehisrecordingtoaHarrisburgtelevisionnews
station.
TheABC27airedthefootageinstories,includingonethataskedwhetherBrownshouldbechargedwiththefteventhoughthereisno
statelawagainstremovingpoliticalsignsfromapublicrightofway.
InastatementissuedlateThursdaynight,Brownsaidhewassorryfortakingthe"MarcusBrowndidn'tearnit!MarcusBrowndon't
wearit!"signsbutsaidhewastryingtoprotecthisfamily.
"Afterseeingthesignsandrealizingthatsomeonehadinvadedmyfamily'sprivacy,Iactedhastilywithoutconsideringmyroleandthe
leadershippositionIholdinthecommonwealth,"Brownsaid."MyactionsclearlydidnotreflectwellonmeortheorganizationI
represent,andIregretthat."
TheMorningCallhasidentifiedtheextrooperasAnthony"Tony"DeLuca.Heworkedfrom1986untilhisretirementin2011asa
sergeantandbarrackscommanderinwesternPennsylvania.DeLucanowworksassecurityspecialistforagascompany,FracTech
ServicesinCanonsburg,WashingtonCounty.
"Iamavictimofacrime,"DeLucasaid.
Stealingapoliticalsignisconsideredtheftunderstatecriminallawonlyifitisremovedfromprivateproperty.Thereisnolawagainst
removingpoliticalsignsfrompublicland,whichABC27'sfootageshowsBrowndoing.
"Ifit'soutontheroadway,it'sjustabandonedproperty,"saidNorthamptonCountyDistrictAttorneyJohnMorganelli,aDemocrat,who
spokeonlyaboutstatelawandnotthefeudoverWolf'sselection.
Toldbyareporterthatthetheftlawdoesnotcoverpublicland,DeLucareferredquestionstotheHampdenTownshipPoliceDepartment
andtheCumberlandCountydistrictattorney'soffice.
HampdenTownshippoliceChiefSteveJunkinapparentlydoesnotsupportBrowneither.
Junkin,aretiredstatepolicecommander,wrotetwoFacebookpostscriticalofBrown,accordingtoPennlive/ThePatriotNews.

"Itoowilldoeverythinginmypowertoseethatyoudon'tweartheuniformofaPSPtrooper,"PennLivereportedJunkinwroteinaJan.
31Facebookpost.
InaninterviewwithPennlive/ThePatriotNews,Junkinsaidheistheauthorofthepost.HealsosaidheforwardedtheBrown
investigationtoCumberlandCountyDistrictAttorneyDaveFreed.
Freed,aRepublican,didnotreturncallsforcommentfromTheMorningCall.
JennKocher,spokeswomanforSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,defendedthesenators'letterbutcouldnotcitethe
statelawBrownallegedlyviolated.
"Wearenotsayingheviolatedstatelaw,"Kochersaid."Wearesayingheisunderinvestigationforviolatingstatelaw,whichthe
townshippolicehaveconfirmedinnumerousinterviews."
AskedonFridayaboutthegrowingcontroversy,WolfbackedBrownandsaidhedidnotunderstandthecontroversy.
"Hewasactingasafatherandhewasupsetwithwhathesaw,andhe'sapologized,"saidWolf,whowasinPhiladelphia."Ichosehim
becausehewasabeatcopinBaltimore.HewasheadoftheMarylandStatePolice.He'shadgreatexperience."
WolfisnotthefirstgovernortopickanoutsiderfortheCabinetlevelpositionofcommissioner.
Mostrecently,Wolf'sRepublicanpredecessor,Gov.TomCorbett,choseFrankNoonan,whoworkedwithCorbettintheattorney
general'sofficeandalsoservedintheMarinesandFBI.NoonanfacedthesameinternalpublicrelationsproblemsasBrown.But
Noonanquicklyendedthegripingbyannouncinghewouldwearasuitinsteadofthestatepoliceuniform.
Stateandhighwaypatrolofficersacrossthecountryhighlyvaluetraditionandareveryprotectiveoftheimagetheiruniformsandsquad
carsconvey,saidDennisBowman,aWesternIllinoisUniversitycriminaljusticeprofessorandretiredIllinoisStatePolicecaptain.
Outsidersmaynotunderstandthatsubculture,hesaid,eveniftheyareinlawenforcement.
Inhindsight,Bowmansaid,BrownshouldhaveaskedhistopcommandersfortheiropiniononwhetherheshouldwearthePennsylvania
uniform."That'sonethingaboutpoliceofficers:Theywantinputandtheydonotalwaysgetitandthatmakesthemveryfrustrated",he
said.
ButBowmansaidtheretiredtroopercrossedanethicallinewithhissignsandrecording."Thatisunprofessionalconductthatgoes
beyondthescopeofhowapoliceofficershouldhandletheirdisagreementonapolicydecision,"Bowmansaid.
ThePennsylvaniaStatePoliceTroopersAssociation,aunionthatrepresentscurrentandretiredmembers,declinedtocommentonthe
videotapingandBrown'sappointment.
Brown,50,isaPennStateUniversitygraduatewhoworkedbrieflyasapoliceofficerinSanJose,Calif.,beforejoiningtheBaltimore
PoliceDepartment,whereheeventuallybecamedeputycommissioner.BrownbecameheadoftheMarylandStatePolicein2011when
BaltimoreMayorMartinO'Malleybecamegovernor.
InMaryland,hehadhisshareofcontroversy.
Brownwascriticizedforgettingahighercitypensionbyusingaloopholeincitypensionsystemthatallowedhimtoincludepartofhis
SanJosepoliceservice,accordingtopublishedreports.MarylandmediaalsoquestionedBrown'sresidencybecausehiswifeowneda
homeinPennsylvania.WolfnamedBrowntothestatepolicepostinmidJanuary,citingBrown'scommitmenttodiversityandhislaw
enforcementexperiencethatspanstwodecades.
AfterdecadesofwatchingCapitolpolitics,Franklin&MarshallpoliticalscientistG.TerryMadonnasaidhehasneverseensucharush
tobringdownagovernor'sappointment.Normallyanappointeestepsasideif"onebigthing"isfoundinthepast,nottherathersmall
itemsthesenatorshavebroughtupinthecourseofBrown'scareer.Butblamesocialmedia,ratherthanaconspiracy,Madonnasaid.
"Thisistheexpansionofsocialmedia,"hesaid."Thisiswhathappenswhenyouhavesomanyavenuestoaffectpeople's
appointments,livelihoods."
TheantiBrownFacebookpagehas3,566"Likes."
SenateconfirmationhearingsonBrown'sappointmentwillbeinthespring.

Twitter@sesack

Copyright2015,TheMorningCall

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/14/201503:30:15AM

To:

McGinty,Kathleen

Subject:

FW:PensionReformLegislationbeforethePAGeneralAssembly

OriginalMessage
From:LisaCrutchfield[
Sent:Tuesday,May12,201507:27PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenFailor,Debra
Cc:RobWonderling
Subject:FW:PensionReformLegislationbeforethePAGeneralAssembly
DearChiefofStaffMcGinty:

Asyouareaware,thePennsylvaniaSenateispoisedtoconsiderpensionreformlegislationtomorrow,WednesdayMay
13th,thatwouldmakestructuralchangestopensionbenefitsforstateemployeesandbeginreducingthestates
unfundedpensionliability,currentlyestimatedat$53billion.

SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman(RCentre)hasintroducedSenateBill(SB)1,whichembodiesprinciplesofpublic
pensionreformsupportedbytheGreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerceandtheAlleghenyConferenceon
CommunityDevelopment(ACCD).
OurjointprincipleswhichwesharedwithyouandyourcolleaguesonourleadershipcalllastweekareincludedintheSB
1:
Movingnewstateemployeestowardsadefinedcontributionplan
Takingspecificstepstobeginreducingthestate'sunfundedpensionliability,whichisestimatedatnearly$53billion
(tothispointthePERCactuarialanalysisofSB1estimatesasavingsof$16billionforPSERSand$2billionfor
SERS)
Creatingplansthatareactuarialsoundand
Modernizationofthepensionfundstogivecurrentemployeesachoicetomoveintoadefinedcontributionplan
and/oracashbalanceplan.

Weareforwardingadraftofourjointstatementtoyou.Weplantoreleasethisjointstatementtomorrowmorning
giventhelikelihoodofSenateactiononSB1tomorrow.

DraftJointStatementofGPCCandACCDonSB1

DearHonorableMembersofthePASenate:
TheGreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerce,theGreaterPittsburghChamberofCommerce,andtheAllegheny
ConferenceonCommunityDevelopment(ACCD)arewritingtoissuetheirsupportfortheprinciplesofpensionreform
legislationasembodiedinSenateBill1.
WethankandapplaudSenatorCormanandSenateleadershipfortheireffortstointroducethislegislationandaddress
thiscriticalproblem.OurorganizationswillcontinuetoworkwithHouseandSenateleadersandtheWolfAdministration
toachievemeaningful,lastingpensionreform.
EmployersinPittsburghandPhiladelphiaknowthatpublicpensionreformisneededifwearetogrowoureconomyand
improvegovernmentoperations.Today,Pennsylvaniaisfacingasizeablestructuraldeficit.Withoutlegislativeaction,our
pensionobligationswillcontinuetoconsumelargerportionsofthestatebudgetandfurtherstraintheabilityof
governments,andschooldistrictstomaintain,letaloneimprove,basicservices.
Again,weencourageallmembersofthePennsylvaniaSenatetosupportthispensionreformlegislation.

Pleaseletmeknowifyouhaveanycommentsorconcernsaboutthejointdraft.

Lisa

LISACRUTCHFIELD
SeniorVicePresidentofAdvocacyandPublicAffairs
GREATERPHILADELPHIACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE
200SouthBroadStreet,Suite700,Philadelphia,PA191023813
P:
greaterphilachamber.com

From:LisaCrutchfield
Sent:Tuesday,May12,20156:45PM
To:'O'Brien,DenisP:(ExelonUtilities)''DavidCohen(
Hankowsky(
'DanFitzpatrick(
Cc:RobWonderlingJoeGraceLizFerry
Subject:PensionReformLegislationbeforethePAGeneralAssembly

LISACRUTCHFIELD
SeniorVicePresidentofAdvocacyandPublicAffairs
GREATERPHILADELPHIACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE
200SouthBroadStreet,Suite700,Philadelphia,PA191023813
P:
greaterphilachamber.com

'DeBenedictis,Nick'

'Bill

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/14/201503:30:15AM

To:

McGinty,Kathleen

Subject:

FW:PensionReformLegislationbeforethePAGeneralAssembly

OriginalMessage
From:LisaCrutchfield[
Sent:Tuesday,May12,201507:27PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenFailor,Debra
Cc:RobWonderling
Subject:FW:PensionReformLegislationbeforethePAGeneralAssembly
DearChiefofStaffMcGinty:

Asyouareaware,thePennsylvaniaSenateispoisedtoconsiderpensionreformlegislationtomorrow,WednesdayMay
13th,thatwouldmakestructuralchangestopensionbenefitsforstateemployeesandbeginreducingthestates
unfundedpensionliability,currentlyestimatedat$53billion.

SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman(RCentre)hasintroducedSenateBill(SB)1,whichembodiesprinciplesofpublic
pensionreformsupportedbytheGreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerceandtheAlleghenyConferenceon
CommunityDevelopment(ACCD).
OurjointprincipleswhichwesharedwithyouandyourcolleaguesonourleadershipcalllastweekareincludedintheSB
1:
Movingnewstateemployeestowardsadefinedcontributionplan
Takingspecificstepstobeginreducingthestate'sunfundedpensionliability,whichisestimatedatnearly$53billion
(tothispointthePERCactuarialanalysisofSB1estimatesasavingsof$16billionforPSERSand$2billionfor
SERS)
Creatingplansthatareactuarialsoundand
Modernizationofthepensionfundstogivecurrentemployeesachoicetomoveintoadefinedcontributionplan
and/oracashbalanceplan.

Weareforwardingadraftofourjointstatementtoyou.Weplantoreleasethisjointstatementtomorrowmorning
giventhelikelihoodofSenateactiononSB1tomorrow.

DraftJointStatementofGPCCandACCDonSB1

DearHonorableMembersofthePASenate:
TheGreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerce,theGreaterPittsburghChamberofCommerce,andtheAllegheny
ConferenceonCommunityDevelopment(ACCD)arewritingtoissuetheirsupportfortheprinciplesofpensionreform
legislationasembodiedinSenateBill1.
WethankandapplaudSenatorCormanandSenateleadershipfortheireffortstointroducethislegislationandaddress
thiscriticalproblem.OurorganizationswillcontinuetoworkwithHouseandSenateleadersandtheWolfAdministration
toachievemeaningful,lastingpensionreform.
EmployersinPittsburghandPhiladelphiaknowthatpublicpensionreformisneededifwearetogrowoureconomyand
improvegovernmentoperations.Today,Pennsylvaniaisfacingasizeablestructuraldeficit.Withoutlegislativeaction,our
pensionobligationswillcontinuetoconsumelargerportionsofthestatebudgetandfurtherstraintheabilityof
governments,andschooldistrictstomaintain,letaloneimprove,basicservices.
Again,weencourageallmembersofthePennsylvaniaSenatetosupportthispensionreformlegislation.

Pleaseletmeknowifyouhaveanycommentsorconcernsaboutthejointdraft.

Lisa

LISACRUTCHFIELD
SeniorVicePresidentofAdvocacyandPublicAffairs
GREATERPHILADELPHIACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE
200SouthBroadStreet,Suite700,Philadelphia,PA191023813
P:
greaterphilachamber.com

From:LisaCrutchfield
Sent:Tuesday,May12,20156:45PM
To:'O'Brien,DenisP:(ExelonUtilities)''DavidCohen(
Hankowsky(
'DanFitzpatrick(
Cc:RobWonderlingJoeGraceLizFerry
Subject:PensionReformLegislationbeforethePAGeneralAssembly

LISACRUTCHFIELD
SeniorVicePresidentofAdvocacyandPublicAffairs
GREATERPHILADELPHIACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE
200SouthBroadStreet,Suite700,Philadelphia,PA191023813
P:
greaterphilachamber.com

'DeBenedictis,Nick'

'Bill

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

02/07/201503:12:44PM

To:

TomWolf<

Subject:

FW:WallStreetJournal:PennsylvaniaGovernor,lawmakerstoweighpensionchanges,drillingtax

Nicepicinthepapertoday....
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Sent:Friday,February06,201502:41PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:WallStreetJournal:PennsylvaniaGovernor,lawmakerstoweighpensionchanges,drillingtax
WallStreetJournal:PennsylvaniaGovernor,lawmakerstoweighpensionchanges,drillingtax
Link:http://www.wsj.com/articles/pennsylvaniagovernorlawmakerstoweighpensionchangesdrillingtax
1423245964

LoomingBudgetDeficitHasOfficialsSeekingLongTermFix

By
KRISMAHER
Feb.6,20151:06p.m.ET

PennsylvaniavotersgaveDemocratTomWolfaneasygubernatorialvictorylastfall,buttheyalsoelectedmoreRepublican
lawmakers,handingtheGOPalegislativemajoritybiggerthanatanytimesincethe1950s.
Now,amidtheseconflictingsignalsandstarklydifferentgoverningphilosophies,Mr.WolfandthestatesGOPlawmakerssay
theywanttotacklethestateslooming$2billionbudgetdeficit,raisinghopesthattheywillfindalongtermsolutiontoescalating
pensioncostsandotherchronicfiscaltroubles.
BothsidesagreethatPennsylvaniahasadeepstructuralimbalanceasrevenuefailstokeeppacewithspending,andtheysaythey
areaimingforlegislationthatcouldreshapethenationssixthmostpopulousstateforyearstocome.
Partsofabudgetdealthisyearcouldincludechangestothestatespublicemployeepensionplansthatcover800,000workers
andretirees,anewtaxondrillersinoneoftheworldslargestnaturalgasreserves,revisionstothestatestaxcodeandthepartial
saleofthelongtimesystemofliquorstoresrunbythestate.
Pennsylvaniansdidinfactvotefordividedgovernment,buttheydidntvotefordysfunction,saidMr.Wolf,aYorkbusinessman
whospent$10millionofhisownmoneyonhisgubernatorialcampaignandwhodeclinedasalaryorbenefitsasgovernor.
LikeotherRustBeltstates,Pennsylvaniasrevenuehasbeenhurtbyanagingandslowgrowingpopulationthateatsupmore
resources.Budgetexpertssaythestatecannolongerasreadilyresorttoonetimefixes,suchasdelayingpaymentstomedical
servicesproviders,asitdidtoshift$400millionofftheprioryearsbudget.
Asrequiredbystatelaw,Mr.Wolfwillpresentaplanthatbalancestheroughly$29billionbudgetinearlyMarch.Heand

Republicanleadersarestartingfromdifferentpointsonkeyissuesbuthavemonthstoclosethegaps.

ENLARGE

Mr.Wolfwantstoinstitutea5%severancetaxonnaturalgasdrillersthathesayscouldpumphundredsofmillionsofdollarsinto
thestateseducationsystem.Aseverancetaxispaidbydrillersonthevalueofgaswhenitistakenfromtheground.
Meanwhile,thestatesnewSenatemajorityleader,RepublicanJakeCorman,saidthestateneedstocontrolspendingfirst,starting
withpensions.
PensionreformisourNo.1issue.Itssomethingthathastobedone,Mr.Cormansaid.Werenotgoingtohaveany
discussiononrevenueuntilwegetexpendituresundercontrol.
Accordingtothemostrecentactuarialreports,theplanforpublicschoolteacherswas62%funded,withanunfundedliabilityof
$35billion,asoflastJune.Theplanforstateemployeeswas59%funded,withanunfundedliabilityof$17.9billion,asof
December2013.
Mr.Wolfpreviouslysaidhewouldsupportissuingbondstohelpthestatemeetitspensionobligations,butinaninterviewhesaid
heisopentootherideas.Republicanswantdeeperchanges,suchasinstitutinga401(k)typeplanforfutureretirees,amove
opposedbyunions.

RichardBloomingdale,presidentofthePennsylvaniaAFLCIO,saidpensioncontributionshaveincreasedpartlybecausethestate
deferredpriorpayments,andhecriticizedlawmakerswhowanttoreducefuturebenefits.Theonlycrisisisthatsomepeople
dontwanttopaytheirbills,hesaid.
Meanwhile,ashalegastaxwouldhavetoovercomestrongoppositionfromdrillers,whoarealreadystrugglingfromlownatural
gaspricesandrecentlycutcapitalinvestments.Highercostsontheindustrythroughaseverancetaxwillmeanlessrigsandless
investmentintoPennsylvania,saidDaveSpigelmyer,headoftheMarcellusShaleCoalition,atradegroup.
Drillersnowpayafeeforeveryshalegaswellthattheyoperate.Thesocalledlocalimpactfeehasgenerated$630millionin
revenue,roughly60%ofwhichgoestocountiesandlocalgovernmentswheremostdrillingoccurs.
Roadblockstoadealcouldarise,butexpertssaidsomefactorsfavoredcompromise.
ChrisBorick,aprofessorofpoliticalscienceatMuhlenbergCollegeinAllentown,notedthatashalegastaxhasbeenpopularwith
pollrespondents,whichcouldmakesomeRepublicansreluctanttofightit.Atthesametime,Mr.Wolfdoesnthavetiestounions
thatareasstrongasthoseofotherDemocrats,potentiallyeasingpensionchanges.
Thereisampleopportunitytoreachacrossthepartisandivide,Mr.Wolfsaid.
Askedifacomprehensivedealwaslikely,Mr.Cormansaid,Ultimately,thatswhatsgoingtohavetohappen.
WritetoKrisMaherat

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
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Senttime:

07/01/201508:52:49AM

To:

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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly1,2015

Budget:Commentary

TimesTribune:Editorial:GOPbudgetposturing
http://thetimestr bune.com/opinion/gopbudgetposturing1.1906086

HeraldStandard:SteveHerzenberg:Gov.Wolf'sbudgetwouldbenefitFayetteCounty
http://www.heraldstandard.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/govwolfsbudgetwouldbenefitfayettecounty/article_425c36cee9bd5d2aa31a
ba7b5f854cf9.html

YorkDispatch:OpEd:LoweringstateCorporateNetIncomeTaxistherightmove
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/viewpoints/ci 28404180/opedloweringstatecorporatenetincometax

BeaverCountyTimes:Severallocallegislatorsshareharshremarksaboutbudget
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/severallocallegislatorsshareharshremarksaboutbudget/article a96f17941e9f11e59252
fb7bf53282dc.html/?REFERMI=News

TribuneDemocrat:Editorial:Lackofstatebudgetisdisappointing
http://www.tribdem.com/news/editorials/editoriallackofstatebudgetisdisappointing/article 05ecd2541e9611e5be9b2fd8ca2f45f1.html

Budget:Veto

AP:WolfseekstorestarttalksaftervetoingGOPsbudgetbill
http://www.delcotimes.com/generalnews/20150701/wolfseekstorestarttalksaftervetoinggopsbudgetbill

AP:PennsylvaniagovernorvetoesentireRepublicanbudgetbill
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150630 ap 5ad038859fbb4ed28c38ee2339fcfaec.html#pyQoot0DYP7E5uPz.99

PAIndependent:Wolfsveto,opposingmandatesleavePennsylvaniawithoutbudget
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/wolfbudgetveto/

PatriotNews:Thedefinitionofinsanity?Justanotherdaytheofficeforthe#PaBudgetdebate:Analysis
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/liquor privatization pension r.html#incart river


PatriotNews:WolfhitsbudgetresetbuttonmuchtoGOP'sdisappointment
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/wolf hits budget reset button.html

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolfvetoesGOPpassedbudgetbill,bringingbudgetnegotiatorsbacktothetable
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/gov tom wolf vetoes goppassed.html

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolfvetoesRepublicanbudgetproposal.Nowwhat?
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/gov tom wolf vetoes republican.html#incart river

PatriotNews:'ThisistheGovernor'sshutdown,'GOPspokesmansaysafterWolfveto:WednesdayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/the four videos that explain w.html

MorningCall:DemocraticGov.TomWolfvetoesRepublicans'budget
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolflegislaturebudgetveto063020150630story.html#page=1

TribuneReview:PennsylvaniaSenatepasses$30.1BGOPbudgetGov.Wolfvetolikely
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865850674/statebudgetbill#ixzz3edpUv7IV

PittsburghPostGazette:'Thisbudgetissimplynotbalanced':Gov.WolfvetoesRepublicanspendingplan
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/30/PennsylvaniagovernortovetoGOPsbudgetbill/stories/201506300295

PhiladelphiaInquirer:WolfvetoesentireGOPbudget,says'mathdoesn'twork'
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150701 Pa

GOP sends its budget to Gov

Wolf.html#HpTk2TE2MPrGw84J.99

TimesTribune:WolfquicklyvetoesGOPbudgetplan
http://thetimestribune.com/news/wolfquicklyvetoesgopbudgetplan1.1906130

ReadingEagle:Analysis:WithWolf'sveto,budgetstalematecouldlastweeks,orlonger
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/analysispennsylvaniastatebudgetstalematecouldlastweeksorlonger#sthash.alvWuUTu.dpuf

WITF:Gov.WolfVetoesGOP'sEntireBudgetBill
http://wesa.fm/post/govwolfvetoesgopsentirebudgetbill

PhiladelphiaMagazine:WolfVetoesGOPBudget
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/01/wolfvetoesgopbudget/

PLSReporter:Gov.WolftovetoentireGOPcraftedbudget,callsproposalamess
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/811/GovWolftovetoentireGOPcraftedbudgetcallsproposal%E2%80%9Ca
mess%E2%80%9D.aspx

PLSReporter:Whatdoesavetosay?
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/810/Whatdoesavetosay.aspx

WBRE:VIDEO:GovernorTomWolfVetoesGOPPassedBudgetBill
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/governortomwolfvetoesgoppassedbudgetbill/34754/Yf0vQnjvEitMNUWuucVdw

WNEP:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesEntireBudget
http://wnep.com/2015/06/30/governorwolfvetoesentirebudget/

KDKA:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesEntireRepublicanBudgetBill,LiquorLegislationUpInTheAir
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/06/30/governorwolfvetoesentirerepublicanbudgetbill/

ABC27:VIDEO:GovernorWolfvetoesbudgetpassedbyRepublicanledlegislature
http://abc27.com/2015/06/30/governorwolfvetoesbudgetpassedbyrepublicanledlegislature/

FOX43:VIDEO:Gov.Wolfvetoesbudgetbill
http://fox43.com/2015/06/30/govwolfvetoesbudgetbill/

WGAL:VIDEO:GovernorvetoesRepublicanbudget
http://www.wgal.com/news/governorvetoesrepublicanbudget/33899212

WTAJ:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesBudget
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/governorwolfvetoesbudget/23544/7 ezbOUl4Emg88Vq7U10ww

KYW:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesEntirePa.Budget
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/30/pasenatesendsbudgettogovernor/

LiquorPrivatization,Pensions

PatriotNews:Whatliquorprivatizationwoulddoandnotdoforconsumers
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/what liquor privatization woul.html

PatriotNews:Housesendshistoricliquorprivatizationbilltogovernortosign
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/house sends historic liquor pr.html

TribuneReview:Inhistoricvote,Pa.Senateapprovesbillsellingstateliquorstores
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865936274/liquorstatewine#axzz3eUZhKQf3

AP:PennsylvaniaSenateapprovesbudget,liquorprivatizationbills
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/30/LiquorbillpassesSenateamidbudgetdeadlinedayflurry1/stories/201506300259

PatriotNews:PennsylvaniaLegislaturesendspublicpensionreformtoGov.TomWolf
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/pensions pennsylvania.html

ReadingEagle:Berkslawmakerssoundoffonbudget,liquorandpensions
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/berkslawmakerssoundoffonbudgetliquorandpensions#sthash.MePk3SuH.dpuf

Education:FundingFormula

ReadingEagle:ReadingSchoolDistrictemergesasbigwinnerinnewfundingformula
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/readingschooldistrictemergesasbigwinnerinnewfundingformula#.VZKpPBtVhBd

ReadingEagle:Editorial:Legislatureshouldfollowequitablesubsidyproposal
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/editoriallegislatureshouldfollowequitablesubsidyproposal#.VZKwVBtVhBd

DelcoDailyTimes:Editorial:Stateneedstopushfairschoolfunding
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20150629/editorialstateneedstopushfairschoolfunding

Newsworks:MakingsenseofPa.schoolfunding:budgets,formulasandstalemates
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/83615makingsenseofpaschoolfundingbudgetsformulasandstalemates

PhiladelphiaTribune:Phila.teachersproteststateschoolfunding
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/philateachersproteststateschoolfunding/article 8643e614b976577da23e8711cfce9121.html

TribuneDemocrat:Analysis:Areaschoolsmayseeshrinkingfundsasnewformulagainsmomentumtobecomelaw
http://www.tribdem.com/news/latest news/analysisareaschoolsmayseeshrinkingfundsasnewformula/article 53728acc1fa511e5b4ad
9f97b3063491.html


Education:DistrictBudgets

PAIndependent:CityhasnoideahowPhiladelphiaschoolsspenditstaxes
http://paindependent.com/2015/06/cityhasnoideahowphiladelphiaschoolsspenditstaxes/

PhiladelphiaInquirer:SRCadoptsbudget,butquestionsremain
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150701_SRC_adopts_budget__but_questions_remain.html

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:SRCadopts$2.8billionbudget,butwithacaveat
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150701_SRC_adopts__2_8_billion_budget__but_with_a_caveat.html#A3wRUz2bYgRHjsEO.99

NewCastleNews:NewCastlebudgetbalancehingesonstatefunds
http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/local_news/newcastlebudgetbalancehingesonstatefunds/article_4a415ad2228050b7b3e8
aaf9d48517b9.html

Education:HigherEd

PittsburghPostGazette:StateSystemexpectingenrollmentdecline
http://www.postgazette.com/news/education/2015/06/30/StateSystemextendslineofcredittoCheyneyUniversity/stories/201506300256

SeveranceTax,Fracking

TimesLeader:Editorial:Pipelineproposalsleavearealandownersfeelinguncertain,isolated
http://timesleader.com/opinion/editorial/371148/ouropinionpipelineproposalsleavearealandownersfeelinguncertainisolated

PoconoRecord:Editorial:Publicdeservesmoreinformationondrillingrelatedhealthcomplaints
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150629/OPINION/150629438/101041/OPINION

PatriotNews:Pa.lawmakersmovetoblocknewrulesonoilandgasdrilling
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/pa lawmakers amend fiscal code.html

PatriotNews:HouseRepublicanstokeepamendmentblockingnewrulesfordrilling,evenafterveto
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/house republicans to keep amen.html#incart river


TribuneReview:DavidConti:Addingitup
http://blog.triblive.com/flowback/2015/06/29/addingitup/

TribuneReview:HalliburtonclosingIndianaCountyoffice
http://triblive.com/business/headlines/866005774/gashalliburtonoffice#axzz3eZo2231q

BeaverCountyTimes:LTE:MarcellusShaleCoalitionopposesWolfplan
http://www.timesonline.com/opinion/letters to editor/marcellusshalecoalitionopposeswolfplan/article 6cefcc501e7211e5b9da
5b1a1d126970.html/?REFERMI=Opinion

MunicipalPensions

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolf:ReformPa.'slocalpensionplansorwe'llcutoffstateaid
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inqphillydeals/WolfImmediatereformforPas3240localpensions.html

PittsburghPostGazette:Stateauditorgeneraldeliversmunicipalpensionrecommendations
http://www.postgazette.com/local/city/2015/06/30/Stateauditorgeneraldeliversmunicipalpensionrecommendations/stories/201506300268

TimesTribune:Governortaskforcecallsfortighteningcontrolofunderfundedpensionfunds
http://thetimestribune.com/news/governortaskforcecallsfortighteningcontrolofunderfundedpensionfunds1.1905900

AP:Pennsylvania'sauditorrecommendsmunicipalpensionreforms
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/06/30/4816710 pennsylvaniasauditorrecommends.html?rh=1

DepartmentNews

PatriotNews:Withnomoneyfordrugrehab,'somepeoplejustdisappear'
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/drug rehabilitation money shor.html#incart river

ReadingEagle:OpEdbySec.RussellRedding:Agindustriesmuststartnowtoclosethecomingworkforcegap
http://readingeagle.com/berkscountry/article/agindustiresmuststartnowtoclosethecomingworkforcegap#sthash.PSVb0zW3.dpuf

ForConstructionPros:PR:PennsylvaniaDepartmentofCommunityandEconomicDevelopmentSecretaryToursCurrySupply
http://www.forconstructionpros.com/press release/12088570/pennsylvaniadepartmentofcommunityandeconomicdevelopmentsecretary
tourscurrysupply

BillSignings

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Newbillwouldmodifybackgroundchecks
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150701 New bill would modify background checks.html

TimesLeader:WolfsignsbillforMoonLaketransfertoDCNR
http://timesleader.com/topstories/371347/wolfsignsbillformoonlaketransfertodcnr

PhiladelphiaInquirer:BilloncyberbullyingsenttoWolf
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150701 Bill on cyber bullying sent to Wolf.html#eocs2HVBhAAgfHgc.99

PhiladelphiaMagazine:YourPhoneBillIsAbouttoGoUp
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/30/paphonebillsincrease911calls/#b2V1Sv6dKO966TSR.99

SameSexMarriageRuling

RoxboroughManayunkPatch:Gov.WolfChangesFacebookProfilePhotoToCelebrateGayMarriage
http://patch.com/pennsylvania/roxborough/govwolfchangesfacebookprofilephotocelebrategaymarriage

DeathPenalty

YorkDailyRecord:Editorial:Deathpenaltymoratoriummakessense
http://www.ydr.com/opinion/ci 28402104/deathpenaltymoratoriummakessenseydropinion

MedicalMarijuana

LNP:Researchersreviewmedicalmarijuanastudies,sayNotsofast
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/researchersreviewmedicalmarijuanastudiessaynotsofast/article 48be47d01f2b11e5bcaa
9770ad10d24a.html

PatriotNews:Pa.medicalmarijuanaleaderdoubtsthereissecretdeal
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/sb 3 folmer leach baker reed.html#incart river


PatriotNews:Marsicomedicalmarijuanabillwouldn'tgrowgovernment
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/folmer leach sb 3.html

AGKane

TribuneReview:EmployeewhowrotelettersupportingKathleenKanegot$11,000raise
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865921874/story#ixzz3eaGyfaSz

PittsburghPostGazette:EmployeedefendedAttorneyGeneralKane,gotpromotion
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/07/01/AGemployeewhodefendedKanegotaraise/stories/201507010072

LetterstotheEditor

ChambersburgPublicOpinion:Cleanenergyjobs
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/opinion/ci 28406109/lettercleanenergyjobs

PatriotNews:CommonwealthFoundation:StudentbasedformulabestforPennsylvania'spublicschoolchildren
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/education funding in pennsylva.html#incart 2box opinion

TribuneReview:CommonwealthFoundation:Redoingeducationfunding
http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/861220374/fundingeducationharmless#axzz3eden4Jq9

YorkDailyRecord:Wolfoffbaseonnursinghomefunding
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci 28406522/wolfoffbasenursinghomefundingletter

SunburyDailyItem:Saynotogastax
http://www.dailyitem.com/opinion/saynotogastax/article 317fef1e1f6811e59dfdc388c0d4abf6.html

Capitolwire:WolfvetoesstatebudgetafterflurryoflegislativeactivityonTuesday.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June30)MakingthesameargumentshisadministrationhassincelegislativeRepublicansunveiledtheirbudgetplan

lastweek,Gov.TomWolfTuesdayeveningsaidhewouldvetotheentirestatebudgetbillsenttohimafewhoursearlierbytheGeneral
Assembly.
ItswhatIfearedItdoesnotwork,saidWolf,arguingtheGOPdevelopedbillisbuiltongimmicks,smokeandmirrorsandkicking
thecandowntheroad.
Thegovernor,listingwhyhewouldvetothebill,saidthebudgetbillsmathdoesntwork,anditdoesntincludeenougheducation
funding,aseverancetaxonnaturalgasorpropertytaxrelief.
Thevetowouldrepresentthefirstfullbudgetvetosince,atleast,theadventofthemodernLegislatureinPennsylvania.
HesaidheextendedaninvitationtolegislativeleadersforameetingonWednesdayat2p.m.duringwhichhehopestobeginanew
conversation.
OnMarch3,Wolfsaidofhisbudgetproposal:Today,Ilaidoutmyplan,andImgoingtofightforit.Irecognizethatsomeofyouwont
agreewithallorpartsofit,andIrecognizethatweregoingtohavearobustconversation.Thatshowourdemocracyworks.Butifyou
dontagreewithmyideas,hereismyrequest:pleasecomewithyourownideas.
OnTuesday,whenurginganaffirmativevotetosendaRepublicandevelopedstatebudgettothegovernor,SenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,paraphrasingWolf,said,Thegovernorchallengedus,onhisbudgetaddressday,thatifyoudontlikethis[his]plan,okay,
thenwhat?
Afairchallengeitsanabsolutelyfairchallengefromthegovernorsothisisthenwhat,saidCormanaboutHouseBill1192,the
GeneralAppropriationsbilleventuallyapprovedbytheSenateTuesday,onavoteof3019,andsenttoWolf.
Withplentyoftimetospare,theGeneralAssemblysenttothegovernorsdesktheGeneralAppropriationsbillanditsimplementing
legislation,whichproposestospendnearly$30.2billioninthefiscalyearthatstartsJuly1.
TheGAbillwonapprovalatapproximately5:23p.m.,whiletheFiscalCode,whichimplementsthespendingproposedwithintheGA
bill,wasapprovedonconcurrenceintheSenateat7:43p.m.
TheGOPcontrolledLegislature,withlittletonoassistancefromGeneralAssemblyDemocrats,senttothegovernorthosebills,aswell
asliquorprivatizationlegislation,anEducationCodebill,apensionbillandthepreferredappropriationsbillsthatfundvariousstate
governmentoperations(SenateBills814through818).
Toreadaboutthelegislativeeffortsthatgottheliquorprivatizationandpensionbillstothegovernor,CLICKHERE,andformoreabout
theEducationCode,CLICKHERE.
StillawaitingvotesarethenonpreferredappropriationsbillsthatfundPennsylvaniasstaterelateduniversitiesandtheUniversityof
PennsylvaniaVeterinaryCollege.
TheSenatedebatedthroughoutthedayregardingtheGeneralAppropriationsandFiscalCodebills,eventuallyvotingalongpartylines
3019onbothtosendthosebillstothegovernor.
SenateAppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairmanPatBrowne,RLehigh,saidPennsylvaniaisastateatacrossroadsandthatits
economicpotentialisoftenpassedoverduetoanticompetitivetaxesandpublicfiscalpolicies.
Brownesaidthegovernorsbudgetwouldrequiremoretaxes,increasingthetaxburdenonPennsylvaniascitizensandbusinesses,
and,ultimatelynotproducetheeconomicopportunitiesthegovernorpromises,andinsteadhampereconomicgrowth.
HesaidHB1192addressesthestates$1.25billionstructuraldeficitwithoutraisingtaxes,andstillprovidesincreasedfundingforahost
ofvitalprogramsandservices,including$200millionforbasicandhighereducation.
BrownesaidHB1192isabletoaccomplishthatthroughreasonablebudgetpracticesandpolicieswhichareacceptedandwidely
utilizedtomanagebudgetaryrevenueandexpendituresthatmeetexpectationsoffiduciariesandtaxpayers."
Browne,anaccountantbytrade,explainedfurther:Thesepoliciesincludeprudentcashmanagement,usingunencumberedand
unappropriatedendingbalancesinvariousfundstomeetourcurrentobligations,lapsingunappropriatedandunexpendedfundsfrom
priorfiscalyears,utilizingcapitalizedinterestsandcapitalassetdebtrefinancingtoaccommodatecurrentyearprojectedexpenditures,
quantifyingandrealizingvalueintheprivatesectoroftheCommonwealthsvaluableandunencumberedlongtermassets,replacing
Commonwealthfundswitheligiblefederalfundstosatisfyjointstateandfederalprogramobligations,adoptingreasonablechangesin
cashandaccrualbasesexpenditurerecognitionpolicies,strengtheningcaseloadandactuarialrateestimatesinhealthcareandlong
termcareprograms,truingupestimatesofcostsforemployeesalariesandbenefitsandreducingprojectedneedingeneral
administrationandITservices.
Allofthesepractices,alloftheseproceduresevenforpublicjurisdictionswithcompetitiverevenueportfoliosrelativetooursare
absolutelypreferableandmustbechosenbeforedecisionsaremadetotakeonadditionalinvestmentriskduetohigherprivatesector
costsandtaxes.
Foralessjargonyinterpretation,CLICKHEREandtoreadaboutthebudgetseducationproposals,CLICKHERE.

SenateDemocratsdistilledBrownesstatementstomean,intheirownwords,theGOPplanisbuiltongimmicksandnonrecurring
revenues,failstospendenoughmoneyanddoesntaddresstheissueofpropertytaxreform.Thosecriticismsweresimilartothose
theyofferedwhentheGOPunveileditsbudgetlatelastweekandonSundayeveningintheSenateAppropriationsCommittee.
ThebudgetpackagethatislikelytobepushedthroughtodayisnotarealbudgetIthinkweallknowthat,saidSen.RobTeplitz,D
Dauphin.Itsnotrealbecauseitsbasedontricksandideology.Itsalsonotrealbecausethereisntapersoninthisbuildingwho
actuallybelievesitsgoingtobeenactedintolaw.Weallknowwearegoingthroughthetheatricsofpassingabudgetthatwillbe
passedlargelyalongpartisanlines,onlytoberejectedbythegovernor.
Sen.JudySchwank,DBerks,saiditsdisappointingthebudgetproposaldoesntdoanythingtoloweroreliminatepropertytaxes.
TheyretiredofwaitingandImtiredofwaitingaswell,saidSchwankofherconstituentswhowanttoseepropertytaxrelief.
SeveralDemocratssaidnotraisingtaxesforincreasededucationspendingresultsinpropertytaxincreasesbyschooldistricts.
Propertytaxreform,whichdoesntneedtobepassedinconjunctionwiththestatebudget,hasbeenthesubjectofdiscussionformany
years,buteffortsweregivenaboostwhenWolfofferedhisownplan.Inadditiontothegovernorsplan,HouseRepublicans(CLICK
HEREtoreadaboutacomparisonoftheWolfandHouseGOPplan)andSenateDemocratshaveofferedseparateproposals.The
HouseGOPplanwasapprovedinMayandhasbeenintheSenateawaitingaction.
SenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,saiditseasytovotenoonabudgetandgohome,andsaidthegovernorshould
signtheplan.Wolf,laterTuesdaynight,didntlistentothatadvice,deliveringhisvetototheLegislature.
Ongoinghome,bothchambersagreedbyresolutionthatwhentheyadjournJune30theywouldreturnlaterintheyear:TheHouse,on
August25,andtheSenate,onSeptember21.
Ofcourse,ifadealcanbereachedbetweenthegovernorandRepublicanleaders,thechamberscouldreturnsooner.
Wolfsaidhehopedthetwochamberswouldreturnsoonerratherthanlater.RepublicanleadersmightnotbetoowillingtograntWolf's
wish.
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Capitolwire:LegislaturepassesEducationCodebill,Wolfvetoesit.
ByChristenSmith
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June30)RepublicansapprovedanEducationCodebillTuesdaythatGov.TomWolfpromptlyvetoedperhaps
representingthegovernor'sbiggestdisappointmentsofarthisbudgetseason.
Thelegislation,HouseBill762,containstheauthorizinglanguagenecessarytodistribute$10.9billioninpubliceducationsubsidies
containedwithinthestate'sannualbudgetbill.TheGOPcraftedplanbumpsspendingby$370million,including$100millionforbasic
education,$30millionearlyeducationand$20millionforspecialeducation.
Unfortunately,it'schumpchangetoWolf.
"ThisbudgetiswhatIfeared,"hetoldaroomfullofreportersTuesdayevening,lessthanhouraftertheGeneralAssemblysentthelast
budgetrelatedbilltohisdesk."Thisisabudgetthatactuallydoesn'twork.Itsimplydoesn'twork.Themathdoesn'twork.It'snot
balanced.Itdoesn'tinvestinthechallengesthatPennsylvanian'sfaceandweallknowPennsylvaniafaces,especiallywhenitcomesto
education."
DuringhisMarch3budgetaddressontheHousefloor,thenewlyelectedDemocraticgovernoraskedthelargestRepublicanmajorityin
sixdecadestosupporthisfouryearplantoboosteducationspendingby$2billionontopofthe$1billioninexpenditureshe
proposesfortheupcomingfiscalyearaloneessentiallyrestoringtheRendelleraspendingpoliciesthatwereaffordedwiththeinflux
oflongextinctfederalstimulusmoney,andincreasingthestate'sshareofeducationfundingfrom35percentto50percent.
Andhewantedtouseaprojected$1billioninrevenuegeneratedfroma5percentMarcellusShaleseverancetaxtodoit.
ItwasaplanthatbymanyaccountswasdeadonarrivalwithLegislativeRepublicans,whorejectedanytaxincreasesand
insteadfocusedtheireffortsonliquorprivatizationandpensionreform.TheHouseonJune1calledupthegovernorstaxrevenue
proposal,whichwasdefeatedunanimouslyinthechamberCLICKHEREtoreadmoreaboutthat.
But,aslateaslastweek,Wolfappearedtoholdouthopeforhishistoriceducationinvestmentproposals$400millionforbasic
education,$120millionforearlyeducationand$100millionforspecialeducationevenasRepublicanleaderscautionedagainstsuch
optimism,committingonlytoanincreaseineducationfunding.

AnydoubtthatWolfwouldn'tgethiswaywassquashedFridaywhenHouseandSenateleadersannouncedajointbudgetagreement
thatcarvedoutroughly25percentofthefundingthegovernorrequestedthreemonthsearlier,aswellasaPlanConbondstrategythat
wouldinfuseroughly$5.4billionintoschooldistrictsandsavethestate$300millioninFY201516.
TheWolfadministrationhaswrittenoffthestrategyassmokeandmirrors,whileSenateMajorityLeaderJayCosta,DAllegheny,said
hiscaucuswouldbeopentoaPlanConbondthatwasn'ttiedtothebudget.
ThedetailsoftheborrowingstrategyappearinHB762,whichincludesthecreationofaPlanConAdvisoryCommitteetoreviewand
makerecommendationsregardingthestate'sschoolconstructionprojectreimbursementprogrambyFebruary1,2016.
Meanwhile,LegislativeRepublicansslippednotone,buttwofundingformulasintothebill:thespecialeducationfundingformulaenacted
in2014throughtheFiscalCodeandthebasiceducationfundingformulaannouncedearlierthismonththelatterofwhich,Wolfand
LegislativeDemocratsinsisted,hadnobusinessbeingimplementeduntilFY201617.
Republicansignoredthatrequest,too,sayingtherewasnogoodreasontowaitonenactingthewidelysupportedandhighlyanticipated
formulaforanotheryear.
AnotherlastyearholdoverfromtheFiscalCodewoundupintheEducationCodebill,too:$1.2milliontocreatearuralregional
communitycollegeinthenorthwesterncornerofthestatealalastsession'sSenateBill1000,sponsoredbySenatePresidentPro
TemporeJoeScarnati,RJefferson.
AbillcodifyingformerGov.TomCorbett'sReadytoSucceedscholarshipprogramwasalsosenttoWolf'sdeskTuesdayamidthe
budgethubbub.Lastyear,lawmakersslippeditintotheFiscalCodeuntilthelegislation,SenateBill329,waspassedintolaw.
DespitelambastingfromHouseandSenateDemocrats,RepublicansintheHouseandSenatepassedthebillonvotesof10788and
3019,respectively,alittlemorethanthreehoursbeforethemidnightdeadline.
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Capitolwire:Legislaturemakeshistoryputtingliquor,pensionbillsonWolf'sdesk.
ByKevinZwickandChrisComisac
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June30)TheRepublicancontrolledLegislaturemadehistoryTuesdaywiththeapprovaloflegislationthatwould
overhaulmajorfacetsofstategovernment.
TheGeneralAssemblypassedlegislationtoeliminatethePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoard'spoweroverpricingandproductsof
wineandspirits,andaseparatebilltomovenewlyhiredstateworkersintoadefinedcontributionhybridretirementplan.
Removingstategovernmentfromwineandliquorsaleshasevadedgovernorsfordecades.Govs.TomCorbett,TomRidge,Dick
ThornburghandMiltonShapp,whoalltriedbutfailedtoendtheProhibitioneraliquorsystem,wouldhaverelishedGov.TomWolf's
position.Corbettalsotriedtooverhaulthepensionsystemduringhisfinalyearinoffice.
Instead,Wolf'svetopenawaits,atleastthat'sthehopeofsomeDemocraticlawmakerswhoopposedthebills.Wolftoldreporters
Tuesdayeveninghewillreviewthelegislationbutwouldn'tsaywhetherhewouldvetothebills.
Wolfdoesn'tsupportprivatizingthestatestoresystem,partiallyduetothelossofafewthousandjobs,manyofwhichareunion.
HesupportsmodernizationreformstothesystemkeepingthestateinchargethatarealsobackedbylegislativeDemocrats.
ThisisanhistoricpieceoflegislationthatwillfinallybringPennsylvaniaintothe21stcentury,saidSenatePresidentProTemJoe
Scarnati,RJefferson,duringfloordebateaheadoftheSenate'sapprovalofanagreedtoamendedversionofTurzai'splan.Itgives
thepeopleofPennsylvaniawhattheywant.Itgetsthestateoutoftheliquorbusinessonceandforall.
Pasteffortstoremovestatecontroloverwineandhardliquorwerescuttledbyastrangefellowshipoforganizedlabor,social
conservatives,urbanandrurallawmakers,drunkdrivingawarenessgroups.Inrecentyears,sinceRepublicansregainedtheHouse
in2010,Rep.MikeTurzai,RAllegheny,nowtheHouseSpeaker,hasbeenthetorchbearerfortheliquorpush,eventuallyleading
hischambertopassaliquorproposalin2013.
HouseRepublicans,bolsteredbyyoungerconservativeswhodidn'tnecessarilybuyintopastarguments,revealedcracksinthe
coalitionandthatoddfellowshiphasfailedastheargumentstoprivatizetrumpcallstocontrolbooze.
WeworryonthesamesenseaboutprotectingyoungpeoplefromgettingboozeandwetalkabouttheneedforLCBtoenforcethis,
yetthey'retheexactsameboardthatistryingtomaximizesales,saidRep.JimChristiana,RBeaver.Itisaconflictofinterest.
Thelegislationwouldleadtotheeventualclosingofstaterunliquorstoresasprivateretaillicensees,includinghotels,restaurants,
beerdistributorsanddelis,buyexpandedpermitstosellwineandhardliquor.Itwouldalsoleasethewholesaleoperationfor10
years,withthePLCBcollectingfeesfromprivatewholesalersbasedonhowmuchtheyspendayear.

Thisbillwillcostus4,000jobs.Revenuelossinthemillions.Priceswillgoup,selectionwillgodown,saidHouseDemocratic
LeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny.Whatisthereasonwewouldsellwhatisanasset?
LegislativeDemocratsandsomeRepublicansobjectedoverthelossofbetween3,500and4,700statestorejobs.Othersobjected
totheproliferationofalcohol,particularlyaroundcollegecampusesandcities.
Inadditiontoanuisancelocation,we'regonnaaddawholebunchofliquorstores,saidSenateDemocraticWhipTonyWilliams,
DPhiladelphia.We'llhaveliquoroutofcontrol.
AsimilarsentimentwasechoedintheHousebyRep.GeneDiGirolamo,RBucks,oneofthefewRepublicansagainstprivatization,
whohasstrongunionbackingandisanadvocatefordrugtreatment.
Iguaranteeit,ourcollegecampuseswillbeaprimetarget,hesaid.Ourcities,inthecityofPhiladelphia,Pittsburgh,andmanyof
ourothercities,anywheretheycanmakethemostprofitfromthesaleofalcoholthat'swherethey'regoingtoputthem.
It'snotwhatIwanttoseePennsylvaniaturninto,headded.
Andatleastonelawmakersaidhedoesn'tmindthecurrentsystem.
Idon'tthinkit'ssuchabigdealnowtogototwoplaces,saidHouseLiquorControlCommitteeDemocraticChairmanPaulCosta,
DAllegheny,referringtogoingtoastatestoreforliquorandwine,andabeerdistributorforbeer.
Thelegislation,HouseBill466,passedtheSenate2722andlaterintheHouse11382.
Analterationofthestatepublicpensionsanotquiteashistoricbutstilldifficulteffortwaslikewiseaccomplishedbythe
RepublicancontrolledGeneralAssemblyonTuesday.
TheHousefirst,ona10689vote(11RepublicansjoinedtheDemocratsopposingthebill),andthentheSenateearlyTuesday
evening,ona2920vote(apartyline,otherthananovotebySen.StewartGreenleaf,RMontgomery),approvedSenateBill1,
legislationthatwouldcreateahybriddefinedcontribution/definedbenefitplanintowhichmostnewlyhiredstateandpublicschool
employeeswouldbeenrolled,aswellasmakeapairofchangestohowbenefitsarecalculated,prospectively,forcurrent
employees.
IfsignedintolawbyWolfanuncertainprospectSB1wouldrepresentthefirsttimea401ktypeplanhasbeenimplementedfor
stateandpublicschoolemployees(newones),andararealterationofcurrentemployeesbenefitcalculations.CLICKHEREforthe
detailsaboutthebill.
HouseandSenateRepublicanssaidtheimportanceofSenateBill1sefforttoshiftsomeoftheriskofthestatespublicpensions
fromPennsylvaniastaxpayerstostateandpublicschoolemployeesisessential.
Sayingthehistoricalandrecentdebateaboutpensionreformcanbealotlikearollercoasterwithtalksrangingfromenhancing
benefitstorestrictsystemcostgrowth,andpassionsoftenpushingthosecommentstohyperboleHouseMajorityLeaderDave
Reed,RIndiana,toldtheHouse:SenateBill1isaproposalthatwillallowustokeepourcommitmenttoourretirees,itsa
proposalthatwillallowourcurrentemployeestokeepthebenefitstructuretheysignedupfor,itsaproposalthatwillstabilizethe
systemfornewemployeesgoingforward,itsaproposalthatwillminimizetheriskforthetaxpayersinthelongtermitstimeto
voteforSenateBill1,itstimetogetoffthisrollercoasterrideandmovethisstateforward.
HouseandSenateDemocratsattackedthebillonahostofissues,butmostfocusedonafewprimaryareas:thelackofimmediate
savings,potentialcourtchallengesandothercostsofswitchingthebenefitplans,thelimitedimpactontheunfundedliability,the
impactonfuturehiresandtheirabilitytosupportthemselvesintheirretirement.
ItsourviewthatthereareresponsiblepensionreformmeasureandirresponsiblepensionreformmeasuresIwouldputSenate
Bill1inthelattercategory,saidSenateMinorityLeaderJayCosta,DAllegheny,aboutSB1duringanearlyTuesdayevening
meetingoftheSenateRulesCommitteethatultimatelyreportedthebilltotheSenatefloor,onapartyline116vote.
Costasaidaresponsiblemeasureshouldnotaggravatethepensionsystemsunfundedliabilityorimpairthecontractsofcurrent
employees,twothingsheclaimedaredonebySB1.Healsosaidagoodpensionplanwouldprovidethestateandschooldistricts
withpensionpaymentrelief,aswellasensureretirementsecurityforparticipantsinthepensionsystemstwothingshesaidSB1
doesnotdo.
Fairnessisoftenintheeyesofthebeholder,saidRep.WarrenKampf,RChester,respondingtocriticisms,similartothose
expressedbyCosta,intheHouse.Andintodaysworlditseemstomethatahybridplanwhichisproperlycrafted,isactually
betterforouremployeesofallkinds.
Kampf,whowastappedbyHouseGOPleaderstoleadhiscaucusfloordebateregardingthelegislation,saiddefinedbenefitplans,
suchastheonescurrentlyprovidedbythestate,shortertermemployeesareatadisadvantage,whilethoseemployeeswhowork
forextendedperiodsrealizehigherlevelsofretirementbenefits.
Thatsnotfair,butthatshowdefinedbenefitplansoftenaretheyrebackloadedsothelongtermemployee,the30or35year
employee,istheonewhosignificantlybenefits,saidKampf,notingthatcurrentemploymenttrendspointtomostworkersnot

stayingwithonejoblongenoughtotrulybenefitfromthestatescurrentretirementbenefitdesign.Hesaidstateworkers,nationally,
staywiththeirjobanaverageofsevenyears.
Cashbalanceplansarebetterforfuturehiresthantheplanwecurrentlyhaveforsomeonethatsinthe[pension]systemfor10or
15or20years,arguedKampf.Headdedthatevenlongertermemployeeswouldenduphaving50to60percentreplacement
income,andwhentheirSocialSecuritybenefitsareaddedwhichhesaidwouldofferanother25percentor30percent
replacementincomewouldputthemrightintherangewheretheyneedtobeforretirement.
KampfalsosoughttodispelsomeoftheDemocratsotherarguments,notingtheunfundedliabilitysituationoftmentionedby
DemocraticspeakersisduetohowtheStateEmployeesRetirementSystemassumedthehybridplanscosttothestate,which
theactuarialnotecriticizedasunderstated,leadingtoanapparentbuterroneousincreaseintheunfundedliability.Andwith
regardtosavings,whilelittletonothinginthenearterm,foranyreform[proposal],especiallyforasystemofthissize,takestime
toimplementitdoesntmeanitsnotworthdoingit.
Thisisnotthedoomsdaywarnedbyothers,saidKampf.
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Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly1,2015

Budget:Commentary

TimesTribune:Editorial:GOPbudgetposturing
http://thetimestr bune.com/opinion/gopbudgetposturing1.1906086

HeraldStandard:SteveHerzenberg:Gov.Wolf'sbudgetwouldbenefitFayetteCounty
http://www.heraldstandard.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/govwolfsbudgetwouldbenefitfayettecounty/article_425c36cee9bd5d2aa31a
ba7b5f854cf9.html

YorkDispatch:OpEd:LoweringstateCorporateNetIncomeTaxistherightmove
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/viewpoints/ci 28404180/opedloweringstatecorporatenetincometax

BeaverCountyTimes:Severallocallegislatorsshareharshremarksaboutbudget
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/severallocallegislatorsshareharshremarksaboutbudget/article a96f17941e9f11e59252
fb7bf53282dc.html/?REFERMI=News

TribuneDemocrat:Editorial:Lackofstatebudgetisdisappointing
http://www.tribdem.com/news/editorials/editoriallackofstatebudgetisdisappointing/article 05ecd2541e9611e5be9b2fd8ca2f45f1.html

Budget:Veto

AP:WolfseekstorestarttalksaftervetoingGOPsbudgetbill
http://www.delcotimes.com/generalnews/20150701/wolfseekstorestarttalksaftervetoinggopsbudgetbill

AP:PennsylvaniagovernorvetoesentireRepublicanbudgetbill
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150630 ap 5ad038859fbb4ed28c38ee2339fcfaec.html#pyQoot0DYP7E5uPz.99

PAIndependent:Wolfsveto,opposingmandatesleavePennsylvaniawithoutbudget
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/wolfbudgetveto/

PatriotNews:Thedefinitionofinsanity?Justanotherdaytheofficeforthe#PaBudgetdebate:Analysis
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/liquor privatization pension r.html#incart river


PatriotNews:WolfhitsbudgetresetbuttonmuchtoGOP'sdisappointment
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/wolf hits budget reset button.html

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolfvetoesGOPpassedbudgetbill,bringingbudgetnegotiatorsbacktothetable
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/gov tom wolf vetoes goppassed.html

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolfvetoesRepublicanbudgetproposal.Nowwhat?
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/gov tom wolf vetoes republican.html#incart river

PatriotNews:'ThisistheGovernor'sshutdown,'GOPspokesmansaysafterWolfveto:WednesdayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/the four videos that explain w.html

MorningCall:DemocraticGov.TomWolfvetoesRepublicans'budget
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolflegislaturebudgetveto063020150630story.html#page=1

TribuneReview:PennsylvaniaSenatepasses$30.1BGOPbudgetGov.Wolfvetolikely
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865850674/statebudgetbill#ixzz3edpUv7IV

PittsburghPostGazette:'Thisbudgetissimplynotbalanced':Gov.WolfvetoesRepublicanspendingplan
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/30/PennsylvaniagovernortovetoGOPsbudgetbill/stories/201506300295

PhiladelphiaInquirer:WolfvetoesentireGOPbudget,says'mathdoesn'twork'
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150701 Pa

GOP sends its budget to Gov

Wolf.html#HpTk2TE2MPrGw84J.99

TimesTribune:WolfquicklyvetoesGOPbudgetplan
http://thetimestribune.com/news/wolfquicklyvetoesgopbudgetplan1.1906130

ReadingEagle:Analysis:WithWolf'sveto,budgetstalematecouldlastweeks,orlonger
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/analysispennsylvaniastatebudgetstalematecouldlastweeksorlonger#sthash.alvWuUTu.dpuf

WITF:Gov.WolfVetoesGOP'sEntireBudgetBill
http://wesa.fm/post/govwolfvetoesgopsentirebudgetbill

PhiladelphiaMagazine:WolfVetoesGOPBudget
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/01/wolfvetoesgopbudget/

PLSReporter:Gov.WolftovetoentireGOPcraftedbudget,callsproposalamess
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/811/GovWolftovetoentireGOPcraftedbudgetcallsproposal%E2%80%9Ca
mess%E2%80%9D.aspx

PLSReporter:Whatdoesavetosay?
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/810/Whatdoesavetosay.aspx

WBRE:VIDEO:GovernorTomWolfVetoesGOPPassedBudgetBill
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/governortomwolfvetoesgoppassedbudgetbill/34754/Yf0vQnjvEitMNUWuucVdw

WNEP:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesEntireBudget
http://wnep.com/2015/06/30/governorwolfvetoesentirebudget/

KDKA:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesEntireRepublicanBudgetBill,LiquorLegislationUpInTheAir
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/06/30/governorwolfvetoesentirerepublicanbudgetbill/

ABC27:VIDEO:GovernorWolfvetoesbudgetpassedbyRepublicanledlegislature
http://abc27.com/2015/06/30/governorwolfvetoesbudgetpassedbyrepublicanledlegislature/

FOX43:VIDEO:Gov.Wolfvetoesbudgetbill
http://fox43.com/2015/06/30/govwolfvetoesbudgetbill/

WGAL:VIDEO:GovernorvetoesRepublicanbudget
http://www.wgal.com/news/governorvetoesrepublicanbudget/33899212

WTAJ:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesBudget
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/governorwolfvetoesbudget/23544/7 ezbOUl4Emg88Vq7U10ww

KYW:VIDEO:GovernorWolfVetoesEntirePa.Budget
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/30/pasenatesendsbudgettogovernor/

LiquorPrivatization,Pensions

PatriotNews:Whatliquorprivatizationwoulddoandnotdoforconsumers
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/what liquor privatization woul.html

PatriotNews:Housesendshistoricliquorprivatizationbilltogovernortosign
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/house sends historic liquor pr.html

TribuneReview:Inhistoricvote,Pa.Senateapprovesbillsellingstateliquorstores
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865936274/liquorstatewine#axzz3eUZhKQf3

AP:PennsylvaniaSenateapprovesbudget,liquorprivatizationbills
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/30/LiquorbillpassesSenateamidbudgetdeadlinedayflurry1/stories/201506300259

PatriotNews:PennsylvaniaLegislaturesendspublicpensionreformtoGov.TomWolf
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/pensions pennsylvania.html

ReadingEagle:Berkslawmakerssoundoffonbudget,liquorandpensions
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/berkslawmakerssoundoffonbudgetliquorandpensions#sthash.MePk3SuH.dpuf

Education:FundingFormula

ReadingEagle:ReadingSchoolDistrictemergesasbigwinnerinnewfundingformula
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/readingschooldistrictemergesasbigwinnerinnewfundingformula#.VZKpPBtVhBd

ReadingEagle:Editorial:Legislatureshouldfollowequitablesubsidyproposal
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/editoriallegislatureshouldfollowequitablesubsidyproposal#.VZKwVBtVhBd

DelcoDailyTimes:Editorial:Stateneedstopushfairschoolfunding
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20150629/editorialstateneedstopushfairschoolfunding

Newsworks:MakingsenseofPa.schoolfunding:budgets,formulasandstalemates
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/83615makingsenseofpaschoolfundingbudgetsformulasandstalemates

PhiladelphiaTribune:Phila.teachersproteststateschoolfunding
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/philateachersproteststateschoolfunding/article 8643e614b976577da23e8711cfce9121.html

TribuneDemocrat:Analysis:Areaschoolsmayseeshrinkingfundsasnewformulagainsmomentumtobecomelaw
http://www.tribdem.com/news/latest news/analysisareaschoolsmayseeshrinkingfundsasnewformula/article 53728acc1fa511e5b4ad
9f97b3063491.html


Education:DistrictBudgets

PAIndependent:CityhasnoideahowPhiladelphiaschoolsspenditstaxes
http://paindependent.com/2015/06/cityhasnoideahowphiladelphiaschoolsspenditstaxes/

PhiladelphiaInquirer:SRCadoptsbudget,butquestionsremain
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150701_SRC_adopts_budget__but_questions_remain.html

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:SRCadopts$2.8billionbudget,butwithacaveat
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150701_SRC_adopts__2_8_billion_budget__but_with_a_caveat.html#A3wRUz2bYgRHjsEO.99

NewCastleNews:NewCastlebudgetbalancehingesonstatefunds
http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/local_news/newcastlebudgetbalancehingesonstatefunds/article_4a415ad2228050b7b3e8
aaf9d48517b9.html

Education:HigherEd

PittsburghPostGazette:StateSystemexpectingenrollmentdecline
http://www.postgazette.com/news/education/2015/06/30/StateSystemextendslineofcredittoCheyneyUniversity/stories/201506300256

SeveranceTax,Fracking

TimesLeader:Editorial:Pipelineproposalsleavearealandownersfeelinguncertain,isolated
http://timesleader.com/opinion/editorial/371148/ouropinionpipelineproposalsleavearealandownersfeelinguncertainisolated

PoconoRecord:Editorial:Publicdeservesmoreinformationondrillingrelatedhealthcomplaints
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150629/OPINION/150629438/101041/OPINION

PatriotNews:Pa.lawmakersmovetoblocknewrulesonoilandgasdrilling
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/pa lawmakers amend fiscal code.html

PatriotNews:HouseRepublicanstokeepamendmentblockingnewrulesfordrilling,evenafterveto
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/house republicans to keep amen.html#incart river


TribuneReview:DavidConti:Addingitup
http://blog.triblive.com/flowback/2015/06/29/addingitup/

TribuneReview:HalliburtonclosingIndianaCountyoffice
http://triblive.com/business/headlines/866005774/gashalliburtonoffice#axzz3eZo2231q

BeaverCountyTimes:LTE:MarcellusShaleCoalitionopposesWolfplan
http://www.timesonline.com/opinion/letters to editor/marcellusshalecoalitionopposeswolfplan/article 6cefcc501e7211e5b9da
5b1a1d126970.html/?REFERMI=Opinion

MunicipalPensions

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolf:ReformPa.'slocalpensionplansorwe'llcutoffstateaid
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inqphillydeals/WolfImmediatereformforPas3240localpensions.html

PittsburghPostGazette:Stateauditorgeneraldeliversmunicipalpensionrecommendations
http://www.postgazette.com/local/city/2015/06/30/Stateauditorgeneraldeliversmunicipalpensionrecommendations/stories/201506300268

TimesTribune:Governortaskforcecallsfortighteningcontrolofunderfundedpensionfunds
http://thetimestribune.com/news/governortaskforcecallsfortighteningcontrolofunderfundedpensionfunds1.1905900

AP:Pennsylvania'sauditorrecommendsmunicipalpensionreforms
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/06/30/4816710 pennsylvaniasauditorrecommends.html?rh=1

DepartmentNews

PatriotNews:Withnomoneyfordrugrehab,'somepeoplejustdisappear'
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/drug rehabilitation money shor.html#incart river

ReadingEagle:OpEdbySec.RussellRedding:Agindustriesmuststartnowtoclosethecomingworkforcegap
http://readingeagle.com/berkscountry/article/agindustiresmuststartnowtoclosethecomingworkforcegap#sthash.PSVb0zW3.dpuf

ForConstructionPros:PR:PennsylvaniaDepartmentofCommunityandEconomicDevelopmentSecretaryToursCurrySupply
http://www.forconstructionpros.com/press release/12088570/pennsylvaniadepartmentofcommunityandeconomicdevelopmentsecretary
tourscurrysupply

BillSignings

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Newbillwouldmodifybackgroundchecks
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150701 New bill would modify background checks.html

TimesLeader:WolfsignsbillforMoonLaketransfertoDCNR
http://timesleader.com/topstories/371347/wolfsignsbillformoonlaketransfertodcnr

PhiladelphiaInquirer:BilloncyberbullyingsenttoWolf
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150701 Bill on cyber bullying sent to Wolf.html#eocs2HVBhAAgfHgc.99

PhiladelphiaMagazine:YourPhoneBillIsAbouttoGoUp
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/30/paphonebillsincrease911calls/#b2V1Sv6dKO966TSR.99

SameSexMarriageRuling

RoxboroughManayunkPatch:Gov.WolfChangesFacebookProfilePhotoToCelebrateGayMarriage
http://patch.com/pennsylvania/roxborough/govwolfchangesfacebookprofilephotocelebrategaymarriage

DeathPenalty

YorkDailyRecord:Editorial:Deathpenaltymoratoriummakessense
http://www.ydr.com/opinion/ci 28402104/deathpenaltymoratoriummakessenseydropinion

MedicalMarijuana

LNP:Researchersreviewmedicalmarijuanastudies,sayNotsofast
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/researchersreviewmedicalmarijuanastudiessaynotsofast/article 48be47d01f2b11e5bcaa
9770ad10d24a.html

PatriotNews:Pa.medicalmarijuanaleaderdoubtsthereissecretdeal
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/sb 3 folmer leach baker reed.html#incart river


PatriotNews:Marsicomedicalmarijuanabillwouldn'tgrowgovernment
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/folmer leach sb 3.html

AGKane

TribuneReview:EmployeewhowrotelettersupportingKathleenKanegot$11,000raise
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865921874/story#ixzz3eaGyfaSz

PittsburghPostGazette:EmployeedefendedAttorneyGeneralKane,gotpromotion
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/07/01/AGemployeewhodefendedKanegotaraise/stories/201507010072

LetterstotheEditor

ChambersburgPublicOpinion:Cleanenergyjobs
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/opinion/ci 28406109/lettercleanenergyjobs

PatriotNews:CommonwealthFoundation:StudentbasedformulabestforPennsylvania'spublicschoolchildren
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/education funding in pennsylva.html#incart 2box opinion

TribuneReview:CommonwealthFoundation:Redoingeducationfunding
http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/861220374/fundingeducationharmless#axzz3eden4Jq9

YorkDailyRecord:Wolfoffbaseonnursinghomefunding
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci 28406522/wolfoffbasenursinghomefundingletter

SunburyDailyItem:Saynotogastax
http://www.dailyitem.com/opinion/saynotogastax/article 317fef1e1f6811e59dfdc388c0d4abf6.html

Capitolwire:WolfvetoesstatebudgetafterflurryoflegislativeactivityonTuesday.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June30)MakingthesameargumentshisadministrationhassincelegislativeRepublicansunveiledtheirbudgetplan

lastweek,Gov.TomWolfTuesdayeveningsaidhewouldvetotheentirestatebudgetbillsenttohimafewhoursearlierbytheGeneral
Assembly.
ItswhatIfearedItdoesnotwork,saidWolf,arguingtheGOPdevelopedbillisbuiltongimmicks,smokeandmirrorsandkicking
thecandowntheroad.
Thegovernor,listingwhyhewouldvetothebill,saidthebudgetbillsmathdoesntwork,anditdoesntincludeenougheducation
funding,aseverancetaxonnaturalgasorpropertytaxrelief.
Thevetowouldrepresentthefirstfullbudgetvetosince,atleast,theadventofthemodernLegislatureinPennsylvania.
HesaidheextendedaninvitationtolegislativeleadersforameetingonWednesdayat2p.m.duringwhichhehopestobeginanew
conversation.
OnMarch3,Wolfsaidofhisbudgetproposal:Today,Ilaidoutmyplan,andImgoingtofightforit.Irecognizethatsomeofyouwont
agreewithallorpartsofit,andIrecognizethatweregoingtohavearobustconversation.Thatshowourdemocracyworks.Butifyou
dontagreewithmyideas,hereismyrequest:pleasecomewithyourownideas.
OnTuesday,whenurginganaffirmativevotetosendaRepublicandevelopedstatebudgettothegovernor,SenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,paraphrasingWolf,said,Thegovernorchallengedus,onhisbudgetaddressday,thatifyoudontlikethis[his]plan,okay,
thenwhat?
Afairchallengeitsanabsolutelyfairchallengefromthegovernorsothisisthenwhat,saidCormanaboutHouseBill1192,the
GeneralAppropriationsbilleventuallyapprovedbytheSenateTuesday,onavoteof3019,andsenttoWolf.
Withplentyoftimetospare,theGeneralAssemblysenttothegovernorsdesktheGeneralAppropriationsbillanditsimplementing
legislation,whichproposestospendnearly$30.2billioninthefiscalyearthatstartsJuly1.
TheGAbillwonapprovalatapproximately5:23p.m.,whiletheFiscalCode,whichimplementsthespendingproposedwithintheGA
bill,wasapprovedonconcurrenceintheSenateat7:43p.m.
TheGOPcontrolledLegislature,withlittletonoassistancefromGeneralAssemblyDemocrats,senttothegovernorthosebills,aswell
asliquorprivatizationlegislation,anEducationCodebill,apensionbillandthepreferredappropriationsbillsthatfundvariousstate
governmentoperations(SenateBills814through818).
Toreadaboutthelegislativeeffortsthatgottheliquorprivatizationandpensionbillstothegovernor,CLICKHERE,andformoreabout
theEducationCode,CLICKHERE.
StillawaitingvotesarethenonpreferredappropriationsbillsthatfundPennsylvaniasstaterelateduniversitiesandtheUniversityof
PennsylvaniaVeterinaryCollege.
TheSenatedebatedthroughoutthedayregardingtheGeneralAppropriationsandFiscalCodebills,eventuallyvotingalongpartylines
3019onbothtosendthosebillstothegovernor.
SenateAppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairmanPatBrowne,RLehigh,saidPennsylvaniaisastateatacrossroadsandthatits
economicpotentialisoftenpassedoverduetoanticompetitivetaxesandpublicfiscalpolicies.
Brownesaidthegovernorsbudgetwouldrequiremoretaxes,increasingthetaxburdenonPennsylvaniascitizensandbusinesses,
and,ultimatelynotproducetheeconomicopportunitiesthegovernorpromises,andinsteadhampereconomicgrowth.
HesaidHB1192addressesthestates$1.25billionstructuraldeficitwithoutraisingtaxes,andstillprovidesincreasedfundingforahost
ofvitalprogramsandservices,including$200millionforbasicandhighereducation.
BrownesaidHB1192isabletoaccomplishthatthroughreasonablebudgetpracticesandpolicieswhichareacceptedandwidely
utilizedtomanagebudgetaryrevenueandexpendituresthatmeetexpectationsoffiduciariesandtaxpayers."
Browne,anaccountantbytrade,explainedfurther:Thesepoliciesincludeprudentcashmanagement,usingunencumberedand
unappropriatedendingbalancesinvariousfundstomeetourcurrentobligations,lapsingunappropriatedandunexpendedfundsfrom
priorfiscalyears,utilizingcapitalizedinterestsandcapitalassetdebtrefinancingtoaccommodatecurrentyearprojectedexpenditures,
quantifyingandrealizingvalueintheprivatesectoroftheCommonwealthsvaluableandunencumberedlongtermassets,replacing
Commonwealthfundswitheligiblefederalfundstosatisfyjointstateandfederalprogramobligations,adoptingreasonablechangesin
cashandaccrualbasesexpenditurerecognitionpolicies,strengtheningcaseloadandactuarialrateestimatesinhealthcareandlong
termcareprograms,truingupestimatesofcostsforemployeesalariesandbenefitsandreducingprojectedneedingeneral
administrationandITservices.
Allofthesepractices,alloftheseproceduresevenforpublicjurisdictionswithcompetitiverevenueportfoliosrelativetooursare
absolutelypreferableandmustbechosenbeforedecisionsaremadetotakeonadditionalinvestmentriskduetohigherprivatesector
costsandtaxes.
Foralessjargonyinterpretation,CLICKHEREandtoreadaboutthebudgetseducationproposals,CLICKHERE.

SenateDemocratsdistilledBrownesstatementstomean,intheirownwords,theGOPplanisbuiltongimmicksandnonrecurring
revenues,failstospendenoughmoneyanddoesntaddresstheissueofpropertytaxreform.Thosecriticismsweresimilartothose
theyofferedwhentheGOPunveileditsbudgetlatelastweekandonSundayeveningintheSenateAppropriationsCommittee.
ThebudgetpackagethatislikelytobepushedthroughtodayisnotarealbudgetIthinkweallknowthat,saidSen.RobTeplitz,D
Dauphin.Itsnotrealbecauseitsbasedontricksandideology.Itsalsonotrealbecausethereisntapersoninthisbuildingwho
actuallybelievesitsgoingtobeenactedintolaw.Weallknowwearegoingthroughthetheatricsofpassingabudgetthatwillbe
passedlargelyalongpartisanlines,onlytoberejectedbythegovernor.
Sen.JudySchwank,DBerks,saiditsdisappointingthebudgetproposaldoesntdoanythingtoloweroreliminatepropertytaxes.
TheyretiredofwaitingandImtiredofwaitingaswell,saidSchwankofherconstituentswhowanttoseepropertytaxrelief.
SeveralDemocratssaidnotraisingtaxesforincreasededucationspendingresultsinpropertytaxincreasesbyschooldistricts.
Propertytaxreform,whichdoesntneedtobepassedinconjunctionwiththestatebudget,hasbeenthesubjectofdiscussionformany
years,buteffortsweregivenaboostwhenWolfofferedhisownplan.Inadditiontothegovernorsplan,HouseRepublicans(CLICK
HEREtoreadaboutacomparisonoftheWolfandHouseGOPplan)andSenateDemocratshaveofferedseparateproposals.The
HouseGOPplanwasapprovedinMayandhasbeenintheSenateawaitingaction.
SenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,saiditseasytovotenoonabudgetandgohome,andsaidthegovernorshould
signtheplan.Wolf,laterTuesdaynight,didntlistentothatadvice,deliveringhisvetototheLegislature.
Ongoinghome,bothchambersagreedbyresolutionthatwhentheyadjournJune30theywouldreturnlaterintheyear:TheHouse,on
August25,andtheSenate,onSeptember21.
Ofcourse,ifadealcanbereachedbetweenthegovernorandRepublicanleaders,thechamberscouldreturnsooner.
Wolfsaidhehopedthetwochamberswouldreturnsoonerratherthanlater.RepublicanleadersmightnotbetoowillingtograntWolf's
wish.
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Capitolwire:LegislaturepassesEducationCodebill,Wolfvetoesit.
ByChristenSmith
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June30)RepublicansapprovedanEducationCodebillTuesdaythatGov.TomWolfpromptlyvetoedperhaps
representingthegovernor'sbiggestdisappointmentsofarthisbudgetseason.
Thelegislation,HouseBill762,containstheauthorizinglanguagenecessarytodistribute$10.9billioninpubliceducationsubsidies
containedwithinthestate'sannualbudgetbill.TheGOPcraftedplanbumpsspendingby$370million,including$100millionforbasic
education,$30millionearlyeducationand$20millionforspecialeducation.
Unfortunately,it'schumpchangetoWolf.
"ThisbudgetiswhatIfeared,"hetoldaroomfullofreportersTuesdayevening,lessthanhouraftertheGeneralAssemblysentthelast
budgetrelatedbilltohisdesk."Thisisabudgetthatactuallydoesn'twork.Itsimplydoesn'twork.Themathdoesn'twork.It'snot
balanced.Itdoesn'tinvestinthechallengesthatPennsylvanian'sfaceandweallknowPennsylvaniafaces,especiallywhenitcomesto
education."
DuringhisMarch3budgetaddressontheHousefloor,thenewlyelectedDemocraticgovernoraskedthelargestRepublicanmajorityin
sixdecadestosupporthisfouryearplantoboosteducationspendingby$2billionontopofthe$1billioninexpenditureshe
proposesfortheupcomingfiscalyearaloneessentiallyrestoringtheRendelleraspendingpoliciesthatwereaffordedwiththeinflux
oflongextinctfederalstimulusmoney,andincreasingthestate'sshareofeducationfundingfrom35percentto50percent.
Andhewantedtouseaprojected$1billioninrevenuegeneratedfroma5percentMarcellusShaleseverancetaxtodoit.
ItwasaplanthatbymanyaccountswasdeadonarrivalwithLegislativeRepublicans,whorejectedanytaxincreasesand
insteadfocusedtheireffortsonliquorprivatizationandpensionreform.TheHouseonJune1calledupthegovernorstaxrevenue
proposal,whichwasdefeatedunanimouslyinthechamberCLICKHEREtoreadmoreaboutthat.
But,aslateaslastweek,Wolfappearedtoholdouthopeforhishistoriceducationinvestmentproposals$400millionforbasic
education,$120millionforearlyeducationand$100millionforspecialeducationevenasRepublicanleaderscautionedagainstsuch
optimism,committingonlytoanincreaseineducationfunding.

AnydoubtthatWolfwouldn'tgethiswaywassquashedFridaywhenHouseandSenateleadersannouncedajointbudgetagreement
thatcarvedoutroughly25percentofthefundingthegovernorrequestedthreemonthsearlier,aswellasaPlanConbondstrategythat
wouldinfuseroughly$5.4billionintoschooldistrictsandsavethestate$300millioninFY201516.
TheWolfadministrationhaswrittenoffthestrategyassmokeandmirrors,whileSenateMajorityLeaderJayCosta,DAllegheny,said
hiscaucuswouldbeopentoaPlanConbondthatwasn'ttiedtothebudget.
ThedetailsoftheborrowingstrategyappearinHB762,whichincludesthecreationofaPlanConAdvisoryCommitteetoreviewand
makerecommendationsregardingthestate'sschoolconstructionprojectreimbursementprogrambyFebruary1,2016.
Meanwhile,LegislativeRepublicansslippednotone,buttwofundingformulasintothebill:thespecialeducationfundingformulaenacted
in2014throughtheFiscalCodeandthebasiceducationfundingformulaannouncedearlierthismonththelatterofwhich,Wolfand
LegislativeDemocratsinsisted,hadnobusinessbeingimplementeduntilFY201617.
Republicansignoredthatrequest,too,sayingtherewasnogoodreasontowaitonenactingthewidelysupportedandhighlyanticipated
formulaforanotheryear.
AnotherlastyearholdoverfromtheFiscalCodewoundupintheEducationCodebill,too:$1.2milliontocreatearuralregional
communitycollegeinthenorthwesterncornerofthestatealalastsession'sSenateBill1000,sponsoredbySenatePresidentPro
TemporeJoeScarnati,RJefferson.
AbillcodifyingformerGov.TomCorbett'sReadytoSucceedscholarshipprogramwasalsosenttoWolf'sdeskTuesdayamidthe
budgethubbub.Lastyear,lawmakersslippeditintotheFiscalCodeuntilthelegislation,SenateBill329,waspassedintolaw.
DespitelambastingfromHouseandSenateDemocrats,RepublicansintheHouseandSenatepassedthebillonvotesof10788and
3019,respectively,alittlemorethanthreehoursbeforethemidnightdeadline.
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Capitolwire:Legislaturemakeshistoryputtingliquor,pensionbillsonWolf'sdesk.
ByKevinZwickandChrisComisac
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June30)TheRepublicancontrolledLegislaturemadehistoryTuesdaywiththeapprovaloflegislationthatwould
overhaulmajorfacetsofstategovernment.
TheGeneralAssemblypassedlegislationtoeliminatethePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoard'spoweroverpricingandproductsof
wineandspirits,andaseparatebilltomovenewlyhiredstateworkersintoadefinedcontributionhybridretirementplan.
Removingstategovernmentfromwineandliquorsaleshasevadedgovernorsfordecades.Govs.TomCorbett,TomRidge,Dick
ThornburghandMiltonShapp,whoalltriedbutfailedtoendtheProhibitioneraliquorsystem,wouldhaverelishedGov.TomWolf's
position.Corbettalsotriedtooverhaulthepensionsystemduringhisfinalyearinoffice.
Instead,Wolf'svetopenawaits,atleastthat'sthehopeofsomeDemocraticlawmakerswhoopposedthebills.Wolftoldreporters
Tuesdayeveninghewillreviewthelegislationbutwouldn'tsaywhetherhewouldvetothebills.
Wolfdoesn'tsupportprivatizingthestatestoresystem,partiallyduetothelossofafewthousandjobs,manyofwhichareunion.
HesupportsmodernizationreformstothesystemkeepingthestateinchargethatarealsobackedbylegislativeDemocrats.
ThisisanhistoricpieceoflegislationthatwillfinallybringPennsylvaniaintothe21stcentury,saidSenatePresidentProTemJoe
Scarnati,RJefferson,duringfloordebateaheadoftheSenate'sapprovalofanagreedtoamendedversionofTurzai'splan.Itgives
thepeopleofPennsylvaniawhattheywant.Itgetsthestateoutoftheliquorbusinessonceandforall.
Pasteffortstoremovestatecontroloverwineandhardliquorwerescuttledbyastrangefellowshipoforganizedlabor,social
conservatives,urbanandrurallawmakers,drunkdrivingawarenessgroups.Inrecentyears,sinceRepublicansregainedtheHouse
in2010,Rep.MikeTurzai,RAllegheny,nowtheHouseSpeaker,hasbeenthetorchbearerfortheliquorpush,eventuallyleading
hischambertopassaliquorproposalin2013.
HouseRepublicans,bolsteredbyyoungerconservativeswhodidn'tnecessarilybuyintopastarguments,revealedcracksinthe
coalitionandthatoddfellowshiphasfailedastheargumentstoprivatizetrumpcallstocontrolbooze.
WeworryonthesamesenseaboutprotectingyoungpeoplefromgettingboozeandwetalkabouttheneedforLCBtoenforcethis,
yetthey'retheexactsameboardthatistryingtomaximizesales,saidRep.JimChristiana,RBeaver.Itisaconflictofinterest.
Thelegislationwouldleadtotheeventualclosingofstaterunliquorstoresasprivateretaillicensees,includinghotels,restaurants,
beerdistributorsanddelis,buyexpandedpermitstosellwineandhardliquor.Itwouldalsoleasethewholesaleoperationfor10
years,withthePLCBcollectingfeesfromprivatewholesalersbasedonhowmuchtheyspendayear.

Thisbillwillcostus4,000jobs.Revenuelossinthemillions.Priceswillgoup,selectionwillgodown,saidHouseDemocratic
LeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny.Whatisthereasonwewouldsellwhatisanasset?
LegislativeDemocratsandsomeRepublicansobjectedoverthelossofbetween3,500and4,700statestorejobs.Othersobjected
totheproliferationofalcohol,particularlyaroundcollegecampusesandcities.
Inadditiontoanuisancelocation,we'regonnaaddawholebunchofliquorstores,saidSenateDemocraticWhipTonyWilliams,
DPhiladelphia.We'llhaveliquoroutofcontrol.
AsimilarsentimentwasechoedintheHousebyRep.GeneDiGirolamo,RBucks,oneofthefewRepublicansagainstprivatization,
whohasstrongunionbackingandisanadvocatefordrugtreatment.
Iguaranteeit,ourcollegecampuseswillbeaprimetarget,hesaid.Ourcities,inthecityofPhiladelphia,Pittsburgh,andmanyof
ourothercities,anywheretheycanmakethemostprofitfromthesaleofalcoholthat'swherethey'regoingtoputthem.
It'snotwhatIwanttoseePennsylvaniaturninto,headded.
Andatleastonelawmakersaidhedoesn'tmindthecurrentsystem.
Idon'tthinkit'ssuchabigdealnowtogototwoplaces,saidHouseLiquorControlCommitteeDemocraticChairmanPaulCosta,
DAllegheny,referringtogoingtoastatestoreforliquorandwine,andabeerdistributorforbeer.
Thelegislation,HouseBill466,passedtheSenate2722andlaterintheHouse11382.
Analterationofthestatepublicpensionsanotquiteashistoricbutstilldifficulteffortwaslikewiseaccomplishedbythe
RepublicancontrolledGeneralAssemblyonTuesday.
TheHousefirst,ona10689vote(11RepublicansjoinedtheDemocratsopposingthebill),andthentheSenateearlyTuesday
evening,ona2920vote(apartyline,otherthananovotebySen.StewartGreenleaf,RMontgomery),approvedSenateBill1,
legislationthatwouldcreateahybriddefinedcontribution/definedbenefitplanintowhichmostnewlyhiredstateandpublicschool
employeeswouldbeenrolled,aswellasmakeapairofchangestohowbenefitsarecalculated,prospectively,forcurrent
employees.
IfsignedintolawbyWolfanuncertainprospectSB1wouldrepresentthefirsttimea401ktypeplanhasbeenimplementedfor
stateandpublicschoolemployees(newones),andararealterationofcurrentemployeesbenefitcalculations.CLICKHEREforthe
detailsaboutthebill.
HouseandSenateRepublicanssaidtheimportanceofSenateBill1sefforttoshiftsomeoftheriskofthestatespublicpensions
fromPennsylvaniastaxpayerstostateandpublicschoolemployeesisessential.
Sayingthehistoricalandrecentdebateaboutpensionreformcanbealotlikearollercoasterwithtalksrangingfromenhancing
benefitstorestrictsystemcostgrowth,andpassionsoftenpushingthosecommentstohyperboleHouseMajorityLeaderDave
Reed,RIndiana,toldtheHouse:SenateBill1isaproposalthatwillallowustokeepourcommitmenttoourretirees,itsa
proposalthatwillallowourcurrentemployeestokeepthebenefitstructuretheysignedupfor,itsaproposalthatwillstabilizethe
systemfornewemployeesgoingforward,itsaproposalthatwillminimizetheriskforthetaxpayersinthelongtermitstimeto
voteforSenateBill1,itstimetogetoffthisrollercoasterrideandmovethisstateforward.
HouseandSenateDemocratsattackedthebillonahostofissues,butmostfocusedonafewprimaryareas:thelackofimmediate
savings,potentialcourtchallengesandothercostsofswitchingthebenefitplans,thelimitedimpactontheunfundedliability,the
impactonfuturehiresandtheirabilitytosupportthemselvesintheirretirement.
ItsourviewthatthereareresponsiblepensionreformmeasureandirresponsiblepensionreformmeasuresIwouldputSenate
Bill1inthelattercategory,saidSenateMinorityLeaderJayCosta,DAllegheny,aboutSB1duringanearlyTuesdayevening
meetingoftheSenateRulesCommitteethatultimatelyreportedthebilltotheSenatefloor,onapartyline116vote.
Costasaidaresponsiblemeasureshouldnotaggravatethepensionsystemsunfundedliabilityorimpairthecontractsofcurrent
employees,twothingsheclaimedaredonebySB1.Healsosaidagoodpensionplanwouldprovidethestateandschooldistricts
withpensionpaymentrelief,aswellasensureretirementsecurityforparticipantsinthepensionsystemstwothingshesaidSB1
doesnotdo.
Fairnessisoftenintheeyesofthebeholder,saidRep.WarrenKampf,RChester,respondingtocriticisms,similartothose
expressedbyCosta,intheHouse.Andintodaysworlditseemstomethatahybridplanwhichisproperlycrafted,isactually
betterforouremployeesofallkinds.
Kampf,whowastappedbyHouseGOPleaderstoleadhiscaucusfloordebateregardingthelegislation,saiddefinedbenefitplans,
suchastheonescurrentlyprovidedbythestate,shortertermemployeesareatadisadvantage,whilethoseemployeeswhowork
forextendedperiodsrealizehigherlevelsofretirementbenefits.
Thatsnotfair,butthatshowdefinedbenefitplansoftenaretheyrebackloadedsothelongtermemployee,the30or35year
employee,istheonewhosignificantlybenefits,saidKampf,notingthatcurrentemploymenttrendspointtomostworkersnot

stayingwithonejoblongenoughtotrulybenefitfromthestatescurrentretirementbenefitdesign.Hesaidstateworkers,nationally,
staywiththeirjobanaverageofsevenyears.
Cashbalanceplansarebetterforfuturehiresthantheplanwecurrentlyhaveforsomeonethatsinthe[pension]systemfor10or
15or20years,arguedKampf.Headdedthatevenlongertermemployeeswouldenduphaving50to60percentreplacement
income,andwhentheirSocialSecuritybenefitsareaddedwhichhesaidwouldofferanother25percentor30percent
replacementincomewouldputthemrightintherangewheretheyneedtobeforretirement.
KampfalsosoughttodispelsomeoftheDemocratsotherarguments,notingtheunfundedliabilitysituationoftmentionedby
DemocraticspeakersisduetohowtheStateEmployeesRetirementSystemassumedthehybridplanscosttothestate,which
theactuarialnotecriticizedasunderstated,leadingtoanapparentbuterroneousincreaseintheunfundedliability.Andwith
regardtosavings,whilelittletonothinginthenearterm,foranyreform[proposal],especiallyforasystemofthissize,takestime
toimplementitdoesntmeanitsnotworthdoingit.
Thisisnotthedoomsdaywarnedbyothers,saidKampf.
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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly10,2015

SchoolsThatTeachTour

LNP:Gov.TomWolfsaysRepublicanbudgetmadehim'sad'forpublicschools
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/govtomwolfsaysrepublicanbudgetplanmadehimsad/article_4fb694e4267d11e587a7
478e8d560eac.html

ReadingEagle:Gov.TomWolfpitcheshisbudgetinLancasterCounty
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/govtomwolfpitcheshisbudgetinlancastercounty#.VZ9FV9VhBc

Budget

PoconoRecord:Editorial:Selfinterestdriveslegislatorsonbudget
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150709/OPINION/150709393/101041/OPINION

TimesLeader:OpEdbySec.Davin:WolfsbudgetputsPennsylvaniaonrightpath
http://timesleader.com/news/business/372759/opinionwolfsbudgetputspennsylvaniaonrightpath

CarlisleSentinel:OpEdbySusanSpicka:Budgetmusttakeaimateducation
http://cumberlink.com/printspecific/column/guesteditorialbudgetmusttakeaimateducation/article d54ac7785dd357b59c05
4002a94aa875.html

PatriotNews:Anotherday,anothersetbackforPennsylvania'sbudgettalks
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/another day another setback fo.html#incart mrpt2

PatriotNews:Fromboozetopensions,here'showthe#PaBudgetfitsintoabiggerbattlewithBigLabor:FridayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/are pas labor struggles part o.html

WNEPTV:VIDEO:TVAdLaunchesAfterPennsylvaniaStateBudgetTalksFails
http://wnep.com/2015/07/09/tvadlaunchesafterpennsylvaniastatebudgettalksfails/

TribuneReview:BudgetimpasseleavesArmstrongprogramsforneedystruggling
http://triblive.com/news/armstrong/871040974/budgetmoneyprograms#ixzz3fUXDdxl5


ABC27:VIDEO:AvianflufundinghungupbyWolfveto
http://abc27.com/2015/07/09/avianflufundinghungupbywolfveto/

DelcoDailyTimes:Adolph:Guvsvetowithholds$13Bfromserviceproviders
http://www.delcotimes.com/generalnews/20150709/adolphguvsvetowithholds13bfromserviceproviders

BeaverCountyTimes:Sen.VogelraisesconcernsforschoolsoverWolfveto
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/senvogelraisesconcernsforschoolsoverwolfveto/article 390156f2267911e5bf6e
8fa6e2cbf010.html/?REFERMI=Homenews

CentreDailyTimes:OpEdbyRep.Benninghoff:Pennsylvaniataxpayersdeservebetter
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/10/4829430 pennsylvaniataxpayersdeserve.html?rh=1

Budget:LetterstotheEditor

ObserverReporter:Itsnothighschool
http://www.observerreporter.com/article/20150708/OPINION02/150709537

BeaverCountyTimes:Locallegislatorsbetraypropertyowners
http://www.timesonline.com/opinion/letters to editor/locallegislatorsbetraypropertyowners/article c21f623a258e11e58c88
a32046c61f05.html/?REFERMI=Opinion

MainLineMedia:WarrenKampfweighsinonWolf'sbudgetveto
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2015/07/09/main line suburban life/opinion/doc559e6cf7cf40b884631235.txt

ExpressTimes:WelcometoanotherseasonofschooltaxincreasesinPa.
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/07/welcome to another season of s.html#incart river

YorkDispatch:Wolf,Clintoncutfromsamecloth
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28458121/letterwolfclintoncutfromsamecloth

Pensions

AP:WolfvetoesGOP'spensionbill,Republicans'dismayed'
http://m.apnews.com/ap/db 268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=IknSObYG


MorningCall:PAGov.TomWolfvetoesGOPpensionbillhesaysviolatesfederaltaxlaw
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolflegislaturebudgetpensions070920150709story.html#page=1

WITF:Wolfcoyonhispensionposition
http://www.witf.org/statehousesoundbites/2015/07/wolfcoyonhispensionposition.php

PhiladelphiaInquirer:WolfvetoesGOPbackedpensionreformplan
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150710 Wolf vetoes GOPbacked.html

PittsburghPostGazette:WolfvetoespublicpensionbillGOPcriticizeshisactions
http://www.postgazette.com/news/politicsstate/2015/07/09/PennsylvaniaGovTomWolfconfirmshewillvetopublicpension
bill/stories/201507090162

TribuneReview:Gov.WolfvetoesGOPpensionbill
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/870940174/wolfbudgetpublic#axzz3fOi5IIli

ReadingEagle:Gov.TomWolfvetoespensionreformbill
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/govtomwolfvetoespensionreformbill

YorkDispatch:WolfvetoesPa.pensionreformbill,irkslawmakers
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_28461531/wolfvetoespapensionreformbillirkslawmakers

PatriotNews:JohnMicek:Surprisingnoone,Gov.Wolfvetoespensionshopeyoudidn'tmakeplans
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/wolf_says_hell_veto_pensions_.html

PatriotNews:Pa.Republicans'dismayed'byGov.Wolf'svetopromiseonpensionproposal
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/pa_republicans_dismayed_by_gov.html#incart_2box_midstate_index.ssf

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolfreleasesstatementaccompanyingpensionbillveto
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/gov_tom_wolf_releases_statemen.html

PLSReporter:Gov.Wolfvetoespensionreformbillasbudgetstalematerhetoricintensifies
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/825/GovWolfvetoespensionreformbillasbudgetstalematerhetoric
intensifies.aspx

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:GovernorNo:Wolfdigsinbyvetoingstatepensionreform

http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/10/GovernorNoWolfdigsinbyvetoingstatepensionreform/stories/201507310015

PittsburghPostGazette:LTEbyCommonwealthFoundation:GimmickswontfixPa.spensionmess
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/10/GimmickswontfixPaspensionmess/stories/201507100146

EducationFunding

PatriotNews:OpEdbySen.Haywood:Here'swhyyoushouldignoreScottWagner'sdistortedviewofpublicschools
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/heres why you should ignore sc.html#incart river

PASSHE

PatriotNews:GOPsenator:Wolf'spensionvetocontr butedtotuitionh ke
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/gop senator wolfs pension veto.html

PatriotNews:Wolfgoodsportaboutdefeatonrequestedtuitionfreeze
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/wolf good sport about defeat o.html#incart 2box midstate index.ssf

AP:BoardoverseeingPennsylvaniaowneduniversitiesOK'stuitionfreeze
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpastateuniversitiesfeezetuition20150409story.html

PatriotNews:Stateuniversities'tuitionsetand,guesswhat,it'sgoingup
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/state universities tuition set.html

PittsburghPostGazette:BoardoverseeingPennsylvaniastateowneduniversitiesapprovestuitionhike
http://www.postgazette.com/news/education/2015/07/09/Pennsylvaniastateowneduniversityboardapprovestuition
increase/stories/201507090173

MorningCall:TuitiongoingupatPa.'sstateowneduniversities,despiteWolf'spleaforfreeze
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/pastateuniversitiestuition20150709story.html

TribuneReview:StudentsatPennsylvaniauniversitiesface3.5percenttuitionhike
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/870452174/pennsylvaniatuitionincrease#ixzz3fQbqURX6

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Studentsatstateowneduniversitiestopay$240morenextyear

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150710 Students at stateowned universities to pay

240 more next year.html#VSJuDvL4cIhEiulw.99

ReadingEagle:TuitionrisingatPennsylvaniastatesystemuniversities
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/tuitionrisingatpennsylvaniastatesystemuniversities#.VZ9hF9VhBc

BeaverCountyTimes:RepublicanPartysinglesoutGibbonsfortweet
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/republicanpartysinglesoutgibbonsfortweet/article c0f5b6a6268911e5bcf7
3759b348689b.html/?REFERMI=Homenews

SeveranceTax

PatriotNews:OpEd:Here'swhyaseverancetaxisoneprizewecan'tletTomWolfclaim
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/heres_why_a_severance_tax_is_o.html

PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:DrillerspayplentyintoPennsylvania'scoffers
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/10/DrillerspayplentyintoPennsylvaniascoffers/stories/201507100201

PropertyTaxes

TimesLeader:Editorial:Harrisburghasbiggerfishtofrythanreverseappealban
http://timesleader.com/opinion/editorial/372575/ouropinionharrisburghasbiggerfishtofrythanreverseappealban

LiquorPrivatization

Forbes:OpponentsOfPrivateLiquorSalesClaimStateMonopoliesServeCustomersBetter
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2015/07/09/opponentsofprivateliquorsalesclaimstatemonopoliesservecustomersbetter/

PatriotNews:JohnMicek:Adebateoverboozethat'senoughtodriveyoutodrink
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/tom_wolf_liquor_privatization.html

WilliamsportSunGazette:Editorial:Liquorprivatizationvetopreservesafaulty,oldsystem
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/638395/Liquorprivatizationvetopreservesafaultyoldsystem.html?nav=5004

DeathPenalty

AP:Despitechallenges,Wolfdefendshisdeathpenaltypolicy
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/09/4828291/despitechallengeswolfdefends.html

PoliticsPA:KaneTakesonGov.WolfoverDeathPenalty
http://www.politicspa.com/kanetakesongovwolfoverdeathpenalty/67571/

CourtRulings

AP:Casedismissedinbidtostopstateworkers'emaildeletions
http://m.apnews.com/ap/db 268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=sKOsGuj8

PatriotNews:Pa.courtupholdscontroversialpolicyallowingstateworkerstodestroytheiremails
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pa court upholds controversial.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:PGtoappealcourtdecisiononretainingstateemails
http://www.postgazette.com/local/region/2015/07/09/CommonwealthCourtrejectsPittsburghPostGazettecaseondestructionof
emails/stories/201507090176

LegalIntelligencer:JusticesGrantExpeditedReviewofArnesonCase
http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202731639920/JusticesGrantExpeditedReviewofArnesonCase?slreturn=20150610083147

Oil&GasDrilling

PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:GOPlawmakerswouldgivegasdrillersagiftbystoppingnewDEPrules
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/10/GOPlawmakerswouldgivegasdrillersagiftbystoppingnewDEP
rules/stories/201507100202

PittsburghPostGazette:OpEd:Pa.spipelines:Anewprocessisneededfornaturalgas
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/OpEd/2015/07/10/Paspipelines/stories/201507080055

PatriotNews:Court:StatemustgivelegislatorCorbetteragasdrillingleasedata
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/court state must give legislat.html#incart river

TimesTr bune:LuzerneCountyactivistdroppedfrompipelinetaskforce
http://thetimestribune.com/news/luzernecountyactivistdroppedfrompipelinetaskforce1.1909708

Capitolwire:Wolfvetoespensionbill,sayingit'violatesfederaltaxlaw.'
GOPlegislativeleaderscriticalofWolf'sveto,questionhisreasoningaswellashiscommitmentto"governmentthatworks."
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July9)FinallygettingaroundtothelastoftheGOPcraftedbillssenttohimonJune30,Gov.TomWolf
Thursdayvetoedapensionbillhesaidwouldnegativelyimpactfuturestateandpublicschoolemployees.
SaidWolfinhisSenateBill1vetoannouncement,issuedjustbeforenoon:Iunderstandtheneedforpensionreform,butthislegislation
providesnoimmediatecostsavingstotaxpayersanddoesnotmaximizelongtermsavingsfortaxpayers.Weneedpensionreformthat
works.Thereareprovisionswithinthislegislation,whichaspartofacomprehensivepensionproposalIcouldsupporthowever,Senate
Bill1doesnotaddresstheproblemsfacingourpensionsystemcomprehensivelyandfairly.
Additionally,Wolfarguedthe401ktypehybridplancreatedbySB1formostnewstate(includingelectedlegislators)andpublicschool
hires"forcesnewlyhiredemployeestopaydowntheunfundedliabilityofexistingpensionplans,causedbyyearsofgovernmentfailure
tomakenecessarypayments,whiledenyingthosenewemployeesthefullbenefitoftheircontributions.
ThoseconcernswerelikewiseraisedwithintheSB1analysisdonebythePublicEmployeeRetirementCommission.
PERCsactuary,Milliman,saidofSB1scashbalanceplananditscapontheinterestrate(the30yearTreasurybondyield)tobepaid
aspartofthatplan:Cashbalanceplansaretypicallydesignedwithafocusonachievinglowerexpectedemployercostthanafinal
averagepayplan[whatscurrentlyofferedtostateandpublicschoolemployees].Partofthiscostdifferenceisduetotheinvestment
arbitragebetweentheguaranteeinvestmentratecreditedonemployeeaccountsandtheratethatisexpectedtobeearnedonoverall
pensioninvestments.
Atanotherpointinitsanalysis,Millimanstatesnewemployeeswouldbeexpectedtosubsidizethefuturecostsofcurrentmembers.
Intheory,ifthestatespensionsystemshittheircurrent7.5percentinvestmentearningsassumption,andtheyreonlyexpectingtopay
out3percentonthecashbalanceplan(whichiscappedat4percent),thesystemskeeptheremaining4.5percent(or3percent,ifthe
capisreachedbythebondyield).
ButWolfsreasoningthatSB1violatesfederaltaxlawasitwouldbeconsideredanimpermissiblecashordeferredarrangement
(CODA),doesntappeartobeasettledargument.
AccordingtolegislativeRepublicans,theStateEmployeesRetirementSystemsoutsidetaxcounselhasexpressedsomeconcern
thatSB1sallowanceofcertaincurrentsystemmemberstooptintoandoutofthedefinedcontributionandcashbalanceplanscould
violatetheCODArulesorcreateanimpermissibleCODA.
Thecounselalsonoted,Althoughfurtherresearchwouldbeneeded,thisisasignificantissuethatcouldrequireanamendment.
Ithasnotbeenfullyvettedeventheysayitneedsmoreresearch,saidSenateGOPspokeswomanJennKocher.
Sheadded:Thecounselspeculatesthattheoptionalcashbalanceplanforcurrentemployeesallowingforvoluntaryparticipationrather
thanonetimeoptionsandtheoptionalDCcontributionsforAct120membersabovethesocialsecuritytaxwagebasebeingoptionalin
andoutcouldbeproblematic.Nowhereinthatparagraph[suppliedbySERS'outsidetaxcounsel]doesitsaythemandatorycash
balanceanddefinedcontributionplansfornewmembersisaviolationofCODA.
Ifthisisatechnicalconcern,andwearenotsureitis,wewillfindoutthroughthenormalIRSreviewthathappenswithallstateplans,
saidKocher.AnytechnicalchangesthatneedtooccurwillbeaddressedinanalreadyestablishedfallPSERSandSERStax
technicalbillthatisbeingmovedtoaltercurrentplanchangesrequestedbytheIRS.
ThattechnicalbillneedstobepassedbytheendofthecurrentyeartokeepPennsylvania'spensionsystemscompliantwithfederal
law.
SowhileWolfsstatementthattheretirementbenefitplancreatedfornewhiresrequiredhisvetoisdebatable,whatabouttheprovisions
withinSB1thathesaidhecouldsupport?

SB1wouldhavealsomadeapairofchangestohowbenefitsarecalculated,prospectively,forcurrentemployeeschangesforwhich
Wolf,duringthelastcoupleofweeks,hasindicatedsomeinterest.
Oneofthoseprovisions,anantispikingprovision,wouldhavechangedthepensionformulausedforcurrentemployeeswhen
calculatingtheretiringemployeesfinalaveragesalarysothatitencompassesthefivehighestsalaryyearsratherthanthecurrentthree
highestyears.Theotherchangewouldhavealteredthecalculationmadewhenretiringemployeeschoosealumpsumwithdrawal,to
ensurethatlumpsumiscalculatedsoitisactuariallyneutralwithrespecttothepensionsystem(meaningitdoesntimposeadditional
costsuponthesystem).
Thegovernor'sspokesman,JeffSheridan,aweekbeforeSB1wassenttoWolfsdesk,confirmedthegovernorhadexpresseda
willingnesstoconsideratleasttheantispikingproposal,andafewothercomponentscontainedwithinSB1,butwouldnotelaborate
furtherontheconcessionshemayhaveofferedtomake.
Wolfsaidhestillprefershisownplan,whichisbuiltaroundborrowing$3billiontomakeanimmediatepaymenttowardthestates
unfundedliability(whichhesayswouldreducetheunfundedliabilitybyabout$8billionCLICKHEREtoreadaCapitolwirecolumn
regardingWolf'splan),aswellasreducingtheinvestmentmanagementfeespaidbythestatepensionsystems,buthewouldconsider
thoseotherSB1components.ThegovernorsborrowingplaniscurrentlyillegalinPennsylvania,asAct120of2010banned,becauseof
therisksinherentintheborrowing,thestatesuseofpensionobligationbondsasamethodofaddressinganyunfundedpension
liability.
ThemajorityofSB1sestimatedtotalsavingsapproximately$10billionduringthecourseofthenext30orsoyears,whichis
equivalent,inpresentvaluedollars,toatleast$3.1billioncomefromtheproposedchangesforcurrentemployeesWolfsaidhecould
supportaspartofamorecomprehensiveandfairpensionreformproposal.
Theyalsoappeartobethe$7billioninadditionalpensionsavingsthegovernorhassaidhehascommunicatedtotheGeneral
Assembly,althoughtheWolfadministration,whenaskeddirectlyiftheyare,wouldntclearlystatethesourceofthe$7billion.
FormoredetailsaboutthecomponentsofthenowvetoedSB1,CLICKHERE.
Whilethehybridretirementplanfornewhiresdoesntdeliverimmediatepensionsavings,HouseandSenateRepublicanshave
maintaineditsthelynchpinofSB1andanypensionreformplanasitwouldstarttoshiftsomeoftheriskofthestatespublic
pensionsfromPennsylvaniastaxpayerstostateandpublicschoolemployees.
GOPleadersearlieronThursday,followingWolfscommentsaboutvetoingthepensionbillduringaradiostationinterview,didnt
changetheirtuneregardingpensionreform.
InareleaseissuedjointlybySenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,
SenateAppropriationsCommitteeChairmanPatBrowne,RLehigh,SpeakeroftheHouseMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,HouseMajority
LeaderDaveReed,RIndiana,andHouseAppropriationsCommitteeChairmanBillAdolph,RDelaware,theleadersreacted:Itis
remarkablethatGov.Wolfwouldopposeaproposaltomovenewpublicemployeesintoa401kstyleretirementplanwhichhe,himself,
adoptedforhisemployeesatWolfOrganization.Apparently,theGovernorbelievesthistypeofplan,whichiscommonintheprivate
sector,isadequateformosthardworkingPennsylvanians,butnotforlegislatorsormembersofpublicemployeeunions.
TheGOPleadersalsoquestionedWolfscommitmenttooneofhisstatedbudgetprioritiespropertytaxreliefarguingtheneedfor
thatreliefisdueinnosmallparttoincreasingschooldistrictpensionobligations.TheylikewisetakeashotatWolfspensionobligation
bondplantoaddresssomeofthestatescurrent$53billionpublicpensionunfundedliability.
Withthisplannedveto,heisrejectingtangible,systematicchangestoreformthepublicemployeepensionsystems,whichare
currentlythenumberonereasonforpropertytaxincreases,theGOPleadersstateintheirrelease.Gov.Wolfsplantoborrowtopay
pensionsdoesnotfixtheproblem.WehaveclearlyseenthatGov.Wolfsactionsspeaklouderthanhiswordsonwantingtoprovide
propertytaxrelief.
Theleaderssummeduptheirdispleasure:Inthelast10daystheGovernorhasvetoedabalanced,notaxincreasebudgetanhistoric
liquorprivatizationplantofinallygiveconsumersconvenienceandchoicewhenpurchasingalcoholandnowtodayhassaidhewillveto
apensionreformbillthatwouldsavetaxpayersover$10billion.InsteadofworkingwiththeGeneralAssemblytomovePennsylvania
forward,Gov.Wolfcontinuestobefixatedonmassiveincomeandsalestaxincreases.Forsomeonewhohaspledgedtocreatea
governmentthatworks,hescertainlydoingeverythinghecantomakesureitdoesnt.
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Capitolwire:PASSHEreversesfreezevote,increasestuitionby3.5percent.
ByChristenSmith
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July9)ThePennsylvaniaStateSystemofHigherEducationvotedThursdaytoincreasetuition3.5percent.

ThedecisionreversedanAprilvotebytheBoardofGovernorsapprovingaratefreezeinexchangeforanextra$45millionfromstate
coffersthefirstofGov.TomWolf'stwoproposedsubsidypaymentsfromthestatetotaling$90millionovertwoyears.
TheLegislaturedidn'tsqueezethatrequestintothenowvetoedbudgetatalePASSHEanticipatedmightunfoldwhentheyfirst
committedtothefreezeforits14institutions.
ChancellorFrankBroganneversugarcoatedtherealityofthesystem's$49.9millionbudgetdeficit,either,whichhesaidisexacerbated
byrisingpensionandhealthcarecosts.
Asitrelatestothecommitment,wearegratefulasyoumightimagine,BrogantoldSenatelawmakersduringaMarchbudgethearing.
That'sthebiggestnumberwe'veseenbywayofrequestbut,wearerealisticandweknowthesetimesremainroughandyouall
havealotyouhavetodobetweennowandtheendofthisprocesstodeciderevenueinandrevenueoutandbecauseofthatthe
BoardofGovernors'decisionistonotcommittoanythingrelativetothefreezebecausewedon'tknowwhereallofthisisgoingtoend
up,understandably.
Theyaredoingaboutasmuchasyoucando...,AuditorGeneralEugeneDePasqualesaidduringajointpressconferenceinAprilwith
Brogan.IftheLegislaturedoesnotstepupitsgameandreversethepathonstatefundingforthestatesystem,wearegoingtoprice
middleclassfamiliesoutofourstatesystem.Andourwholesystemwillsufferandourwholestatewillsuffer.
Instead,RepublicanleaderssentWolfabudgetlastweekthatoffered$12.4millionappropriation.
StatebudgetsoverthelastfewyearsdoledoutlevelfundingtoPASSHE,promptingan800plusstaffreductionandmoratoriumson150
programsandit'sthisproblemWolfwantedtoaddresswithhistwoyearplantoboostspending.
Hisproposalstillstands,saysspokesmanJeffSheridan,evenifRepublicansaren'tonthesamepage.
Unfortunately,theRepublicansobstructionismwhenitcomestoeducationfundinghasnowforcedPASSHEtoincreasetuition,
directlyhurtingmiddleclassfamiliesacrossthecommonwealth,hewroteviaemailThursday.GovernorWolfwillcontinuetofightfor
thismuchneededinvestmentinhighereducation,andheishopefulthatafinalagreementwillincludethefundingnecessarytorestore
theRepublicanscutssowecaneasetheburdenonmiddleclassfamilies.
SteveMiskin,spokesmanfortheHouseRepublicanCaucus,saidthevetoedbudgetdidn'tincludethegovernor'srequestbecausethere
isnowaytopayforit.
Capitolobserversmayrecallthechamber'sJune1voteonWolf'srevenueplanwhichincludedincreasesinthesalesandpersonal
incometaxesthatRepublicanshaverepeatedlyrejectedasnecessarytofilla$1.2billiondeficitfailed1930.
Ofcoursewecarethattuitionincreased,Miskinsaid.Butthegovernorneedstocomecleanabouthowhewantstopayforhis
proposals.
HeclarifiedthatmorefundingforPASSHEisn'ttiedtoatuitionfreezenotthatiteverwasforHouseRepublicans,despitethefact
thatitwouldbepreferabletoyearlyincreases.
SenateRepublicanCaucusspokeswomanJennKocheragreedthatPASSHE'sdecisiontoincreasetuitiondoesn'timpacthowmuch
moneythestatewilleventuallyagreetoappropriate.
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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly13,2015

Budget:Commentary
TribuneDemocrat:Editorial:GrowingquagmireinHarrisburg
http://www.tribdem.com/news/editorials/editorialgrowingquagmireinharrisburg/article 9b319d32273c11e58a9baff8f5eceeb9.html
ReadingEagle:Editorial:Pension,liquorprivatizationbillsgetbelatedGOPsupport
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/editorialpensionliquorprivatizationbillsgetbelatedgopsupport
PatriotNews:OpEdbyRep.Schreiber:Gov.WolfhascompromisedyourturnRepublicans
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/gov wolf has compromised you 1.html
YorkDailyRecord:OpEdbySec.Tennis:RestoreGov.Wolf'sfundingtotreataddiction
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_28475584/opedrestoregovwolfsfundingtreataddiction
PottstownMercury:Editorial:CompromiseistheonlywaytoagreeonPa.budget
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150712/editorialcompromiseistheonlywaytoagreeonpabudget
PatriotNews:TonyMay:Togeta#PaBudgetdealgoforwhatyouneed,notwhatyouwant
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/to get a pabudget deal go fo.html
PhiladelphiaDailyNews:JohnBaer:'AntMan'and'Minions'battleinHarrisburg's'JurassicWorld'
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150713 Ant
Man and Minions battle in Harrisburg s Jurassic World .html#S0UATmYD5TA3MMbp.99
PatriotNews:CharlieGerow:MeetTomWolf,theJamesBondvillainDr.No
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/meet_tom_wolf__the_james_bond.html
IndianaGazette:OpEdbyRep.Dush:AbudgetthatworksforPennsylvania
https://www.indianagazette.com/news/opinionsletters/asitseeitabudgetthatworksforpennsylvania,22380136/
BucksCountyCourierTimes:Editorial:'Adifferentkindofgovernor'?
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/editorial/adifferentkindofgovernor/article 4ffe4ecc4e5f55aca4ef62e0eff1e0c2.html
AltoonaMirror:Editorial:BudgetstalematehurtsPA
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/615393/BudgetstalematehurtsPA.html?nav=728
AltoonaMirror:OpEdbyGeneBarr:MassivetaxincreasesnotgoodforPA
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/615394/MassivetaxincreasesnotgoodforPA.html?nav=785

BudgetImpasse
AP:Pennsylvania'sbudgetstalemateseemsnoclosertoending
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/analysispennsylvaniasbudgetstalemateseemsnoclosertoending#sthash.vw016MWy.dpuf
PAIndependent:Pennsylvaniabudgetimpassedrownsoutpropertytaxreliefconversation
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/pennsylvaniabudgetimpassedrownsoutpropertytaxreliefconversation/
TribuneReview:VetooverridetoughpropositionforGOPasPa.budgetimpassedragson
http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/871655874/wolfbudgetveto#ixzz3flz2AW00
CitizensVoice:Senatereturnsasbudgetimpassecontinues
http://citizensvoice.com/news/senatereturnsasbudgetimpassecontinues1.1911616
PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.mightbethelasttoreachabudgetdeal
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150713 Pa might be the last to reach a budget deal.html#EtXEi8JAdiLpIUxD.99

Education

LNP:Editorial:Hey,Harrisburg:Stopshortchanginghighered
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/heyharrisburgstopshortchanginghighered/article f4601fe6276411e5b390
cbb2e175fbd4.html
CitizensVoice:Editorial:Tuitionboostdispiriting
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/tuitionboostdispiriting1.1911563
PhiladelphiaDailyNews:Editorial:Totheirtaxcredit:Scholarshipprogramlacksoversight,socialaccountability
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150713 DN Editorial TO THEIR TAX CREDIT
.html#G2J7s1hF8AKBEoZi.99

SeveranceTax,Drilling
SharonHerald:JohnFinnerty:Statebudgetspatcomesbacktodrillingtax
http://www.ncnewsonline.com/opinion/columns/statebudgetspatcomesbacktodrillingtax/article e4fb50b387ca5eba82d8
e44e910d8590.html
ExpressTimes:LTE:Makegasdrillerspaytheirfairshareintaxes
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/07/make gas drillers in pa pay fa.html
StateImpact/NPR:Projectwouldbring400,000tonsofdrillingwastetoPa.sGrandCanyon
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/07/13/projectwouldbring400000tonsofdrillingwastetopasgrandcanyon/

LiquorPrivatization
PittsburghPostGazette:BrianO'Neill:Liquorlegislationspoliticscanmakeyourheadspin
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/brianoneill/2015/07/12/BrianONeillLiquorlegislationspoliticscanmakeyourhead
spin/stories/201507120087
SomersetDailyAmerican:Liquorstoresanissueforpoliticalleaders,lobbyists
http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/liquorstoresanissueforpoliticalleaderslobbyists/article 9cf16dfe290411e582fd
4bcc3e0cca9d.html
SomersetDailyAmerican:Stateliquorstoreshadinauspiciousbeginning
http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/stateliquorstoreshadinauspiciousbeginning/article 54c90dca290411e589cc
5fe3d1da808e.html
PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:Fewpeopletrulycareaboutthestatestoresissue
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/12/Fewpeopletrulycareaboutthestatestoresissue/stories/201507120131
PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:Liquorprivatizationwillnotmean4,700lostjobs
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/12/Liquorprivatizationwillnotmean4700lostjobs/stories/201507120133
PatriotNews:LTE:Pennsylvanianswantgovernmentoutoftheliquorbusinessthatcan'tbeignored
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/pennsylvanians want government.html

Pensions
YorkDispatch:OpEdbyRep.Evans:Wolfvetoesgenerationaltheftmeasure
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28475582/opedwolfvetoesgenerationaltheftmeasure
PottstownMercury:OpEdbyRep.Kampf:Gov.Wolfirresponsibleinvetoinghistoricpensionreform
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150712/opedgovwolfirresponsibleinvetoinghistoricpensionreform

PAPolitics
PhiladelphiaInquirer:NewcandidatecouldupendPa.'shighcourtrace
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150713_New_candidate_could_upend_Pa__s_high_court_race.html#xQ2Tm1lyptKiLm3m.99
TribuneReview:SalenaZito:Pa.Dems'disarraycouldboostGOPin2016
http://triblive.com/opinion/salena/871565774/statedemocratsparty#ixzz3fm1OT7ou

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POINTOFORDER:Plentyofassumptionstobeworkedoutifabudgetdealistobe
reached.
PointofOrder
ACapitolwireColumn
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July13)Pennsylvaniasfiscalyearisalmosttwoweeksold,butthestatestillhasnobudget
andtheresafairlysimplereasonwhy.
Everythingisanestimate.
ThatswhatthenSenateAppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairmanJakeCorman,RCentre,toldCapitolwire
attheendofJune2014whenaskedaboutwhat,atthetime,wereconsideredtobeoptimisticrevenueprojections
builtintowhatwouldbecomethestatebudgetforFiscalYear201415.
Cormandisagreedwithanysuggestionthenumberswerepumpedup:Fortheinformationwehavebeforeus,this
isagoodestimate.
Itturnsout,happily,theirrevenueestimatewaslowerthantheamountPennsylvaniafinishedupcollectinglast
monthbynearly$600million.
Ofcoursetherewereotherestimatesbuiltintothatbudgetthatdidntpanoutsmallgamesofchancelicense
revenueandexpandeddrillingrevenue,primarilysothestate,atleastwithregardtorevenues,endedup$412.2
millionbetterthantheestimatesbuiltintotheFY201415budget.
Itsverysimple:Allbudgetsarebuiltonassumptions.
Gov.TomWolf,notlongbeforehevetoedthestatebudgetsenttohimbytheRepublicancontrolledGeneral
Assembly,saidyoucantcompromiseonthemath.
ThatsafunnythingtocomefromanadministrationthatonlyafewweeksearlierwassayingPennsylvaniafaceda
structuraldeficitofmorethan$2billion(someofthoseclaimshaditat$2.3billion).Andthen,allofasudden,the
stateaccordingtoanagreementbetweenthefourlegislativecaucusesandthegovernorsofficewasfacinga
$1.25billiondeficit.
Thepointisthateveryoneisentitledtotheirassumptions,untilconsensusisreachedandeveryoneagreestowork
withonesetofassumptionslikewhathappenedwiththestructuraldeficit.
Butafteraweekofdiscussionbetweenlawmakers,legislativestaff,andtheWolfadministration,therestillappear
tobeplentyofassumptionsstandinginthewayofGeneralAssemblycontrollingRepublicansandWolfreachinga
dealonaFY201516statebudget.
LegislativestaffsaidlastweektheystartedouttheirbudgetdiscussionswiththeWolfadministrationbygoingline
bylinethroughthegeneralappropriationsspendingplansproposedbytheGOPandWolf,doinga"toptobottom
assessment"oftheGOPbackedproposalagainstWolf'splanannouncedinMarch.
WithjusttheGOPplanalonetheonlyonetoactuallygetthroughtheGeneralAssemblythereappeartobe
plentyofassumptionsstaffwillneedtoworkout.
OntheRevenue
Thegoodnewsis,withthatextra$412.2million,allpartiesappeartobestartingfromthesameplace,atleastin
FY201415:$30.6billioninstaterevenuecollected.Butthingsdivergeafterthat.
TheonlyapparentdifferenceinFY201415revenueassumptionsbytheGOPandWolfadministrationisa$22.25
millionlapseadjustment.
TheGOPmaintainslapsingunappropriatedandunexpendedfundsfrompriorfiscalyearsisaperfectlylegitimate
andavailablefiscaltool,oneusedbybothRepublicansandDemocratstobalancebudgets.WhiletheGeneral
Assemblyhasalwaysmaintaineditsabilitytomoveappropriatedmoneyfromonefiscalyeartoanother(andwhen
prioradministrationsproposeddoingit,itstillrequiredlegislativeapproval),theWolfadministrationdisputesthe
GOPsdecisiontomakethatlapseadjustment.
Intheirbudget,theRepublicansattemptedtousurpexecutivebranchauthoritybyrequiringtheBudgetSecretary
andTreasurertolapsefundsthatmustbeheldtoaddresspreviouslydeterminedobligations,wroteMark
Nicastre,Wolfscommunicationsdirector,inanemail.
FY201516revenueassumptionsproduceafewmoredisagreements.
TheWolfadministrationchallengesthe$220millioninliquorprivatizationrecurringrevenuebuiltintotheGOP

budget.Whilethegovernorhassincevetoedthemeasure,priortohisveto,theGOPmaintaineditwasan
appropriateestimateofwhatprivatizationcouldproduce(withthemajorityoftherevenuecoming,annually,from
divestitureofthewholesalesideofoperations)CLICKHEREforthefiscalnoteattachedtothevetoedmeasure.
Similartopreviousproposals,whiletheirplancouldhaveraisedsomenew,onetimerevenue,anyincrease
wouldhavebeenoffsetbynearly$350millioninlossesforourcurrentsystem,wroteNicastre,indicatingthe
administrationsbeliefliquordollarswouldnotberecurring.Thatnetlosswouldhaveseriouslyjeopardizedeven
the$80milliontransfercurrentlymadefromtheLCBtotheGeneralFund.
NicastresaidWolfsmodernizationplanwouldretainthecurrentbenefitsprovidedbythesystem,whilegenerating
another$185millionannuallybyFY201718.
Withregardtothatmodernizationplan,RepublicansnotetheWolfassumptionsignoresthePLCBhasbeen
producingdecliningprofits,andisprojectedtocontinuetodosobecauseofincreasingcosts(dueprimarilyto
pension,employeeandotheroperatingcosts).
TheGOPalsomakea$105millionupwardrevenueadjustmentforFY201516,whichtheysayisntoutrageous
(itsonetenthofapercentmorethanwhattheIndependentFiscalOfficeprojectsforFY201516)givenwhatthey
sayhasbeen(andisprojectedtobe)theperformanceofthestatesvariousrevenuegenerators.
AccordingtoNicastre,anearly$100millionincreasehadbeenagreedtobyallparties,whichtrackwiththeIFO
estimates,buttheadministrationsaidits$100millionmorethantheestimatesetbythestateRevenue
Department.
Ontopofthisagreement,theRepublicansassumedanadditional$105milliontobalancetheirbudget,said
Nicastre.Henoted,correctly,theGOPbudgetfinancialstatementoriginallyindicatedonlya$100millionrevenue
adjustment,buthassincebeenalteredtobea$105millionadjustment.
Nicastreexplained:Originally,theRepublicanfinancialstatementonlyassumedanadditionalrevenueadjustment
of$100million.Inanupdatedfinancialstatement,therevenueadjustmentforFY15/16increasedto$105million.
Thiswasdonetoaccountforthefactthattheiroriginalfinancialstatementincorrectlyprovidedfora$5million
EITCtaxcredit.NowthattheyhavecorrectedtheEITClinetoaccuratelyreflectthe$10millionincreaseprovided
intheFiscalCode,theyarbitrarilyadjustedtherevenueestimateupby$5milliontokeeptheirbudgetbalancedin
FY15/16.
Theresalsoa$50milliondiscrepancybetweenwhattheGOPandWolfexpecttobetheamountoftaxrefunds
paidoutinFY201516.TheFY201415refundtotalwasincreasedby$50million(anumberagreedtobyall
parties)tocovertherefundrequestsreceivedbythestatethispastyear.Nicastresaidit'sperfectlyappropriateto
assumethatelevatedlevelfrom$1.275billionto$1.325billionwillcontinueinFY201516theGOPproposal
doesnotmakethatsameassumption.
Webelieve$1.325billionisamorerealisticamounttoassumeforarefundriskforFY15/16,explainedNicastre.
Weareparticularlyconcernedwithincreasingrefundpressuresfromcorporatefilersandbankssharestax
refunds.
And,ofcourse,theresthe$47million(or$53million,accordingtotheWolfadministration)inonetimetransfers
fromspecialfundsandrestrictedrevenueaccountsbuiltintotherevenuesideoftheGOPbudget.
TheGOPsayusingunencumberedandunappropriatedendingbalancesinvariousfundstomeetourcurrent
obligationsisanacceptablebudgetbalancingtoolandonethathasbeenusedbybothRepublicanand
Democraticbudgetinthepast.TheWolfadministrationdoesntreallydisputetheamount(theresa$6million
discrepancy),justthefactthatthemoneyisntrecurringbeyondFY201516.
Theproblemwithusingonetimerevenuestobalancethebudgetisthatitpushestheproblemintofuturefiscal
years,furtherexacerbatingthestructuralbudgetdeficitinFY16/17,wroteNicastre,addingthatthelegislative
caucusesandtheadministrationallacknowledgedanincreaseofthatdeficitbymorethan$800millionin
FY16/17.
Moreonetimespendingthisyearwillonlyincreasethatnumberfurther,hesaid.
Whenyoutotalallthatup,theGOPandWolfhavedifferentassumptionsneithersetofnumbersisnecessarily
wrong,theyjustaredifferentopinionsonabout$400millioninrevenuewithintheGOPbudgetWolfvetoed.Ifyou
throwinthecertainonetimetransfers(the$220millionforliquorwascountedinthe$400million,giventhe
differenceofopinionontheonetimednessofthefunding)thattotalballoonstonearly$450million.
OntheExpenditures
StartingwithFY201415expenditures,theGOPdidtweak,downward,spendingby$48million,prompting
criticismfromtheWolfadministration.
Thisdifferenceofabout$48millionignoresactualcosts,especiallyintheDepartmentofCorrections,said
Nicastre.
ItalsoproducesanendingyearbalanceforFY201415$75millionhigherthantheoneassumedbytheWolf
administration($375millionversus$300million)somethingtheWolfadministrationdoesntcredit(orcriticize)to

theGOPplan,sincetheWolfcritiqueoftheGOPbudgetonlyidentifiesa$300millionsurpluscarriedoverfrom
FY201415asaonetimerevenuesource.
ForFY201516,oneofthemostapparentdiscrepanciesbetweentheadministrationandtheGOP,istheclaimthe
GOPplanignorestheadministrations$237millionincostsandrevenueadjustmentsforFY201516.
However,lookingattheGOPplan,theyaccountfor$218.5million,not$237million.Theadministrationclaimsthe
planignoresall$237million,andonlyappearstoassume$18.5millionlessthantheadministrationsassumed
adjustments.
WroteNicastre:Onthesurface,itappearsthattheyonlyassumed$18.5millionless.However,whenyoulookat
thedetailsoftheircutstheydidnotincludefundingforthe$218.5milliontheyclaimedtoadd,asevidencedinthe
gimmicksfoundinthe$813millioninexpenditureadjustments.
ButNicastresexplanationisabitofdoublecounting.
WhetheryouagreeordisagreewiththeGOPsexpenditureadjustments,theydidassumethemajorityofthe
governorsupdatedexpenditures(dueprimarilytonewlaborcontracts),andthenadjustedpartsofthebudget
someaffectingthoseaddedcostsbutmostfocusedonotherareasofthebudget.
Asevidenceofthat,theGOPplanassumes$813.3billioninbudgetaryadjustments,butwhenyouadduptheWolf
administrationsaccountingforallthoseadjustmentswhichtheyallclaimtobeonetimesavingstheirtotalfor
theGOPadjustmentsis$987.6million.
Butthatdoesntaccountthetwosidesagreeingtherewillbeabout$128.5millioninsavingsfromMedicaid
expansion(whichispartoftheGOPs$813.3millionfigure).SotheWolfadministrationestimatestheGOP
adjustmentstobeatleast$1.1billion,not$813.3million,although$128.5millionisexpectedtoberecurring.
TheGOPplanassumesmorethanjustthe$128.5millionofthe$813.3millionwillberecurring.
TheRepublicansassumea$116.8milliondownwardadjustment,duetoanexpectedreductioninthecaseloads
fundedbythestatesMedicalAssistanceinpatientandoutpatientlineitems,willberecurring.Theadministration
putsthatadjustmentatcloserto$187million,anddeemsitaonetimeanddubioussavings.
Overthelastseveralyears,RepublicanshaverepeatedlyattemptedtoreduceMedicalAssistancecoststhrough
falseassumptionsthatarbitrarilyunderestimatedcaseloadsandoverestimatedcostreductions,saidNicastre.
Webelieveweneedtoresolvedifferentperspectivesbutweremainconfidentinourassessmentofthefunding
needsfortheseprograms.
HouseGOPAppropriationsCommitteestaffsaidtheylookedatactualprogramusagefiguresthroughMay2015,
usedthatastheirbaseassumptionforusageinFY201516andthenprojectedacertainamountofgrowth,mostly
fromnewMedicaidparticipantduetotheexpansionoftheprogram.Theysaidthefiguresmoreaccurately
representprogramusage.
Thelargestsinglechunkofthe$813.3millionisaneliminationofthebudgets$306.2millionlineitemforthestate
PlanConprogram,Pennsylvaniasschoolconstructionprojectreimbursementprogram.Theeliminationwould
havebeenmadepossiblebytheGOPplantoborrow$5.3billiontopayofftheconstructiondebtalreadyincurred
bymanyofthestatesschooldistrictswhohavebeenapprovedbuthavebeenwaitingforPlanCon
reimbursement.
Onthat$306.2million,bothsidesagreeitsaonetimesavings.Republicansdopointouttherepaymentofthat
nowvetoedborrowingmaynothavebegunimmediately(itwouldhavedependedonhowthebonddealwas
structured,whenandinwhatamountbondswouldhavebeenissued,andwhattherepaymenttermswouldhave
been)andtheywouldnothaveexceededthe$306.2millionappropriation.Soitspossibletherecouldhavebeen
someadditionalsavingsrealizedin,atleast,FY201617.
Theadministrationalsoclaimstheres$170millioninshiftedchildwelfarepaymentswithintheGOPplan(both
agreeitsaonetimeamount),whichtheyindicatecouldjeopardizefundingfortheprogramssupportedbythat
money.
TheNeedsBasedBudgetsystemimplementedin1991,duringasimilarstructuralbudgetcrisis,mandatedfuture
statepaymentswouldfullymeetcountychildwelfareobligations,saidNicastre.Fornearly25yearssincethat
agreement,thestatehasmetitsobligationsunderthisagreement.GovernorWolfdoesnotplantobethefirst
governortonotfulfillthestatesobligation.
ButRepublicansarguetheirnearly$131.8millionadjustmentmoreaccuratelyreflectsthecashflowneedsofthe
program.AccordingtoinformationsuppliedbyRepublicanAppropriationsstaff,ineachofthelastfiveyears,
therehasbeenanunspentbalanceofatleast$200millionintheprogram.
TheGOPbudgetalsosoughttomoreaccuratelyreflectthestatefundingnecessaryforSchoolEmployeesSocial
Securitypayments.
TheGOPplanalsoassumessavingsof$73.8million,whiletheadministrationvaluesitat$87.4million,froma
twomonthdelayofthepaymenttomakethosepaymentsbasedonmoreaccurateparticipationdata,insteadof
theprospectivepaymentscurrentlymade.
Thisisntthefirsttimeabudgethasproposeddelayingapaymentforsomethingintothenextfiscalyear(last
yearsbudgets,andseveralduringtheRendellera,delayedpaymentstoMedicaidmanagedcareorganizations),

buttheWolfadministrationdoesntapproveofthepractice,arguingithasledtobondratingdowngradesforthe
Commonwealth.
ExplainedNicastre:TheFY14/15budgetdelayedmorethan$390millioninpaymentstomanagedcare
organizations.Thisforcedmanagedcareproviderstoborrowthosedollarsandincurhigherinterestexpensesthat
thecommonwealthultimatelymustpay.Untilwehavethefinancialmeanstocorrectthatbaddecision,the
commonwealthwillcontinuetohavetopaythesehigherinterestexpenses.
Now,Republicanswantschooldistrictstoincursimilarcostsinasimilarwaybydelayingthestatesfinancial
obligationtwomonthsintothenextfiscalyear.$87.4millionisthedifferencebetweentheactualcostsforFY15/16
andtheRepublicanbudget.The$73.8iswhattheywouldrealizebyshiftingthepaymentstwomonthsintothenext
fiscalyear.
Sowhenyougetdowntoit,onexpenditures,itwouldappearWolfsprimaryissuewiththeGOPplanisthatmuch
ofit(allbut$128.5millionofit,fromtheWolfadministrationsperspective)producesonetimesavingstoonly
balancetheFY201516budget,leavingthestatewithanotherbudgetholetofillinFY201617.
Butthesizeofthatbudgethole,dependingonwhoseassumptionsyouuse,doesntnecessarilyadduptothe
$1.56billionassertedbyWolf.
Withabout$400millioninrecurringrevenueindisputebytheGOPandWolf,andanother$205.5millionin
recurring/nonrecurringexpenditureadjustmentsavingsupintheair,theresatleast$600millionofthat$1.56
billionduesimplytodifferentassumptions.
Then,ofcourse,istheissueofonetimers,whosevalueisdisputed(oratleastinquestion)tothetuneofclosetoa
combined$150million(withtheWolfadministrationassuminghighervaluesthanthesavingsincludedintheGOP
budget).
Mostofthoseonetimersrepresenttaxpayerdollarsthataresittinginstatecoffersdoingnothing,oratleastnot
enough,towarrantraisingsomeonesincomeorsalestax,accordingtoRepublicans.Wolfrightlyarguestheiruse
kicksthecandowntheroad,withregardtothestatesstructuraldeficit,buttheGOPseemstohaveapointwhen
theyquestionwhythereshouldbeunusedmoneybuiltintothestatebudget.
Nowmaybeafterthefirstweekthestaffmeetingsproducedsomeagreementonsomeofallofthat.Remember,
allsideswereabletoreachconsensusonthestructuraldeficit,andtherewasabouta$1billiongapbetweenthe
WolfadministrationandlegislativeGOPonthatissue.
Butthere'sstillanawfullybighilltoclimb:Itwouldappearthetwosideshavetofindagreementonatleast$750
millionindisputedrevenueandexpenditureassumptions.Thentherestheissueofupto$750millionofadditional
recurringrevenuebeyondthedisputed$750millionnecessaryiftheGOPcantconvincethegovernortomake
useoftheotheronetimers.
AndthatsallbeforetheyevenstarttalkingaboutspendingbeyondwhatwasproposedbythevetoedGOPbudget
becausetheGOPillustratedtheyhadthevotestopayforwhatwasproposedintheirplan,andlikewiseshowed
thelackofsupportforWolf'srevenueproposals.
Nowonderthenewscomingfromthefirstweekofpostvetobudgetmeetingswasnttoopromising.
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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly14,2015

SchoolsThatTeachTour

CentreDailyTimes:WolfpromotesbudgetplanduringvisittoBellefonteAreaHighSchool
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/13/4834012/wolfpromotesbudgetplanduring.html

CentreDailyTimes:VIDEO:Gov.TomWolfvisitsBellefonte
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/13/4833474_govtomwolfvisitsbellefonte.html?rh=1

FOX8:VIDEO:GovernorWolfInBellefonte
http://www.fox8tv.com/News/NewsDetails.asp?NewsID=17796

PittsburghPostGazette:Gov.WolfseekssupportforbudgetpositionduringvisittoPittsburgharea
http://www.postgazette.com/news/politicsnation/2015/07/13/GovTomWolfdefendshisbudgetpositionduringvisittoPittsburgh
area/stories/201507130142

WPXI:VIDEO:Gov.TomWolfvisitsPittsburghtopushforeducationfunding
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/govtomwolfvisitspittsburghpusheducationfund/nmyCD/

PatriotNews:WolfralliesforschoolfundinginGOPSenateboss'districttempersfrayasbudgetstandoffhitsWeek3:Analysis
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/wolf rallies for school fundin.html

WESA:PAEducationSecretaryVisitsTeenScientistsatDuquesne
http://wesa.fm/post/paeducationsecretaryvisitsteenscientistsduquesne

BudgetCommentary

YorkDispatch:OpEdbySec.Tennis:RestoreGov.Wolfsfundingtotreataddiction
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28475584/opedrestoregovwolfsfundingtreataddiction

DelcoDailyTimes:OpEdbySec.Tennis:Humanservices,drugprogramsneedfunding
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20150713/lettertotheeditorhumanservicesdrugprogramsneedfunding

BucksCountyCourierTimes:Editorial:Governmentthatisn'tworking
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/editorial/governmentthatisntworking/article 7ff0667ba191564787218f2ff3d44900.html

NationalJournal:CanClintonGovernIfSheWins?ACautionaryTaleFromPennsylvania.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016elections/canclintongovernifshewinsacautionarytalefrompennsylvania20150713

BudgetImpasse

YorkDailyRecord:MailersblastSen.ScottWagner,defendGov.TomWolf'sbudgetproposal
http://www.ydr.com/politics/ci 28474954/mailersblastsenscottwagnerdefendgovtom

PatriotNews:'Don'tbefooled'byWolfattacks,HouseGOPbitesbackinmailer:TuesdayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/dont be fooled by wolf attacks.html

AP:NobudgetbreakthroughasWolf,legislativeRepublicansmeet
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpaxgrpennsylvaniabudget20150713story.html

WITF:Hintsofastopgapbudget,butnobigbreakthrough
http://www.witf.org/statehousesoundbites/2015/07/hintsofastopgapbudgetbutnobigbreakthrough.php

PatriotNews:Republicans,Gov.TomWolfbattleoverproposedtaxincreases
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/republicans gov tom wolf battl.html#incart river

TribuneReview:HouseDemocratswon'tsplitwithGov.Wolfonbudget,lawmakersays
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/873193674/statebudgetdemocrats#ixzz3frvWmfFu

KYWNewsradio:Pa.BudgetTalksRemainStuckInNeutral
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/07/14/pabudgettalksremainstuckinneutral/

KDKA:BudgetDeadlockApproaching3rdWeekWithNoTalksPlanned
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/07/13/budgetdeadlockapproaching3rdweekwithnotalksplanned/

PLSReporter:Lateafternoonbudgetmeetingyieldslittleprogresstowardcompromise
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/826/Lateafternoonbudgetmeetingyieldslittleprogresstowardcompromise.aspx

LegalIntelligencer:Wolf,GOPLeadersContinuetoWrangleOverBudget
http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202731835804/WolfGOPLeadersContinuetoWrangleOverBudget#ixzz3fs1jwimF

TribuneDemocrat:Budgetimpasseputssocialservicesinbind
http://www.tribdem.com/news/latest news/budgetimpasseputssocialservicesinbind/article dd9b6108284a11e5a3d9
4772591246bd.html

ReadingEagle:Pennsylvaniabudgetimpassedelayseffortstocreatestateprescriptiondrugdatabase
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/pabudgetimpassedelayseffortstocreatestateprescriptiondrugdatabase#.VaUCdV9VhBc

SeveranceTax

TribuneReview:SenateGOPleader:Shaletaxmaybeconsideredwithoffsettinglegislation
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/873041574/taxgasindustry#ixzz3frvRmBsN

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolf:GOPleaderwon'tbudgeonshaletax
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150714 Wolf

GOP leader won t budge on shale tax.html#ZBMRd7E2gECQtAgy.99

PatriotNews:OpEd:WolfisrighttopushforaseverancetaxonBigGas
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/wolf is right to push for a se.html#incart 2box opinion

LNP:OpEd:Gasextractiontaxfairtodrillers,Pennsylvanians
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/gasextractiontaxfairtodrillerspennsylvanians/article b63806c4271f11e59777
fbc1468409d4.html

StandardSpeaker:DCEDofficialsupportstaxonnaturalgas
http://standardspeaker.com/news/dcedofficialsupportstaxonnaturalgas1.1912134

Education

TimesTribune:Editorial:Tuitionboostdispiriting
http://thetimestr bune.com/opinion/tuitionboostdispiriting1.1911579

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.#4forcollegespendingcutssince'08
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inqphillydeals/Patopslistofcollegespendingcutssince08.html#zvtsR2dd88lwxmcC.99

WolfOrg

DelcoDailyTimes:Editorial:ShowtrustinGov.Wolfsfinances
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20150713/editorialshowtrustingovwolfsfinances

YorkDailyRecord:PrivateequityfirmclosesonitsinvestmentinWOLF
http://www.ydr.com/business/ci_28474509/privateequityfirmclosesitsinvestmentwolf

YorkDailyRecord:Gov.TomWolftalkssaleofhisbusiness,saysitwaspartofsuccessionplan
http://www.witf.org/news/2015/07/govtomwolftalkssaleofhisbusinesssaysitwaspartofsuccessionplan.php

HanoverEveningSun:Editorial:Questionsraisedonblindtrust
http://www.eveningsun.com/opinion/ci_28474889/editorialquestionsraisedblindtrust

PottstownMercury:Editorial:Gov.Wolfsblindtrustlackstransparency
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150714/editorialgovwolfsblindtrustlackstransparency

StatePolice

PatriotNews:PennsylvaniaflagsflownathalfstaffforfallenScrantonpoliceofficer
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pennsylvania_flags_flown_at_ha.html

TimesLeader:Gov.WolfordersflagsathalfstafftohonorOfficerJohnWilding
http://timesleader.com/news/local/373252/govwolfordersflagsathalfstafftohonorofficerjohnwilding

CitizensVoice:StateflagloweredacrossPa.topaytr butetoOfficerWilding
http://citizensvoice.com/news/stateflagloweredacrosspatopaytr butetoofficerwilding1.1912107

PAPolitics

TribuneReview:Amidbudgetimpasse,Wolffacesprospectoflosingchiefofstaff
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/872932074/budgetstatetax#ixzz3frubEEjl

AP:TopaidetoPennsylvaniaGov.TomWolfattendsretreatassheconsidersSenaterun
http://www.thereporteronline.com/generalnews/20150713/topaidetopennsylvaniagovtomwolfattendsretreatassheconsiderssenaterun

MorningCall:McGintyjoinsDSCCinMartha'sVineyardSestakdeclines
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/capitolideas/mcmcgintyjoinsdsccinmarthasvineyardsestakdeclines20150713
story.html

PittsburghPostGazette:McGintydecidingwhethertomakerunforU.S.Senate
http://www.postgazette.com/news/politicsstate/2015/07/14/McGintydecidingwhethertomakerunforUSSenate/stories/201507140081

Newsworks:DemPartyleadersurgePa.'sMcGintytorunforU.S.Senate
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/offmic/item/84093partyleadersurgemcgintytorunforussenate

MorningCall:MikeFleck,AllentownMayorEdPawlowskiconsultant,recordedconversationsinFBIinvestigation,sourcessay
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcallentownfbiinvestigationfleckrecordedconversations20150713
story.html#page=1

PatriotNews:GrandjuryrecommendscriminalchargesagainstformerHarrisburgMayorStephenReed,sourcesays
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/source former harrisburg.html

BillSignings

TimesTr bune:LuzerneCountyBridgenamedforfallencorrectionsofficer
http://thetimestribune.com/news/luzernecountybridgenamedforfallencorrectionsofficer1.1912178

CitizensVoice:ConynghamTwp.bridgeofficiallynamedafterfallencorrectionalofficer
http://citizensvoice.com/news/conynghamtwpbridgeofficiallynamedafterfallencorrectionalofficer1.1912068

PublicSafety

PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:Pennsylvaniaisfailingtoupdateitsbuildingcodes
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/14/Pennsylvaniaisfailingtoupdateitsbuildingcodes/stories/201507140072

GunLaws


PAIndependent:PAlegislatorreloadsbillallowingNRAtosueoverlocalgunlaws
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/palegislatorreloadsbillallowingnratosueoverlocalgunlaws/

Budget:LetterstotheEditor

PoconoRecord:PA'schildrenneedqualityPreKcare
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150711/OPINION/150719882/101041/OPINION

BeaverCountyTimes:Gov.Wolfisalbatrossaroundstate'sneckhttp://www.timesonline.com/opinion/letters to editor/govwolfisalbatross
aroundstatesneck/article 8fabc444271c11e58e700755cbc83c76.html/?REFERMI=Opinion

MorningCall:StateRep.JustinSimmonsisanadvocatefordistrict(Wolfbudgetmentioned)
http://www.mcall.com/opinion/letters/mcsimmonspoliticianhardworksupportschantz20150713story.html

WilliamsportSunGazette:ToGov.Wolf
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/638504/ToGovWolf.html?nav=5008

Capitolwire:'Acrimony'highasbudgettalksentersecondweek.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July13)There'snoagreementinsightasthebudgetimpassecontinues,anditprobablywon'tberesolvedanytime
soonafterhowthisweekstarted.
IthinkthatthelevelofacrimonyisprobablythehighestI'veeverseen...frombothsides,saidSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,
RJefferson,whometMondayprivatelywithGov.TomWolfafterabigtablediscussionbetweenthegovernorandlegislativeRepublican
leaders.
ShortlyafterScarnati,Wolfspokewithreportersandsaid:Iwanttohaveaconversation,Iwanttomovebeyondtheposturingthat
thesemeetingshavebeenandgetintoactuallysomesubstantiveconversations.
WolfearlierMondaytookhisSchoolsthatTeachtourtotwoschools:oneinBellefonte,thebackyardofSenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,andoneinRossTownship,AlleghenyCounty,astone'sthrowfromHouseSpeakerMikeTurzai'sdistrict.
It'sakintoyourrivalteamusingyourstadiumforapeprallywithouttellingyou.
It'slikelytonotmakethemwanttodealwithhim,saidTerryMadonna,apoliticalscienceprofessoratFranklin&MarshallCollege.
WolfisalreadydrawinglegislatorsireforlendinghisvoicetoAmericaWorksUSA,a501(c)4organizationthatispromotingthe
governor'sbudgetagendathroughmailersandads.AndWolfhashisownpoliticalactioncommittee,RebuildPennsylvania,usingsocial
mediatohammerRepublicansasnegotiationscontinue.
Hisuseofthebullypulpitisjustplainbullyingtosomelegislators,whomayneedthickerskin.
Examiningthestruggleoverthisbudget,Wolfisoutnumbered,literallyandfiguratively,bytheRepublicansintheCapitol.Ifheistowin
anyconcessionsfromhisopponents,hemustrallythepublictosupporthim,whichexplainshiscampaigningacrossthestateevenin
thedistrictsofRepublicanlegislativeleaders,saidThomasBaldino,apoliticalscienceprofessoratWilkesUniversity.

Baldinonotedthatinterestgroupshavebeenengaginginindependentadcampaignstopromoteoropposebills,soitshouldcomeasa
surprisetoseetheDemocraticGovernorsAssociationalignedgroupparticipate.
DontbesurprisedifoneormoreconservativegroupsbeginrunningadscriticalofWolfsbudget,hesaid.Atleastonegroup,Citizens
AllianceofPennsylvania,aconservativegroupthatsometimestargetsRepublicansoverfiscalandunionissues,saidMondaythey'llbe
launchingamediacampaigntothankmembersoftheGeneralAssemblywhorefusetobeintimidated.
Soasthebudgetimpassecontinuesintoasecondweek,therehasbeenaprettysubstantialdeparturefromthecollegialityemitted
fromtheearlybigtablediscussionjustafterWolfvetoedtheGOPbackedbudgetJune30.
But,asScarnatinoted,nobodyhasgotupandstormedoutofameetingyet.
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Capitolwire:Moody'sInvestorServicesaysE911lawwilleliminatecallcenter
deficits.
ByChristenSmith
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July13)Moody'sInvestorServicepraisedPennsylvania'supdatedEmergencyTelephoneActasacreditpositivein
itsweeklycreditoutlookreportreleasedThursday.
Act12,signedbyGov.TomWolfonJune29,thereportsays,willeliminatemorethan$100millioninannualdeficitsthatPennsylvania
countieshaveincurredfortakinganddispatching911calls.
Thelaw,introducedasHouseBill911inApril,wasdesignedtobringthestate's69PublicSafetyAnsweringPoints(PSAPs)the
countyfundedcenterswhereemergencycallsarehandledintothe21stcenturywitha$1.65surchargefeeleviedonall
communicationdevicescapableofcontacting911.
Forthelasttwoandahalfdecades,PSAPshaveoperatedunderafeestructurethatgeneratesrevenueprimarilybychargingtelephone
landlinesbetween$1and$1.50amonthfor911services.Since2003,lawmakershaveamendedtheactthreeseparatetimesina
piecemealfashiontoinclude$1surchargesforcellphones,VoIPphonesandprepaidphones.
In2014,thesefeesonlycovered64percentofthe$292millionitcostcountiestofundtheirPSAPs.Countiesoftenusedgeneralfund
revenuestocovertheshortfall,thereportsays.
It'satrendthatsurprisesnooneclosetotheissue.Ina2012reportreleasedbytheLegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommittee,24
countiesfundedtheirprogramsonfeerevenuesalonein2008.Threeyearslater,thatnumberdroppedtojustseven.
PSAPoperatingcostshavebeenincreasing,inpart,becausemanyPSAPsnowdomuchmorethanansweremergency911
calls,saidPhilipDurgin,executivedirectorofLBFC,inhiswrittentestimonysubmittedtoSenatelawmakersinFebruary.Inadditionto
thegradualabsorptionofthedispatchingfunction,PSAPsarealsoinvolvedinahostofotherdutiesnotdirectlyrelatedtoansweringa
911call,suchasbeingthepointofcontactfortheCLEANandJNETcomputerdatabases,answeringtheCrimeStoppersLine,
assistingfirstrespondersneedingGISassistance,andmonitoringvariousalarmsandcallboxes.
TheLBFCreportindicatedcurrent911surchargesaresufficientenoughtofund71percentofPSAPoperatingexpenditures,butin
reality,manycountiesareleftfootingoverhalfthebill.
TheMoody'sreportagreedthesystem'sproblemwasbuilttooheavilyaroundlandlinetelephoneconnections.
Weexpectthattheincreasewillgenerateatleastthe$105millionnecessarytoclosethegapbetweencostsandrevenues,thereport
concludes.
HB911notonlyimplementsaflat$1.65feestatewide,butalsocreatesa911boardthatwillstudytheinefficienciesofPSAPfunding.
TheboardwillworkwiththePennsylvaniaEmergencyManagementAgencytodraftareportbeforethelaw's2019sunsetthatwill
includeapermanentfundingformulacapableofsupportingevolvingtechnologies.
Weknowthatwearegoingtohaveawholenewsetofcostscomingourwaywithnextgenerationtechnology,saidDougHill,
executivedirectoroftheCountyCommissionersAssociationofPennsylvania.Whenwereallyneedtostepupanddovideoparticularly,
wethinktherewillbesomesystemcosts,sothat'swhywewanttobuildupreserves.
Hill,inFebruary,recommendedincreasingthecurrentsurchargefeestoaflat$2basedonanobservationfromthe2012PBFCreport
thatsaid,ifadjustedforinflation,surchargefeesshouldrangebetween$1.72and$2.58perline.
HesaidMonday,however,the$1.65feewouldstillgenerate$314million,whichwouldcovertheannualcosttooperatePSAPs,for

now,whichisgoodnews.
Thereasonwehadlookedat$2isbecausewewantedtobecertainwehadacushionforthefuture,hesaid.Theacthasafouryear
sunsetandinthefirsttwoyears,PEMAandthenew911boardaretostudytheentiresystem...tolookatitsfundinganditscosts,so
thatgivesusanopportunitytoreopentorateorgotoawholenewfundingmechanism.Pluswewillhaveaclearerhandleonwhatcosts
are.
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Capitolwire:SenateflooractivityrecapforMonday,July13,2015.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July13)OnlyonechamberoftheGeneralAssemblywasinsessiononMonday,butthatwasenoughtoproduce
somelegislativeactivityofnote.
Twoofthebillspassedbythatchamber,buynotunanimously,arefocusedonDNAtestingandrequiringSenateconfirmationofthe
PennsylvaniaTurnpikeCommissionCEO,respectively.
SenateBill683,whichisnowonitswaytotheHousefollowingafinal3314votefromtheSenate,shouldbefamiliartolongtime
observersoftheGeneralAssembly.
Sen.DominicPileggi,RDelaware,hasbeentryingtomakevariouschangestothestatescurrentlawsgoverningDNAtestingfor
severallegislativesessions.
PennsylvaniasDNAdatabasewascreatedmorethantwodecadesagoandsincethattime,tremendousprogresshasbeenmadewith
DNAscience,PileggisaidinapressreleasefollowingtheSenatesapprovalofSB683.ItstimeforPennsylvaniatocatchupwiththe
science.Thisbillwillmakeourcommunitiessaferbygettingviolentcriminalsoffthestreets.
ThelegislationwouldrequireindividualsarrestedforseriouscrimestosubmitDNAsamples.
Privacyprotectionsarealsobuiltintothechanges:theresanexplicitprohibitionagainstusingDNAsamplesforanythingotherthan
legitimatelawenforcementidentificationpurposes.
AndlikePileggispastefforts,SB683containsanexpungementprocessfortheDNArecordsofexoneratedindividuals.
Additionally,thebillwouldcodifyaccreditationrequirementsforforensicDNAtestinglaboratoriesrequirecontinuingeducationfor
forensicDNAtestingpersonnelandauthorizethestatepolicetousemodifiedDNAsearchestohelpinvestigatorsidentifyunknown
DNAprofilestakenatcrimescenes.
Similarlegislationhasfailedtogetacrossthefinishlineduringthelasttwolegislativesessions,withthe201112sessionbillgetting
boggeddownbychangesrightattheendofthesession,whilethe201314billnevercameupontheHousefloorforavote,after
winningapprovalintheSenateandgettingreportedoutoftheHouseJudiciaryCommittee.
SaidPileggiaboutSB683:Thiskindoflawhasbeenproventosolveviolentcrimes.IhopeSenateBill683canbesenttotheGovernor
forhissignaturethisyear.
AndifyouthoughtPileggisthirdstabathisDNAtestingbillrepresentedplentyofyearsofeffort,thatsnothingcomparedtotheother
billthatgota3314Senatevote(butwithdifferentsenatorsmakingupthetwototals)tosendittotheHouseonMonday.
Thisbillwasintroducedbackin20072007wouldrequireSenateconfirmationofCEOs,becausewehadseentheDemocrat
senatorsworkingwithmeatthetimeonthislegislationthatwehadseenagovernorsaytoaboardthatwasappointedbythe
governorandthe[legislative]caucusesandapprovedbytheSenateyouregoingtohirethispersonasaCEOandtheyhiredthat
personastheCEO,explainedSenateBill474sponsorSen.JohnRafferty,RMontgomery.
WeretryingtocurtailsomeofthatinfluenceandmakesurethattheseCEOsthatareappointed,andImnotsayingthisgovernor
woulddothat,Imjustsayingagovernorhaddoneit,wethinkitsaveryimportantsteptohavetheSenateinoversightofthisCEO
reallyagoodgovernmenttypefunction,tomakesuretheressomeimmediatelegislativeoversightofthosedifferentagencies,
explainedRafferty,althoughSB474dealswithonlyoneCEOofthePennsylvaniaTurnpike.Acompanionbill,intheSenateState
GovernmentCommittee,wouldaddressotheragencyCEOs,saidRafferty.
HesaidtheseCEOstakeonaveryactiverole,andactalmostasasecretaryforthatagency,andwindupansweringallthequestions
directedtotheagencyattheappropriationshearingsandoversighthearings.
SenateMinorityLeaderJayCosta,DAllegheny,disagreedwithRaffertysassertionofneedforthelegislation.

CostasaidSB474wouldtakeawayfromthecommissionand,headded,thegovernortheresponsibilityofhavingthefinalsayon
whoservesastheCEOofthePennsylvaniaTurnpike.
CurrentlytheCEOishiredandfiredatthewilloftheboardmembersoftheTurnpikeCommission,andthecommissionhashistorically
beenseparateanddistinctfromtheactivitiesoftheSenate,althoughwedoconfirmthecommissionmembers,saidCosta.Ithinkthe
commissionmembersshouldhavetheabilitytohirethepersontomanagethatmajorentitywithouthavingtoworryaboutthepolitical
consequencesfromthegovernorortheSenate.
ThechamberalsounanimouslyapprovedbillsthatwouldexpandPennsylvaniasStateIntermediatePunishmentprogramtoinclude
offensescommittedbecauseofagamblingaddiction(currentlawonlyallowsSIPparticipationfordefendantsconvictedofcrimesdueto
adrugoralcoholaddiction)anddesignatethebridgecarryingStateRoute6011(HarrisonAvenue)overRoaringBrookinScrantonas
theColonelFrankDuffyMemorialBridge(tobenamedafterahighlyrespectedengineerandhighestrankingScrantonareapersonkilled
inWorldWarI).
TheSenatealsounanimouslyamendedameasurethatwouldcreateafreestandingactentitledtheCorrectionalOfficersInvestigation
ProcedureActwhichseekstoestablishcertainguidelinesandproceduresgoverningtheinvestigationandinterrogationofcorrectional
officersbythePennsylvaniaDepartmentofCorrections(DOC).
ThelegislationwaspromptedbyacomplaintofallegedmisconductregardingabuseallegationsatSCIPittsburgh.Accordingtobill
sponsorSen.DaveArgall,RSchuylkill,eightcorrectionsofficersweresuspendedwithoutpayandbenefitsforalmostayearwithoutthe
abilitytoaskquestionsrelatedtowhytheyweresuspendedortodefendthemselves.Theseofficerswereneverevengiventhebenefitof
ahearing,saidArgallinhiscosponsorshipmemoforthebill.
AddedArgall:Thislegislationwillguaranteepreservationoftheconstitutionalrightsforourcorrectionsofficers.
Severalbillswereadvancedbythechambertopotentialfinalvotes:toensurethatallactivedutymilitarypayremainsexemptfromlocal
incometaxtoincludeelectriccooperativeandutilitypersonnelasemergencyrespondersduringdeclareddisasteremergencies(to
affordthemspecificprotectionsduringemergenciesandwhendirectingprotectedtrafficinhazardousareasinordertokeepdriversand
emergencyworkerssafeatthescene)toprohibittheusebyandtransportation,inducementandsaleofpowderedalcoholtominors
forpartiestoanorganizedlabordispute,theremovalofexemptionsfromthecrimesofharassment,stalking,andthreateningtouse
weaponsofmassdestructiontoupdatelanguagemainlyforthequalificationstandardsforthecommercialdriverlearnerspermitand
commercialdriverslicense,inordertocomplywithnewfederalrulesandtoundoaprovisionofAct89(of2013)thateliminatestheuse
ofvehicleregistrationstickers.
Onthatlastbill,itsprimesponsor,Sen.Rafferty,explainedinhiscosponsorshipmemotheeliminationofthestickerwouldforcestate,
regionalandlocallawenforcementtoinvestincostlynewlicenseplatereadingequipment,withthosecostsexceedingthesavings
expectedforthestateDepartmentofTransportation(fromnothavingtoproduceandmailvehicleregistrationstickers).
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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly2,2015

TopClips

DelcoDailyTimes:LTEbyFirstLadyFrancesWolf:Nowisthetimetoacttofundstatesschools
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20150630/lettertotheeditorpennsylvaniafirstladynowisthetimetoacttofundstatesschools

Budget:Commentary

Citizens'Voice:Editorial:Voterswantprogress,notpoliticaltheater
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/voterswantprogressnotpoliticaltheater1.1906081

TimesLeader:Editorial:BudgetbyJuly1?Rigidgovernmentdeadlineslessimportantthanresults
http://timesleader.com/opinion/editorial/371316/ouropinionbudgetbyjuly1rigidgovernmentdeadlineslessimportantthanresults

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:Brokerabudget:Onspending,bothpartiesmustseekcompromise
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/BrokerabudgetOnspendingbothpartiesmustseek
compromise/stories/201507020040

LNP:Editorial:Day1:WaitingforaPa.budget
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/daywaitingforapabudget/article 6a5e3cfa1f5e11e5a4b7438ca642760d.html

DoylestownIntelligencer:Editorial:Forourlawmakers:nobudget,nopay
http://www.theintell.com/opinion/forourlawmakersnobudgetnopay/article c74e7101782e55708e6cd65f673f4afc.html

PatriotNews:Sowho'stoblameforBudgetImpasse2015?Well,everyone,ofcourse:ThursdayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/wolf lawmakers meet nothing.html

PhillyVoice:TheWolfTrap
http://www.phillyvoice.com/govwolfvetoesbudget/

Budget:Negotiations

AP:Wolf,GOPlawmakerstoresumebudgettalksafterveto
http://6abc.com/politics/wolfgoplawmakerstoresumebudgettalksafterveto/819827/

AP:BudgetmeetingbetweenPennsylvaniaGov.Wolf,lawmakersendsquickly
http://www.wfmz.com/news/budgetmeetingbetweenpennsylvaniagovwolflawmakersendsquickly/33930508

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolf,lawmakersgoingintobudgetnegotiationswith'armsunfolded'
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/gov tom wolf lawmakers going i.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:Pennsylvania'sgovernor,legislatorsplannewroundofbudgettalks
http://www.postgazette.com/local/region/2015/07/02/Governorlegislatorsplannewroundofbudgettalks/stories/201507020029

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.budgettalkstoresumenextweek
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150702 Pa

budget talks to resume next week.html#46IDrXa7zSh2jIH6.99

KYWNewsradio:AfterPa.BudgetVeto,Gov.WolfUpbeatAfterMeetingWithLegislativeLeaders
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/07/01/afterpabudgetvetogovwolfupbeataftermeetingwithlegislativeleaders/

PatriotNews:ImpactoflatestatebudgetnotlostonWolf,lawmakers
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/impact of late state budget no.html#incart mrpt2

PatriotNews:Pennsylvaniabudgetreset:HappyFourthandwe'llseeyounextweek
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pennsylvania budget reset happ.html#incart river

TimesLeader:TalksinPennsylvaniabudgetstandoffwillresumeMonday
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371689/talksinpennsylvaniabudgetstandoffwillresumemonday

PLSReporter:Budgetnegotiatorsfindnewresolve,butremainfarapart
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/artmid/472/articleid/815/Budgetnegotiatorsfindnewresolvebutremainfarapart.aspx

PatriotNews:Lawmakerssenthomebuttold'itisnotsummervacation'
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/lawmakers sent home but told i.html#incart river

MorningCall:Analyzingwhat'saheadinPennsylvaniabudgetstalemate
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolfrepublicanbudgetanalysis20150701story.html

TribuneReview:Expectdrawnoutstatebudgetimpasse,Pa.politicalanalystssay
http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/866771974/wolfgopstate#ixzz3ejlsc3Qa

FOX43:VIDEO:Budgetshowdown:Governor,Republicansmeetbehindcloseddoors
http://fox43.com/2015/07/01/budgetshowdowngovernorrepublicansmeetbehindcloseddoors/

PatriotNews:VIDEOS:PennsylvaniaHouseMajorityLeaderDaveReedonbudgetpainandlegislatorsonstandby
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/videos pennsylvania house majo.html#incart river

PLSReporter:VIDEO:"Weunderstandthatwehavetoreconcileourideas,"Gov.WolfsaysafterlatestbudgetmeetingwithGOP
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/814/VIDEOWeunderstandthatwehavetoreconcileourideasGovWolfsays
afterlatestbudgetmeetingwithGOP.aspx

ReadingEagle:Alookatbruisingstatebudgetbattlesfromyearspast
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/alookatbruisingstatebudgetbattlesfromyearspast

BudgetVote

PatriotNews:TopHouseRepublicansapparentlycastphantomballotsonkeybudgetbill
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/did the top 3 house republican.html

AP:AbsentPennsylvaniaHouseleadersstillvotedonschoolbill
http://www.witf.org/news/2015/07/absentpennsylvaniahouseleadersstillvotedonschoolbill.php

Budget:LegislativeResponses

ReadingEagle:StateSen.JudySchwankexplainsdisappointmentwithstatebudgetbill
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/statesenjudyschwankexplainsdisappointmentwithstatebudgetbill#sthash.jLWA67qI.dpuf

PoliticsPA:PABGT:StatewideReactiontoWolfsBudgetVeto
http://www.politicspa.com/pabgtstatewidereactiontowolfsbudgetveto/67394/

BeaverCountyTimes:LegislatorsreacttoWolf'sbudgetveto
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/legislatorsreacttowolfsbudgetveto/article 30bef5ea203811e5bd18e7ea3ccd3dd9.html/?
REFERMI=Homeice_cubes


TribuneReview:WolfvetoranklesFayWestGOP
http://triblive.com/news/fayette/866789574/budgetstefanogovernor#axzz3ejOEOg88

PatriotNews:LTE:Rep.BloomtiredofGov.Wolf's'confrontationalbudgetbrinksmanship'
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/rep_bloom_tired_of_wolfs_confr.html#incart_river

WNPVAM1440:StateSenatorBobMensch:Gov.WolfisNoEdRendell
http://wnpv1440.com/news/politics/7189statesenatorbobmenschgovwolfisnoedrendell

DailyAmerican:LocallawmakersupsetbyWolf'sveto(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/locallawmakersupsetbywolfsveto/article_cc408abfff835afa85580722ebd9e517.html

Education

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Editorial:CommunityCollegeofPhila.candomoreforthecitysstudents...AndHarrisburgcanhelp
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150702_Higher_aspirations.html#xyT3wZSde5gjsUEh.99

YorkDailyRecord:Budgetimpassewon'timmediatelyhitschooldistricts
http://www.ydr.com/politics/ci_28415035/budgetimpassewontimmediatelyhitschooldistricts

TribuneReview:HigherschooltaxesprevailinWesternPennsylvania,Tribfinds
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/861832774/districtsmillionstate#ixzz3ejmDnnbl

LNP:OpEd:Unintendedconsequencesmarschoolaccountabilitybill
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/unintendedconsequencesmarschoolaccountabilitybill/article_a16e33661f4611e5a967
97a791fafe14.html

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:OpEd:TherisksofthenewPa.schoolsoversightplan
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150702 Letters

The risks of the new Pa

schools oversight plan.html#WHOHmvcmOPILHuKp.99

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Enoughsmokersforschoolfunding
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/heardinthehall/Enoughsmokersforschoolfunding.html

PhiladelphiaCityPaper:ControllerreportsfindingThirdworldconditionsinPhillyschoolshumanwaste,exposedasbestosandfirehazards
http://citypaper.net/news/appallingcontrollerreportsthirdworldconditionsfoundinphillyschoolsincludingcockroachesasbestoshuman
wasteandfirehazards/

JobsThatPay

TimesLeader:PennsylvanialaborsecretarybringsJobsthatPaytourtoWilkesBarre
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371662/pennsylvanialaborsecretarybringsjobsthatpaytourtowilkesbarre

CitizensVoice:Statelaborsecretarycriticizestaxcollection
http://citizensvoice.com/news/statelaborsecretarycriticizestaxcollection1.1906666

TimesTribune:Pa.laborsecretaryspeaksonbudget,manufacturing
http://thetimestr bune.com/news/palaborsecretaryspeaksonbudgetmanufacturing1.1906885

PoconoRecord:KalahariResorts,Poconos'newestwaterpark,openswithcongratulationsallaround
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150701/NEWS/150709937/101010/NEWS

TimesLeader:KalahariwaterparkandhotelcomplexinPoconosholdscolorfulgrandopening
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371674/kalahariwaterparkandhotelcomplexinpoconosholdscolorfulgrandopening

SeveranceTax,Fracking

TribuneReview:DavidConti:Impasse
http://blog.triblive.com/flowback/2015/07/01/impasse/

TimesLeader:Groupsaysseverancetaxhasabsolutelynothingtodowithadequateeducationfunding
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371482/groupsaysseverancetaxhasabsolutelynothingtodowithadequateeducationfunding

Biz570:Somesmallbusinesseswaryofseverancetax
http://biz570.com/energy/somesmallbusinesseswaryofseverancetax1.1902842

IndianaGazette:HalliburtontocloseHomerCityplant
https://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiananews/halliburtontoclosehomercityplant,22323781/

LiquorPrivatization


PAIndependent:Brewingupaveto?Wolfstillponderingliquorprivatizationbill
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/brewingupavetowolfstillponderingliquorprivatizationbill/

PatriotNews:LessonsforPennsylvania?Washington'sliquorprivatizationmeantmorestoresbuthigherprices
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/lessons for pennsylvania washi.html#incart river

PatriotNews:'Nobodythinksthisisgoingtobecomelaw':Unions,groupskeepfightingPa.liquorprivatization
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/liquor privatization opponents.html#incart river

AP:'Killing1childeveryweek':Watchthemostoverthetopboozesalesadoutthere
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/killing 1 child every week wat.html#incart river

ReadingEagle:Whatyouneedtoknowaboutthebilltoprivatizestateliquorsales
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/whatyouneedtoknowaboutthebilltoprivatizestateliquorsales#.VZUzwBtVhBc

PatriotNews:OpEd:SpecterofGov.Pinchot's'drycause'loomsoverliquorprivatizationfight
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/pinchot liquor and alcohol sal.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:KilltheLCB:Onliquor,Wolfcanbeprogressiveoradinosaur
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/KilltheLCBOnliquorWolfcanbeprogressiveora
dinosaur/stories/201507020067

TimesNews:Editorial:Liquor:Reformantiquatedlaws
http://www.tnonline.com/2015/jun/30/liquor

Pensions

PittsburghPostGazette:BrianO'Neill:Pensionmessrootedinbad2001bill
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/brianoneill/2015/07/02/BrianONeillPensionmessrootedinbad2001bill/stories/201507020018

YorkDispatch:OpEd:Pa.lawmakersusepensionsasbargainingchip
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci 28413059/opedpalawmakersusepensionsbargainingchip

ChambersburgPublicOpinion:OpEd:PApensionreformislongoverdue
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/opinion/ci 28413099/columnpapensionreformislongoverdue


GettysburgTimes:OpEd:Pensionreformisessential(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.gettysburgtimes.com/opinion/staff columns/article ffba8b02a74e5fe980d88259b43296d1.html

DepartmentNews

YorkDispatch:OpEd:Pennsylvanialeadersmuststepuptomeetcleanwatercommitments
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/viewpoints/ci 28411846/opedpennsylvanialeadersmuststepupmeet

AP:PennsylvaniaAGsuesoperatorof14nursinghomes
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/lawsuitfiledagainstpennsylvanianursinghomech/nmqDg/

AP:State's201415taxcollectionsoverrunprojectionsby$412M
http://www.wtrf.com/story/29456308/states201415taxcollectionsoverrunprojectionsby412m

BackgroundCheckLaw

PatriotNews:Newlawattemptstoaddclaritytobackgroundcheckslaw
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/new law attempts to add clarit.html#incart river

DelcoDailyTimes:ConcernovernewPa.lawrequiringclearancesforvolunteers
http://www.delcotimes.com/generalnews/20150701/concernovernewpalawrequiringclearancesforvolunteers

911Funding

StateCollege.com:CentreCountyApprovesNew911DispatchSystem,WillBenefitfromNew911FundingLaw
http://www.statecollege.com/news/localnews/centrecountyapprovesnew911dispatchsystemwillbenefitfromnew911funding
law,1464560/

RepublicanHerald:Gov.Wolfraiseschargefor911calls
http://republicanherald.com/news/govwolfraiseschargefor911calls1.1906862

MedicalMarijuana


HeraldStandard:Editorial:Nomoregames
http://www.heraldstandard.com/opinion/editorials/nomoregames/article_2d0e986c441957d38d39b5a196f8d73c.html

PatriotNews:Pa.medicalmarijuanabillappearsonfasttrack
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/folmer_regan_marsico_sb_3.html#incart_river

Philly420:Pa.medicalmarijuanabecomespoliticalcircus
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/Philly420 Pa medical marijuana becomes political circus.html#sZRvoKVtJE8tsRiH.99

MunicipalPensions

PatriotNews:Pa.AuditorGeneral:'Massivetaxhikes,publicsafetylayoffs'couldoccurifmunicipalpensionplansaren'tfixed
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pa auditor general massive tax.html#incart river

TimesTribune:Editorial:DePasqualereporthalfofanswer
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/depasqualereporthalfofanswer1.1906624

StateNews

PhiladelphiaMagazine:PABossesAreStealingUpto$32MillionaWeekFromTheirWorkers
http://www.phillymag.com/citified/2015/07/01/wagetheftstudy/#KyuQ7UB3QxbIwrbd.99

LetterstotheEditor

PoconoRecord:CommonwealthFoundation:Schoolsdon'tneedmorestatefunding
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150630/OPINION/150639971/101041/OPINION

YorkDispatch:Rendelloffbaseonliquorprivatization
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/viewpoints/ci 28412271/letterrendelloffbaseliquorprivatization

TimesTribune:Taxmysteries
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/letters/letterstotheeditor7120151.1906085

Capitolwire:Wolf,legislativeleadersreadytoworktoreachagreementsonbudget,
pensions,liquor.
ByChrisComisac,KevinZwick&ChristenSmith
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July1)Thearmsareunfolded,saidGov.TomWolf,characterizingthepositivenatureofaWednesdayafternoon
meetingwithlegislativeleadersaboutthestatebudget,lessthanadayafterissuinganunprecedentedcompletevetooftheGOP's
budgetproposal.
Followingtheapproximately30minutemeeting,WolfsaidhehasofferedhisbudgetandlegislativeRepublicanshavenowofferedtheirs,
withthetasknowtofindcommongroundbetweenthetwo.
We'reallgoingtoworkveryhardtomakesurewehaveabudgetasquicklyaspossible,saidWolf,standingwithHouseMajority
LeaderDaveReed,RIndiana.
ThateffortwillbegininearnestonMonday,thegovernorsaid.
DrewCrompton,chiefofstaffandlegalcounseltoSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,saidnothingnewwasoffered
duringthemeeting,withthegovernorandlegislativeRepublicansstillfarapartontheitemsonwhichtheywerefarapartpriortothe
governorsTuesdaynightbudgetveto.Scarnati,likeHouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,andSenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,RCentre,participatedinthemeetingbytelephone.
Anothermeetingabouthavingmoremeetings,saidCrompton,addingthetenorofthegatheringwascollegial.
Thoseattendingthemeetingincluded,fromtheHouse,Reed,AppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairmanBillAdolph,RDelaware,
MinorityLeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny,andMinorityWhipMikeHanna,DClintonandfromtheSenateitwasMinorityLeader
JayCosta,DAllegheny,AppropriationsCommitteeMinorityChairmanVinceHughes,DPhiladelphiaandMinorityWhipTonyWilliams,
DPhiladelphia.
Allthoseinvolvedinthemeetingsaidtheconversationabouthowtofindcommongroundandconsensuswouldbeginwithaseriesof
meetingsonMondayandTuesdaynextweek.Untilthen,considerthenextfewdaysabitofacoolingoffperiod.
Youknowfolkshavebeenhereforaprotractedtimeframe,andfolksaregonnagetalittlemorefiredupthanusual,explainedReed.I
thinkrightnowitjustgivesusachancetoevaluatewhatwedidintheHouseandtheSenate,itgivesthegovernorachancetoevaluate
liquorandpensions,andthenwecancomebacktothetableonMondaywithsomemoreinformation,somemoredatasome
justificationastowhysomeoftheideaswethoughtwereinthebestinterestofthepeopleofthecommonwealth,andImsurethe
governorwilldothesame.
Buttherewouldappeartobeplentyofworkaheadforthosewhoparticipateinthosemeetings.
SaidReed:ThegovernorputanoriginalbudgetdocumentonthetableinMarchthatdoesnothavesupportintheHouseandSenate.
WepassedabudgetintheHouseandintheSenateyesterdayandovertheweekendthatdoesnothavethegovernor'ssignature.So
we'vegotalotofworktodooverthenexthopefullyjustcoupledaysorcoupleweekstogettoanagreementonafinalbudget
document.
Thatrequiresalittlegiveandtakeonbothsides,Reedsaid.
Imgladweremeeting,saidAdolph,butlateradded:Idonotwanttogiveyoutheimpressionthatwereclose.Wearefar,far,far
apartonnumbers,andthatsbecausewhatthegovernorwouldliketospendtakesalotoftaxes,andtheyrenotsurehowmanyvotes
theycanproduce[forthosetaxes],soitsgoingtobealotofwork.
Obviouslytheyhavetomoveontheirfiguresbecausetheresnotthevotesforthetypeofrevenuethatsneededforthespendnumber,
Adolphadded.
AndreactingtothegovernorspressconferenceTuesdayevening,duringwhichhesaidhewouldvetotheGOPdevelopedbudget
becausethemathdoesntwork,Adolphsaid:Ournumbersaddup.
Costasaidtheresbeensomemovementbythegovernoronsuchthingsaswineandspiritsalesandpensions.Reedlatersaidgetting
abudgetagreementisthetoppriority,buttheresalsoalotoffocusbeingputonpensionandliquorproposals.
ConversationsbetweenGOPleadersandWolfonapensiondealhavebeenveryfruitful,buttheyarenotclosetoanagreementover
liquorprivatization,Reedsaid.
Propertytaxrelief,whichthegovernorhasmadeoneofhispriorities,willcontinuetobeworkedon,butitdoesnthavetogetdoneas
partofthebudget,addedReed.
But,asRepublicansindicated,thebudgetnumberswillrequiremorediscussions.

Ithinkthatthere'sanumberofissuesweareworkingaltogetheron,butwithrespecttothegeneralfundbudget,Ithinkwehavesome
moreworktodo,butyouknow,ourfolksaregoingtoprepthisweekend,thenextcoupledays,andthencomebackMondaytobe
positionedtocomebackandhavesomeveryseriousconversationswithbothsides,saidCosta.AndIthinkpeopleshouldbe
encouragedthatbothsidesaregoingtocometothetableandbeginaconversation.Ithinkthat'sapositivestep.
Ianticipatetherewillbemeetingseverysingleday,saidReed,notingtheywilllikelyinvolvefewerpeoplethantheworkgroupsthat
hadbeenmeetingpriortoTuesdaysbudgetveto.Reedsaidthoselargerworkgroups,someofwhichhad30or40participants,
includingstaff,justwerentproductive.
SodontexpecttheGeneralAssemblytoreturntothestateCapitolanytimesoon.
Thisisjustaconversationamonghighrankingstaffmembers,reducingthesizeoftheroomtomakecertainwecangettosomevery
seriousdiscussionsandthenoncewegetthroughthatprocessandthenbeginmovingforward,Ibelievethemajorityleaderwouldbe
abletocallfolksback,saidCosta.
Peopleneedtocometothetableinaseriouswaywithalimitednumberofplayerssothatwecannotjustputthingsonthetable,but
alsotakethingsoffthetabletoactuallygettoafinalagreement,Reedsaid.
Reedaddedmembersareonsixhournoticestartingnextweekincaseafinalbudgetagreementisreached.
Andifittakesanextendedperiodoftimebeforeanagreementisreached?
Ithinkcertainlythedaysaregone,aswehadunderGov.Rendell,whenhesentoutthefurloughnotices,atthebeginningofJune
beforethediscussionsevenstartedonafinalbudgetdocument,andthreatenedstateworkerstheywouldbelaidoffJuly1,saidReed.
SoIthinkthecourtrulingstookcareofthatsideoftheequation,sostateworkersarenotreallyindangerofnotgettingpaid.Now,I
thinkthebiggerimpactisonhumanserviceagenciesand,dependingonhowlongitgoeson,schoolsaswell.
ButtherewasoptimismexpressedWednesday.
Eventuallywe'regoingtogetthisdone,government'sgoingtocontinuetooperateandwewillhopefullycontinuetosendabilltothe
governorthatthistimehewillsignasopposedtowithholdinghissignature,Reedsaid.
AddedWolf:Ithinkwhat'shearteningaboutthismeetinghereisthatwe'reonthesamepageaboutdoingwhat'srightforPennsylvania,
I'mnotjustsayingthat,andweactuallyaredoingthiswithagreatdealofmutualrespect.We'regoingtoworktogether.
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TopClips

DelcoDailyTimes:LTEbyFirstLadyFrancesWolf:Nowisthetimetoacttofundstatesschools
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20150630/lettertotheeditorpennsylvaniafirstladynowisthetimetoacttofundstatesschools

Budget:Commentary

Citizens'Voice:Editorial:Voterswantprogress,notpoliticaltheater
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/voterswantprogressnotpoliticaltheater1.1906081

TimesLeader:Editorial:BudgetbyJuly1?Rigidgovernmentdeadlineslessimportantthanresults
http://timesleader.com/opinion/editorial/371316/ouropinionbudgetbyjuly1rigidgovernmentdeadlineslessimportantthanresults

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:Brokerabudget:Onspending,bothpartiesmustseekcompromise
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/BrokerabudgetOnspendingbothpartiesmustseek
compromise/stories/201507020040

LNP:Editorial:Day1:WaitingforaPa.budget
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/daywaitingforapabudget/article 6a5e3cfa1f5e11e5a4b7438ca642760d.html

DoylestownIntelligencer:Editorial:Forourlawmakers:nobudget,nopay
http://www.theintell.com/opinion/forourlawmakersnobudgetnopay/article c74e7101782e55708e6cd65f673f4afc.html

PatriotNews:Sowho'stoblameforBudgetImpasse2015?Well,everyone,ofcourse:ThursdayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/wolf lawmakers meet nothing.html

PhillyVoice:TheWolfTrap
http://www.phillyvoice.com/govwolfvetoesbudget/

Budget:Negotiations

AP:Wolf,GOPlawmakerstoresumebudgettalksafterveto
http://6abc.com/politics/wolfgoplawmakerstoresumebudgettalksafterveto/819827/

AP:BudgetmeetingbetweenPennsylvaniaGov.Wolf,lawmakersendsquickly
http://www.wfmz.com/news/budgetmeetingbetweenpennsylvaniagovwolflawmakersendsquickly/33930508

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolf,lawmakersgoingintobudgetnegotiationswith'armsunfolded'
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/gov tom wolf lawmakers going i.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:Pennsylvania'sgovernor,legislatorsplannewroundofbudgettalks
http://www.postgazette.com/local/region/2015/07/02/Governorlegislatorsplannewroundofbudgettalks/stories/201507020029

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.budgettalkstoresumenextweek
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150702 Pa

budget talks to resume next week.html#46IDrXa7zSh2jIH6.99

KYWNewsradio:AfterPa.BudgetVeto,Gov.WolfUpbeatAfterMeetingWithLegislativeLeaders
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/07/01/afterpabudgetvetogovwolfupbeataftermeetingwithlegislativeleaders/

PatriotNews:ImpactoflatestatebudgetnotlostonWolf,lawmakers
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/impact of late state budget no.html#incart mrpt2

PatriotNews:Pennsylvaniabudgetreset:HappyFourthandwe'llseeyounextweek
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pennsylvania budget reset happ.html#incart river

TimesLeader:TalksinPennsylvaniabudgetstandoffwillresumeMonday
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371689/talksinpennsylvaniabudgetstandoffwillresumemonday

PLSReporter:Budgetnegotiatorsfindnewresolve,butremainfarapart
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/artmid/472/articleid/815/Budgetnegotiatorsfindnewresolvebutremainfarapart.aspx

PatriotNews:Lawmakerssenthomebuttold'itisnotsummervacation'
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/lawmakers sent home but told i.html#incart river

MorningCall:Analyzingwhat'saheadinPennsylvaniabudgetstalemate
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolfrepublicanbudgetanalysis20150701story.html

TribuneReview:Expectdrawnoutstatebudgetimpasse,Pa.politicalanalystssay
http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/866771974/wolfgopstate#ixzz3ejlsc3Qa

FOX43:VIDEO:Budgetshowdown:Governor,Republicansmeetbehindcloseddoors
http://fox43.com/2015/07/01/budgetshowdowngovernorrepublicansmeetbehindcloseddoors/

PatriotNews:VIDEOS:PennsylvaniaHouseMajorityLeaderDaveReedonbudgetpainandlegislatorsonstandby
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/videos pennsylvania house majo.html#incart river

PLSReporter:VIDEO:"Weunderstandthatwehavetoreconcileourideas,"Gov.WolfsaysafterlatestbudgetmeetingwithGOP
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/814/VIDEOWeunderstandthatwehavetoreconcileourideasGovWolfsays
afterlatestbudgetmeetingwithGOP.aspx

ReadingEagle:Alookatbruisingstatebudgetbattlesfromyearspast
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/alookatbruisingstatebudgetbattlesfromyearspast

BudgetVote

PatriotNews:TopHouseRepublicansapparentlycastphantomballotsonkeybudgetbill
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/did the top 3 house republican.html

AP:AbsentPennsylvaniaHouseleadersstillvotedonschoolbill
http://www.witf.org/news/2015/07/absentpennsylvaniahouseleadersstillvotedonschoolbill.php

Budget:LegislativeResponses

ReadingEagle:StateSen.JudySchwankexplainsdisappointmentwithstatebudgetbill
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/statesenjudyschwankexplainsdisappointmentwithstatebudgetbill#sthash.jLWA67qI.dpuf

PoliticsPA:PABGT:StatewideReactiontoWolfsBudgetVeto
http://www.politicspa.com/pabgtstatewidereactiontowolfsbudgetveto/67394/

BeaverCountyTimes:LegislatorsreacttoWolf'sbudgetveto
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/legislatorsreacttowolfsbudgetveto/article 30bef5ea203811e5bd18e7ea3ccd3dd9.html/?
REFERMI=Homeice_cubes


TribuneReview:WolfvetoranklesFayWestGOP
http://triblive.com/news/fayette/866789574/budgetstefanogovernor#axzz3ejOEOg88

PatriotNews:LTE:Rep.BloomtiredofGov.Wolf's'confrontationalbudgetbrinksmanship'
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/rep_bloom_tired_of_wolfs_confr.html#incart_river

WNPVAM1440:StateSenatorBobMensch:Gov.WolfisNoEdRendell
http://wnpv1440.com/news/politics/7189statesenatorbobmenschgovwolfisnoedrendell

DailyAmerican:LocallawmakersupsetbyWolf'sveto(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/local/somerset/locallawmakersupsetbywolfsveto/article_cc408abfff835afa85580722ebd9e517.html

Education

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Editorial:CommunityCollegeofPhila.candomoreforthecitysstudents...AndHarrisburgcanhelp
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150702_Higher_aspirations.html#xyT3wZSde5gjsUEh.99

YorkDailyRecord:Budgetimpassewon'timmediatelyhitschooldistricts
http://www.ydr.com/politics/ci_28415035/budgetimpassewontimmediatelyhitschooldistricts

TribuneReview:HigherschooltaxesprevailinWesternPennsylvania,Tribfinds
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/861832774/districtsmillionstate#ixzz3ejmDnnbl

LNP:OpEd:Unintendedconsequencesmarschoolaccountabilitybill
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/unintendedconsequencesmarschoolaccountabilitybill/article_a16e33661f4611e5a967
97a791fafe14.html

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:OpEd:TherisksofthenewPa.schoolsoversightplan
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150702 Letters

The risks of the new Pa

schools oversight plan.html#WHOHmvcmOPILHuKp.99

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Enoughsmokersforschoolfunding
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/heardinthehall/Enoughsmokersforschoolfunding.html

PhiladelphiaCityPaper:ControllerreportsfindingThirdworldconditionsinPhillyschoolshumanwaste,exposedasbestosandfirehazards
http://citypaper.net/news/appallingcontrollerreportsthirdworldconditionsfoundinphillyschoolsincludingcockroachesasbestoshuman
wasteandfirehazards/

JobsThatPay

TimesLeader:PennsylvanialaborsecretarybringsJobsthatPaytourtoWilkesBarre
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371662/pennsylvanialaborsecretarybringsjobsthatpaytourtowilkesbarre

CitizensVoice:Statelaborsecretarycriticizestaxcollection
http://citizensvoice.com/news/statelaborsecretarycriticizestaxcollection1.1906666

TimesTribune:Pa.laborsecretaryspeaksonbudget,manufacturing
http://thetimestr bune.com/news/palaborsecretaryspeaksonbudgetmanufacturing1.1906885

PoconoRecord:KalahariResorts,Poconos'newestwaterpark,openswithcongratulationsallaround
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150701/NEWS/150709937/101010/NEWS

TimesLeader:KalahariwaterparkandhotelcomplexinPoconosholdscolorfulgrandopening
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371674/kalahariwaterparkandhotelcomplexinpoconosholdscolorfulgrandopening

SeveranceTax,Fracking

TribuneReview:DavidConti:Impasse
http://blog.triblive.com/flowback/2015/07/01/impasse/

TimesLeader:Groupsaysseverancetaxhasabsolutelynothingtodowithadequateeducationfunding
http://timesleader.com/news/local/371482/groupsaysseverancetaxhasabsolutelynothingtodowithadequateeducationfunding

Biz570:Somesmallbusinesseswaryofseverancetax
http://biz570.com/energy/somesmallbusinesseswaryofseverancetax1.1902842

IndianaGazette:HalliburtontocloseHomerCityplant
https://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiananews/halliburtontoclosehomercityplant,22323781/

LiquorPrivatization


PAIndependent:Brewingupaveto?Wolfstillponderingliquorprivatizationbill
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/brewingupavetowolfstillponderingliquorprivatizationbill/

PatriotNews:LessonsforPennsylvania?Washington'sliquorprivatizationmeantmorestoresbuthigherprices
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/lessons for pennsylvania washi.html#incart river

PatriotNews:'Nobodythinksthisisgoingtobecomelaw':Unions,groupskeepfightingPa.liquorprivatization
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/liquor privatization opponents.html#incart river

AP:'Killing1childeveryweek':Watchthemostoverthetopboozesalesadoutthere
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/killing 1 child every week wat.html#incart river

ReadingEagle:Whatyouneedtoknowaboutthebilltoprivatizestateliquorsales
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/whatyouneedtoknowaboutthebilltoprivatizestateliquorsales#.VZUzwBtVhBc

PatriotNews:OpEd:SpecterofGov.Pinchot's'drycause'loomsoverliquorprivatizationfight
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/pinchot liquor and alcohol sal.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:KilltheLCB:Onliquor,Wolfcanbeprogressiveoradinosaur
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/KilltheLCBOnliquorWolfcanbeprogressiveora
dinosaur/stories/201507020067

TimesNews:Editorial:Liquor:Reformantiquatedlaws
http://www.tnonline.com/2015/jun/30/liquor

Pensions

PittsburghPostGazette:BrianO'Neill:Pensionmessrootedinbad2001bill
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/brianoneill/2015/07/02/BrianONeillPensionmessrootedinbad2001bill/stories/201507020018

YorkDispatch:OpEd:Pa.lawmakersusepensionsasbargainingchip
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci 28413059/opedpalawmakersusepensionsbargainingchip

ChambersburgPublicOpinion:OpEd:PApensionreformislongoverdue
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/opinion/ci 28413099/columnpapensionreformislongoverdue


GettysburgTimes:OpEd:Pensionreformisessential(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.gettysburgtimes.com/opinion/staff columns/article ffba8b02a74e5fe980d88259b43296d1.html

DepartmentNews

YorkDispatch:OpEd:Pennsylvanialeadersmuststepuptomeetcleanwatercommitments
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/viewpoints/ci 28411846/opedpennsylvanialeadersmuststepupmeet

AP:PennsylvaniaAGsuesoperatorof14nursinghomes
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/lawsuitfiledagainstpennsylvanianursinghomech/nmqDg/

AP:State's201415taxcollectionsoverrunprojectionsby$412M
http://www.wtrf.com/story/29456308/states201415taxcollectionsoverrunprojectionsby412m

BackgroundCheckLaw

PatriotNews:Newlawattemptstoaddclaritytobackgroundcheckslaw
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/new law attempts to add clarit.html#incart river

DelcoDailyTimes:ConcernovernewPa.lawrequiringclearancesforvolunteers
http://www.delcotimes.com/generalnews/20150701/concernovernewpalawrequiringclearancesforvolunteers

911Funding

StateCollege.com:CentreCountyApprovesNew911DispatchSystem,WillBenefitfromNew911FundingLaw
http://www.statecollege.com/news/localnews/centrecountyapprovesnew911dispatchsystemwillbenefitfromnew911funding
law,1464560/

RepublicanHerald:Gov.Wolfraiseschargefor911calls
http://republicanherald.com/news/govwolfraiseschargefor911calls1.1906862

MedicalMarijuana


HeraldStandard:Editorial:Nomoregames
http://www.heraldstandard.com/opinion/editorials/nomoregames/article_2d0e986c441957d38d39b5a196f8d73c.html

PatriotNews:Pa.medicalmarijuanabillappearsonfasttrack
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/folmer_regan_marsico_sb_3.html#incart_river

Philly420:Pa.medicalmarijuanabecomespoliticalcircus
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/Philly420 Pa medical marijuana becomes political circus.html#sZRvoKVtJE8tsRiH.99

MunicipalPensions

PatriotNews:Pa.AuditorGeneral:'Massivetaxhikes,publicsafetylayoffs'couldoccurifmunicipalpensionplansaren'tfixed
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pa auditor general massive tax.html#incart river

TimesTribune:Editorial:DePasqualereporthalfofanswer
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/depasqualereporthalfofanswer1.1906624

StateNews

PhiladelphiaMagazine:PABossesAreStealingUpto$32MillionaWeekFromTheirWorkers
http://www.phillymag.com/citified/2015/07/01/wagetheftstudy/#KyuQ7UB3QxbIwrbd.99

LetterstotheEditor

PoconoRecord:CommonwealthFoundation:Schoolsdon'tneedmorestatefunding
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150630/OPINION/150639971/101041/OPINION

YorkDispatch:Rendelloffbaseonliquorprivatization
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/viewpoints/ci 28412271/letterrendelloffbaseliquorprivatization

TimesTribune:Taxmysteries
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/letters/letterstotheeditor7120151.1906085

Capitolwire:Wolf,legislativeleadersreadytoworktoreachagreementsonbudget,
pensions,liquor.
ByChrisComisac,KevinZwick&ChristenSmith
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July1)Thearmsareunfolded,saidGov.TomWolf,characterizingthepositivenatureofaWednesdayafternoon
meetingwithlegislativeleadersaboutthestatebudget,lessthanadayafterissuinganunprecedentedcompletevetooftheGOP's
budgetproposal.
Followingtheapproximately30minutemeeting,WolfsaidhehasofferedhisbudgetandlegislativeRepublicanshavenowofferedtheirs,
withthetasknowtofindcommongroundbetweenthetwo.
We'reallgoingtoworkveryhardtomakesurewehaveabudgetasquicklyaspossible,saidWolf,standingwithHouseMajority
LeaderDaveReed,RIndiana.
ThateffortwillbegininearnestonMonday,thegovernorsaid.
DrewCrompton,chiefofstaffandlegalcounseltoSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,saidnothingnewwasoffered
duringthemeeting,withthegovernorandlegislativeRepublicansstillfarapartontheitemsonwhichtheywerefarapartpriortothe
governorsTuesdaynightbudgetveto.Scarnati,likeHouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,andSenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,RCentre,participatedinthemeetingbytelephone.
Anothermeetingabouthavingmoremeetings,saidCrompton,addingthetenorofthegatheringwascollegial.
Thoseattendingthemeetingincluded,fromtheHouse,Reed,AppropriationsCommitteeMajorityChairmanBillAdolph,RDelaware,
MinorityLeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny,andMinorityWhipMikeHanna,DClintonandfromtheSenateitwasMinorityLeader
JayCosta,DAllegheny,AppropriationsCommitteeMinorityChairmanVinceHughes,DPhiladelphiaandMinorityWhipTonyWilliams,
DPhiladelphia.
Allthoseinvolvedinthemeetingsaidtheconversationabouthowtofindcommongroundandconsensuswouldbeginwithaseriesof
meetingsonMondayandTuesdaynextweek.Untilthen,considerthenextfewdaysabitofacoolingoffperiod.
Youknowfolkshavebeenhereforaprotractedtimeframe,andfolksaregonnagetalittlemorefiredupthanusual,explainedReed.I
thinkrightnowitjustgivesusachancetoevaluatewhatwedidintheHouseandtheSenate,itgivesthegovernorachancetoevaluate
liquorandpensions,andthenwecancomebacktothetableonMondaywithsomemoreinformation,somemoredatasome
justificationastowhysomeoftheideaswethoughtwereinthebestinterestofthepeopleofthecommonwealth,andImsurethe
governorwilldothesame.
Buttherewouldappeartobeplentyofworkaheadforthosewhoparticipateinthosemeetings.
SaidReed:ThegovernorputanoriginalbudgetdocumentonthetableinMarchthatdoesnothavesupportintheHouseandSenate.
WepassedabudgetintheHouseandintheSenateyesterdayandovertheweekendthatdoesnothavethegovernor'ssignature.So
we'vegotalotofworktodooverthenexthopefullyjustcoupledaysorcoupleweekstogettoanagreementonafinalbudget
document.
Thatrequiresalittlegiveandtakeonbothsides,Reedsaid.
Imgladweremeeting,saidAdolph,butlateradded:Idonotwanttogiveyoutheimpressionthatwereclose.Wearefar,far,far
apartonnumbers,andthatsbecausewhatthegovernorwouldliketospendtakesalotoftaxes,andtheyrenotsurehowmanyvotes
theycanproduce[forthosetaxes],soitsgoingtobealotofwork.
Obviouslytheyhavetomoveontheirfiguresbecausetheresnotthevotesforthetypeofrevenuethatsneededforthespendnumber,
Adolphadded.
AndreactingtothegovernorspressconferenceTuesdayevening,duringwhichhesaidhewouldvetotheGOPdevelopedbudget
becausethemathdoesntwork,Adolphsaid:Ournumbersaddup.
Costasaidtheresbeensomemovementbythegovernoronsuchthingsaswineandspiritsalesandpensions.Reedlatersaidgetting
abudgetagreementisthetoppriority,buttheresalsoalotoffocusbeingputonpensionandliquorproposals.
ConversationsbetweenGOPleadersandWolfonapensiondealhavebeenveryfruitful,buttheyarenotclosetoanagreementover
liquorprivatization,Reedsaid.
Propertytaxrelief,whichthegovernorhasmadeoneofhispriorities,willcontinuetobeworkedon,butitdoesnthavetogetdoneas
partofthebudget,addedReed.
But,asRepublicansindicated,thebudgetnumberswillrequiremorediscussions.

Ithinkthatthere'sanumberofissuesweareworkingaltogetheron,butwithrespecttothegeneralfundbudget,Ithinkwehavesome
moreworktodo,butyouknow,ourfolksaregoingtoprepthisweekend,thenextcoupledays,andthencomebackMondaytobe
positionedtocomebackandhavesomeveryseriousconversationswithbothsides,saidCosta.AndIthinkpeopleshouldbe
encouragedthatbothsidesaregoingtocometothetableandbeginaconversation.Ithinkthat'sapositivestep.
Ianticipatetherewillbemeetingseverysingleday,saidReed,notingtheywilllikelyinvolvefewerpeoplethantheworkgroupsthat
hadbeenmeetingpriortoTuesdaysbudgetveto.Reedsaidthoselargerworkgroups,someofwhichhad30or40participants,
includingstaff,justwerentproductive.
SodontexpecttheGeneralAssemblytoreturntothestateCapitolanytimesoon.
Thisisjustaconversationamonghighrankingstaffmembers,reducingthesizeoftheroomtomakecertainwecangettosomevery
seriousdiscussionsandthenoncewegetthroughthatprocessandthenbeginmovingforward,Ibelievethemajorityleaderwouldbe
abletocallfolksback,saidCosta.
Peopleneedtocometothetableinaseriouswaywithalimitednumberofplayerssothatwecannotjustputthingsonthetable,but
alsotakethingsoffthetabletoactuallygettoafinalagreement,Reedsaid.
Reedaddedmembersareonsixhournoticestartingnextweekincaseafinalbudgetagreementisreached.
Andifittakesanextendedperiodoftimebeforeanagreementisreached?
Ithinkcertainlythedaysaregone,aswehadunderGov.Rendell,whenhesentoutthefurloughnotices,atthebeginningofJune
beforethediscussionsevenstartedonafinalbudgetdocument,andthreatenedstateworkerstheywouldbelaidoffJuly1,saidReed.
SoIthinkthecourtrulingstookcareofthatsideoftheequation,sostateworkersarenotreallyindangerofnotgettingpaid.Now,I
thinkthebiggerimpactisonhumanserviceagenciesand,dependingonhowlongitgoeson,schoolsaswell.
ButtherewasoptimismexpressedWednesday.
Eventuallywe'regoingtogetthisdone,government'sgoingtocontinuetooperateandwewillhopefullycontinuetosendabilltothe
governorthatthistimehewillsignasopposedtowithholdinghissignature,Reedsaid.
AddedWolf:Ithinkwhat'shearteningaboutthismeetinghereisthatwe'reonthesamepageaboutdoingwhat'srightforPennsylvania,
I'mnotjustsayingthat,andweactuallyaredoingthiswithagreatdealofmutualrespect.We'regoingtoworktogether.
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Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly3,2015

Gov.WolfInterviews
WJET:VIDEO:GovernorWolfTalksAboutSpiritofCompromiseforBudgetTalks
http://www.erietvnews.com/story/29465526/governorwolftalksaboutspiritofcompromiseforbudgettalks
WESA:Gov.WolfStandsFirmonBudget,ButSaysHe'sKeepingAn'OpenMind'
http://wesa.fm/post/govwolfstandsfirmbudgetsaysheskeepingopenmind

Budget:Commentary

RepublicanHerald:Editorial:Stateneedsbudget,notpoliticaltheater
http://republicanherald.com/opinion/stateneedsbudgetnotpolitical heater1.1906540

LNP:OpEdbyRep.Sturla:GOPbudgetispoliticalideology,notsoundfiscalgovernance
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/gopbudgetispoliticalideologynotsoundfiscalgovernance/ar icle_3a55378a202a11e5bd2cef941841d871.html

PatriotNews:OpEdbyRepDean:Here'swhyIvoted'No'onabad#Pabudget
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/heres_why_i_voted_no_on_a_bad html

PatriotNews:OpEdbyRepParker:It'stimetounitefor hefutureofPa.'sstudents
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/its_ ime_to_unite_for_the_futu.html
TimesTribune:Editorial:Tradeoffonpensionbill
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/tradeoffonpensionbill1.1907167
PhiladelphiaDailyNews:Editorial:Slouchingtoward'shutdown':CanWolfeandtheGOPfindcommonbudgetground?
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150703 DN Editorial Slouching toward shutdown
Can Wolfe and the GOP find common budget ground .html#l0ke2UTR5jErh6sH.99
BeaverCountyTimes:Editorial:Nosurpriseonbudget
http://www.timesonline.com/opinion/editorials/nosurpriseonbudget/ar icle 948b8ba6201a11e5a5e92ff9d87921a5.html/?REFERMI=Opinion

PatriotNews:NancyEshelman:Pa.legislators,youhadonejobbutblewitagain
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pa legislator you had one job.html#incart river

YorkDailyRecord:WhatYorkCountyarealawmakers,otherssaidaboutGov.TomWolf'sbudgetveto
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_28417862/whatyorkcountyarealawmakersotherssaidabout?source=rss_viewed

YorkDispatch:YorkCountylegislatorsarentholdingtheirbreathforresolutiontostatebudgetimpasse
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_28419600/yorkcountylegislatorsarentholdingtheirbreathresolution

ErieTimesNews:Analyst:GOPhas"upperhand"instatebudgetstalemate
http://www.goerie.com/analystgophasupperhandinstatebudgetstalemate#
YorkDispatch:OpEdbyCommonwealthFoundation:Wolf's'myway'approachblocksprogress
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci 28427456/wolfsmywayapproachblocksprogress

BradfordEra:Scarna i:SenatesentresponsiblebudgettoWolf
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article 97c72782205411e5bbf91775d6f58f25.html

WilliamportSunGazette:Editorial:Thestatebudget:Weneedleadership,notvetoes,fromgovernor(Subscrip ionrequired)
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/637974/ThestatebudgetWeneedleadershipnotvetoesfromgovernor.html?nav=5004

Budget:Impasse

SharonHerald:Officialsconfidentbudgetwoeswon'thampercountybusiness
http://www.sharonherald.com/news/officialsconfidentbudgetwoeswonthampercountybusiness/ar icle_918def3e205111e594debb57d52039d9.html

StateCollege.com:CentreCountyFinanciallyPreparedasStateBudgetStalemateWorsens
http://www.statecollege.com/news/localnews/centrecountyfinanciallypreparedasstatebudgetstalemateworsens,1464565/
WBRE:VIDEO:NonProfitsWorriedAboutBudgetImpasse
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/nonprofitsworriedaboutbudgetimpasse/27867/mFPm0PwYkEmQcW6NZ3T4A
WTAJ:VotersFrustratedWithLackofBudget
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/votersfrustratedwithlackofbudget/30812/5EUi6oo8p0yZ82Gsz3sosw

GettysburgTimes:Localeffectsofbudgetvetofewinshortterm(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.gettysburgtimes.com/news/local/article 35b19f6a86ba5db9aae2c66548c9411c html

PatriotNews:LTE:Thelongerthestatebudgetimpasselasts,themore hoseinneedarehurt
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/state budget impasse hurts tho html#incart river

LiquorPrivatization

PatriotNews:Wolf'svetotoliquorprivatiza iondoesn'tmeanissuegoesaway
http://www.pennlive.com/poli ics/index.ssf/2015/07/wolfs_no_to_liquor_privatizati.html
AP:Wolfvetoesbillsonliquorprivatization,schoolfunding
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/02/4819787 pennsylvaniagovernorvetoesliquor.html?rh=1

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolfvetoesliquorpriva iza ionandschoolfundingbills


http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150703 Wolf vetoes liquor privatization and school funding bills.html#W2JIKKPyPUkEv5Sy.99

PittsburghPostGazette:WolfvetoesGOPliquorprivatiza ionbill
http://www.postgazette.com/news/politicsstate/2015/07/02/WolfvetoesGOPliquorprivatizationbillpennsylvania/stories/201507020196

TribuneReview:WolfvetoesbillprivatizingPennsylvania'sliquorsystem
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/867342274/taxeswolfliquor#axzz3ejo4Edoq
WITF:WolfvetoesGOP'sliquorprivatization
http://www.witf.org/statehousesoundbites/2015/07/wolfvetoesgopsliquorprivatization php

PLSReporter:Gov.Wolfvetoesliquorprivatization,budgetimplementa ionbills
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/816/GovWolfvetoesliquorpriva izationbudgetimplementationbills.aspx

PatriotNews:Wolfvetoesliquorprivatiza ionplan
http://www.pennlive.com/poli ics/index.ssf/2015/07/wolf vetoes liquor privatiza i.html?hootPostID=12b5a4184a3a32d33517d86082d1181e

ReadingEagle:Gov.TomWolfvetoesliquorpriva izationbill
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/govtomwolfvetoesliquorprivatizationbill
PhillyVoice:GovernorWolfvetoesPennsylvanialiquorpriva iza ionbill
http://www.phillyvoice.com/goverorwolfvetoesliquorprivatiza ionbill/
KYWNewsradio:Gov.WolfVetoesBillThatWouldPrivatizePa.LiquorSales
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/07/02/govwolfvetoesbillthatwouldpriva izepaliquorsales/
WFMZ:PennsylvaniaGov.Wolfvetoesliquorprivatizationbill
http://www.wfmz.com/news/newsregionalberks/pennsylvaniagovwolfvetoesliquorpriva izationbill/33961478
FOX43:GovernorWolfvetoesstateliquorstoreprivatization,publicschoolfundingbills
http://fox43.com/2015/07/02/governorwolfvetoesstateliquorstoreprivatizationpublicschoolfundingbills/
WNEP:GovernorWolfVetoesBilltoPrivatizeLiquorSales
http://wnep.com/2015/07/02/governorwolfvetoesbilltoprivatizeliquorsales/
WJET:PrivatizedLiquorStoreVetoed
http://www.yourerie.com/news/newsarticle/d/story/priva izedliquorstorevetoed/35933/BJ0L7SbSmU6anukQaRDucw
WTAJ:CustomersWantConvenienceWithAlcoholSales
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/customerswantconveniencewithalcoholsales/27381/zBNadm9L0Syn6sboJslw
PAIndependent:UnioncashdidntdetertopPASenateRepublicanfrombackingpriva ization
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/unioncashdidntdetertoppasenaterepublicanfrombackingprivatization/

Education

PhiladelphiaInquirer:CitytoHarrisburg:Giveourschoolsmoremoney
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150703 City to Harrisburg Give our schools more money.html
PatriotNews:ThingsquietattheCapitolexceptfor'FairBudget'rally
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index ssf/2015/07/things quiet at the capitol ex.html

ReadingEagle:ActivistsrallyforschoolfundingatRep.JimCox'soffice
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/activistsrallyforschoolfundingatrepjimcoxsoffice
YorkDispatch:Editorial:Reformcharterschoollaws
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28421448/editorialreformcharterschoollaws

SeveranceTax

ClarionNews:OpEd:StopWolf'sgasseveranceplan(Subscrip ionrequired)
http://www.theclarionnews.com/opinion/article_0d0cc4adcb5b53a4bdc36a28182568fe.html

SecretaryEvents
WJET:AmusementRideSafetyWeek
http://www.yourerie.com/news/newsarticle/d/story/amusementridesafetyweek/21903/jptRaNxvOUWuiYWZZxMidg
WETM18:SafetyTipsToFollowAtAmusementParksandCarnivals
http://www.mytwintiers.com/story/d/story/safetytipstofollowatamusementparksandcarni/36201/tytuf6nZI06oEnGujCOCbg
LewistownSentinel:Havefun,staysafeonamusementrides
http://www.lewistownsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/569066 html
PatriotNews:KeepingDutchWonderlandsafe:Howarideinspectiongoesdown
http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/07/how dutch wonderland inspects.html

Environment
BeaverCountyTimes:Twomen.Onecoalashdump.Noanswers.
http://www.timesonline.com/news/energy/twomenonecoalashdumpnoanswers/article_e2b77980200a11e5a0ae6f588f172f72.html/?REFERMI=News

StateImpact/NPR:Waterqualitynotimpactedbydrilling,accordingtonewreport
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/07/02/waterqualitynotimpactedbydrillingaccordingtonewreport/

AGKane
PatriotNews:Stateworkersuspended,chargedaftersolicitingminorfor'sexlotsofit':AG'sOffice
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index ssf/2015/07/state worker charged statutory.html

NursingHomes
AP:Pennsylvaniabacksoffplantochangenursinghomepayments

http://lancasteronline.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvaniabacksoffplantochangenursinghomepayments/article_49e6758cec73524988803de2504e13d6.html?mode=jqm
YorkDailyRecord:LTE:Wolfprotec ingnursinghomepatients
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci 28411652/wolfprotectingnursinghomepa ientsletter

YorkDispatch:LTE:ProposedchangeswouldhurtPa.seniors
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci 28421442/letterproposedchangeswouldhurtpaseniors

BillSignings

PatriotNews:BillheadingtoGov.WolfaimstospeedDNAtestinginsexassaultcases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/bill heading to gov wolf aims.html

Lettersto heEditor

BucksCountyCourierTimes:CommonwealthFounda ion:Wolf'silladvisedtaxplan
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/letters/wolfsilladvisedtaxplan/ar icle_6e56f25c08c852b9bf3ce26beb9ff992.html

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Capitolwire:Wolfvetoesliquorprivatization,otherbudgetrelatedbills.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July2)Gov.TomWolfonThursdayvetoedaGOPbilltoprivatizethestatecontrolledwineandspiritssystem,aswellastwootherbudgetrelatedbills:thepublic
schoolcodeandthefiscalcode.
ThevetoescometwodaysafterhevetoedtheentireRepublicanbudgetproposal,andadayafterWolfsaidhehasanopenmindgoingintofuturenegotiations.SenateBill1,the
Republicanplantooverhaulpublicpensions,remainsonthegovernor'sdesk.
HouseBill466onlyhadRepublicansupportintheLegislature.Wolf,pressingmoderniza ionproposalssupportedbylegislativeDemocrats,saiditmadebadbusinesssensetosell
offanasset,especiallybeforemaximizingitsvalue.
Wolfsaidhewasopentoexpandingavailabilityofwineintosupermarkets,aproposalpreviouslycalleddeathbya housandcutsbytheUnitedFoodandCommercialWorkers,which
representsstatestoreclerks,duetowinesalesmakingupahigherportionofstatestorerevenues.
TheGOP'sproposalwouldhaveremovedthePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoard'spoweroverpricingandproductsofwineandliquor,allowingbeerdistributorsandotherretailoutlets
wi hrestaurantlicenses,toenhancetheirlicensetosellwineandliquor.Statestores,whichemployeethousandsofunionizedclerks,wouldeventuallybephasedoutas heprivate
marketexpanded.ThewholesalesystemwouldhavebeenleasedoutbythePLCBfor10years,afterwhichprivatewholesalerswhotakecontrolofthedistribution.
TheGOP'sbudgetplanreliedon$220millioninnewrevenuetheyexpectedfrompriva izing hestatestoresystem.
Wolf'svetooftheliquorbillwasmetwithpraiseby heMaltBeverageDistributorsAssociation,whichrepresentsbeerdistributorsthatsell12packs,casesandkegsofbeer,and he
UFCW,aWolfpoli icalally.
IfHB466hadbecomelaw,itwouldhaveeliminatedmostofoursmall,familyownedandoperatedbusinessesbecauseit'sprovisionswouldhavedestroyedthenichemarketsupon
whichourinvestorsandour10,000employeeshaverelied,saidThomasMehaffie,MBDApresident,inastatement.
UFCWpresidentWendellYoungIVcommendedWolfforvetoingtheliquorproposalandurgedWolftovetothepublicpensionoverhaullegislationaswell.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,andSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,releasedajointstatementsayingtheyare"disappointed"Wolfvetoedthe
legislationand"wouldchoosethestatusquoandsidewithpowerfulspecialinterestsoverPennsylvaniaconsumers."
"WeremaincommittedtoourpositionthatPennsylvaniashouldnotbeinthebusinessofsellingliquor,"theysaid."AsnegotiationswiththeGovernormoveforward,liquordiscussions
willcontinuetobeapartofthedebate."
HouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,who'sbeentheGOP'srecenttorchbearerforliquorprivatization,slammedWolf'schoicetoveto.
"Modernizationistantamounttoinstallingscreendoorsonsubmarines,Turzaisaid.Itsabsurdto hinkgovernmentcanrunanybusinessbetter hantheprivatesector,andprolonging
thisantiquatedpracticeisaslapinthefacetoconsumersandtaxpayers.
WolfalsovetoedHouseBill762, hepublicschoolcode,whichcontainedanewformulaforspendingpubliceduca iondollars,whichWolfsupports.But,hesaid,thebilldoesnot
provideadequatefundingforpublicschools.
ThegovernoralsovetoedSenateBill655,thefiscalcode,criticizingitforrelyingtoomuchononetimerevenue,paymentdelaysandfundtransfers,echoinghisdispleasurewiththe
GOP'sbudgethevetoedTuesday.
Wolf'sofficesaidhesignedSenateBills812 hrough820,ninepreferredappropriationsbillswhichdon'trequiregeneralfundappropriations.
Wolf'sofficesaidthegovernorwillnotmakeadecisionregardingthepensionbillFridayorovertheweekend.
BudgettalksaresettoresumeMonday.
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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly3,2015

Gov.WolfInterviews
WJET:VIDEO:GovernorWolfTalksAboutSpiritofCompromiseforBudgetTalks
http://www.erietvnews.com/story/29465526/governorwolftalksaboutspiritofcompromiseforbudgettalks
WESA:Gov.WolfStandsFirmonBudget,ButSaysHe'sKeepingAn'OpenMind'
http://wesa.fm/post/govwolfstandsfirmbudgetsaysheskeepingopenmind

Budget:Commentary

RepublicanHerald:Editorial:Stateneedsbudget,notpoliticaltheater
http://republicanherald.com/opinion/stateneedsbudgetnotpolitical heater1.1906540

LNP:OpEdbyRep.Sturla:GOPbudgetispoliticalideology,notsoundfiscalgovernance
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/gopbudgetispoliticalideologynotsoundfiscalgovernance/ar icle_3a55378a202a11e5bd2cef941841d871.html

PatriotNews:OpEdbyRepDean:Here'swhyIvoted'No'onabad#Pabudget
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/heres_why_i_voted_no_on_a_bad html

PatriotNews:OpEdbyRepParker:It'stimetounitefor hefutureofPa.'sstudents
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/its_ ime_to_unite_for_the_futu.html
TimesTribune:Editorial:Tradeoffonpensionbill
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/tradeoffonpensionbill1.1907167
PhiladelphiaDailyNews:Editorial:Slouchingtoward'shutdown':CanWolfeandtheGOPfindcommonbudgetground?
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150703 DN Editorial Slouching toward shutdown
Can Wolfe and the GOP find common budget ground .html#l0ke2UTR5jErh6sH.99
BeaverCountyTimes:Editorial:Nosurpriseonbudget
http://www.timesonline.com/opinion/editorials/nosurpriseonbudget/ar icle 948b8ba6201a11e5a5e92ff9d87921a5.html/?REFERMI=Opinion

PatriotNews:NancyEshelman:Pa.legislators,youhadonejobbutblewitagain
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/pa legislator you had one job.html#incart river

YorkDailyRecord:WhatYorkCountyarealawmakers,otherssaidaboutGov.TomWolf'sbudgetveto
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_28417862/whatyorkcountyarealawmakersotherssaidabout?source=rss_viewed

YorkDispatch:YorkCountylegislatorsarentholdingtheirbreathforresolutiontostatebudgetimpasse
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_28419600/yorkcountylegislatorsarentholdingtheirbreathresolution

ErieTimesNews:Analyst:GOPhas"upperhand"instatebudgetstalemate
http://www.goerie.com/analystgophasupperhandinstatebudgetstalemate#
YorkDispatch:OpEdbyCommonwealthFoundation:Wolf's'myway'approachblocksprogress
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci 28427456/wolfsmywayapproachblocksprogress

BradfordEra:Scarna i:SenatesentresponsiblebudgettoWolf
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article 97c72782205411e5bbf91775d6f58f25.html

WilliamportSunGazette:Editorial:Thestatebudget:Weneedleadership,notvetoes,fromgovernor(Subscrip ionrequired)
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/637974/ThestatebudgetWeneedleadershipnotvetoesfromgovernor.html?nav=5004

Budget:Impasse

SharonHerald:Officialsconfidentbudgetwoeswon'thampercountybusiness
http://www.sharonherald.com/news/officialsconfidentbudgetwoeswonthampercountybusiness/ar icle_918def3e205111e594debb57d52039d9.html

StateCollege.com:CentreCountyFinanciallyPreparedasStateBudgetStalemateWorsens
http://www.statecollege.com/news/localnews/centrecountyfinanciallypreparedasstatebudgetstalemateworsens,1464565/
WBRE:VIDEO:NonProfitsWorriedAboutBudgetImpasse
http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/nonprofitsworriedaboutbudgetimpasse/27867/mFPm0PwYkEmQcW6NZ3T4A
WTAJ:VotersFrustratedWithLackofBudget
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/votersfrustratedwithlackofbudget/30812/5EUi6oo8p0yZ82Gsz3sosw

GettysburgTimes:Localeffectsofbudgetvetofewinshortterm(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.gettysburgtimes.com/news/local/article 35b19f6a86ba5db9aae2c66548c9411c html

PatriotNews:LTE:Thelongerthestatebudgetimpasselasts,themore hoseinneedarehurt
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/state budget impasse hurts tho html#incart river

LiquorPrivatization

PatriotNews:Wolf'svetotoliquorprivatiza iondoesn'tmeanissuegoesaway
http://www.pennlive.com/poli ics/index.ssf/2015/07/wolfs_no_to_liquor_privatizati.html
AP:Wolfvetoesbillsonliquorprivatization,schoolfunding
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/02/4819787 pennsylvaniagovernorvetoesliquor.html?rh=1

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolfvetoesliquorpriva iza ionandschoolfundingbills


http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150703 Wolf vetoes liquor privatization and school funding bills.html#W2JIKKPyPUkEv5Sy.99

PittsburghPostGazette:WolfvetoesGOPliquorprivatiza ionbill
http://www.postgazette.com/news/politicsstate/2015/07/02/WolfvetoesGOPliquorprivatizationbillpennsylvania/stories/201507020196

TribuneReview:WolfvetoesbillprivatizingPennsylvania'sliquorsystem
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/867342274/taxeswolfliquor#axzz3ejo4Edoq
WITF:WolfvetoesGOP'sliquorprivatization
http://www.witf.org/statehousesoundbites/2015/07/wolfvetoesgopsliquorprivatization php

PLSReporter:Gov.Wolfvetoesliquorprivatization,budgetimplementa ionbills
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/816/GovWolfvetoesliquorpriva izationbudgetimplementationbills.aspx

PatriotNews:Wolfvetoesliquorprivatiza ionplan
http://www.pennlive.com/poli ics/index.ssf/2015/07/wolf vetoes liquor privatiza i.html?hootPostID=12b5a4184a3a32d33517d86082d1181e

ReadingEagle:Gov.TomWolfvetoesliquorpriva izationbill
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/govtomwolfvetoesliquorprivatizationbill
PhillyVoice:GovernorWolfvetoesPennsylvanialiquorpriva iza ionbill
http://www.phillyvoice.com/goverorwolfvetoesliquorprivatiza ionbill/
KYWNewsradio:Gov.WolfVetoesBillThatWouldPrivatizePa.LiquorSales
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/07/02/govwolfvetoesbillthatwouldpriva izepaliquorsales/
WFMZ:PennsylvaniaGov.Wolfvetoesliquorprivatizationbill
http://www.wfmz.com/news/newsregionalberks/pennsylvaniagovwolfvetoesliquorpriva izationbill/33961478
FOX43:GovernorWolfvetoesstateliquorstoreprivatization,publicschoolfundingbills
http://fox43.com/2015/07/02/governorwolfvetoesstateliquorstoreprivatizationpublicschoolfundingbills/
WNEP:GovernorWolfVetoesBilltoPrivatizeLiquorSales
http://wnep.com/2015/07/02/governorwolfvetoesbilltoprivatizeliquorsales/
WJET:PrivatizedLiquorStoreVetoed
http://www.yourerie.com/news/newsarticle/d/story/priva izedliquorstorevetoed/35933/BJ0L7SbSmU6anukQaRDucw
WTAJ:CustomersWantConvenienceWithAlcoholSales
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/customerswantconveniencewithalcoholsales/27381/zBNadm9L0Syn6sboJslw
PAIndependent:UnioncashdidntdetertopPASenateRepublicanfrombackingpriva ization
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/unioncashdidntdetertoppasenaterepublicanfrombackingprivatization/

Education

PhiladelphiaInquirer:CitytoHarrisburg:Giveourschoolsmoremoney
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150703 City to Harrisburg Give our schools more money.html
PatriotNews:ThingsquietattheCapitolexceptfor'FairBudget'rally
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index ssf/2015/07/things quiet at the capitol ex.html

ReadingEagle:ActivistsrallyforschoolfundingatRep.JimCox'soffice
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/activistsrallyforschoolfundingatrepjimcoxsoffice
YorkDispatch:Editorial:Reformcharterschoollaws
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28421448/editorialreformcharterschoollaws

SeveranceTax

ClarionNews:OpEd:StopWolf'sgasseveranceplan(Subscrip ionrequired)
http://www.theclarionnews.com/opinion/article_0d0cc4adcb5b53a4bdc36a28182568fe.html

SecretaryEvents
WJET:AmusementRideSafetyWeek
http://www.yourerie.com/news/newsarticle/d/story/amusementridesafetyweek/21903/jptRaNxvOUWuiYWZZxMidg
WETM18:SafetyTipsToFollowAtAmusementParksandCarnivals
http://www.mytwintiers.com/story/d/story/safetytipstofollowatamusementparksandcarni/36201/tytuf6nZI06oEnGujCOCbg
LewistownSentinel:Havefun,staysafeonamusementrides
http://www.lewistownsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/569066 html
PatriotNews:KeepingDutchWonderlandsafe:Howarideinspectiongoesdown
http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/07/how dutch wonderland inspects.html

Environment
BeaverCountyTimes:Twomen.Onecoalashdump.Noanswers.
http://www.timesonline.com/news/energy/twomenonecoalashdumpnoanswers/article_e2b77980200a11e5a0ae6f588f172f72.html/?REFERMI=News

StateImpact/NPR:Waterqualitynotimpactedbydrilling,accordingtonewreport
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/07/02/waterqualitynotimpactedbydrillingaccordingtonewreport/

AGKane
PatriotNews:Stateworkersuspended,chargedaftersolicitingminorfor'sexlotsofit':AG'sOffice
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index ssf/2015/07/state worker charged statutory.html

NursingHomes
AP:Pennsylvaniabacksoffplantochangenursinghomepayments

http://lancasteronline.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvaniabacksoffplantochangenursinghomepayments/article_49e6758cec73524988803de2504e13d6.html?mode=jqm
YorkDailyRecord:LTE:Wolfprotec ingnursinghomepatients
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci 28411652/wolfprotectingnursinghomepa ientsletter

YorkDispatch:LTE:ProposedchangeswouldhurtPa.seniors
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci 28421442/letterproposedchangeswouldhurtpaseniors

BillSignings

PatriotNews:BillheadingtoGov.WolfaimstospeedDNAtestinginsexassaultcases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/bill heading to gov wolf aims.html

Lettersto heEditor

BucksCountyCourierTimes:CommonwealthFounda ion:Wolf'silladvisedtaxplan
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/letters/wolfsilladvisedtaxplan/ar icle_6e56f25c08c852b9bf3ce26beb9ff992.html

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Capitolwire:Wolfvetoesliquorprivatization,otherbudgetrelatedbills.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July2)Gov.TomWolfonThursdayvetoedaGOPbilltoprivatizethestatecontrolledwineandspiritssystem,aswellastwootherbudgetrelatedbills:thepublic
schoolcodeandthefiscalcode.
ThevetoescometwodaysafterhevetoedtheentireRepublicanbudgetproposal,andadayafterWolfsaidhehasanopenmindgoingintofuturenegotiations.SenateBill1,the
Republicanplantooverhaulpublicpensions,remainsonthegovernor'sdesk.
HouseBill466onlyhadRepublicansupportintheLegislature.Wolf,pressingmoderniza ionproposalssupportedbylegislativeDemocrats,saiditmadebadbusinesssensetosell
offanasset,especiallybeforemaximizingitsvalue.
Wolfsaidhewasopentoexpandingavailabilityofwineintosupermarkets,aproposalpreviouslycalleddeathbya housandcutsbytheUnitedFoodandCommercialWorkers,which
representsstatestoreclerks,duetowinesalesmakingupahigherportionofstatestorerevenues.
TheGOP'sproposalwouldhaveremovedthePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoard'spoweroverpricingandproductsofwineandliquor,allowingbeerdistributorsandotherretailoutlets
wi hrestaurantlicenses,toenhancetheirlicensetosellwineandliquor.Statestores,whichemployeethousandsofunionizedclerks,wouldeventuallybephasedoutas heprivate
marketexpanded.ThewholesalesystemwouldhavebeenleasedoutbythePLCBfor10years,afterwhichprivatewholesalerswhotakecontrolofthedistribution.
TheGOP'sbudgetplanreliedon$220millioninnewrevenuetheyexpectedfrompriva izing hestatestoresystem.
Wolf'svetooftheliquorbillwasmetwithpraiseby heMaltBeverageDistributorsAssociation,whichrepresentsbeerdistributorsthatsell12packs,casesandkegsofbeer,and he
UFCW,aWolfpoli icalally.
IfHB466hadbecomelaw,itwouldhaveeliminatedmostofoursmall,familyownedandoperatedbusinessesbecauseit'sprovisionswouldhavedestroyedthenichemarketsupon
whichourinvestorsandour10,000employeeshaverelied,saidThomasMehaffie,MBDApresident,inastatement.
UFCWpresidentWendellYoungIVcommendedWolfforvetoingtheliquorproposalandurgedWolftovetothepublicpensionoverhaullegislationaswell.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,andSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,releasedajointstatementsayingtheyare"disappointed"Wolfvetoedthe
legislationand"wouldchoosethestatusquoandsidewithpowerfulspecialinterestsoverPennsylvaniaconsumers."
"WeremaincommittedtoourpositionthatPennsylvaniashouldnotbeinthebusinessofsellingliquor,"theysaid."AsnegotiationswiththeGovernormoveforward,liquordiscussions
willcontinuetobeapartofthedebate."
HouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,who'sbeentheGOP'srecenttorchbearerforliquorprivatization,slammedWolf'schoicetoveto.
"Modernizationistantamounttoinstallingscreendoorsonsubmarines,Turzaisaid.Itsabsurdto hinkgovernmentcanrunanybusinessbetter hantheprivatesector,andprolonging
thisantiquatedpracticeisaslapinthefacetoconsumersandtaxpayers.
WolfalsovetoedHouseBill762, hepublicschoolcode,whichcontainedanewformulaforspendingpubliceduca iondollars,whichWolfsupports.But,hesaid,thebilldoesnot
provideadequatefundingforpublicschools.
ThegovernoralsovetoedSenateBill655,thefiscalcode,criticizingitforrelyingtoomuchononetimerevenue,paymentdelaysandfundtransfers,echoinghisdispleasurewiththe
GOP'sbudgethevetoedTuesday.
Wolf'sofficesaidhesignedSenateBills812 hrough820,ninepreferredappropriationsbillswhichdon'trequiregeneralfundappropriations.
Wolf'sofficesaidthegovernorwillnotmakeadecisionregardingthepensionbillFridayorovertheweekend.
BudgettalksaresettoresumeMonday.
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BudgetNegotiations

AP:WolfattacksGOPbudget,whilesenatorpinsstalemateonhim
http://www.wtae.com/news/govwolfattacksgopbudgetsaysfinancesmustbeputinorder/34031820

PhiladelphiaInquirer:GOPleader:Pa.budgetimpassecouldlast'awhile'
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150708 GOP leader

Pa

budget impasse could last

a while .html#0LM63h3bvpd39zqv.99

PittsburghPostGazette:Negotia ionsoverPennsylvaniataxes,budgetremaindeadlocked
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/07/08/NegotiationsoverPennsylvaniataxesbudgetremaindeadlocked/stories/201507080075

TribuneReview:'Broadbasedtaxincreases'offlimits,GOPleaderstellPa.Gov.Wolf
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/869698074/wolftaxbudget#axzz3fEhPJ97B

MorningCall:Gov.WolfandRepublicanleadersnoclosertoendingbudgetstalemate
http://www.mcall.com/news/na ionworld/pennsylvania/mcpawolflegislaturebudget070620150706story.html

CitizensVoice:GOPleaders:TheballisinWolf'scourt
http://citizensvoice.com/news/gopleaderstheballisinwolfscourt1.1908178

PatriotNews:ImpasseinPa.budgettalks?ThismeetsSen.JakeCorman'stest
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse in pa budget talks it.html

PLSReporter:Shuttlediplomacybeingusedtofindabudgetsolution
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/artmid/472/articleid/822/%E2%80%9CShuttlediplomacy%E2%80%9Dbeingusedtofindabudgetsolution.aspx

PittsburghPostGazette:EarlyReturns:Corman:"Thisisgoingtobeawhile"
http://earlyreturns.postgazette.com/home/earlyreturnsposts/6575cormanthisisgoingtobeawhile

AP:AirwarsoverPennsylvaniabudgetstandofftohitTVscreens
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150708 ap 3510faaec54342629384989f7ffd27f9.html#tWGQBehOpQG5fRMl.99
PatriotNews:VIDEO:Corman:'We'renotopentoabroadbasedtaxincrease'
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index ssf/2015/07/corman_were_not_open_to_a_broa.html#incart_river

PLSReporter:VIDEO:Gordnergiveslatestonbudgetnegotiations
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/819/VIDEOGordnergiveslatestonbudgetnegotiations.aspx

PLSReporter:VIDEO:Hannadiscusseshistakeonbudgettalks
http://www.plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/artmid/472/articleid/821/Default.aspx

BudgetCommentary


PhiladelphiaInquirer:HaroldJackson:Delusionalpoliticiansmisinterpretpolls
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/underthesun/Delusionalpoliticiansmisinterpretpolls.html

CarlisleSentinel:Sec.Rivera:Abipartisanfixforeducationfunding
http://cumberlink.com/news/opinion/columnists/guest/abipartisanfixforeducationfunding/ar icle_de7d385bd60a549f8313a1278fc058c6.html

ShippensburgNewsChronicle:OpEd:Wolfaimstofixourschools
http://www.shipnc.com/opinion/commentaries/article_6e8d7592240011e5aac7efdef512d706.html

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Editorial:Holdingpattern
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150708 Holding pattern.html

DoylestownIntelligencer:OpEdbyRep.Dean:Aneasynovoteforbadbudget
http://www. heintell.com/news/communities/willowgrove/aneasynovoteforbadbudget/ar icle_7c209ed2d0445d7db899e884f0be00aa.html

PatriotNews:The#PaBudgetisamongthepriciestinthenation,studyfinds
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/pa budget among the most costl.html

Education

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:NationalantitestingactivistleadsrallyinPhilly
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150708_National_antites ing_activist_leads_rally_in_Philly.html#LprCHCje5rCGtYzz.99

PatriotNews:OpEd:Wepaytoomuchintaxes?Wedon'tpayenoughandourschoolsshowit
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/we pay too much in taxes we do html#incart river

ObserverReporter:Editorial:Schoolconsolidationshouldbeconsidered
http://www.observerreporter.com/article/20150707/OPINION01/150709602

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:Wm.Penn,Lenfestfoundationsdonate$10.5Mtowardearly$30millionliteracyinitiative
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150706 Wm

Penn

Lenfest foundations donate

10 5M toward early

30 million literacy initia ive.html#U4k2WFxH3ZXDVF2O 99

Pensions

AP:WolffacesdeadlinefordecisiononGOP'spensionbill
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150707_ap_ecc0147469a440e6bcbc7b27625de4b8.html#0ccPtDtvUAKyiT4U.99
ReadingEagle:Editorial:Anynewpensionsshouldhavedefinedcontributions
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/editorialanynewpensionsshouldhavedefinedcontributions#.VZ0aml9VhBc

LiquorPrivatization

PatriotNews:OpEdbyRep.PaulCosta:Liquorprivatizationshouldn'thavebeenat hetopoftheGOP'todo'list
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/liquor_priva ization_shouldnt.html#incart_river


PittsburghPostGazette:LTEbyRep.PaulCosta:ConsiderwhytheGOPpassedliquorbillsnow
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/08/ConsiderwhytheGOPpassedliquorbillsnow/stories/201507080066

PAIndependent:PlantomodernizePennsylvanialiquorstorescouldincludehigherprices
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/plantomodernizepennsylvanialiquorstorescouldincludehigherprices/

RepublicanHerald:Editorial:HereinPa.,stilldrunkonpolitics
http://republicanherald.com/opinion/hereinpas illdrunkonpolitics1.1908485

Fracking

Law360:FrackingSecretsSafeInNewPa.Database,DEPHeadSays
http://www.law360.com/articles/675812

PittsburghPostGazette:IFO:Shaleimpactfeecouldbringinthesmallestamountofrevenuesince2012
http://powersource.postgazette.com/powersource/policypowersource/2015/07/07/IFOMarcellusShaleimpactfeecouldbringinthesmallestamountofrevenuesince2012
Pennsylvania/stories/201507070009

TribuneReview:Drillingimpactfeesmaygenerate15%lessforPennsylvania
http://triblive.com/business/headlines/869792474/gasfeeimpact#ixzz3fIqhnYlw

PhiladelphiaInquirer:OpEd:SeverancetaxwouldhurtPa.'snaturalgasindustry
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150708 Severance tax would hurt Pa

s naturalgas industry.html#Y2IuiDxAOPgMB5b9.99

WilliamsportSunGazette:Editorial:Unno icedassetmaybemostvitalnaturalgasstrength(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/638270/Unnoticedassetmaybemostvitalnaturalgasstrength.html?nav=5004

DepartmentNews

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.Gov.Wolfappoints48topipelinetaskforce
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150708_Gov__Wolf_appoints_48_to_pipeline_taskforce.html#kBr8eYJvUPtFJZdw.99
TimesLeader:Gov.Wolfnames48newmemberstothePennsylvaniaPipelineInfrastructureTaskForce
http://timesleader.com/news/business/372475/govwolfnames48newmembersto hepennsylvaniapipelineinfrastructuretaskforce

StateImpact/NPR:WolfAdministrationannouncesmembersofnewpipelinetaskforce
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/07/07/wolfadministrationannouncesmembersofnewpipelinetaskforce/

CitizensVoice:LocalschosenforWolf'spipelinetaskforce
http://citizensvoice.com/news/localschosenforwolfspipelinetaskforce1.1909238

PoliticsPA:PAGov:WolfAnnouncesPipelineTaskForceAppointees
http://www.politicspa.com/pagovwolfannouncespipelinetaskforceappointees/67515/


StateImpact/NPR:FractivistgetsuninvitedfromWolfsnewpipelinepanel
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/07/08/fractivistgetsuninvitedfromwolfsnewpipelinepanel/

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.Turnpiketollstoriseby6percent
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150708_Pa__Turnpike_tolls_to_rise_by_6_percent.html#CkZ28LDUo5ixPl00.99

PatriotNews:StatepreparingforsaleofHarrisburgStateHospitalgrounds
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/state preparing for sale of ha.html#incart river

PAPolitics

AP:TopaidetoWolfapproachedaboutrunningforUSSenate
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150708_ap_d08f32e3e0b54e079d6d2a9f5acdcb47.html#Izbe2zFOVOoMH3KY.99
PhiladelphiaDailyNews:JohnBaer:PatToomey'searly(quiet)pitchforreelection
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150708 Pat Toomey s early

quiet

pitch for reelection.html#y5gSRTtwxU5b44yl.99

PittsburghPostGazette:AllentownmayorstopscampaignforU.S.Senate
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/07/08/AllentownmayorstopscampaignforUSSenate/stories/201507080119

PatriotNews:InAllentown,amidfederalprobe,amayoralscandalbrews:WednesdayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/in_allentown_amid_federal_prob.html

DeathPenalty

PoliticallyUncorrected:G.TerryMadonnaandMichaelL.Young:PennsylvaniasDeathPenaltyLingersOn
http://www.politicspa.com/politicallyuncorrectedpennsylvaniasdea hpenaltylingerson/67519/

CourtRulings

AP:Pennsylvaniacourtrulespolicevideoscanbepublicrecords
http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/869631674/policepubliccourt#ixzz3fEBS7vbY

BillSignings

PittsburghPostGazette:Billdropsdisclosureloopholeforstaterelateduniversities
http://www.postgazette.com/news/education/2015/07/08/Billdropsdisclosureloopholeforstaterelateduniversities/stories/201507080118

StateLegislature

PhiladelphiaInquirer:ThePApayraise,10yearslater
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/ThePApayraise10yearslater.html


MorningCall:PennsylvaniaLegislature's2005payraiseremembered
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpalegislaturepayraiseanniversary20150707story.html

TimesTribune:Payraiselegacydebatedon10thanniversary
http://the imestribune.com/news/payraiselegacydebatedon10thanniversary1.1909383

PatriotNews:Statelawmakers'2005payraisewasrescindedbutnotforgotten
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/state_lawmakers_pay_would_near.html#incart_river

PatriotNews:FewPennsylvanialawmakersremainfrominfamous2005payincreases
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/few pennsylvania lawmakers rem.html#incart river

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:JohnBaer:AbadlistforPhilly
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/growls/AbadlistforPhilly html

AGKane

TribuneReview:PolicytosuspendemployeeswithfelonychargesdoesnotapplytoKane
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/869576374/kanegrandjury#axzz3f7FJhMW4

LetterstotheEditor

ReadingEagle:Docklawmakers'paywhenbudgetislate
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/letterdocklawmakerspaywhenbudgetislate#.VZveBtVhBd

PatriotNews:LackofsupportinPennsylvaniabudgetforthosewithspecialneedsis'appalling'
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/lack_of_support_in_budget_for.html#incart_river

PittsburghPostGazette:Thegovernormustthinkhisinterferenceishelpfultoliquorconsumers
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/08/Thegovernormustthinkhisinterferenceishelpfultoliquorconsumers/stories/201507080134

CentreDailyTimes:Stuckwithstatestores
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/06/4824625/letterto heeditorstuckwi h.html

Capitolwire:Nobudgingonbudget.
TheSenateissettoreturnforraresummersessionnextweek.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July7)SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanonTuesdaysaidRepublicanleadersareopentonewrevenues,butnotGov.TomWolf'ssoughtafterbroad
basedtaxincreases.
InMarch,Wolfcalledfora$4.7billiontaxincrease,wi hthebulkcomingfromahigherpersonalincometaxrate,from3.07percentto3.7percent,andahighersalestax,from
6percentto6.6percent,whileremovingexemptionsforcertaincurren lyuntaxeditems.

Thegovernor'sholdingtothefactthatheneedsabroadbasedtaxincreasewedon'tbelievethatwedo,saidCorman,RCentre,afterameetingTuesdaywithWolf.Untilthat
issuecanberesolved,we'regoingtobehereawhile.
Cormansaidwe'reopentodiscussionstogoalit lehigherthanthe$30.2billionGOPbackedspendingproposalvetoedbyWolf.Butwe'renotopentoadiscussiononan
incometaxincrease,we'renotopentoadiscussiononasalestaxincrease,we'renotopentoadiscussiononclosingsalestaxexemptions.
Everythingelseisopenfordiscussions,hesaid.We'reopentotrytohelpout hegovernortomeetsomeofhisinitiatives,youknow,wi hinreason.Butwe'renotopentoa
broadbasedtaxincrease.
Wolf'sbudgetproposalalsocalledforincreasedtaxesonnaturalgasdrillingandcigaretteswhileaddinganewtaxforcertaintobaccoproducts.Healsocalledforlowering he
corporatenetincometax,whilerequiringstricterreportingrequirementsformultistatecompanies,andseeingtheeliminationofabusinessassetstax.
WolfspokesmanJeffSheridantoldreportersthegovernorwantsnewsourcesofrecurringrevenuestoclosethestructuraldeficit,andthebroadbasedtaxincreasesaresofar
thebestproposal.
Heismorethanwillingtocontinuetalkingwiththemaboutfindingwaystodothat,Sheridansaid.Rightnow,therehavenotbeenanybetterideaspresentedtousthan
increasing hepersonalincometax,increasingthesalestaxwhilealsoprovidingpropertytaxreliefthatwasnotincludedintheirbudget.
Wehavetofindnewrecurringrevenuessomehow,theseverancetaxisawaytodothat,headded.
TheSenateisscheduledtoreturnnextweekforararesummersessiononMonday,TuesdayandWednesday.Thechamberisplanningtorunsomelegislation,butwill
discussvetooverrides,whichwouldrequireatwothirdsmajority,saidSenateGOPspokeswomanJenniferKocher.
WolfvetoedtheGeneralAppropriationsbill,FiscalandPublicSchoolcodebills,aswellasaliquorprivatizationbill.Hemustalsomakeadecisiononapensionoverhaulby
Friday hisweek.
ThosebillshadnosupportfromDemocratsinJune.RepublicanswouldneedahandfulofDemocratstoflipforasuccessfuloverridevote.
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SchoolsThatTeachTour

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Roadwarrior:WolftakesbudgetfighttoChesco
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150709 Road warrior

Wolf takes budget fight to Chesco.html#OWKcQ2M3CMSZ8XML.99

ChescoDailyLocalNews:Gov.WolfvisitsDowningtowntodiscusshis201516budgetplan
http://www.dailylocal.com/generalnews/20150708/govwolfvisitsdowningtowntodiscusshis201516budgetplan

DelcoDailyTimes:Gov.WolfvisitsDowningtowntodiscusshis201516budgetplan
http://www.delcotimes.com/generalnews/20150708/govwolfvisitsdowningtowntodiscusshis201516budgetplan

NBC10:VIDEO:NoDealinSightforPennsylvaniaBudget
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/politics/NoDealinSightforPennsylvaniaBudget/312803391

PoliticsPA:PABGT:Wolf,GOPSparoverEducationFunding
http://www.politicspa.com/pabgtwolfgopsparovereducationfunding/67547/

Budget:Commentary

ErieTimesNews:LTEbyMarkNicastre:Wolfsbudgetvetonecessary
http://www.goerie.com/article/20150709/OPINION02/307099946/wolfsbudgetvetonecessaryletterstotheeditor

Citizens'Voice:LTEbySec.Hanger:ItistimeforRepublicanstoworkwithWolf
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/itistimeforrepublicanstoworkwithwolf1.1909113

ErieTimesNews:OpEdbySen.Wiley:WhyIsupportWolf'sbudgetveto
http://www.goerie.com/article/20150708/OPINION08/307089996/whyisupportwolfsbudgetvetosenseanwiley#cxrecs_s

PatriotNews:OpEd:Pa.Republicansarestayingabudgetcoursethat'sgoinginthewrongdirection
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/tom wolf pennsylvania budget w.html#incart river

PottstownMercury:Editorial:GamblingisnottheanswerforPa.budgetwoes
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150707/editorialgamblingisnottheanswerforpabudgetwoes

PottstownMercury:Editorial:Stoptrashtalkandagreeonastatebudget
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150708/editorialstoptrashtalkandagreeonastatebudget

MeadvilleTribune:OpEdbyRep.Roae:Localstaterep.asks:HowmuchnewspendingisenoughforGov.Wolf?
http://www.meadvilletr bune.com/news/columnlocalstaterepaskshowmuchnewspendingis/article 09d139f6258411e5a1d6
f7926b6c5a4c.html

ErieTimesNews:OpEdbyCommonwealthFoundation:Gov.Wolfdisregardscampaignpromises
http://www.goerie.com/article/20150708/OPINION08/307089997/govwolfdisregardscampaignpromisesmatthewbrouillette#cxrecs s

LockHavenExpress:OpEdbyCommonwealthFoundation:Wolfapproachblocksprogress(Subscriptionrequired)
http://lockhaven.com/page/content.detail/id/572981/Wolfapproachblocksprogress.html?nav=5003

BudgetImpasse

MorningCall:PoliticsofPennsylvania'sbudgetimpasseheatingup
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/capitolideas/mcpoliticsheatingupinpennsylvaniasbudgetimpasse20150708story.html

PLSReporter:Wolfvs.Cormanandamidweekbudgetupdate
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/824/WolfvsCormanandamidweekbudgetupdate.aspx

WITF:Withendof"paylesspaydays,"budgetstalematecouldstretchon
http://www.witf.org/statehousesoundbites/2015/07/withendofpaylesspaydaysbudgetstalematecouldstretchon.php

BradfordEra:Governor,legislatureatoddsoverbudget
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article 83faa3f6251c11e58853bb38199c6e14.html

PatriotNews:QuietdayinthePennsylvaniabudgetsiege
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/quiet day in the pennsylvania.html#incart river

PatriotNews:Slideshow:Waitingonastatebudget:Pennsylvaniaisnotalonginthestatebudgetwaitingroom
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/pa_not_alone_in_living_without.html#incart_river

PatriotNews:JohnMicek:Withlaborfunded$500kadbuy,#PaBudgetfightturnsintobattleforheartsandminds
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/07/with_laborfunded_500k_ad_buy.html

WITF:AUDIO:SmartTa k:StateBudgetUpdate

http://www.witf.org/smarttalk/2015/07/smarttalkstatebudgetupdate.php

KDKA:VIDEO:BudgetImpasseContinuesWithDifferencesFromLastOne
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/07/07/wolfattacksgopbudgetsaysfinancesmustbeputinorder/

PLSReporter:VIDEO:Hughesdiscusseslatestonbudgettalks
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/823/VIDEOHughesdiscusseslatestonbudgettalks.aspx

SharonHerald:Pa.budgetstandoffwillpinchcrisiscenters,socialprograms
http://www.sharonherald.com/news/local news/pabudgetstandoffwillpinchcrisiscenterssocialprograms/article ac4135bc250a11e5b483
c3f0d737e932.html

PoliticsPA:PABGT:SenateScheduledforSpecialSessionNextWeek
http://www.politicspa.com/pabgtsenatescheduledforspecialsessionnextweek/67527/

Education

ABC27:VIDEO:BattlecontinuesoverMarcellusShaletaxes,educationdollars
http://abc27.com/2015/07/08/battlecontinuesovermarcellusshaletaxeseducationdollars/

BradfordEra:EducationformuladoesntbodewellforruralPennsylvania,schoolofficialssay
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article 344e718c250a11e5ab381bd3334336e5.html

PatriotNews:Publicuniversitiesrelyingonbestguessestosettuition
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/public universities relying on.html#incart river

RepublicanHerald:Wolfsvetoputsholdonschoolfunds
http://republicanherald.com/news/wolfsvetoputsholdonschoolfunds1.1909836

AltoonaMirror:Budgetimpasseaffectingschools(Subscriptionrequired)
http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/615196/Budgetimpasseaffectingschools.html?nav=742

PittsburghPostGazette:StudysaysPa.ranksbelowfederalstandardsonschooltesting
http://www.postgazette.com/news/education/2015/07/09/StudysaysParanksbelowfederalstandardsonschooltesting/stories/201507090015

WESA:ProposalWouldBaseTeacherFurloughsOnPerformance,NotSeniority
http://wesa.fm/post/proposalwouldbaseteacherfurloughsperformancenotseniority

Pensions

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:Pensionpit:Ataskforceshowslocalgovernmentawayout
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/09/PensionpitAtaskforceshowslocalgovernmentawayout/stories/201507310007

StandardSpeaker:OpEd:Savingpensionsfrompendingperil
http://standardspeaker.com/opinion/savingpensionsfrompendingperil1.1909131

LiquorPrivatization

PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150709_LETTERS__July_8.html
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/09/ThePGiswrongthatthegovernorstandsaloneregardingliquor
stores/stories/201507090129

TimesLeader:FromWyomingValleytoHarrisburg,spiriteddebateoverliquorsaleskeepsbubblingover
http://timesleader.com/news/local/372487/fromwyomingvalleytoharrisburgspiriteddebateoverliquorsaleskeepsbubblingover

ErieTimesNews:LTE:Wolfcriticizedoverliquorveto
http://www.goerie.com/article/20150709/OPINION02/307099946/wolfsbudgetvetonecessaryletterstotheeditor

PittsburghPostGazette:LTE:Pa.,jointhe96percentnotintheliquorbusiness
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/letters/2015/07/09/Pajointhe96percentnotintheliquorbusiness/stories/201507090051

DeathPenalty

AP:KaneblastsWolfoverdeathpenaltystance

http://citizensvoice.com/news/kaneblastswolfoverdeathpenaltystance1.1909601

PhiladelphiaInquirer:KaneaskscourttoendWolf'sdeathpenaltyban
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150709 Kane asks court to end Wolf s death penalty ban.html#pwLybpdACtGbr3aL.99

BillSignings

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:JohnBaer:AgreementinHarrisburg
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/growls/AgreementinHarrisburg.html

DepartmentNews

Newsworks:AUDIO:TransgenderwomanbreaksbarriertoserveasPa.physiciangeneral
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepagefeature/item/83919drrachellevineisfirsttransgenderwomantobepaphysiciangeneral

KittanningPaper:StatePipelineInfrastructureTaskforceIncludesAlleghenyTownshipSupervisor
http://www.kittanningpaper.com/2015/07/08/statepipelineinfrastructuretaskforceincludesalleghenytownshipsupervisor/56409

WestChesterPatch:StateSenatorFromChesterCountyNamedToGov'sPipelineTaskforce
http://patch.com/pennsylvania/westchester/statesenatorchestercountynamedgovspipelinetaskforce

Philly.com:Wolffillspipelinetaskforce
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150708 Business news in brief.html

TribuneReview:ChaseBanktopayPennsylvania$4.4Moverdebtcollectionpractices
http://tr blive.com/business/headlines/870331174/chasebankdebt#ixzz3fOhUheV6

TribuneReview:FewinAlleghenyCountytakeadvantageofNarcanavailability
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/870222774/naloxonehackerorder#ixzz3fOfr1x2I

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.Turnpikelookstodoawaywithtollcollectors
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/columnists/20150709 Pa

Turnpike looks to do away with toll collectors.html#WGAwe11rZwMK3QVk.99

PatriotNews:OngoingrenovationsandrepairstakeovertheCapitolComplex:takealookatwhat'sbeingupgraded
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/capitol complex construction.html#incart river

Watchdog:Jobsprogramsareputtingkidstoworkbutthepublicspricetagisunclear
http://paindependent.com/2015/07/unclearpricetagonsummerworkprogram/

PAPolitics

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Despitesupport,McGintybidforSenateunclear
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150709_Despite_support__McGinty_bid_for_Senate_unclear.html#wQofCuZThXlomMdy.99
PhiladelphiaInquirer:Brady:I'dbackMcGinty"100percent"overSestak

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/BradyIdbackMcGinty100percentoverSestak.html#xbc2c6AARB90P3WI.99

MorningCall:Gov.Wolf'stopaideleavesdooropenforSenaterun
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpakatiemcgintypasenaterun20150708story.html

AP:McGintyleavesdooropenonUSSenaterun
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mcpamcgintypasenaterun070820150708story.html

PatriotNews:'Ididsomethingstupid':GOPcandidateinPa.Houseraceondecadesoldcharge
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/greg_rothman_87th_special_elec.html#incart_river

KingvBurwell

Stateline:OnMedicaidExpansion,aQuestionofMathandPolitics
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/researchandanalysis/blogs/stateline/2015/07/08/onmedicaidexpansionaquestionofmathandpolitics

LetterstotheEditor

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Worthpayingfor
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150709 LETTERS July 8.html

YorkDailyRecord:Wolfrightaboutlongtermcare
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci 28453761/wolfrightaboutlongtermcareletter

SomersetDailyAmerican:Playingpolitics
http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/opinion/letters to the editor/playingpolitics/article 13c3b5076b4057e6bf31f4de8ca7d57f.html

ReadingEagle:Legislatorsmustlearnartofcompromise
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/letterlegislatorsmustlearnartofcompromise#.VZ07l19VhBd

LockHavenExpress:Thestatebudgetbattle
http://lockhaven.com/page/content.detail/id/572982/Thestatebudgetbattle.html?nav=5006

Capitolwire:MorebudgetjabstradedbyWolfadministration,Sen.Cormansoffice.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July9)TheskirmishesbetweenRepublicanlegislativeleadersandGov.TomWolfregardingthestatebudgetcontinued
Wednesday,eventhoughthepartiesdidnotmeettodiscusstheweeklongbudgetimpasse.
OnWednesday,theWolfadministrationtookafewshotsatSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,inanemailedmemoentitledSen.
CormansPoliticalExpediency.
Earlierthisweek,CormansaiduntilGov.TomWolfgivesuphiswantofbroadbasedtaxh kes(incomeandsalestaxes)tofundbillionsinnew
spending,itsunlikelymuchprogresswillbemadeonastatebudgetforthenewfiscalyearthatstartedalittleoveraweekago.
InadditiontocontinuingthesmokeandmirrorscriticismsoftheGOPdevelopedbudgetWolfvetoedlastweek,theWolfmemonotesCorman,
lastyearwhenhewasthemajoritychairmanoftheSenateAppropriationsCommittee,indicatedsomeformoftaxincreases,possiblybroad
basedtaxhikes,wouldsoonbeneeded.Thememoalsopointsto2009statementsmadebyCormanabouttheneedtohavealongtermbudget
view,notjustashorttermone.
BecauseCormanopposestheadministrationstaxh keproposalsandsubmittedwhattheadministrationconsidersmoreofashorttermanswer
tothestatesbudgetaryissues,theWolfmemostatesCormanhasshiftedhisidealsonbudgetingandfinancialplanning.Thatwouldseemto
beanonetosubtlesuggestionbytheWolfcampCormanisahypocrite,oratleastabudgethypocrite,fornotsupportingWolfsplan.
WhatthememodoesleaveoutisthecontextinwhichCormanmadethosestatements.
Withregardtothe2009comments,thatyearthenGov.EdRendellwasproposingapackageoftaxhikes,includingabroadbasedtaxh ke
(incometax),toaddressa$3.25billionbudgetdeficitandsupporthisproposed$28.8billionbudget.Thatresultedina101daybudgetimpasse
and,ultimately,Rendellsigninga$27.8billionspendingplanwithplentyofrevenuefromtransfersandonetimesourcesandnobroadbasedtax
hikes(thestatedidhavea$750millionRainyDayfundbalanceitusedupaspartofthatbudget).
Corman,in2009attheoutsetofthatimpasse,saidontheSenatefloor:"Thisisatoughyear.Ourrevenuestookasignificantdipthisyear.But
wecan'ttaxourwayoutofthisproblem.Weshouldn'traisetaxesonPennsylvaniaentrepreneurs,familiesandthemiddleclass.Wecan'tjust
makeshorttermdecisions.Wehavetolookatthelongterm."
So,notexactlyashiftinhisideals,ashesopposedtoWolfsrevenue,i.e.tax,plans,whichdwarfRendells2009proposalsbycomparison.He,
andotherintheSenateGOP,havealsoexpressedconcernregardingthepotentialimpactonthestate'seconomybyWolf'staxplansthat,too,
appearstobeconsistentwithCorman's2009remarks.
Andthose2014Cormanstatements?Hewasspeakingabouttheneedtodosomethingaboutthegrowthofpublicpensions,andthatwithoutany
action,thestatewillbefacedwiththeprospectsofhavingtoraisetaxesjusttocoverthecontinuedgrowthinpensionpayments.
ThatcontextwassomethingCormanspokeswomanJennKochernotedinanemailresponsetotheWolfadministrationmemo.
Whatthishistorylessonleftoutisthecontextofhowrestructuringthepensionsystemaffectsanyneedtoraisetaxes,wroteKocheraboutthe
memo.Throughahistoric$10billionreformofthestatespublicsectorpensionsystem,theGeneralAssemblyactuallymadethebetterandin
somewaysmoredifficultchoicetoaddressthestateseverincreasingpensionproblem.
KochercontinuedhercritiqueoftheWolfmemosurgingfortaxhikesandmorerevenue:Gov.Wolfdoesntwanttospendwhatmoneyhehas,
hewantstospendmoneyhewisheshehad.It'sprettyeasytobeforthespendingpartbutwhenfamiliesunderstandthatthemajorityofthe
moneytopayfortheincreasedspendingiscomingfromtheirpockets,itsadifferentstory.Hetravelsaroundthestateattaxpayerexpense
tellingpeoplehowhewillspendthemoney,butheisnotbeinghonestabouthowhewillpayforit.
ShealsonotedWolfsrevenueplanfailedinthestateHouseofRepresentativeswhenitwasconsideredbythefullchamber.
WewouldwelcomeanendtothecampaignrhetoricandanacknowledgmentoftheissueathandGov.Wolfdoesnothavethevotesinthe
GeneralAssemblytopasshismassiveincomeandsalestaxincreases,wroteKocher.
TheGOP'spensionplanremainsonWolfsdesk,andthegovernorhasThursdayandFridaytodecideifhellvetothebillwhichmostexpect
sincehesbeenopenlycriticalofanyplantoputnewstateandpublicschoolhiresintoa401ktyperetirementplan,whichtheGOPplandoes.
Wednesdaymightnothaveproducedmuchinthewayofnoiseornewsaboutthestatebudgetorpensions,buttheongoingskirmishesbetween
GOPleadersandtheWolfadministrationillustratethisbudgetmatterisnowhereclosetobeingresolved.
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Capitolwire:ProspectsforHousevoteonmedicalcannabisgrowing.
ByChristenSmith
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(July8)AbipartisanworkinggroupofHousememberscontinueditsweeklymeetingsTuesday,albeitquietly,onpending

medicalcannabislegislationstilllingeringinthechamber.
Thegoal,saysHouseRepublicanCaucusspokesmanSteveMiskin?Draftabill,oranamendmenttoabill,thatwillget102votesontheHouse
floor,sometimethissession.
Whenexactlythissession,however,hasn'tbeenpinneddownmorepressingissues,liketheabsenceofastatebudget,couldbetoblame.
Still,thenewsisgoodforprocannabisactivistswhohavebeenurgingtheHousetotakeupSenateBill3inthetwomonthssinceitpassedthe
Senateonavoteof407.
Uponpassage,SB3wasreferredtotheHouseHealthCommittee,chairedbyRep.MattBaker,RTioga,who'sskepticismoflegalizingmarijuana
formedicalpurposesgrabbednationalmediaattention.
Bakersupportedhisdoubtwithtestimonyfromtwodozenmedicalorganizationsalsoopposedtomedicalcannabisallwhoagreethedrug
shouldbelegitimizedviatheFDAapprovalprocess,notstateLegislatures.
Bakerwasn'ttheonlyHouseRepublicanwithconcerns.
Rep.RonMarsico,RDauphin,introducedhisownversionofmedicalcannabis,HouseBill1432,justlastweek,asanalternativetothemore
expansiveSB3.
It'sdesignedtokeeptheissuealivebecause,atthattime,SenateBill3wasboggeddownintheHealthCommittee,MarsicosaidTuesday.
ThepeopleofPennsylvaniadeserveavoteonthisandthatisoneofthereasonswhywedevelopedthislegislation.
Marisco'stightlycontrolled,narrow,heavilyregulatedbillwon'tmakeeveryonehappy,hewarns.Butit'sacompromisethatcanstillprovide
accesstothousandsofpatientsinneed,hesaid.
CLICKHEREtoreadmoreaboutthedifferencesbetweenMarsico'sbillandSB3.
Entertheworkinggroup,whichincludesMarsico,organizedbyHouseMajorityLeaderDaveReed,RIndiana.Reedhasexpressedsupportfor
sometypeofmedicalcannabisbill,echoingconcernsofothermembersthatanylegislationmusthavetightregulatorycontrolswhich,some
fear,SenateBill3doesn'tinclude.
ReedrereferredSB3totheHouseRulesCommittee,onwhichheischairman,onJune26,thesamedayananticipateddischarge
resolutionfilingwouldhavefreedthelegislationfromBaker'scommitteeandforcedafloorvote.
MiskinsaidSB3'sprimesponsorSen.MikeFolmer,RLebanon,metwiththeworkinggroupTuesdaytodiscusstheimportanceofhisbill'smore
controversialprovisions.
"Iknowthatnobillisfinaluntilithitsthegovernor'sdesk,"FolmersaidWednesday."TherecouldbesomethingswemissedwithSenateBill3
andI'mopen(tochanges)."
Hesaidhehadn'tdoneadetailedreviewofMarsico'sbill,butthatitcomparestohowNewYorkregulatestheirmedicalcannabisindustry.
I'mconfidentthatwecanmovetheissueforward,Marsicosaid.Itmaynotbeallofmybill.ItmaynotbeallofSenateBill3.Itmaynotbeallof
theotherlegislationthat'sbeenintroduced.
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Subject:

Governor'sOfficePressClipsJune27,2015

TopClips
TimesLeader:FrancesWolf:Investinstatesschoolchildrenwithplanthatrestoresequitybetweenrichandpoordistricts
http://www.timesleader.com/news/opinion columns/154261983/THEIRVIEWInvestinstatesschoolchildren
LNP:FrancesWolf:TimeisnowtoinvestinPa.schoolchildren
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/timeisnowtoinvestinpaschoolchildren/article_d0c8fc9e1c1811e585c2
df6d7baa728e.html

Budget

AP:PennsylvaniabudgetworkcontinuesWolfthreatensveto
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breakingnews/index.ssf/2015/06/pennsylvania budget work conti.html

PhiladelphiaInquirer:WolftovetoGOPbudgetplan
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150627_GOP_budget_ignores_Wolf_s_priorities.html

PatriotNews:WolfvowstovetoGOPcraftedbudgetthatfailstoaddresshispriorities
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/wolf vows to veto gopcrafted.html

PatriotNews:HouseandSenateRepublicanslauncha"majorityapproved"budget,withoutagreementfromGov.TomWolf
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/house_and_senate_republicans_l.html

PittsburghPostGazette:RepublicanPennsylvaniabudgetproposaladvances
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/26/StateGOPleadersdraftbudgetwithoutgovernors
input/stories/201506260297
PLSReporter:GOPsbudgetplanrevealedGov.Wolfvowsveto
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/797/GOP%E2%80%99sbudgetplanrevealedGovWolfvows
veto.aspx

TribuneReview:GOPlawmakerstosendWolftheir$30.1BbudgetbyTuesday
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/863408674/story#axzz3eAemX2X2

MorningCall:WolfvowstovetoRepublicanlawmakers'$30.1billionbudget
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mcpalegislaturebudgetpension062620150626story.html
FOX43:VIDEO:WolfthreatenstovetolatestRepublicanbudgetproposal
http://fox43.com/2015/06/26/wolfthreatenstovetolatestrepublicanbudgetproposal/
ABC27:VIDEO:Budgetdeadlinenears,butaplanisonitsway
http://abc27.com/2015/06/26/budgetdeadlinenearsbutaplanisonitsway/

PatriotNews:Corman:GOPbudgetreflectsvoters'desirefornotaxhikes
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/corman gop budget reflects vot.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:"Ididn'tsayIwoulddefinitelyveto"
http://earlyreturns.postgazette.com/home/earlyreturnsposts/6567ididntsayiwoulddefinitelyveto

WTAE:VIDEO:Wolfdicussesbudget,privatizingliqoursales
http://www.wtae.com/news/wolfdicussesbudgetprivatizingliqoursales/33776364
DailyItem:OpEdbyRep.Vitali:Gov.Wolf'senergyinvestmentinitiative
http://www.dailyitem.com/opinion/govwolfsenergyinvestmentinitiative/article fc6b0a401c3b11e5ad04a3a59ed3ce58.html
DoylestownIntelligencer:OpEdbyEdRendell:TableissetforbigchangesinPennsylvania
http://www.theintell.com/opinion/tableissetforbigchangesinpennsylvania/article_ca24d8e4328f586283c51a4016f45bac.html

ExpressTimes:OpEd:TellPa.legislatorstorememberlibrariesinbudgettalks
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/tell pa legislators to remembe.html#incart river

CitizensVoice:Nonprofitsnervousaboutbudgetimpasse
http://citizensvoice.com/news/nonprofitsnervousaboutbudgetimpasse1.1904372
WTAJ:VIDEO:WhoLosesIfaBudgetIsn'tPassed?
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/wholosesifabudgetisntpassed/23749/B3t0vEFQUWiR1rEaaiS2w

Education

PatriotNews:Whatnewfundingformulawouldmeanforyourschooldistrict
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/what_new_funding_formula_would.html

TimesTribune:OpEd:Ensureformula,funds
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/ensureformulafunds1.1903816

PatriotNews:OpEdbySen.ScottWagner:Pa.doesn'tneedtospendmoreonschools,itneedstospendmorewisely
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/pa doesnt need to spend more o.html#incart river

YorkDailyRecord:OpEdRep.StanSaylor:Gov.WolfwantshighertaxestoboostPhillyschools
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci_28387485/repstansaylorgovwolfwantshighertaxes

SeveranceTax

BeaverCountyTimes:Wolf'sproposeddrillingtaxstaunchlyopposedbymostBeaverCountylegislators
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/wolfesproposeddrillingtaxstaunchlyopposedbymostbeaver/article bff6f2761c0f
11e5966fbfb64e0ad553.html
TimesLeader:DougMcLinko:ProposednaturalgastaxwouldbesetbackforPennsylvania
http://www.timesleader.com/news/opinion columns/154300973/THEIRVIEWWolfstaxwillspoilenergyboom

Pensions

PLSReporter:DetailsofHousepensionplanemerge
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/795/DetailsofHousepensionplanemerge.aspx

PropertyTaxes

PLSReporter:Propertytaxreformremainsabrightspotamongbudgetrelatednegotiations
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/796/Propertytaxreformremainsabrightspotamongbudget
relatednegotiations.aspx

ReadingEagle:About200peopleattendmeetinginPottstownonendingschoolpropertytaxes
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/about200peopleattendmeetinginpottstownonendingschoolpropertytaxes

PottstownMercury:VocalcrowdinPottstownpushespropertytaxelimination
http://www.pottsmerc.com/generalnews/20150625/vocalcrowddemandspropertytaxeliminationinpennsylvania

SameSexMarriageRuling

AP:Wolfapplaudssamesexmarriageruling,callsonlawmakerstoexpandantidiscriminationlaw
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/70cc0917af4f4a45a40ad5f996d23f58/PAGayMarriageWolf

ABC27:Gov.Wolfhailsgaymarriageruling,callsfornondiscriminationlaw
http://abc27.com/2015/06/26/govwolfhailsgaymarriagerulingcallsfornondiscriminationlaw/

PatriotNews:Gov.TomWolfhailsU.S.SupremeCourtrulingvalidatingsamesexmarriage
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/gov_tom_wolf_hails_us_supreme.html?
hootPostID=502be007d18dd60e0d1fe1d1150233cd#incart_river
PittsburghPostGazette:GaysstilllackfullcivilrightsprotectioninPennsylvania
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/27/GaysstilllackfullcivilrightsprotectioninPennsylvania/stories/201506270034

PatriotNews:Aftermarriageequality,here'swhatPennsylvanianeedsnext
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/after gay marriage whats next.html#incart river


MorningCall:Samesexcouplesgivenrighttomarry
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mcyespasupremecourtgaymarriagedecision20150626story.html

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Gayactivistshailhighcourt'smarriageruling
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20150627 Gay activists hail high court s marriage ruling.html#taX32VBO5ecvVRI5.99

PatriotNews:RulingishailedbyPa.legislatorswhohavebeenpushingforsamesexequality
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/ruling_is_hailed_by_pa_legisla.html#incart_river

TribuneReview:SupremeCourtrulesinfavorofgaymarriage
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/862645874/courtmarriagesex#ixzz3eC8ScKxw

PatriotNews:Pennsylvania'ssamesexmarriageopponentsaredisappointedanddiscouraged,butvowtheirfightisn'tover
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/pennsylvanias samesex marriag.html#incart 2box midstate index.ssf

ACARuling

MorningCall:382,000PennsylvanianscankeepObamacaresubsidies
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpaobamacaresupremecourtsubsidies20150625story.html

BeaverCountyTimes:SupremeCourtrulingmeanshealthinsurancesubsidiessafefornearly350,000Pennsylvanians
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local news/supremecourtrulingmeanshealthinsurancesubsidiessafefor
nearly/article 054a7db21b6a11e59d429fb58a2866a6.html/?REFERMI=News

ErieTimesNews:ObamacaredecisionsavesmoneyformanyErieCountyresidents
http://www.goerie.com/obamacaredecisionsavesmoneyformanyeriecountyresidents#

DoylestownIntelligencer:Editorial:Areasonedrulingonhealthcarelaw
http://www.theintell.com/opinion/areasonedrulingonhealthcarelaw/article ee89643043e557d494fe68e326ca93b6.html

PhiladelphiaInquirer:InCongress,rulingreactionreflectspartisandivide
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/309971041.html#xtwYJgsWiHdORQtM.99

TribuneDemocrat:OfficialssplitonSupremeCourt'srulingonObama'shealthcarelaw
http://www.tribdem.com/news/officialssplitonsupremecourtsrulingonobamas/article 0b95d8121bb311e58186
fb29809e85c5.html

DepartmentNews

TribuneDemocrat:KathyManderinospeaksatannualJARIluncheon
http://www.tribdem.com/news/local_news/kathymanderinospeaksatannualjariluncheon/article_35eec3661bb411e59160
77d62dd0f1b5.html

PatriotNews:SenateconfirmsTimothyReese'snominationasstatetreasurer
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/senate confirms timothy reeses.html

BradfordEra:Bradfordschooldistrictwinsstateliteracyaward
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article_dd0e595e1ba511e5aeceb734a25b4276.html
PittsburghPostGazette:Stateissues$95,000penaltyagainstSunocoLogisticsforwastewaterspills
http://powersource.postgazette.com/powersource/companies/2015/06/26/PennsylvaniaDEP95000penaltyagainstSunoco
LogisticsforwastewaterspillsMarcellusShaleMarinerEast/stories/201506260277

AirProducts

AP:Pennsylvaniagovextendscondolencestovictimsofattack
http://www.goerie.com/BCPAFranceAttackPennsylvania

ABC27:Wolf:Pa.policemonitoringpotentialthreatsafterFrenchattack
http://abc27.com/2015/06/26/wolfpapolicemonitoringpotentialthreatsafterfrenchattack/

MorningCall:AirProductsfacilityinFranceattackedonedead
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcairproductsfranceattack20150626story.html#page=1

MorningCall:CharlieDentsaysterrorattacksonAirProductsfactory,Tunisianresort'notcoincidental'

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mcairproductsdenttunisiaattack20150626story.html

MedicalMarijuana

LNP:MedicalmarijuanacouldgaingroundinPa.
http://lancasteronline.com/news/medicalmarijuanacouldgaingroundinpa/article_1f9024d61c3911e5a2b1d3ef6caf007a.html

911Funding

MorningCall:Phonefeesgoingupunder911billheadedtoWolf'sdesk
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mcpa911centerbill20150626story.html

Politics

PublicSource:WolfsnewpoliticalactioncommitteeRebuildPennsylvania
http://publicsource.org/fromthesource/wolfsnewpoliticalactioncommitteerebuildpennsylvania#.VY2vlBtVhBc

HouseandSenateAction

PatriotNews:SenatepanelOKsfurtherchangestobackgroundcheckslaw
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/senate_panel_oks_further_chang.html#incart_river

BradfordEra:Senateadoptstaxcreditbillforvolunteerfirstresponders
http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article 857cee1a1b9311e5815edb8faf8b1a07.html

LetterstotheEditor

ExpressTimes:Harrisburgstilllookingathalfbakedpropertytaxreform
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/harrisburg_still_looking_at_ha.html

PatriotNews:Gov.Wolf'staxplanwon'tdoanythingtohelpbusinessesinPennsylvania
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/gov wolfs tax plan wont do any.html
YorkDailyRecord:Wolfgastaxwouldhurtindustry
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci 28381657/wolfgastaxwouldhurtindustryletter
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Capitolwire:WolfthreatensvetoofGOPbackedbudget.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June26)Gov.TomWolfthreatenedtovetoabudgetbackedbylegislativeRepublicanleaderswho,alongwiththe
governor,stoodfirmontheirprioritiesdaysbeforetheJune30thbudgetdeadline.
Republicansunveileda$30.1billion,notaxincreasebudgetFriday,whichWolfsaidhewouldvetoasquicklyasIcan,"presaginga
budgetshowdownthatthreatenstoshutdownstategovernment.
WhatIsee,Idon'tlike,Wolfsaid.Hedidn'tspecifywhetherhewouldvetospecificprogramsorcompletelystrikethebudget,a
movethatcouldthreatengovernmentservicesformillions.I'mgoingtodomybesttomakesurethere'saslittledisruptionas
possible.
ThegovernorandGOPleadershipareclaimingamandatefromPennsylvaniavotersfortheirbudgetpriorities.Wolfsofarhas
beenunabletoconvinceRepublicanleaderstojoinhimonhiskeypriorities,whichincludelevyingahighernaturalgasdrillingtax
andincreasingpersonalincomeandsalestaxestoraiseeducationspending,whileloweringthepropertytaxburdenandaddressing
thedeficittohisliking.
WhilePennsylvaniavotersinNovemberelectedWolf,theyalsosentstrongermajoritiesoflegislativeRepublicanstoHarrisburg,said
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,addingvotersdidsoonamandatetoreininstategovernmentspendingandhold
thelineontaxes.
AnyimpasseorgovernmentshutdownwouldbebecauseofonepersonandonepersononlythedifferentkindofgovernorTom
Wolf,saidSteveMiskin,spokesmanfortheHouseRepublicans.
Hewillhavetomakethedecisionwhethertokeepgovernmentoperatingornot,Miskinsaid.Wewanttokeepgovernment
operating.
TheLegislature'sRepublicanleadershipisunified,theysaid,onabudgetthatdoesn'traisetaxes,adds$200milliontoeducation
programs,andborrows$5.3billionforschoolconstructionprojectsCLICKHEREtoreadmoreaboutthat.Theirbudgetalsouses

$200millionfromayetunveiledliquorprivatizationproposaltoaddressa$1.2billionstructuraldeficit.Theproposal,however,
containsanumberofonetimerevenuefixes,fundtransfers,anddelayedpaymentstoshoreupsavingsCLICKHEREtoreadhow
theGOPproposestomakeitsproposalwork.
Theyplantosendtheirbudgetandenablinglegislation,aliquorbill,andlegislationwithreformstothepublicpensionssystemsto
WolfonTuesday.
TheHouseAppropriationsCommitteestartedthatprocessFridayevening.
Thebudgetcontainsrevenuesfromunsustainablesourcesandgimmicks,suchastransfersfromspecialfunds,therevenuesurplus,
whichweallknowcontainsseveralnonrecurringsources,andshiftingpaymentstofutureyears,saidHouseAppropriations
CommitteeDemocraticChairmanJoeMarkosek,DAllegheny.
Bottomline:Thisbudgetisinadequate.Itdoesn'tcutit.ItwillunraveljustasthelastfourRepublicanbudgetshave,Markosek
added.HesaidHouseDemocratswillnotsupportthebudgetbill.
HisRepublicancounterpart,MajorityChairmanBillAdolph,RDelaware,saidthebudgetisresponsibleandsustainable.
Thisrepresentsabudgetproposalthatrecognizeswemusthaveanefficientandeffectivegovernmentbeforewecouldconsider
askingmiddleclassfamiliestopayhighertaxes,saidAdolph,notingwhat'sexpectedtobeamorethan$350millionendofyear
surplus.
Yougottatakealookatthatonceinawhile,hesaid.Yougottatakealookatwhatcameinbeforeyouraisepeople'staxes.
InMarch,Wolfproposedabout$4.7billioninraisedtaxesandfees:$2.4billioncomingfromanincreaseinthepersonalincometax
from3.07percentto3.7percentand$1.55billionfromthesalestax,which,formostofthestate,wouldincreasefrom6percentto
6.6percent,withthetaxbeingappliedtomoreitems.Hisplanproposes$3.8billioninpropertytaxandrentrelief,alongwith
additionaleducationfunding.
Healsoproposedincreasedtaxesonnaturalgasdrillingandcigarettes,aswellasanewtaxforothertobaccoproducts.
Wolfalsoproposedseeingtheeliminationofabusinessassetstaxandhe'sproposedloweringthecorporatenetincometax,while
requiringstricterincomereportingformultistatecorporations.
AdolphsaidtheGOP'splanisanontimebudgetwithnotaxincrease.
Wolf,earliersaid:Therewasthispreoccupationwithanontimebudget.Iwantagoodbudget.
ThecommitteeamendedandapprovedtheGOP'sbudgetintoHouseBill1192onapartylinevotearound8p.m.Friday.Thefull
HouseisplanningtovotethebillSaturdayfollowingwhat'sexpectedtobeanextendedfloordebate.
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Capitolwire:GOPbudgetappearstohingeonPlanConbondstrategy.
ByChristenSmith
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June26)LegislativeRepublicansmadegoodonapromiseFridaytodevelopabalancedbudgetplanwithout
raisingtaxes.
Buttheyhavetoborrow$5.4billiontodoit.
Gov.TomWolfandlegislativeDemocratsdescribetheproposalasablueprintofaccountingtrickstheminoritypartyhascometo
expectfromtheircolleaguesontheright.
Thisisagimmickfilledbudgetthatexacerbatesthedeficit,doesn'tfundourschoolsanddoesn'tmakeoilandgascompaniespay
theirfairshare,saidJeffSheridan,Wolf'sspokesman.Andit'sreallydisappointing.
WhiletheapparentlynchpinoftheGOPplanborrowingroughly$5.4billiontopayoffsome500projectsowedmoneyunderthe
schoolconstructionreimbursementprogramknownasPlanConmayfitsomeofthoseparameters,Republicanssaythestrategy
willdoexactlywhatthegovernorwants:helpdistrictscutcostsanddirectmoneyintotheclassroom.
Wearetalking$5.4billion,adirectinfusionintopublicschools,saidRep.SethGrove,RYork,whohasspearheadedthe
Legislature'spushtoreformPlanCon.It'smoneythatispartiallyowedtothemandthatgoesintotheirgeneralfund.Somaybe
they'vecutprogramsandclasses.Nowtheywillhavecashonhandtoreplenishwhattheyusedtomakethosebondpayments.
PlanCon,anantiquatedandtedious11stepprocessschooldistrictsnavigateonapromiseofstatereimbursementfor
constructionandrenovationprojectsthey'vealreadyfinanced,hasbeenastickingpointoverthelastyearforRepublicansand
Democratsalike.
GrovemanagedtowhipupenoughsupportforhisHouseBill210,passedinthechamberlastmonthonavoteof14252,because,
hesaid,itwillstreamlinePlanConintofivesteps,digitizerecordsandimprovetransparencylightyearsbeyondthecurrentsystem.
ThatsystemrequiresthestateDepartmentofEducationtopourthroughhundredsofbindersand1920smicrofilmtechnologyto
locatedetailsforjustoneproject.
Increasingfundingfortheprogram,however,hasbeenatrickiersellontheHousefloor.Grovelastmonthurgedhiscolleaguesto
leavethataspecttobudgetnegotiations,whileDemocratspushedfor$100millionmore.
Sixweekslater,theGOPspendingplanappearstoremovethe$306.2millionPlanConlineitemaspartofbudgetarysavingsused
tofillthe$1.25billionstructuraldeficit(CLICKHEREtoreadhowRepublicansclosedtherestofthegap),butlookscanbe
deceiving.
Whiletheexactdetailsaredependentuponthetermsnegotiated,GrovesaystheLegislaturewillissuearoughly$5.4billion20
yearbondtopayoffthe400to500projectscurrentlyowedreimbursementbythestate.Thisbondeliminatesthestate's$306.2
millionPlanConobligationforFY201516.Grovesaidthestate,beginninginFiscalYear201617,willreplenishthePlanConline
itemwithabout$250millionfromthegeneralfund,whichwillbeusedstrictlytorepaythebond.
The100orsoprojectswhohaveyettoreceivereimbursementapprovalwillstillbeconsidered,however,Grovesaidstructural
changestotheprogram,suchassomeofthosefoundinHB210,willreducetheamountofreimbursementthestatewilloffer.He
saidfundingforanyfutureprojectheexpectstwodozenwillgetreimbursementapprovalin18monthsorsowillbeaddedon

topofthe$250millionlineitemeachyear.
Theeffect,SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,said,willgiveschooldistrictsthespendingflexibilitythey'vebeenasking
forwhilesavingthestatehundredsofmillionsondecadesofinterestratepayments.
Theadministrationdoesn'tseeitthatway.
Theytakeitoffline,saidBudgetSecretaryRandyAlbright.Theytakeitoutthebudget,sothat's$300millioninexpendituresthat
we'reobligatedtomakeunlesswecomeupwithanewplantomakethoseauthorityrental(PlanCon)payments,butwedon'treflect
thatcostcurrentlyinthegeneralfundbudget.Again,$300millioninsmokeandmirrorsthatisn'tabalancedbudgetandwillagain,to
thegovernor'spoint,growthenextyear'sbudgetdeficit.
BillPatton,spokesmanfortheHouseDemocraticCaucus,saidthePlanConstrategyhasn'tboughtanymembers'votesafact
reiteratedbytheparty'sacrosstheboardnovoteonallofthebudgetbillsmovedthroughtheHouseAppropriationsCommittee
Fridaynight.
TheRepublicanleadershipinHarrisburghasmadeitreallyeasyforDemocratstovoteagainstthisshambudgetproposal,said
HouseMinorityLeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny.ItdoesnotmeettherealneedsofPennsylvania.Itcynicallycontinuesthe
gimmicksandmakebelievebudgetideasofthelastfouryears.
ThisRepublicanbudgetthattheHousewillbeaskedtovoteonSaturdaycanaccuratelybelabeledasCorbett5.0,butTom
Corbettcantbeblamedforthispieceofjunk,"hecontinued."ItliessquarelywiththecurrentRepublicanleadershipintheHouseand
Senate.
Torecap,theLegislatureappropriated$5.5billionintothebasiceducationsubsidyinthecurrentfiscalyearorabout$100million
morethantheproposedbond.TheGOPbudgetplanincreasesthatallocationto$5.6billion,whichisstillabout$300millionshortof
whatthegovernorrequested.
Republicansalsoearmarked$20millionforspecialeducation,$30millionforearlyeducationand$41millionforhighereducation,
oraboutonequarterofthefundingthegovernorrequestedduringhisMarchbudgetaddress.
Wolfisnonetoopleasedeither,tellingreportersFridayevening:Ifthisbudgetgetstomeintheformwehaverightnow,intheform
thathasallthesegames,andcontinueswiththegamesofthepastandisnothingmorethanthestatusquo,Iwillvetoit.
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Capitolwire:TheGOPcomesupwithanotaxplantoclosePA's$1.25billiondeficit.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June26)LegislativeRepublicansunveiledthebudgettheyplanonsendingtoGov.TomWolfbeforeJuly1,andit
spends$3.7billionlessthanthegovernorsaidhewantedtospendinMarch.
The$30.1billionGOPspendingproposalrepresentsa3.6percentincreasefromthecurrentFiscalYear201415,orabout$1
billionmorethanwhatthecurrentstatebudgetisspending,anderasesa$1.25billionstructuralbudgetdeficit.
Allwithoutraisinganytaxes.
Republicanscalltheirplanresponsible,whileGov.TomWolf,BudgetSecretaryRandyAlbrightandlegislativeDemocratssaysits
justmoregimmicksandsmokeandmirrorsthattheysaycreatedthecurrent$1.25billiondeficitPennsylvaniafaces.
Wereducedthestructuraldeficitwhenwe[HouseRepublicans]tookover,thestructuraldeficitwasover$4billion,saidHouse
AppropriationsChairmanBillAdolph,RDelaware.Wehaveanagreedtofigureof$1.2[billion],sowehavetakencareof$3billion
ofstructuraldeficitinfouryears.
SohowdotheGOPmakeupthe$1.25billion?
Theystartbyassumingthenewfiscalyearwillstartoffwith$375millionmorethanwasexpected,whichisabitmorethanthe$363
millionFY201415endingbalancetheIndependentFiscalOffice,onJune15,estimated,andnearly$80.6millionmorethanwhat
hadbeenexpectedwhenlegislativeleadersdevelopedtheagreedto$1.25billionstructuraldeficitfigure.
ThatstheresultoftheGOPs7percentrevenuegrowthassumptionforFY201415,comparedtotheIFOs6.8percentrevenue
growthassumption,thelapsingof$22.2millionofadditionalrevenuesfromprioryearsandreducing$48.3millioninreductions.That
producesanextra$130.5millionthathadnotbeenexpectedforFY201415.
Thatisoffsetby$50millioninadditionaltaxrefunds,toleaverevenuesnearly$80.6milliongreaterthanwhathadbeenexpectedfor
thecurrentfiscalyear.
TheGOPbuildsonthe$375millionendingbalanceforFY201415byassumingslightlybetterrevenuegrowth,0.7percent,during
thecomingyearcomparedtotheIFOs0.6percentestimate.Thatrepresents$100millionmorethantheIFOestimateswillbe
generatedforthestatesGeneralFund,basedonthecurrentbudgetandstatetaxlaws.
Wefeelveryconfidentinourrevenueestimates,saidAdolph,followingameetingofhiscommitteeduringwhichtheGOPbudget
proposalwasreportedtotheHousefloor,inadvanceofanexpectedfinalvoteinthechamberonSaturday.
Tothat,theGOPwouldaddwhattheysayis$220millioninrecurringrevenuesresultingfromanasyetunapprovedliquor
privatizationplan.Another$47millioninaddedrevenueswouldbederivedfromspecialfundtransfers.
Intheend,theGOPplanexpectstohave$31.08billioninFY201516beforeapplying$1.275billionofexpectedtaxrefund
deductions.TheIFOprojectsFY201516revenues,priortotaxrefunds,willbecloserto$30.7billionorabout$380millionless.
AddFY201415s$375million,andtheGOPplanexpectstohaveapproximately$460millionmorethanhadbeenexpected,priorto
adjustingstateexpendituresintheFY201516GeneralAppropriationsbill.
Togettherestofthewaytoclosingthe$1.25billion,theGOPplanproposes$813.3millioninbudgetarylineitemadjustments.
Topofthatlististheeliminationofthebudgets$306.2millionlineitemforthestatePlanConprogram,Pennsylvaniasschool
constructionprojectreimbursementprogram.TheeliminationisbeingmadepossiblebecausetheGOPintendstoborrow$5.3
billiontopayofftheconstructiondebtalreadyincurredbymanyofthestatesschooldistrictswhohavebeenapprovedbuthave

beenwaitingforPlanConreimbursementrelatedtotheirconstructionandrenovationprojects.CLICKHEREtoreadmoreabout
that.
TheWolfadministrationandlegislativeRepublicansagreeonlittlewithregardtotheGOPsbudgetproposal,butoneareaupon
whichtheydoappeartoagreeisthesourceofanother$128.5millionofthat$813.3millioninbudgetaryadjustments:expectedcost
reductionsduetoMedicaidExpansionanditsfederalizationofcostsassociatedwiththeMedicalAssistanceWorkerswith
DisabilitiesProgram($44.8million)andtheChildrensHealthInsuranceProgram($83.7million),orCHIP.
AnotherhealthcarerelatedareaofsavingandthisoneisasourceofconflictbetweentheWolfadministrationandthelegislative
RepublicansisanadjustmenttotheexpectedcaseloadsfundedbythestatesMedicalAssistanceinpatientandoutpatientline
items.Alltotaledthenewcaseloadexpectationsproduce$116.8millioninsavings.
HouseGOPAppropriationsCommitteestaffsaidtheylookedatactualprogramusagefiguresthroughMay2015,usedthatastheir
baseassumptionforusageinFY201516andthenprojectedacertainamountofgrowth,mostlyfromnewMedicaidparticipantdue
totheexpansionoftheprogram.Theysaidthefiguresmoreaccuratelyrepresentprogramusage.
BudgetSecretaryAlbrighthadadifferenttakeontheGOPsassumptions.
Wevegonethroughthishowmanytimesduringthelastcoupleofyearstheresmorethan$187millioninMedicalAssistance
paymentsthataregonnabemandatedobligationsthatweregonnahavetomakethatthisbudgetpretendssimplydoesntexist,
saidAlbrightFridayevening.
Albrightwasreferringtootherlines,inadditiontotheMedicalAssistancelines,suchasa$20millionreductionoftheCashGrants
line,whichRepublicansargueisduetotheCommonwealthhavingenoughtomeetitsobligationswith$25.4million,notthe$45.4
millionavailableattheendofFY201415.
TheGOPplanalsoreducestheCountyChildWelfarelinebynearly$131.8million,whichtheysaidmoreaccuratelyreflectsthecash
flowneedsoftheprogram.AccordingtoinformationsuppliedbyRepublicanAppropriationsstaff,ineachofthelastfiveyears,there
hasbeenanunspentbalanceofatleast$200millionintheprogram.
AnotherareawhereRepublicanssaytheyareattemptingtorebalancestatefundingsituationsiswithregardtoSchoolEmployees
SocialSecuritypayments.GOPstaffsaidthestatecurrentlymakesthosesocialsecuritypaymentsprospectivelyinthefiscalyear
priortowhenthepaymentsarereceivedbytheschooldistricts.Theirbudgetproposalwoulddelaythosepaymentstwomonths
allowingfortheCommonwealthtoreceivedatafromthedistrictstoproduceamoreaccuratepaymentamount.
Doingsosavesthestatecloseto$73.8milliondollars,accordingtotheRepublicans.
Albrightsaidanyerrorinthepaymentamountcalculationthatresultsinanunderpaymentcouldforceschooldistrictstoraiselocal
taxes.
TakentogethertheaforementionedGOPbudgetaryadjustmentsaccountforapproximately$777millionofthe$813million
alterationsproposedbyRepublicans.Thereareseveralothersmallerlessthan$5million,andmanylessthan$1million
adjustmentsthatmakeuptheremaining$36millioninexpectedGOPsavings.
Ofcourse,allofthismightnotmeanverymuch.WolfsaidFridayhe'llvetotheGOPbudgetifitreacheshisdeskinitscurrentform.
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Governor'sOfficePressClipsJune29,2015

Education

WITF:PAHouserejectsfundingplansforstaterelatedschools
http://www.witf.org/news/2015/06/pahouserejectsfundingplansforstaterelatedschools.php

PLSReporter:EducationfundingdebatehighlightedbudgetsfirstSenatestep
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/803/Educationfundingdebatehighlightedbudget%E2%80%99sfirstSenatestep.aspx

PhiladelphiaInquirer:TheABCsofschoolfundingformulas
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150628 The ABCs of schoolfunding formulas.html

BeaverCountyTimes:Timesanalysis:Majorityoflocalschoolstoraisetaxestoavoidprogramcuts
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/timesanalysismajorityoflocalschoolstoraisetaxesto/article_ee475b1819e711e5a8da
970ec2a10dcb.html/?REFERMI=News

CarlisleSentinel:Buildingabudget:Areaschooldistrictsplayguessinggamewithstatefunding
http://cumberlink.com/news/local/education/buildingabudgetareaschooldistrictsplayguessinggamewith/article 8480457e126a5d0a8324
c65586f48ee4.html

TribuneReview:Pensioncostsburdenregion'sschooldistricts
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/863416074/pensionschoolsstate#axzz3eN0tP9Bs

BudgetNegotiations

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:Editorial:ToughtobargainwithGOPlawmakerslivinginfantasyland
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150629 DN Editorial

Tough to bargain with GOP lawmakers living in fantasyland.html#p0T9Y7d6sqezI0sO.99

AP:StateSenatenearsbudgetvoteasclockticks
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/statesenatenearsbudgetvoteasclockticks

AP:Taxes,educationdebatedaslawmakersnearbudgetdeadline
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/28/lawmakersreturntocapitolin11thhourbudgetsc/

AP:PennsylvaniaLawmakersWorkThroughWeekendOnStateBudget
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/06/28/pennsylvanialawmakersworkthroughweekendonstatebudget/

PatriotNews:Twodaysbeforethe#PaBudgetdeadline,Wolf,GOPstillseparatedbyacommonlanguage:Analysis

http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/two_days_before_the_pabudget_d.html#incart_river

PatriotNews:BudgetBattle2015Whathavewelearned?:MondayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/budget battle 2015 what have.html

TribuneDemocrat:LackofbudgetprogressfrustratesRepublicans,Democrats
http://www.tribdem.com/news/latest news/lackofbudgetprogressfrustratesrepublicansdemocrats/article 09efa04e1e0e11e5b171
e3e6fb41f762.html

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:JohnBaer:Thestatebudget's5stagesofgrief
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150629 The state budget s 5 stages of grief.html#fRWWJKfsTmsv6z3U.99

FOX43:Pa.SenatemovesGOPledbudgetproposalamidstpartyrhetoric
http://fox43.com/2015/06/28/pasenatemovesgopledbudgetproposalamidstpartyrhetoric/

ABC27:VIDEO:PAbudgetmeasureastepclosertopassing,butnottobecominglaw
http://abc27.com/2015/06/29/pabudgetmeasureastepclosertopassingbutnottobecominglaw/

ABC27:LawmakerstakerhetorictoTwitterasPAHousepassesbudgetbill
http://abc27.com/2015/06/28/lawmakerstakerhetorictotwitteraspahousepassesbudgetbill/

PLSReporter:LegislativeleadersspinHousepassedbudget
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/799/LegislativeleadersspinHousepassedbudget.aspx

PLSReporter:Arebudgetstakeholdersbeingtoldtoprepareforabudgetimpasse?
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/802/Arebudgetstakeholdersbeingtoldtoprepareforabudgetimpasse.aspx

PhiladelphiaMagazine:WolfExpectedtoVetoGOPBudget
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/29/wolfexpectedtovetogopbudget/

ErieTimesNews:OpEdbyEdRendell:Compromisecouldaccomplishbigthings
http://www.goerie.com/compromisecouldaccomplishbigthingsedrendell

LiquorPrivatization

PLSReporter:Liquorprivatizationbillforgesaheadamidconcernsoverjoblosses
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/804/Liquorprivatizationbillforgesaheadamidconcernsoverjoblosses.aspx

PatriotNews:GOPbudget,liquorprivatizationmoveforwardinshadowofGov.Wolf'sveto
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/gop budget liquor privatizatio.html#incart river

PhiladelphiaInquirer:GOPintroducesplantoprivatizestateliquorstores
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150629 Push to privatize Pa

liquor stores.html#dcfjJ8Xzg4zlpymG.99

PittsburghPostGazette:Liquoroverhaul,budgetbillsnearingfloorofstateSenate
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/29/Republicanscontinuetomovebudgetprivatizationbills/stories/201506290072

TribuneReview:LiquorprivatizationbillreceivesamajorboostinPennsylvania
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/864771574/billliquorstate#ixzz3eSDcSnSG

MorningCall:Pa.SenatepanelpassesbilltodismantleLCB
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpalegislatureliquorbudget062820150628story.html

PatriotNews:Pa.winesstandtogainbypassageofshippingbill
http://blog.pennlive.com/wine/2015/06/pa_wines_needs_shipping_to_pass_to_go_where_it_needs_to.html?
ath=d72dfd9f90c3cb12229aa0976bd3013f#cmpid=nsltr stryheadline

Ethics

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Moneytalks,especiallyduringlegislativesessions
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150629 Money talks

especially during legislative sessions.html

TribuneReview:LackoffundingforStateEthicsCommissioninvitescorruption,expertsworry
http://tr blive.com/news/adminpage/854011874/commissioncarusostate#ixzz3eSDGaQjJ

MunicipalPensions

PittsburghPostGazette:Auditorgeneraltopresentpensionrecommendationstogovernor
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/29/Auditorgeneraltopresentpensionrecommendationstogovernor/stories/201506270091

TimesTribune:Editorial:Helpcitieswithpensions
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/helpcitieswithpensions1.1904702

Fracking,EnvironmentNews

TribuneReview:DrillerstosubmitelectronicrecordsonfrackingchemicalsforPa.DEPtocheck,enforce
http://triblive.com/business/headlines/861241174/frackingrecordsfracfocus#ixzz3eSDz5xKB

StateImpact/NPR:CleanAirCouncilChallengesStatePaneltoAdoptNewBuildingCodes
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/06/26/cleanaircouncilchallengesstatepaneltoadoptnewbuildingcodes/

Narcan

TribuneReview:ButlerCountyofficialsapplyforgranttocombatoverdoses
http://triblive.com/news/butler/861758674/drugpoliceoverdoses#ixzz3eSBesFlE

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:Druggedstate:Pennsylvaniacoulddomoretocurboverdoses
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/2015/06/29/DruggedstatePennsylvaniacoulddomoretocurboverdoses/stories/201506300073

BackgroundChecks

StandardSpeaker:Childabuseclearancelawbeingclarified
http://standardspeaker.com/news/childabuseclearancelawbeingclarified1.1904891

ChescoDailyLocalNews:Volunteersinthecrosshair:Newlawcoulddetervolunteerism
http://www.dailylocal.com/generalnews/20150627/volunteersinthecrosshairnewlawcoulddetervolunteerism

MedicalMarijuana

PatriotNews:TonyMay:WhatwillittaketofinallymakemedicalmarijuanalegalinPa.?
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/medical_marijuana_david_reed_n.html#incart_river

PatriotNews:CharlieGerow:Here'showtokeepmedicalmarijuanafromgoingupinsmoke
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/heres how to keep medical mari.html#incart river

StatePolice

PittsburghPostGazette:Pa.statepolicelookingforafewgoodmenandwomen
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/29/Pastatepolicelookingforafewgoodmenandwomen/stories/201506290015


UPMC/Highmark

PittsburghPostGazette:Editorial:Healthplan:Pa.mustturnuptheheatonUPMC,Highmark
http://www.postgazette.com/opinion/2015/06/29/HealthplanPamustturnuptheheatonUPMCHighmark/stories/201506290016

Capitolwire:SundaynightinthestateCapitol.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June28)Boy,Sundaynight
YouknowitslateJunewhentempersflareanddebategetstestyjustasitdidSundayeveningontheHousefloorasthechamberwas
consideringfundingproposalsforPennsylvaniasstaterelateduniversities.
OnehundredandthirtyonewasthemagicnumbertoapprovetheappropriationsforPennState,theUniversityofPittsburgh,TempleUniversity,
LincolnUniversityaswellastheUniversityofPennsylvaniaVeterinaryCollege.
Thechamberfailedtohititfivetimes,gettingyesvotesmostlyfromtheRepublicanmajoritywhichhad110or111membersvotingforeachof
thebillsandHouseDemocrats(alongwithahandfulorlessofGOPmembers)withholdingtheirapprovalforthenonpreferredappropriationsbills
thatproposetofund.
HouseDemocratssaidtheappropriationswithinthebillswerenotenoughtowarranttheirvotefortheproposedspending,andatthetailendof
onesetofsuchcomments,offeredbyRep.MattBradford,DMontgomery,HouseMajorityLeaderDaveReed,RIndiana,interjected,No
disrespect,butcmonnow,thegentlemenvotedagainstthefundingforthegovernorsbudget,andnowwantstospendthatmoney.
ReedcontinuedovercallsfromHouseDemocratsforhimtostophisremarks,whichtheybelievedtobeoutoforder,andloudroarsfromthe
membershipandappearedtobecomeperturbedwiththepartyacrosstheaisle,andhegotlouderashespoke:Ifthegentlemanwouldlikeus
tobringthatupagain,wewilldoso.Wewillgooverthisbill,andwewillbringit[theGovernorsrevenueproposals]andseeifthegentlemanhas
thegutstovoteforittoday.
OnJune1,HouseRepublicanscalledupanamendmentcontainingGov.TomWolfsrevenueproposals,whichwasdefeatedunanimouslybythe
chambersmembership.
Tryingtocalmthesituation,HouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,beforecallingbothHouseleaderstotheSpeakersRostrumandfighting
toholdbackanamusedsmilesaid,Members,memberspleaseBoy,Sundaynight
TheRepublicanmajorityofferedpaltryfundingincreasesforPennState,Pitt,TempleandLincolnuniversitiesandtheveterinaryschoolatthe
UniversityofPennsylvania,HouseMinorityLeaderFrankDermody,DAllegheny,saidinapressreleaseissuedafterSundaysHousesession
completed.Wecanandwemustdobetterthanthis.
Doingbetter,accordingtotheDemocrats,meansfundingnumbersalotclosertothoseproposedbyWolf.Thegovernorsbudgetasproposedin
Marchsuggestedmorethan$82.1millioninnewfundingforthestaterelateduniversities(nearly$50.9millioninnewfundingforPennState,$14.9
millionforPitt,$15.4millionforTempleand$921,000forLincoln)butnofundingincreasefortheUniversityofPennsylvaniaVeterinaryCollege.
ThefundingpackagesupportedbytheHouseGOPwouldhaveprovidedan$8.4millionincreaseforPennState,a$4.22millionincreaseforPitt,a
$4.2millionincreaseforTempleandanearly$400,000increaseforLincolnUniversity.Thedefeatedplanalsoincludedanadditional$840,000for
theUniversityofPennsylvaniasVeterinarySchool.Alltotaled,theproposalswouldincreasefundingbynearly$18.1million.
ButthechambersRepublicansandDemocratsknowthefailuretogetenoughsupportforthefundingofthoseinstitutionsisonlytemporary,as
thevotesforeachofthebillswerethesubjectofareconsiderationmotionwhichleavesthemeasuresonthecalendarforanothervoteinthe
future.
Thisisnottheendofthestory,saidHouseMinorityWhipMikeHanna,DClinton.Inaveryshorttime,theHousewillagainhaveachanceto
voteontheseappropriations.Ifthefundinglevelsaresufficientlyclosetowhatthegovernorisproposing,thenDemocraticsupportwillbe
abundant.
AtaboutthesametimethingsweregettingrowdyintheHouse,plentyofcommentsaboutbudgetassumptionsandnumberswerebeinguttered
intheSenateAppropriationsCommittee.
DuringthecommitteeshourplusdebateregardingtheGOPdevelopedGeneralAppropriationsbudgetwhichproducedlittle(ifany)bipartisan
agreementtheonlynumberthatmatteredwas16.

ThatsthetotalnumberofthecommitteesRepublicanmembers,andithappenstobethenumberofvotesthatdefeatedafewDemocratic
proposedamendments,aswellasadvancedtheGOPsGeneralAppropriationsbudgetHouseBill1192tothefullSenate.Thebillwassentto
theSenatebytheHouseonSaturday,aftertheHouseamendedtheplanintoHB1192onFridayevening.
CommitteeMinorityChairmanVinceHughes,DPhiladelphia,hadfouramendmentspreparedforthebillreplacingcertainappropriationswithin
thebillwithamountssuggestedbyGov.TomWolfthreeofwhichwereconsideredbythecommitteeandonewithdrawnbythesenator.
Talliedup,theHughesamendmentswouldhaveaddedmorethan$1.6billiontotheexistingGAbill.Ofthethreethatdidgetconsideredand
defeatedadding$105.4milliontovariousstateeconomicdevelopmentprograms,adding$868.2millionforeducationfundingand$169.6million
fordrugandalcoholservices$1.14billioninnewrevenuewouldhavebeennecessarytobalancethebudget.
Hughesmaintaineditwasnotthecommitteesresponsibilitytofindthemoney,butCommitteeMajorityChairmanPatBrowne,RLehigh,saidthe
unamendedversionoftheGAbillisbalanced,andsinceHughesamendmentsofferednosourceofrevenuetopayforthem,theyshouldntbe
approved.
Thisisabudgetthatspendswhatwehave,notwhatwewishedwehad,saidSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,defendingthe
HB1192.
WithalltheRepublicancommitteemembersvotingwithBrowneandCorman,noneoftheamendmentsstoodachanceandtheDemocrats
knewit,butHughesnotedhestillhashisjobtodo.
ButwhileHugheswasntsuccessful,theDemocratsstilltookconsolationinonethingsummedupbySen.DaylinLeach,DMontgomery:This
wholebudget,werespendingalotoftimearguingaboutititsnevergonnabecomelawbecausethegovernortheresnothingofthe
governorsprioritiesinthisbudgetand,youknow,hesnotgoingtosignituntilthereis.
IntheHouseAppropriationCommitteejustabitlaterintheevening,thenumberthanmatteredwas20theGOPvotesregisteredinfavorofthe
FiscalCodebillthatwillimplementtheGAbill.
AndjustlikeLeachforHB1192,HouseAppropriationsCommitteeMinorityChairmanJoeMarkosek,DAllegheny,suggestedtheSenateBill
655(thenowproposedFiscalCode)doesnthaveafuture.
Keepinmind,theGeneralAppropriationsbudgetissortathewaytheGeneralAssemblydetermineswheretheCommonwealthisgoing,andas
weknow,theGeneralAppropriationsbillthewheelsarestartingtofalloffalready,andtopassanamendmentthatwouldprovideinstructions
forthatvehiclewhichisgoingnowheredoesntmakeawholelotofsensetome,saidMarkosekpriortothecommitteeamendingtheproposed
201516FiscalCodelanguageintoSB655.
Toaddtoallthefun,thestateSenateadvancedaliquorprivatizationbilloutofcommitteeandlaterblewpastit's11p.m.curfewtoconsiderabill
andamendmentsaboutcreatingaspecialdistrictforstrugglingschools.Andno,it'snotabudgetrelatedbill.
Boy,Sundaynight...whatastarttotheweek.
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Capitolwire:Newliquorprivatizationplanmovesclosertoapproval.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June28)TheSenateGOP'snewliquorprivatizationproposalhasmovedclosertopassage.
TheSenateLawandJusticeCommitteeamendedabillSundaynightandreportedoutthatbillona74vote.HouseBill466stillhastogothrough
theSenateAppropriationsCommittee,whichisexpectedtohappenMonday.AfinalfloorvoteisexpectedTuesday,saidSenateGOP
spokeswomanJenniferKocher.
Thebillisl kelytomoveswiftlysinceRepublicansareexpecting$220millioninnewrevenuefromtheplanfortheirbudgetproposal.Ifapprovedby
theSenate,themeasurewouldstillneedtoreturntotheHouseforaconcurrencevote.
Asummaryoftheproposal,circulatedbySenateRepublicans,showsitwouldallow14,000existingbeersellers,includinglicensedandimporting
distributors,restaurants,hotels,delisandgrocerystores,topayextrafeestosellwineorliquororboth.
Theplanalsoleaseswholesalepermitsfor10yearsandremovesthePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoard'sabilitytodeterminewhatwineand
liquorissoldinPennsylvaniaortosetpricesforproducts.
ThePLCBwouldbechargedwithclosingstaterunwineandspiritsstoresbytakingintoconsiderationtheavailabilityofliquorandwinethrough
theprivateretailmarket,thepricingofliquorandtheprofitabilityofthestore.
Wolfhassaidheopposesliquorprivatizationandinsteadfavorsimprovingthestatecontrolledwineandliquorsystemwithmodernizationchanges
supportedbylegislativeDemocrats,includingbetterstorehoursandlocationsclosertosupermarkets.
SenateLawandJusticeCommitteeMinorityChairmanJimBrewster,DAllegheny,duringthemeetingsaidtheproposal"morethanlikelywillbe
vetoed"byGov.TomWolf,whohasalreadythreatenedtovetotheRepublicans'budget.

Onthebill,MajorityChairmanChuckMcIlhinney,RBucks,saidmostlikelyitwillhavetohaveanimpactthatitwillincreaseprices.Buthesaid
governmentshouldn'tbeinthebusinessofsellingalcohol.AndSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,thenewplan'ssponsor,said
itwouldlikelyhamperruralaccesstowineandliquor,buthesaidhisconstituentswantprivatization.
SenateDemocratsobjectedtotheproposalmainlyoverthelossofjobsforafewthousandstatestoreclerksifthesystemwereturnedovertothe
privatesector.Brewstersaidprivatizationwillcausepainfuldinnertableconversationsforfamilieswhentheworkerslosetheirjobs.
Iwouldjustsaythinkaboutthatbeforeyoucastyourvote,Brewstersaid.
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Capitolwire:SenateGOPliquorproposalleaseswholesale,provides'enhanced'wine,
liquorpermitsforbeersellers.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June28)TheSenateLawandJusticeCommitteeisplanninglatertodaytoamendHouseBill466withaliquorprivatization
proposalthatwouldphaseoutstatestoresandcutoutthePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoardasthemiddlemancontrollingpricesandproducts.
Theproposalwouldalsoallow14,000existingbeersellers,includinglicensedandimportingdistr butors,restaurants,hotels,delisandgrocery
stores,topayextrafeestosellwineorliquororboth.
Theplanalsoleaseswholesalepermitsfor10yearsandremovesthePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoard'sabilitytodeterminewhatwineand
liquorissoldinPennsylvaniaortosetpricesforproducts,accordingtoasummaryobtainedbyCapitolwire.
Republicanleaderssaytheirproposedbudgetdependson$220milliongeneratedfromtheliquorproposal.Gov.TomWolfdoesn'tsupport
privatizationbutwantstoexpandSundaysales,increaseby$700annualrenewalfees,increaseotherfeesandpenaltiesandcreateafrequent
shoppersprogram.
Healsoopposesthepotentiallossofthousandsofjobsofunionizedstatestoreclerks.TheSenateGOP'sliquorproposalwouldprovidePHEAA
grants.
CLICKHEREfortheamendmenttobeofferedbySenateProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson.
Restaurantandhotellicenseescanpayextrafortheabilitytosellupto192ouncesofwineandupto1.75litersofliquorforoffpremise
consumption,withanannualrenewalfeebetween$1,000and$3,000,dependingonprioryearsales.Beerdistributorsandimportingdistributors
canpay$45,000forawineorliquorpermittosellanyquantityorsizeofwineandliquorforoffpremiseconsumption,withanannualrenewalfee
between$2,000to$6,000.
ThePennsylvaniaLiquorControlBoardwouldissueenhancedwineandliquorpermitsequaltothenumberoflicensedandimportingdistributors
percounty.Remainingpermitswouldbeauctionedtounlicensedpersons,whocouldrenewtheirpermitannuallyfor$2,000to$6,000,depending
onprioryearsales.
ThePLCBwouldbechargedwithclosingstaterunwineandspiritsstorebytakingintoconsiderationtheavailabilityofliquorandwinethroughthe
privateretailmarket,thepricingofliquorandtheprofitabilityofthestore.
Thewholesaleoperationswouldbeleasedtoalicensedimporterfor10years,whilethePLCBwouldnolongerdeterminewhatwinesandliquors
canbesoldinPennsylvaniaorsetthepriceforproductsorsellproductstoretailpermitholders.
Thewholesalepermitwouldincludeaninitialfeeof15percentofthecostofgoodssoldaspaidbytheboardinthepastyear,andanannual
renewalfeeof15percentgrossreceiptspayableonaquarterlybasis.Thepermitholdercansellanddistributemorethanonebrandofwineand
liquorunderthesamepermit.Afeeof$2,500wouldbeleviedtosellanewbrandofliquor.
After10years,theimporterlicenseewouldbegrantedawholesalelicense,witharenewalfeeof5percentofthelicenseesgrossreceipts.
ThecommitteewillmeetoffthefloorlaterSundayintheSenateRulesroom.
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3:45pm4:15pm
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PatriotNews:CoulddelayingpropertytaxdiscussionsbetheissuethathelpstobreakPa.budgetlogjam?

PatriotNews:CoulddelayingpropertytaxdiscussionsbetheissuethathelpstobreakPa.budgetlogjam?
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/gov_tom_wolf_willing_to_consid.html#incart_river

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Gov.TomWolfhassaidhedoesn'tdohisnegotiatinginthepress.
Sobearinmindthatwhatyou'reabouttoreadwasn'tsomuchanofferasananswertoaquestion.
ButitmaybeananswerworthkeepinganeyeonastheGreat2015BudgetStalemateslogsthroughJuly.
WolfwassayingFridaymorningthatyoucan'tdorealpropertytaxreliefforPennsylvaniahomeowners
withoutshiftingmuchoftheburdenforfundinglocalschooltothestatepersonalincomeorsalestax.
"Idon'tknowanywaywecanhaverealpropertytaxreliefwithoutit(increasesinthosetwo,broadbased
statetaxes),"saidWolf,whohasproposedraisingtheincometaxfrom3.07percentto3.7percentandthesales
taxfrom6percentt06.6percenttodojustthat.
Thoseincreases,accordingtothestateIndependentFiscalOffice,wouldnetmorethan$6.3billionin201617,
thefirstfullyearofcollection.
Mostoftheproceeds,estimatedatabout$3.6billionannually,wouldbeusedtooffsetschoolproperty
taxesacrossthestate,localwagetaxesinPhiladelphia,andproviderebatestorenterswith
householdincomesunder$50,000.
Wolfwasaskedifwiththe201516statebudgetalready10dayslatehecouldseehiswaytoseparatingthe
propertytaxissuefromtheongoingtalks,andcomingbacktoitasanoffbudgetpolicyissueinthefall.
That'swherethingsgotinteresting.Hedidn'texactlyendorsetheidea,buthedidn'tslamthedoorshuteither.
Andafterthreevetoesin10days,sometimesjusttheabsenceofaclear'no'getsyourattention.
LikewhenSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentreCounty,saidTuesdaythathedidinthisbudget
discussion.
Here'swhatWolfsaidFridayaboutdeferringonpropertytaxreliefnowafteraspeechtothestateAmerican
LegionconventioninHarrisburg:
"Idon'tknowwhatsomebodycouldofferorsaytomethatwouldmakemedothat,butIwouldhavetobe
convincedthatthey'rereallyseriousaboutpropertytaxrelief.Weneedpropertytaxrelief.
"Howwegetthere,I'mopentoconversation.Butweneedrealpropertytaxrelief....

"Aslongaswe'reseriousaboutthat,I'mwillingtoconsideranything.Butwehavetobeseriousaboutthat."
Whyisthisworthwatching?
1.LegislativeRepublicanswhocontrolthestateHouseandSenatehavemadetheirstandoncompletingthe
201516budgetwithoutanincreaseinthestate'sbroadbasedtaxes.
2.Wolfbelieveshedoesneedadditionaltaxestobooststateaidforpublicschoolsandtocorrectarecurringgap
betweenstateoperatingexpensesandannualrevenues.
Butifpropertytaxreformwassetasideforthefall,thesizeofWolf'staxaskwillbydefinitionbemuchsmaller.
3.ManyRepublicanswouldreallyratherdebatepropertytaxesinaforumwherethetaxshiftisdollarfor
dollar,therebyforcingWolftojustifyanyothertaxincreasesontheirmeritswithoutthe"camouflage"of
propertytaxestocoverthemup.
Andadollarfordollartaxshiftwouldhavenostatebudgetimpact.
4.Thepromisedtaxreliefcan'tbestarteduntil2016attheearliest,soit'snotlikedelayingdecisionsonschool
propertytaxeswouldbekillingthechanceoftaxrelieftohomeownersthissummer.
WolfwasalsoaskedFridayifhebelieveditpossibletomeethisotherbudgetaryneedswithoutasalesor
incometaxincrease.Andagain,doorsweren'tslammedshutatleastpublicly.
"Idon'tknowhowyoudothat,butI'dliketosee...TheremightbesomewaysandI'dbehappytoworkwith
ways,"thegovernorsaid.
"Butagain,weneedtobehonestaboutthebudget.Weneedtobehonestaboutthatdeficitthatwehave.We
can'tusesmokeandmirrorsthatwe'veusedinthepast.We'vegottogetinarealwaytoabalancedbudget.
"I'mwillingtotalkaboutthings,butIhaven'theardanythingyet."
Intheend,itwasjustsomeanswerstoquestions.
Andclearly,aseparationofthepropertytaxreformfromthecurrentbudgettabledoesn'tbyitselfresolve
anything.
There'sstilltheissuesof:Howmuchnewmoneytopumpintoschoolscontrollingthepensioncostsbonfire
whethertomodernizeorprivatizethestateownedliquorstoreswheretofindtherevenue,anddoes
thatlistincludeashalegastax.
Butitwouldtakeonehugelycomplexissueoffthetableandsignificantlyreducethegapsinthetwosides'
startingfiscalpositions.
Andafterthelasttwoweeksofbipartisangridlock,thatjustmaybesomething.

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PatriotNews:Editorial:WhowillstepupandgetthePennsylvaniabudgetprocessmovingforward?

PatriotNews:Editorial:WhowillstepupandgetthePennsylvaniabudgetprocessmovingforward?
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/pennsylvania_budget_editorial.html#incart_river

ByPennLiveEditorialBoard
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onJune22,2015at2:40PM,updatedJune22,2015at2:50PM

OnMondayafternoon,agroupofactivistsgatheredoutsideGov.TomWolf'ssecondfloorofficesinthestate
CapitoltosingandprayforastatebudgetthatdeliversforallPennsylvanians.
Withscarcelyaweekremainingtopassanewspendingplan,andDemocratWolfandtheRepublicancontrolled
GeneralAssemblystillmilesapartonkeycomponentsoftheadministration'sproposed$33.8billionbudget
proposal,itmaywelltakeanactofdivineinterventiontogetafinisheddocumentontoWolf'sdeskbytheJune
30deadline.
MajordisagreementsonsuchkeyissuesashowtomuchtoallocateforPennsylvania's500schooldistricts
howtountanglearoughly$50billionpublicemployeepensionknot,andwhetherorhow
tomodernizeorprivatizePennsylvania'sstateownedliquorstores,stillseparatethetwocamps.
Theprinciplesofgoodgovernancewoulddictatethatbothsidesputasidetheirpartisandifferencestopassa
budgetbythedeadline.
Andinaperfectworld,that'sexactlywhatwouldhappen.
Butthisisn'tSchoolhouseRock.
Inreality,it'snearlyimpossibletoseparatepoliticsfromadocumentthatbothsidesregardasavesselfortheir
mostdeeplyheldpartisanbeliefsandadeliverysystemfortheirrespectiveideologicalgoals.
Whatismoreunfortunate,however,isthat,ameresevendaysbeforethedeadline,lawmakersandthe
administrationappearnoclosertostrikinganaccord.It'snotasifthedeadlineisasurprise.June30fallson
exactlythesamedayeveryyear.Andit'sbeenbetterthanthreemonthssinceWolfpresentedhisfreshman
budgettoajointsessionofthestateHouseandSenate.
Look,noone'ssayingthisshouldbeeasybudgetingishardwork.Andputtingtogetheradocumentthat
makeseveryonehappyisaminormiracle.Andbothsidesthinktheyhaveamandate.
ButwesharethefrustrationofmanyPennsylvanianswholookoninwonderand,perhaps,angerat
policymakerswaitinguntiltheverylastminutetopassabudget.Whileit'struethatthegravitationalpullofthe
annualdebateandthepressureofthedeadlineiswhatittakestogetthingsdone,westillcannothelpbut
wonderifthereisn'tabetterway.
Atthiswriting,itappearsentirelylikelythatRepublicansintheHouseandSenatewillsendWolfabudgetby
June30thatcontainsalloftheirprioritiesandnoneofhis.Inreturn,observersbelieveWolfwillvetoliquor

privatizationandpensionreformbills,forcingRepublicanstothetableforalong,hotsummerofnegotiations.
InHarrisburg,that'swhatpassesforcompromise.
ThelosersinsuchascenarioarestateemployeeswhomayendupmissingapaycheckortwothePennsylvania
schoolchildren(especiallythoseinneedydistricts)andthevotingpublic,whowillbejustifiedinwonderingwhy
theirelectedleaderscannotaccomplishtheonetaskthattheyarerequired,bylaw,todo,yearinandyearout.
DuringameetingwiththePennLiveEditorialBoardlastweek,SenateMajorityLeaderJake
Corman,RCentreCounty,wasstillholdingouthopeforanearlyresolution.
"Therearecertainrealitiesweallhavetocometo,"hesaid."Thesoonerwegetthere,thebetter...Itallcomes
downtowhatpeoplearewillingtodotomoveforward."
Therearesevendaystogobeforethedeadline.Andsofar,nooneismovingforward.
Ifourleadersarenotmovingforward,Pennsylvaniansaremovingbackward.

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PatriotNews:HouseandSenateRepublicanslauncha"majorityapproved"budget,withoutagreementfromGov.TomWolf

PatriotNews:HouseandSenateRepublicanslauncha"majorityapproved"budget,withoutagreementfromGov.
TomWolf
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/house and senate republicans l.html

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onJune26,2015at5:05PM

LeadersofPennsylvania'sRepublicanHouseandSenatemajoritiesannouncedagreementFridayona$30.1
billionbudgetthattheyexpecttopassandsendtoGov.TomWolfintimeforthenewfiscalyearJuly1.
ThelegislativeproductisnottheresultofnegotiationswiththeDemocratgovernor,however,andmaybe
vetoedonceitreacheshisdesk.
TheGOPleaderssaidtheybelievePennsylvanianscanlivecomfortablywiththeirplan,whichtheynoted
includesspendingincreasesforalllevelsofpubliceducation,meetsthestate'sscheduledpensionpaymentsand
doesnotrelyonanynewtaxes.
DetailsareexpectedtobemadeavailablelaterFriday,buttheGOPspendingplandoesincludea$100million
increaseinfundingforbasiceducationsubsidies,clearsabackloginstatereimbursementsforschool
construction,anda3percentincreaseinappropriationstothestate'spublicuniversities.
"WehopethatthegovernorwillunderstandthatthepeopleofPennsylvania,althoughtheyelectedanew
governor,theydidnotelectanewphilosophyofmassivetaxincreases,andmassivespendingathistoriclevels,"
saidHouseMajorityLeaderDavidReed,RIndianaCounty.
TheinitialreactionfromtheWolfAdministrationwhichdidnotparticipateintheseRepublicantoRepublican
negotiationswasnotgood.
"Thisisanothergimmickfilledbudgetthatonceagainjustexacerbatesthedeficit,"saidWolf'spresssecretary
JeffSheridan."It'sreallydisappointingforthepeopleofPennsylvaniathattheyarenotwillingtohavereal
conversationwithus."
Sheridanstoppedshortofpredictingaveto,buthenotedthattheGOPplanfailstomeetthegovernor'sschool
fundingtargetsWolfhadcalledforfourtimesasmuchinnewbasiceducationsubsidies,or$400million.
TheRepublicanplanalsodoesnotincludeaseverancetaxonnaturalgasproductionanothercenterpieceof
Wolf's2014gubernatorialcampaignorpropertytaxrelief.
IfWolfwouldvetoallorportionsoftheGOPbackedplan,mostaspectsofstategovernmentwouldnotbe
dramaticallyaffectedforseveralweeks.
TheRepublicanplanfollowsseveralweeksofcloseddoornegotiationswiththegovernorandhisstaffthathave
doneasmuchtohighlightdeepphilosophicaldifferencesasproducenewconsensus.

Throughoutthatprocess,theGOPleadersopenlynotedthattheywerereservingtheoptiontopassaplanof
theirowncreationiftheydidn'tfeeltheywereseeingsignificantenoughconcessionsfromthefirstyear
governor.
That'swherewe'reat.
Republicanssaidtheirplanmeetsthemandatetheirhistoricmajoritiestookfromvoterslastfall:"Toreinin
stategovernmentspending,andtoholdthelineontaxes,"asSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre
County,putit.
"IfIwerethegovernorIwouldsignthesepiecesoflegislationanddeclarevictory,"saidHouseSpeakerMike
Turzai,RAlleghenyCounty."Thesearewinners,movingPennsylvaniaintothe21stCentury.
TheRepublicanssaidtheywereabletohittheirtargetsthroughacombinationof:
*Highertaxcollectionprojectionsfor201516,basedinpartonrevenuesurplusesthisyear.
*LowerstatewelfarecaseloadsthantheWolfAdministrationhasprojected.
*Fundtransfers.
*Aprojected$220millionfromprivatizationofPennsylvania'salcoholmonopoly.
TheRepublicanplanisastarkcontrastfromWolf'sproposal,whichcalledforcumulativetaxincreasesof$4.6
billion,thoughmuchofthatmoneywouldbereturnedtohomeownersin2016throughschoolpropertytax
cuts.
AcknowledgingthattheGOPbackedplan'sprospectsmaynotbegoodwithWolf,Cormanexpressed
satisfactionthattheHouseandSenatehaddevelopedaplanthatwasresponsivetotheirconstituents.
"Wewillcontinuetoworkwithhim(Wolf,intheeventofaveto),"Cormansaid."Butnoneofusaregoingback
toourdistrictsandhearingpeoplesay:'Youreallyneedtotaxchildcare.Youreallyneedtotaxhomehealth
care.Youreallyneedtotaxaccountingservices.'Ourconstituentsaren'ttellingusthat.
"Sowhatwedidiswelivedwithwhatwehad,stillmadesomegreatinvestments,andIthinkputabudgetin
that'sgoodforPennsylvania."

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PatriotNews:JohnMicek:Here'showMarcusBrown'snominationforPSPbossfinallyfellapart
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onJune08,2015at4:12PM,updatedJune08,2015at4:14PM

Itwasn'tasurprisethattheRepublicancontrolledstateSenateshotdownGov.TomWolf'spicktorun
thePennsylvaniaStatePolice.
Theonlysurprisewasthatittookaslongasitdid.
FormorethananhourearlyMondayafternoon,RepublicanandDemocraticlawmakerssparredoverthefate
ofMarcusBrown,theformerMarylandstatecopwho'sbeenwanderingthehallsoftheCapitolforweekslike
somekindofpoliticalMaryCeleste,waitingforhisfatetobedecided.
Wolf'sstaffspenttheweekendworkingthephoneshardtryingtodrumupsupportforBrown,who
didn'texactlycharmtheGOPlawmakerswhoheldhisappointmentintheirhands.
WolfandSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,alsospokeovertheweekendatleast
once.CormantoldWolfthatthereweren'tenoughvotestoconfirmBrownmaybenotever.
AsrecentlyaslastFriday,Wolf'sspokesman,JeffreySheridan,wasinsistingthathisbosswasn'tgoingto
recallBrown'snominationsohecouldbuymoretimeforhistroubledpick.
Butthat'sexactlywhathappened.
Andthat'swhenthingswentfrommerelystrangetoseverelyweirdinthat"OnlyinHarrisburg"sortofway.
WolfissuedastatementMondaymorning,recallingthenomination,butaddingthathewasstandingbyhis
man.
CormansaidtheSenatewouldonlyhewtotraditionandhonortherecallifWolfpromisednotto
resubmitBrown'snomination.
Nodice,theadministrationsaid,BrownwasstayingonasActingCommissioner.SoitwasGameOn.
ThusthedramathatendedwiththeSenate's2622voteagainstconfirmationwasaspredictableasanyWile
E.Coyote/RoadRunnercartoon.
Youjustknewtheanvilwasgoingtobedroppedsoonerratherthanlater.
Andeachsideplayedtheirrespectivepartstoatee.
ThereweretheDemocratstoutingBrown'sresumeandcommitmenttodiversity:

"MarcusBrownroseupinoneofthetoughestcitiesinAmerica,yetwesaythathe'snotworthyof
Pennsylvania?"Sen.VinceHughes,DPhiladelphia,railedatonepoint,asheplayed
upBrown'sbackgroundasaBaltimorebeatcop.
AndthereweretheRepublicans,whomethodicallytookBrownapartwithcomplaintsabouthiscredibilityand
judgment.
Andfairornot,thelanternjawedcopgavethemplentyoffodder.
FromblowupsoverhiscontroversialdecisiontoweartheStatePolicegrayswithoutgoingtotheStatePolice
Academyanotoriousfracasoversomeyardsignsandrepeatedtempestsoverapensionpayoutandhis
propertytaxbill,Brownsnominationtookrepeatedhits.
Takentogether,theyweretheAcmerocketskates,EarthquakePillsandDehydratedBouldersthat
invariablyledtoBrownsmackingontothetunnelpaintedclifffaceattopspeed.
SowhenSen.LisaBaker,RLuzerne,notedthatBrownhad"createdunnecessarydistractions"that
promptedallbutthreeofthechamber's30Republicanstovoteagainsthim,itwashardnottonodin
recognition.
Butit'salsomorethanfairtoarguethatatleasttwoofthechargeslodgedagainstBrownwereentirely
overblown.
Withtheuniformfracas,thetoughasnailsStatePoliceprovedremarkablythinskinnedastheyrailedagainst
afellowofficerwhoseprimarysin,itseemed,wasn'tbeingunqualified,butratherforhailingfromaforcethat
someamongthemconsidertheJV.
Therewasplentyofsillinesstogoaroundintheflapovertheyardsigns.Theywerespecificallyplantedtoelicit
areaction.AndBrownwalkedrightintoit.Andhewascaughtontape,toboot.
ThereweredeeperandlegitimatequestionsaboutBrown'spensionpayoutwhenhelefttheBaltimoreCity
forcetojointheStatePolice.Andtherewasquiteabitofdebateoverwhatamountedtoalittlemorethan$90
worthofhomesteadexemptions.
InthewakeofMonday'svote,SheridansaidWolfwas"verydisappointed"intheSenate'sdecisionnotto
honortherecall,aspastadministrationshadinthepast.
Foritspart,theSenateGOPsaiditwasequallydisappointedthatWolfhaddoneanendrunand
keptBrownonthejob,essentiallyignoringthewhole"AdviseandConsent"thingintheStateConstitution.
that'ssupposedtogivetheSenatefinalsayoverCabinetpicks.
"Wedidn'tconsent,"Corman'sspokeswoman,JenniferKocher,said,hintingthatitmightbeimpossibleto
indefinitelykeepasidearmtotingtempintheBigBuildingonElmertonAvenueinsuburbanHarrisburg.
SothedayendedwiththetwocampsgloweringateachotherfromacrosstheCapitol.Shockertherewereno
meetingsplannedonthestatebudget.
Andthere'sbarelythreeweekstogountilthebudgetdeadline.Imaginewhat'sgoingtohappenwhentempers
getseriouslyfrayed.
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PatriotNews:RaisetheMinimumWagePAdeliverspetitiontoSen.JakeCorman
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/raise_the_minimum_wage_pa_deli.html

ByMadisonRuss|PennLive.com
onJune08,2015at2:58PM

TheRaisetheMinimumWagePAcoalitiondeliveredapetitionwithover10,000signaturestoSenateMajority
LeaderJakeCorman'sofficethisafternoon.
Thepetitioncallsforlawmakerstomoveabillthatwouldraisethestateminimumwageto$10.10anhour.
Accordingtothecoalition,publicopinionpollssay66percentofthestate'spopulationsupportsraisingthe
minimumwage.Over1.2millionPennsylvaniaworkerswouldseearaiseifthelegislationispassed.
"Wedounderstandthatraisingtheminimumwageissomethingthatisofinteresttoalotofpeopleinthe
stateonbothsides(oftheissue),"saidJenniferKocher,communicationdirectorforCorman,aCentreCounty
Republican.
Shenotedthathearingsonthebillhavestirredalotofdiscussionamongstlegislators.
"We'rehopingtomoveforwardwiththattogetsomeofthosequestionsanswered,"saidKocher.
AdvocatesfromacrossthestatevoicedtheirconcernsinfrontofCorman'soffice,whowasnotpresent,before
deliveringthesignatures.
SamJones,fromRestaurantOpportunityCenter,calledfor"onefairwage"foralltippedworkerswhohesays
haven'thadamandatedincreaseinpayinover20years.
"18percentoftippedworkersliveinpovertyasopposeto8percentofallworkersoverall,"saidJones."70
percentoftippedworkersarewomenandbecausethetipminimumwageissolow,theyfacesexual
harassmentinordertogetthosetipstomaketheirliving."
About56percentofminimumwageworkerswhowouldseeaboostinwageswouldbewomen,andnearly25
percenthavechildrentoprovidefor,accordingtoanEconomicPolicyInstituteanalysisofsimilarminimum
wageproposals.
"Allworkersshouldbeabletolivewithdignity,"saidDonaldCooper,fromOnePittsburgh.Coopernotedthat
thecurrentstateminimumwage,at$7.25anhour,cannotsustainafamily.
"Weneedsomehelpfromourlegislators,weneedforthemtodotherightthing,"saidCooper."Theyshouldbe
worryingaboutpeopleoverprofits."

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PatriotNews:RepublicancraftedbudgetpassestheSenate,nowgoestoGov.TomWolf
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/republicancrafted_budget_pass.html

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ThefateoftheRepublicancreatedbudgetproposalisnowinWolfshandsafterithaspassedbothhouse
inthePennsylvaniaGeneralAssembly.
ThePennsylvaniaSenatevoted3019Tuesdaytopassthe$30.2billionbudgetproposalafteritpassedthe
HouseofRepresentativesmostlyalongpartylinesonSaturday.Thedeadlinetopassabudgetismidnight
Tuesday.
READ:Pa.HousepassesGOPcreatedbudgetproposaltothedismayofDemocrats
READ:WhatwillGov.TomWolfdowithabudgethedoesn'twant?

ThefirsttimeDemocraticgovernormustnowdecidewhathewilldowiththeproposal.Wolfandhis
administrationhavebeencriticalofthebudgetbecauseitdoesnotincludemoremoneyforschools,a
severancetaxonnaturalgasdrillersandpropertytaxreform.
Withaproposalnowonhisdesk,Wolfcaneithersign,lineitemvetoorcompletelyvetotheGOPproposal.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanspokeinsupportofnotincludingaseverancetaxonnaturalgas
drillers.It'simportanttocreateapositivebusinessclimateforenergyproducersinPennsylvania,hesaid.
PassingabudgetwithaseverancetaxasproposedbyWolfwillnothelpkeepenergyproducersinthe
state.
"Thisisagoodbudget,"Cormansaid."IthinkthisisabudgetthepeopleofPennsylvaniacanbeproudof."
SenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati,RJeffersonCounty,showedhissupportforthebudget
becauseitdealswithissuesthatPennsylvanianscareabout.Thebudgetincludesadditionalmoneyforpublic
educationanddoesnotincludetaxincreases.
"Thisisagreatbudget,"Scarnatisaid."ThisbudgetaddressesmanyissuesinPennsylvania."
Sen.ScottWagner,RYorkCounty,saidthegovernmentneedstogetoutofthewayofthebusinessesby
notraisingtaxesandgivethestateeconomyanopportunitytogrow.Thisbudget,hesaid,doesthat.
"Weneedtogetourhouseinorder,fixtheleaksontheship,"Wagnersaid.
Sen.VinceHughes,DPhiladelphia,criticizedthebudgetforitseducationfunding.Hughesarguedthat
theGOPproposalincludesa$120millionincreaseinstatefundingforpublicandspecialeducationbutitalso

shifts$112millionofcostsontolocalschooldistricts.
Thecombinationofaddingmoneybutshiftingcosts,Hughessaid,resultsinan$8millionincreaseforeducation
fundingfor2.1millionPennsylvaniastudents.Apointherepeatedmorethan10timesduringhisTuesday
budgetspeech.
HughesofferedanamendmenttotheGOPbudgetproposalwhichwouldprovide$400millionadditionaldollars
toschools.Theamendmentwasdefeated30to19alongpartylines.
Sen.RobTeplitz,DDauphinCounty,saidtheproposalis"notarealbudget."
"It'snotrealbecauseit'sbasedontricksandideology,"Teplitzsaid."Weallknowwe'regoingthroughthe
theatricsofpassingabudget...onlytoberejectedbythegovernor."
Republicans,hesaid,arecreatingan"artificialcrisis"byforcingtheirproposalthroughtheGeneralAssembly.
"What'sbeingpassedtodayisjustnotathoughtfulplanthatmovesusforward,"hesaid.

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PatriotNews:RepublicancraftedbudgetpassestheSenate,nowgoestoGov.TomWolf
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/republicancrafted_budget_pass.html

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ThefateoftheRepublicancreatedbudgetproposalisnowinWolfshandsafterithaspassedbothhouse
inthePennsylvaniaGeneralAssembly.
ThePennsylvaniaSenatevoted3019Tuesdaytopassthe$30.2billionbudgetproposalafteritpassedthe
HouseofRepresentativesmostlyalongpartylinesonSaturday.Thedeadlinetopassabudgetismidnight
Tuesday.
READ:Pa.HousepassesGOPcreatedbudgetproposaltothedismayofDemocrats
READ:WhatwillGov.TomWolfdowithabudgethedoesn'twant?

ThefirsttimeDemocraticgovernormustnowdecidewhathewilldowiththeproposal.Wolfandhis
administrationhavebeencriticalofthebudgetbecauseitdoesnotincludemoremoneyforschools,a
severancetaxonnaturalgasdrillersandpropertytaxreform.
Withaproposalnowonhisdesk,Wolfcaneithersign,lineitemvetoorcompletelyvetotheGOPproposal.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanspokeinsupportofnotincludingaseverancetaxonnaturalgas
drillers.It'simportanttocreateapositivebusinessclimateforenergyproducersinPennsylvania,hesaid.
PassingabudgetwithaseverancetaxasproposedbyWolfwillnothelpkeepenergyproducersinthe
state.
"Thisisagoodbudget,"Cormansaid."IthinkthisisabudgetthepeopleofPennsylvaniacanbeproudof."
SenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati,RJeffersonCounty,showedhissupportforthebudget
becauseitdealswithissuesthatPennsylvanianscareabout.Thebudgetincludesadditionalmoneyforpublic
educationanddoesnotincludetaxincreases.
"Thisisagreatbudget,"Scarnatisaid."ThisbudgetaddressesmanyissuesinPennsylvania."
Sen.ScottWagner,RYorkCounty,saidthegovernmentneedstogetoutofthewayofthebusinessesby
notraisingtaxesandgivethestateeconomyanopportunitytogrow.Thisbudget,hesaid,doesthat.
"Weneedtogetourhouseinorder,fixtheleaksontheship,"Wagnersaid.
Sen.VinceHughes,DPhiladelphia,criticizedthebudgetforitseducationfunding.Hughesarguedthat
theGOPproposalincludesa$120millionincreaseinstatefundingforpublicandspecialeducationbutitalso

shifts$112millionofcostsontolocalschooldistricts.
Thecombinationofaddingmoneybutshiftingcosts,Hughessaid,resultsinan$8millionincreaseforeducation
fundingfor2.1millionPennsylvaniastudents.Apointherepeatedmorethan10timesduringhisTuesday
budgetspeech.
HughesofferedanamendmenttotheGOPbudgetproposalwhichwouldprovide$400millionadditionaldollars
toschools.Theamendmentwasdefeated30to19alongpartylines.
Sen.RobTeplitz,DDauphinCounty,saidtheproposalis"notarealbudget."
"It'snotrealbecauseit'sbasedontricksandideology,"Teplitzsaid."Weallknowwe'regoingthroughthe
theatricsofpassingabudget...onlytoberejectedbythegovernor."
Republicans,hesaid,arecreatingan"artificialcrisis"byforcingtheirproposalthroughtheGeneralAssembly.
"What'sbeingpassedtodayisjustnotathoughtfulplanthatmovesusforward,"hesaid.

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PatriotNews:SenateMajorityleaderagainstrecallingtopcopnominee
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/senate_majority_leader_against.html

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Whileit'snotyetknownifthePennsylvaniaSenatewillhonorGov.TomWolf'srecallofPa.StatePolice
commissionernominee,atopRepublicanisagainstit.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentreCounty,saidonSundaythattheonlywayRepublicans
wouldallowBrown'snametoberecalledisifWolfdoesn'trenominatehim.CormansaidSenateRepublicansare
notinterestedinprolongingtheconfirmationvoteonMarcusBrownanothersixmonths.
READ:Gov.TomWolfaskstorecallPa.StatePolicecommissionernominee
READ:MarcusBrown'sconfirmationdrawsyetanothercontroversy

"Ifhewantstorecallandmoveontoanothernominee,that'sadifferentstory,"CormansaidSunday."We
wouldn'tbeinterestedinhavinghimrecalledandnominatehimagain.He'sbeenthroughtheprocessthere'sno
sensedelayingit."
RenominatingBrownwouldgivethenomineemoretimetofamiliarizehimselftosenatorsbutCormansaid,
"It'sbeensinceJanuary,okay.Atsomepointyou'vegottomakeadecisiontomoveon.We'vegivenhimthe
lengthoftimewepossiblycan."
WhenitcomestohonoringtheWolf'srequestforarecall,CormansaidSunday,"Leavingithangdoesn'tdo
anybodyanygood."

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PatriotNews:The#PaBudgetisamongthepriciestinthenation,studyfinds
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/07/pa_budget_among_the_most_costl.html

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onJuly07,2015at2:39PM,updatedJuly07,2015at2:42PM

Gov.TomWolfmetwithSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre,onTuesday
afternoonasthetwosidesworkedtowardaresolutionofthestate'sweekoldbudgetstandoff.
Thetwosidesbrokewithoutreachinganysettlement,leadingCormantoconcludethatit'sgoingtobe
alongsummer.
Forthoseofyoutuninginlate,Wolf,aDemocrat,hasproposedspendingnearly$34billionforthefiscalyear
thatstartedJuly1.
Lastweek,RepublicanswhocontroltheGeneralAssemblysenttheDemocraticgovernora$30.2billion
budgetthatdidn'tincludeanytaxincreases.AmidRepublicanproteststhathisplanspenttoo
much,WolfvetoedtheGOPalternative.
ButhowdoesWolf'sproposalstackuptootherexecutivebudgetsnationwide?ArecentstudybyThe
NationalAssociationofStateBudgetOfficers,aprofessionalorganization,providessomeguidance.
Asthenation'ssixthlargeststate,itonlystandstoreasonthatPennsylvaniaisgoingtohaveaprettybig
budgetittakesalotofcointocovertheneedsof12millionpeople.
ButthedebateovertheappropriatelevelofspendingisonethatcontinuestodividetheDemocratic
administrationandRepublicanlawmakers.TheGOPwantstocutcostsandducktaxincreases.The
administrationsaysyearsofcutsandcouchcushionbudgetinghavetakentheirtoll.
Somehighlights:
Governorsin42statesrecommendedspendingmoremoneythantheyearbefore,atarateofabout3.1percent
nationwide,thestudyfound.That'satotalofnearly$780billionnationwideforfiscal201516,comparedto
$756billiontheyearbeforeand$722billiontheyearbeforethat.
Wolf'sbudgetproposalisamongtheeightlargestinthenation,trailingsuchneighboringstatesasOhio($35
billion)andNewJersey($34billion).California'sbudgetof$114billionisthelargestinthecountry,thestudy
concluded.
Despiteproposedcutstosomecorporatetaxes,Wolf'sproposed$4.5billiontaxpackageisthelargestinthe
nation,thestudyfound.Theadministration'splanraises$1.5billionfromahigherpersonalincometaxand
$2.3billionfromahigher(andexpanded)statesalestax.
WhileotherstatesconsiderahostofmeasuresfromworkforcecutstoLotteryexpansiontomanagecosts,
Pennsylvaniastandsnearlyaloneinnotemployinganycostcontrolmeasures.ARepublicanlawmaker,Rep.

JohnPayneofHershey,hasproposedallowingInternetgambling,buttheadministrationhasbeencooltothe
plan.
Pennsylvaniaisalsooneofseveralstates(includingneighboringOhio)thatdoesnotcutprogramstoreduce
costs,thestudyfound.

Here'sthefullreport:
NasboStateBudgetStudy

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PatriotNews:'TheSenatehasspoken':RepublicansurgeWolftolookfornewtopcopnomineewhileDemocratswant
afight
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/the senate has spoken republic.html#incart river

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RepublicanSenatorsarewarningGov.TomWolfthatifheresubmitsMarcusBrownashisnomineeforthePa.
StatePolicecommissioner,they'llrejecthimagain.
ThePennsylvaniaSenatevoted26to22againstBrown'sconfirmationonMonday.RepublicanSenatorsledthe
efforttorejectBrown'sconfirmationhighlightingseveraldecisions,viewsandactionsthattheyconsider
questionable.
WolfnowhastodecidewhethertoresubmitBrownforconfirmationorchooseanewnominee.Hehas10days
tomakethedecision,butinthemeantimeBrownwillcontinuetoserveasactingcommissioner.
IfthegovernorresubmitsBrown,SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentreCounty,saidthe
outcomewillbethesame.
"Iwouldhopehewouldn'tdothat,"Cormansaid."Thisparticularnominee,forwhateverreason,wasnotable
togarnersupport.IthinkthegovernorshouldrespecttheSenateandourprocessjustlikewerespecthimand
hisprocess."
SensingBrownwouldnotgetconfirmed,WolfaskedtheSenatetorecallBrown'snominationMonday
morning.TheSenateRulesCommittee,however,voted160tosendBrown'sconfirmationtothefloorfora
vote.
Cormansaidthat,"Itwastimetobringthismattertoaclose."
ButthatfeelingisnotbeingsharedbytheSenateDemocrats.
SenateMinorityLeaderJayCosta,DAlleghenyCounty,andSen.VinceHughes,D
Philadelphia,areencouragingthegovernortoresubmitBrownforconfirmation.
CostasaidtheadditionaltimewillallowBrowntowinsupportinareasthathehasn'tgottenityetlikethePa.
StateTrooperAssociation.CostasaidBrowncouldalsomeetwiththeRepublicanSenatorsthatvoted
againsthimtotrytoconvincethemthatheshouldbethestatepolicecommissioner.
Costasaidthathe'sdisappointedthatSenateRepublicansarenotgivingsuchaqualifiedcandidateachanceto
operatethestatepolice.
HughessaidWolf,whowonalandslidevictoryagainstincumbentRepublicanGov.TomCorbettinNovember,

isentitledtoputhisCabinettogether.Thatopportunity,whichhasbeenaffordedtonumerousgovernors,has
notnotgiventoWolf,hesaid.
"TheSenateRepublicans,today,havesentastrongmessagetodaythattheywanttogobackwardsandnot
wanttogoforwards"Hughessaid."WehopethegovernorwillstickwithMarcusBrown."
Costasaidthegovernorhas10daystomakeadecisiontoeitherresubmitBrownorsubmitanewnominee.
ThentheSenatewillhave25legislativedaystovoteonthenominee.
"Idon'tbelievehecanserveindefinitely,"Costasaid."Ibelievethegovernorwouldhavetorenominatehim
andsendhisnametousagainandthatwouldbeginthe25legislativedayclockagain."
CostasaidthatifBrown'snamekeepsbeingresubmittedbyWolfandrejectedbytheSenate,theactingstate
policecommissionercouldkeepservingaslongasheisresubmitted.
"Theoretically,thatcouldbethecase.Yes,"Costasaid.
CormansaidhehopesthegovernorwillhonorthedecisionmadebytheSenateandselectanewnominee.
"We'llputthemthroughthesameprocessthateveryothernominationhasgotten,"Cormansaid."TheSenate
hasspoken.WearenotcomfortablewithMarcusBrownasheadofthestatetroopers.Wehopethegovernor
respectsthatandlooksforanewnominee."

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PatriotNews:VIDEO:Corman:'We'renotopentoabroadbasedtaxincrease'
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/07/corman_were_not_open_to_a_broa.html#incart_river

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FollowingaboutahalfhourmeetingwithGov.TomWolf,SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentre
County,declaredthesignificantdifferencebetweenhiscaucus'positionandthegovernor'sisoverabroad
basedtaxincrease.
Wolfisforit.SenateRepublicansaren't.
"Untilthisissuecanberesolvedwe'regoingtobehereawhile,"Cormansaid,asheexitedthegovernor'soffice.
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LASTUPDATED:FRIDAY,JUNE26,2015,4:36PM
HARRISBURGRepublicanswhocontrolthelegislatureonFridayunveileda$30.1billionbudgetblueprintasanalternativetotheWolfadministration'sproposed
plan,settingthestageforavetobytheDemocraticgovernor.
TheGOP'sproposedspendingplanwouldraisenonewtaxesandwouldincludeadditionalmoneyforpubliceducation,althoughsubstantiallylessthanwhatthe
governorhasproposed.
"Ourmandatewastonotraisetaxesandrestraingovernmentspending,"saidSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman(R.,Centre)."If[Wolf]wantstovetopartof
thisorallofthis,that'shisright....Butthisisn'tWashingtonD.C.,whereweprintmoneyinthebasement."
Gov.Wolfhassaidrepeatedlyhewillnotsupportabudgetthatdoesnotcontainfundingincreasesforpublicschoolsandpropertytaxreliefforhomeowners.
AndhisadministrationoverthelastfewdayshassentstrongsignalsthatitwillnotsupporttheRepublicancounterproposal.
WolfspokesmanJeffSheridanonFridaywastednotimecriticizingtheGOPbackedplan,whichcouldcomeupforavoteintheHouseofRepresentativesas
earlyasSaturday.
"FromwhatI'mhearing,thisisanothergimmickfilledbudgetthatdoesn'tfundourschools,doesn'tmakeoilandgascompaniespaytheirfairshare.Itdoesn'tclose
thedeficit[without]gimmicks...andthereisnopropertytaxrelief,"hesaid.
HestoppedshortofsayingthatWolfwouldvetoit.
TheRepublicanplanwouldincreasebasiceducationfundingforpublicschoolsby$100million(incontrasttoWolf'sproposed$400million)hikefundingforearly
childhoodeducationby$30million(Wolfwouldboostitby$120million)andgiveanadditional$41millionforhighereducation.
Itwouldnotraisethepersonalincomeorthesalestaxorimposeanewtaxonnaturalgasdrillers,asWolfhadproposed.Thegovernorwantstoincreasethose
taxestofundamajorpropertytaxreliefplanforschooldistrictsstatewide.

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Author:JasonGottesman/Tuesday,June16,2015/Categories:NewsandViews

FollowingTuesdaysweeklybudgetmeetingbetweenGov.TomWolfandlegislativeRepublicanleadership,negotiatorsremainedsilent
astopossibleareasofpotentialagreement,butofferedmixedreactionastotheprogressoftheongoingnegotiationssurroundingthe
budgetandrelatedmajorpiecesoflegislation.
Tuesdaysdiscussionslastedabout30minutes.
FirstoutofthemeetingtocatchupwithreporterswasHouseMajorityLeaderDaveReed(RIndiana)whorelayedthattalksarestill
progressingonthebigissues.
Certainly,sometimesthesemeetingsaremoregoingthroughanupdateonwhatstaffhasbeenmeetingonintheworkinggroups,he
said.Werestillplowingahead.
Rep.Reedaddednotmuchshouldbereadintothecomparativelyshortmeeting.
Ithinkwereatafairlyhighlevelrightnow,hetoldreporters.Werejusttryingtogetaframeworkandalotoftheactualdetailswillbe
workedoutfromhereonout.Werenotatthepointofdraftinglegislation,wereatthepointofmakingbiggerbroaderpolicydecisions
andgettingthemtointeractwithoneanothertogeteverythingdoneontime.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman(RCentre)agreedtheshortmeetingwasduetoitsnatureofastatusupdateonthemajorissues
atplaylikethebudget,liquorprivatization,andpensionreform.
Wehaveavarietyofworkinggroupsgoingon,hesaid.Thingsareprogressinginsmallergroups,sobasically,wegottogetherand
thegovernortalkedaboutwhereeverythingwasandthenwebrokeup.
HesaidtherewasnothingnegativeaboutTuesdaysmeeting.
Healsotoldreportersthatthelowerbudgetdeficitof$1.2billiondoesmakebudgetingeasier.
Yourelookingatthisfromamultiyearperspective,hesaid.Thelowerthedeficit,theeasiertheproblemistosolve.Wewanttoput
ourselvesinagoodstructuregoingforward,thatswhywewanttoaddresspensions.Itsanothermajorcostdriver.
Healsosaidthenewnumbersmighteasetheneedfornewrevenuesources.
Anytimethedeficitissmaller,ittakesthepressureoffofsomewhere,hesaid.Theresstillissuesinfrontofusthatwehaveto
resolveandthatswhatweretryingtodo.
Hedeclinedtocommentonhowdiscussionsrelatedtopublicpensionreformhavebeenprogressing.
SenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati(RJefferson)alsocaughtupwithreportersfollowingTuesdaysmeetingandhintedata
morepositivetoneofongoingnegotiations.

Ithink,clearly,theconversationsaremoreproductivethisweekthantheywerelastweek,hesaid.Thespiritofcooperationseemsto
bemovingalong.
HecharacterizedtheTuesdaymeetingasanupdatewhichwillleadtoareevaluationofwherethingsaregoingthatwillinformthenext
roundofsubstantivenegotiations.
Sen.Scarnatiwasfrankwhenhewasaskedabouthismoodsurroundingthecurrentbudgetnegotiations.
IfeelconfidentweregoingtolandapensionbillandaliquorbillonhisdeskbyJune30th,andabudget,hesaid.Whetherornotits
allagreedtowiththegovernor,thatswhatweretryingtoworkon.
Onhowtalksareprogressingwithregardtosomeoftheothermajorpiecesoflegislation,Sen.Scarnatistatednobodyistalkingabout
ashaletax,butlikeotherRepublicanleaders,remaineddiplomaticallysilentastoprogressonthingslikepensionreformandliquor
privatization.
Itsinthebestinterestsofthespiritofcooperationforustowaitalittlebitlongeraboutwhatprogresshasbeenmade,hesaid.
Nothingsagreedtountileverythingsagreedtoandeverythingsnotagreedto,sothingscanstillchange.
NexttoaddtheirperspectivefollowingTuesdaysmeetingwasGov.Wolfwhosaidconversationscontinueandhesheartenedbythe
progressweremaking.
HespoketohowtheworktofindcompromisebetweenhisbudgetgoalsandthoseofRepublicanleadershasbeengoing.
Ithinktherearealotofdisagreements,hesaid.Westartedout,asyouknow,withmybudgetaddressandsomeofthethingsthat
havecomethrough,sowecontinuetohaveconversations.Ithinkbothsidesagreewearemakingprogressinbuildingthatbridge.
HetoldreportersheinformedRepublicanleadersthatheiswillingtomakesomemovementonpublicpensionreformandthose
conversationsremainongoing.
HouseSpeakerMikeTurzai(RAllegheny)castthemostnegativelightontheprogressofdiscussionssurroundingthebudgetand
relatedissues.
Theresalotofroomstilltocover,hesaid.Thererestillsignificantdifferences.
Astoliquorprivatization,hesaidthereispositivemovementbetweentheSenateandtheHouse,butawidegapremainswiththe
governorontheissue.
Thenewfiscalyearbeginsintwoweeks.

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Author:JasonGottesman/Tuesday,June9,2015/Categories:NewsandViews

FollowingTuesdaymorningsmeetingbetweenlegislativeRepublicanleadershipandGov.TomWolf,HouseSpeakerMikeTurzai(R
Allegheny)told ThePLSReportertheresawidegulfonmanyissues.
Werecontinuingtomeet,theresalotofissuestocover,alotofworktodo,hesaidexitingthemeeting.
AlsoleavingthemeetingwasHouseMajorityLeaderDaveReed(RIndiana)whostruckjustaslightlymoreoptimistictoneabout
resolvingoutstandingissuesincludingpensionreformandliquorprivatization.
However,hesaidonestickingpointcontinuestobetheexactamountofthedeficitthatneedstobetackledintheFY20152016
budget,untilthatcanbedetermined,Rep.Reedsaidthoseissueswillhavetowait.
Weneedtofigureoutwhatisastructuraldeficit[and]thatfolksareactuallyagreeingonwhatthenumbersare,hesaid.Therestillis
asignificantdifferencebetweentheHouseandtheSenate,wheretheIFOandwheretheBudgetSecretaryisonwhatanactualbudget
deficitis.
Hesaidhehopesthatnumberisagreedtosoon.
Afterthedeficitnumbersareagreedto,Rep.Reedindicatedthatthediscussionswillthenlikelyturntofindinganagreementonpension
reformandliquorprivatizationandthenthegovernorsprioritieslikeeducation.
Asofyet,Rep.Reedtoldreporters,therehavenotbeenanysignificantcounterproposalstoissuesbroughtupbythelegislaturelike
pensionreform,liquorprivatization,andpropertytaxelimination.
Speakingspecificallytopensionreform,hesaidhopefullytheadministrationwillcounterSenateBill1soon,notingacounterproposal
fromthegovernoristheexpectationofthelegislature,thoughhedeclinedtocommentastowhethertheadministrationhasagreedto
producesuchacounterproposal.
Thatcouldhelpbreakthelogjamandmovethisprocessforwardinasignificantfashion,becauseobviouslypensionreformisa
cornerstonetowhatanybudgetagreementwillcometo,hesaid.
Whilenotingalltheissuesneedingactionfromthelegislaturewilltaketimetoconsider,Rep.Reedremainedoptimisticthattheissues
canberesolvedaroundtheJune30thdeadline.
Istillthinkwecangetthere,whetheritsonJune30thorJuly4th,whoknowsatthispoint,hesaid.Theyrebigissues,theyrenot
easytodealwith.
Hecalledongoingdiscussionspartiallyproductive,butsaidthefoundationalworkhasyettobelaidformoreproductiveworking
sessions.
Partofthediscussionsare,youhavenewleadershipintheHouse,newleadershipintheSenate,andnewleadershipinthegovernor,
hesaid.Alotofthepeoplearenewtothisprocess,sofiguringouttherightwaytostructurethisgoingforwardcancertainlybe
frustratingtoallparties.

SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman(RCentre)struckasimilartoneabouttheprogressofthediscussions.
Theresalwayspositivesandnegativestoeverymeeting,youjustkeepplowingthroughandkeepgoing,hesaid.Werejusttryingto
beproductive.
WhileheagreedtherearestillwidegapsbetweenlegislativeRepublicansandtheadministration,thetwosideswillkeepmeetingand
figurethemout.
Asmeetingscontinue,Sen.CormansaidheiscontinuallyconfidentthattheissuesofSenateRepublicansarebeingheard.
AsIvesaidmanytimes[Gov.Wolf]hastosignanybillwepassandwehavetopassabillforhimtosign,hestated.So,we
certainlyrespecthisroleinthisprocessandherespectsoursaswell.
Gov.Wolfaddedtothepostmeetingcommentary,sayingfeelsTuesdaysmeetingmadeprogressintheongoingbudgetnegotiations.
TheyrepeatedtheirdesiretolookatpensionsandIthinkthatsimportantandalsowhatweregoingtodowiththeLiquorControl
Board,sothosearetwothingsIthinkareimportant,hetoldreportersfollowingthemeeting.Ihadthechancetosay,Thisisabouta
structuralbudgetdeficit,soweregoingtobemeetingaboutthatwearetalkingaboutinvestmentineducationandtheseverancetax,I
gotachancetotalkaboutthatandpropertytaxrelief,Igotachancetotalkaboutthat.
Wehad,Ithought,agoodconversation,headded.
AsfarasclosingthegulfsreferencedbySpeakerTurzai,Gov.Wolfsaidworkcontinuesonlayingthefoundationforhowbigthosegulfs
are.
Certainly,ontheconversations,werelayingouthowbigthatgapisandwhatsomeoftheareasofagreementmightbe,hesaid.
Speakingtopensionreform,Gov.Wolfsaidconversationsneedtocontinuebetweenthetwosides.
Imassumingsincewearestartingatdifferentpoints,wellhavetohavesomeconversations,hestated.Idontknowiftheyllcome
closertomineorIllcomeclosertotheirs,butwewillbetalking."

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RE:ActuarialNoteforSB1,PN886

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Hereyougoitisonpage25.Ialsoincludedajpeg.

>>>"Hutchison,Rosalie"<
5/12/20151:18PM>>>
THIS EMAIL IS BEING SENT ON BEHALF OF JOHN T. DURBIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC
EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COMMISSION.
Dear Senator Scarnati:
On May 12, 2015, the Public Employee Retirement Commission reviewed Senate Bill
Number 1, Printers Number 886. The Commission voted to recommend that the General
Assembly and the Governor consider the policy issues identified in the actuarial note
transmittal.
The Commission trusts that the attached actuarial note will be of assistance in further
consideration of the proposed legislation.

John T. Durbin
Chairman
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The Honorable Jake Corman


The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr.
The Honorable John R. Gordner
The Honorable Anthony H. Williams
The Honorable Robert B. Mensch
The Honorable Wayne D. Fontana
The Honorable Patrick M. Browne
The Honorable Vincent J. Hughes
The Honorable John H. Eichelberger
The Honorable John P. Blake
The Honorable Lloyd K. Smucker
The Honorable Andrew E. Dinniman
The Honorable Michael J. Folmer
The Honorable Anthony H. Williams
Ms. Megan Consedine
Mr. C. J. Hafner
Ms. Stacey Connors

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>>>"Hutchison,Rosalie"<
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THIS EMAIL IS BEING SENT ON BEHALF OF JOHN T. DURBIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC
EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COMMISSION.
Dear Senator Scarnati:
On May 12, 2015, the Public Employee Retirement Commission reviewed Senate Bill
Number 1, Printers Number 886. The Commission voted to recommend that the General
Assembly and the Governor consider the policy issues identified in the actuarial note
transmittal.
The Commission trusts that the attached actuarial note will be of assistance in further
consideration of the proposed legislation.

John T. Durbin
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The Honorable Jake Corman


The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr.
The Honorable John R. Gordner
The Honorable Anthony H. Williams
The Honorable Robert B. Mensch
The Honorable Wayne D. Fontana
The Honorable Patrick M. Browne
The Honorable Vincent J. Hughes
The Honorable John H. Eichelberger
The Honorable John P. Blake
The Honorable Lloyd K. Smucker
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The Honorable Michael J. Folmer
The Honorable Anthony H. Williams
Ms. Megan Consedine
Mr. C. J. Hafner
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Thx.
Onanothermatter,ispoketorandyrethepsumatter.Allokibelieve.Willfillintomorrow.Thx
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YessorryIhadgottenbadIntelatfirst.SoundslikeCormanwasnotatalldisruptivewithGovandJeffsaid
CormanwentuptoTWandsaidsomethingaboutreallyappreciatingusreachingoutaboutaconversationon
pensions

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Thisisgood.Butitlookslikecormandidshowup
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CentreDailyTimes:WolfvisitsWingateElementary,stumpsforeducationbudget
Link:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/09/4641477 wolfvisitswingateelementary.html?rh=1

BYLORIFALCE
9,2015Updated9minutesago

Thelittlegirlranuptothefrontoftheclasstosortthewordsintocategories,usingapointertoclickononetileanddigitally
slideitintothesoundslikeboxonthescreen.
Gov.TomWolfleanedovertostateSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RBennerTownship.
IsaidtoJake,Thatdidnthappenwhenwewereinschool,thegovernorrecounted.
WolfwasatWingateElementarySchoolonMondaytoseehowtechnologyandnewteaching
techniquesareimpactingeducation.
Healsowastherewithamessage,urgingsupportofhisproposedbudget.
Inthegovernorsspendingplanfor201516,hewantstodramaticallyincreasemoneyfor

education,fromthelittlestlearnerstotheuniversitylevel.ForBaldEagleAreaSchoolDistrict,that
wouldmeangoingfromthe$725,000cutoverthelastfouryearstoa$484,606increaseinjust
oneyear.
ItsnotjustagoodthingforBaldEagle,Wolfsaid.IcareaboutwhathappensinschoolsinErie,
inPhiladelphia,inStateCollege.
Wolfsaidhewantstorevamphoweducationisfunded,frombeingaboutlocalpropertytaxto
relyingmoreonstatecontributions.
Wereallyneedtoinvestineducation,hesaid.
Cormandisagreed.Althoughhewaspresentforthetour,hesaidafterWolfleftthattheplanwas
notpractical.Cormanadvocatedaddressingpensionissuesthatarecreatingcriticalproblemsfor
localschooldistricts,sayingthatwoulddomoretoincreasetheamountofmoneydistrictshaveat
theirdiscretion.
ButschoolboardmemberssuchasBellefontesBobLumleySapanskiareexcitedaboutthe
prospectsofthegovernorsproposal.
Itsbeentightgivingthekidstheeducationtheyneedtobesuccessful,hesaidafterthetour.I
knowthisisastartingpoint...butImoptimistic.
WingatePrincipalJimOrichoskysaidhehopestoseethefundingapproved.Hewantstorollthe
moneyintoadditionaltechnology,likethesmartboardsWolfsawinfirstgrade.
Thesmartboardsareinonlyfourclassroomsinthekindergartenthroughfifthgradebuilding,with
twomoreinbroaderareaslikethelibrary.Orichoskysaidhealsowouldliketoincreasethe
numberofChromebooksforstudents.Rightnow,Wingatehas90ofthemoncartsthatcanbe
usedindifferentclassrooms.Thereareabout400studentsinthebuilding.
Wehave21stcenturylearners.Wewanttomakesurewehave21stcenturytools,hetoldthe
governor.Ourstudentsliveinaninteractiveworldnow.
Orichoskyalsosaidhewouldliketoseethedistrictdevelopacomprehensivepreschoolprogram.
Wolfsaidhedoesntplantodictatehowthenewmoneywillbespent.
Themoneygoesintotheclassroom,hesaid.Everyschoolboardneedstobeinchargeofhow
theyspendtheirmoney.
Hedid,however,talkabouttheimportanceofaccountabilityandhowstandardizedtestingfitsinto
thepicture.
Thereisagoodcasetobemadeforaccountability.Wewanttomakesurewearegettingareturn
onourinvestment,Wolfsaid.Hesaidhedidntbelievethathighstakestestingshouldbea
focusofeducation.
Thatsnotthewaytogo,hesaid.
Thefinalbudgetwillnotbeknownformonths.Thelasttwoadministrationshavefacedshowdowns
withthelegislatureoverbudgetnegotiations.
LoriFalcecanbereacheda

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RE:DowningtonSD

Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenHanger,John

Thankyou,Representative.Wekeptthetalkingpointstobasiceducationfundingasitpertainedspecificallytothe
school.Wedidn'tincludeSEForSSinthegovernorstalkingpoints.
IthinkyoursuggestionisagoodoneformetopushtoreportersatoureventsandIwillmakesuretodoso
tomorrow.

SentviatheSamsungGALAXYS5,anAT&T4GLTEsmartphone

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"Shafer,Joseph"<

"McGinty,Kathleen"

Intheattachedarticle,GovsaysDowningtonwouldhaveonlyreceived$300kmoreinRepublicanbudgetcomparedtolastyearvshis
planthatwouldsendanextra$1.3m.
ButtheGovfailedtomentionthattheRbudgetwasalsostiffingschoolsoutof2monthsSocialSecurityreimbursements.Accordingto
dataIgotfromPDE,Downingtownwouldhavebeenshorted$511,224inSSpaymentswhilegetting$251,247inBEFand$80,879in
specialedfindsforanetLOSSof$179,098comparedtofundstheyreceivedfromthestatelastyear.
Icansendyouthespreadsheetforall500SDsifyouwant.

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Subject:Corman'sFlipFloponTaxes
GoodPoliticsPAarticlebelowthatshowsAdministrationcallingoutCormanshypocrisy:
Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneedforbroadbasedtax
increases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroad
basedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,were
goingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,
07/07/15<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse in pa budget talks it.html>]
Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Whetherthatsnextyearortheyearafter
that,Idontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,
06/28/14<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/get ready for the big gimmick.html>]
Mike,Downingtownactuallyhad$180,000cutifWolffactoredinthesocialsecuritypayment.
PABGT:Wolf,GOPSparoverEducationFunding
WrittenbyNickField,ManagingEditor
GovernorWolfistakingthebudgetfighttotheschoolsliterally.
AspartoftheGovsSchoolsthatTeachtour(youllrememberthatisoneofhisbudgetsthreepillars<http://www.politicspa.com/pa
govwolfdeliversfirstbudgetaddress/64204/>),WolfvisitedDowningtownSchoolDistrict<http://www.dasd.org/site/default.aspx?
PageID=1>.
ThepeopleofPennsylvaniawantfundingforeducation,andtheysupportacommonsenseseverancetaxtopayforit,GovernorWolf

said.Whilemybudgetproposesahistoric$1billioninvestmentineducationatalllevels,including$500millionforK12education,the
Republicanbudgetcontinuesthehandoutsforoilandgascompaniesandtheunderfundingofourschools.Theirbudgetincludesonly$8
millionforeducationthatslessthan3cents,perchild,perday.
TheGovernorwentontoassertthathisbudgetplanwouldprovide$1.3millioninadditionalfundingtotheDowningtownSchoolDistrict,
whiletheRepublicansbudgetwouldgrantjust$300,000more.
JustdaysaftervetoingthelargeststatebudgetinPennsylvaniahistory,itlookslikeTomWolfisheadedbacktothecampaigntrail,
respondedPAGOPCommunicationsDirectorMeganSweeney.TomWolfvetoedahistoricstateinvestmentinourschoolsbecauseit
waspaidforwithoutraisingtaxes.
TomWolfstaxhikeswouldcostresidentsoftheDowningtownAreaSchoolDistrictnearly$27millioninnewtaxeslikeadiaperand
daycaretax,shecontinued.ItsnowonderthatGovernorWolfsbudgetwasunanimouslyrejectedintheStateHouse.Itstimefor
TomWolftostepoffofthecampaigntrailandjoinwithRepublicansinsupportingafiscallyresponsiblebudget.
WolfandCorman
WolfsPressSecretaryJeffreySheridanalsocameoutswingingagainstSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormantoday.Whilethe
Administrationhasfrequentlybeensendingoutemails<http://www.politicspa.com/pagovwolfseekstoframebudgetdebate/67267/>
defendingtheirplanandpokingholesintheGOPbudget,directattackshavebeenrareforthem.
TherefusalbySenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandRepublicanleaderstoacceptbasicmathandacknowledgePennsylvanias
massivestructuralbudgetdeficitisthesoleobstaclepreventingbudgettalksfrommovingforward,theemailbegins.
SheridangoesontoaccuseSen.Cormanofflipfloppingontaxincreases.
Strangely,todaysSenatorCormandoesntagreewiththeSenatorCormanofthepast.SenatorCormansleadershiptitleseemsto
haveshiftedhisidealsonbudgetingandfinancialplanning.
TheypointtotwostatementsfromCormantoillustratethispoint,onefromyesterdayandtheotherfromlastyear:
Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneedforbroadbasedtax
increases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroad
basedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,were
goingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,
07/07/15<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse in pa budget talks it.html>]
Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Whetherthatsnextyearortheyearafter
that,Idontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,
06/28/14<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/get_ready_for_the_big_gimmick.html>]
ThenotexactlysubtleinsinuationfromtheWolfteamisthatCormanwasfinewithtaxincreaseswhenGov.Corbettwasinchargebut
isnowagainstthemunderthenewGovernor.
PoliticsPAreachedouttoSen.Cormansofficebuthasyettohearback.

From:

Sheridan,Jeffrey

Senttime:

07/08/201510:23:56PM

To:

Sturla,Michael<

Subject:

RE:DowningtonSD

Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenHanger,John

Thankyou,Representative.Wekeptthetalkingpointstobasiceducationfundingasitpertainedspecificallytothe
school.Wedidn'tincludeSEForSSinthegovernorstalkingpoints.
IthinkyoursuggestionisagoodoneformetopushtoreportersatoureventsandIwillmakesuretodoso
tomorrow.

SentviatheSamsungGALAXYS5,anAT&T4GLTEsmartphone

Originalmessage
From:"Sturla,Michael"<
Date:07/08/201510:18PM(GMT05:00)
To:"Sheridan,Jeffrey"<
<
"Hanger,John"<
Cc:
Subject:DowningtonSD

"Shafer,Joseph"<

"McGinty,Kathleen"

Intheattachedarticle,GovsaysDowningtonwouldhaveonlyreceived$300kmoreinRepublicanbudgetcomparedtolastyearvshis
planthatwouldsendanextra$1.3m.
ButtheGovfailedtomentionthattheRbudgetwasalsostiffingschoolsoutof2monthsSocialSecurityreimbursements.Accordingto
dataIgotfromPDE,Downingtownwouldhavebeenshorted$511,224inSSpaymentswhilegetting$251,247inBEFand$80,879in
specialedfindsforanetLOSSof$179,098comparedtofundstheyreceivedfromthestatelastyear.
Icansendyouthespreadsheetforall500SDsifyouwant.

Originalmessage
From:"Dawes,James"
Date:07/08/20155:10PM(GMT05:00)
To:"Sturla,Michael","Bohnke,Michelle","Brunner,Nicole","McIlmoyle,Ryan","Miller,Brandi"
Subject:Corman'sFlipFloponTaxes
GoodPoliticsPAarticlebelowthatshowsAdministrationcallingoutCormanshypocrisy:
Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneedforbroadbasedtax
increases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroad
basedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,were
goingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,
07/07/15<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse in pa budget talks it.html>]
Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Whetherthatsnextyearortheyearafter
that,Idontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,
06/28/14<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/get ready for the big gimmick.html>]
Mike,Downingtownactuallyhad$180,000cutifWolffactoredinthesocialsecuritypayment.
PABGT:Wolf,GOPSparoverEducationFunding
WrittenbyNickField,ManagingEditor
GovernorWolfistakingthebudgetfighttotheschoolsliterally.
AspartoftheGovsSchoolsthatTeachtour(youllrememberthatisoneofhisbudgetsthreepillars<http://www.politicspa.com/pa
govwolfdeliversfirstbudgetaddress/64204/>),WolfvisitedDowningtownSchoolDistrict<http://www.dasd.org/site/default.aspx?
PageID=1>.
ThepeopleofPennsylvaniawantfundingforeducation,andtheysupportacommonsenseseverancetaxtopayforit,GovernorWolf

said.Whilemybudgetproposesahistoric$1billioninvestmentineducationatalllevels,including$500millionforK12education,the
Republicanbudgetcontinuesthehandoutsforoilandgascompaniesandtheunderfundingofourschools.Theirbudgetincludesonly$8
millionforeducationthatslessthan3cents,perchild,perday.
TheGovernorwentontoassertthathisbudgetplanwouldprovide$1.3millioninadditionalfundingtotheDowningtownSchoolDistrict,
whiletheRepublicansbudgetwouldgrantjust$300,000more.
JustdaysaftervetoingthelargeststatebudgetinPennsylvaniahistory,itlookslikeTomWolfisheadedbacktothecampaigntrail,
respondedPAGOPCommunicationsDirectorMeganSweeney.TomWolfvetoedahistoricstateinvestmentinourschoolsbecauseit
waspaidforwithoutraisingtaxes.
TomWolfstaxhikeswouldcostresidentsoftheDowningtownAreaSchoolDistrictnearly$27millioninnewtaxeslikeadiaperand
daycaretax,shecontinued.ItsnowonderthatGovernorWolfsbudgetwasunanimouslyrejectedintheStateHouse.Itstimefor
TomWolftostepoffofthecampaigntrailandjoinwithRepublicansinsupportingafiscallyresponsiblebudget.
WolfandCorman
WolfsPressSecretaryJeffreySheridanalsocameoutswingingagainstSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormantoday.Whilethe
Administrationhasfrequentlybeensendingoutemails<http://www.politicspa.com/pagovwolfseekstoframebudgetdebate/67267/>
defendingtheirplanandpokingholesintheGOPbudget,directattackshavebeenrareforthem.
TherefusalbySenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandRepublicanleaderstoacceptbasicmathandacknowledgePennsylvanias
massivestructuralbudgetdeficitisthesoleobstaclepreventingbudgettalksfrommovingforward,theemailbegins.
SheridangoesontoaccuseSen.Cormanofflipfloppingontaxincreases.
Strangely,todaysSenatorCormandoesntagreewiththeSenatorCormanofthepast.SenatorCormansleadershiptitleseemsto
haveshiftedhisidealsonbudgetingandfinancialplanning.
TheypointtotwostatementsfromCormantoillustratethispoint,onefromyesterdayandtheotherfromlastyear:
Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneedforbroadbasedtax
increases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.WerecertainlyatanimpasseoverbroadbasedtaxesThosebroad
basedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthediscussions,andthatswhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,were
goingtobehereawhile.[HarrisburgPatriotNews,
07/07/15<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/impasse in pa budget talks it.html>]
Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,Cormansaid.Whetherthatsnextyearortheyearafter
that,Idontknow.Buttheyreincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesarentkeepingup.[AssociatedPress,
06/28/14<http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/get_ready_for_the_big_gimmick.html>]
ThenotexactlysubtleinsinuationfromtheWolfteamisthatCormanwasfinewithtaxincreaseswhenGov.Corbettwasinchargebut
isnowagainstthemunderthenewGovernor.
PoliticsPAreachedouttoSen.Cormansofficebuthasyettohearback.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/06/201508:07:53PM

To:

Albright,RandolphNicastre,MarkHanger,JohnIsenhour,MaryShafer,JosephBane,Yesenia

Subject:

RE:Fwd:SB1

Didusaytherewasareplyfromcosta?
OriginalMessage
From:Albright,Randolph
Sent:Friday,March06,201506:36PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,MaryShafer,JosephBane,Yesenia
Subject:FW:Fwd:SB1

OriginalMessage
From:MarkMekilo[
Sent:Friday,March06,201504:57PMEasternStandardTime
To:Albright,Randolph
Subject:Fwd:SB1
FYI
SentfrommyiPhone
Beginforwardedmessage:
From:"LucMiron"<
Date:March6,2015at4:12:02PMEST
To:"C.J.Hafner"<
"SenatorJohnBlake"<
"KyleMullins"<
"MarkMekilo"<
Jumper"<
"StephenBruder"<
Lepore"<
Subject:Re:SB1

"Ron
"Tony

ThiswassenttoALLsuperintendentsacrosstheCommonwealth.
DearSuperintendent:
Asyouknow,earlierthisweekGovernorTomWolfunveiledhisFY201516proposedstatebudget.
GiventheextraordinarylevelofspendingincreasesproposedintheGovernorsoverallplan,we
encourageyoutotakeaconservativeapproachtoyourstaterevenueestimatesandadviseagainst
adjustingyourschooldistrictspreliminarybudgettoreflecthiseducationproposal.
Educationfundingisasignificantpriorityineachyear'sbudgethowever,itmustbeputinthecontext
oftheoverallbudgetpicture,bothintermsofexpendituresandrevenues.Theproposedbudget
recommendsa$400millionincreaseinthebasiceducationsubsidywhiletheoverallbudgetincludes
historicrevenueandspendingescalationsthatnecessitate$4.7billionintaxincreasesthatare
unsupportedthroughouttheGeneralAssembly.
Werecognizethedifficulttaskschooladministratorshaveinmakingdecisionsaboutanticipated
revenuefromtheCommonwealthgiventhatthefullextentoftheGovernorsproposedincreasesmay
notbecontainedintheCommonwealthsfinalbudget.TheSenateremainscommittedtoaddressing
theunderlyingfiscalcostdriversofschooldistricts,mostimportantlypensionreform.
Thankyouforyourattentiontothismatter.Asthecriticalworkofensuringtheoverallfinancialstability
oftheCommonwealthcontinues,knowthatwewilladvocateforeducationfundingtobeapriority

duringbudgetconversations.
Sincerely,
SenatorJoeScarnatiSenatorJakeCorman
SenatorPatBrowneJohnGordner
>>>LucMiron3/6/20154:00PM>>>
Browne,theSenateAppropriationsCommitteechairman,soonplanstointroducehisrobustpension
proposalthathesaidaddressesallthreefactorsthatgotthepensionsystemsintheshapetheyare
innowunderfunding,benefitenhancementsandpoorinvestmentreturns.
"It'snotaneasyprocess,"Brownesaid."There'sgoingtobesacrifice.Peopleinthebuildinghaveto
bewillingtotakethatsacrificebutifwedonottakethat,thentheonlythingwe'regoingtoseein
thefuture...isthishigherdebtandbiggerchallenges."
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/solving pennsylvanias public p.html#incart river

Thismessageandanyattachmentmaycontainprivilegedorconfidentialinformationintendedsolelyfortheuseof
thepersontowhomitisaddressed.Ifthereaderisnottheintendedrecipientthenbeadvisedthatforwarding,
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receivethismessageinerror,pleasenotifythesenderimmediatelyanddeletetheinformationwithoutsavingany
copies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/06/201508:07:53PM

To:

Albright,RandolphNicastre,MarkHanger,JohnIsenhour,MaryShafer,JosephBane,Yesenia

Subject:

RE:Fwd:SB1

Didusaytherewasareplyfromcosta?
OriginalMessage
From:Albright,Randolph
Sent:Friday,March06,201506:36PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,MaryShafer,JosephBane,Yesenia
Subject:FW:Fwd:SB1

OriginalMessage
From:MarkMekilo[
Sent:Friday,March06,201504:57PMEasternStandardTime
To:Albright,Randolph
Subject:Fwd:SB1
FYI
SentfrommyiPhone
Beginforwardedmessage:
From:"LucMiron"<
Date:March6,2015at4:12:02PMEST
To:"C.J.Hafner"<
"SenatorJohnBlake"<
"KyleMullins"<
"MarkMekilo"<
Jumper"<
"StephenBruder"<
Lepore"<
Subject:Re:SB1

"Ron
"Tony

ThiswassenttoALLsuperintendentsacrosstheCommonwealth.
DearSuperintendent:
Asyouknow,earlierthisweekGovernorTomWolfunveiledhisFY201516proposedstatebudget.
GiventheextraordinarylevelofspendingincreasesproposedintheGovernorsoverallplan,we
encourageyoutotakeaconservativeapproachtoyourstaterevenueestimatesandadviseagainst
adjustingyourschooldistrictspreliminarybudgettoreflecthiseducationproposal.
Educationfundingisasignificantpriorityineachyear'sbudgethowever,itmustbeputinthecontext
oftheoverallbudgetpicture,bothintermsofexpendituresandrevenues.Theproposedbudget
recommendsa$400millionincreaseinthebasiceducationsubsidywhiletheoverallbudgetincludes
historicrevenueandspendingescalationsthatnecessitate$4.7billionintaxincreasesthatare
unsupportedthroughouttheGeneralAssembly.
Werecognizethedifficulttaskschooladministratorshaveinmakingdecisionsaboutanticipated
revenuefromtheCommonwealthgiventhatthefullextentoftheGovernorsproposedincreasesmay
notbecontainedintheCommonwealthsfinalbudget.TheSenateremainscommittedtoaddressing
theunderlyingfiscalcostdriversofschooldistricts,mostimportantlypensionreform.
Thankyouforyourattentiontothismatter.Asthecriticalworkofensuringtheoverallfinancialstability
oftheCommonwealthcontinues,knowthatwewilladvocateforeducationfundingtobeapriority

duringbudgetconversations.
Sincerely,
SenatorJoeScarnatiSenatorJakeCorman
SenatorPatBrowneJohnGordner
>>>LucMiron3/6/20154:00PM>>>
Browne,theSenateAppropriationsCommitteechairman,soonplanstointroducehisrobustpension
proposalthathesaidaddressesallthreefactorsthatgotthepensionsystemsintheshapetheyare
innowunderfunding,benefitenhancementsandpoorinvestmentreturns.
"It'snotaneasyprocess,"Brownesaid."There'sgoingtobesacrifice.Peopleinthebuildinghaveto
bewillingtotakethatsacrificebutifwedonottakethat,thentheonlythingwe'regoingtoseein
thefuture...isthishigherdebtandbiggerchallenges."
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/solving pennsylvanias public p.html#incart river

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receivethismessageinerror,pleasenotifythesenderimmediatelyanddeletetheinformationwithoutsavingany
copies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

06/08/201508:24:29PM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

RE:KAMSchedule6/9/15

Sorry.Itwasatestsincegoodisshuttingdownonmewhenifwrdsmthg
From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Monday,June8,20158:06:25PM
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:KAMSchedule6/9/15

Nothinginyourmessage.
OriginalMessage
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Monday,June08,201506:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:Failor,Debra
Subject:FW:KAMSchedule6/9/15

From:Karge,Jenna
Sent:Monday,June8,20154:55:06PM
To:Failor,Debra;Barso ,Michael;Ghormoz,Robert;McGinty,Kathleen;Phillips,Betsy(GOV);Shafer,Joseph;Smith,Kathie;
Cross,Elena;Brunelle,Michael;Bane,Yesenia;McKeon,Catherine;Woodbury,Ka e;Smith,Mark;Sweet,David;Willford,Jean
Subject:KAMSchedule6/9/15

ChiefofStaKa eMcGinty
Tuesday,June9,2015

Loca on:Harrisburg/Philadelphia

Weather:Harrisburg,AMShowers,83,60;Philadelphia,AMThunderstorms,87,64

Session:House&Senate

8:15am9:30am
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8:30am9:00am
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10:00am10:15am
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/SmylerprepforLegisla vemee ng
GovernorsOffice
Sta:Gov,COS,Shafer,Isenhour,Hanger,Albright,Smyler

10:15am11:00am
TWW/McGinty//Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/SmylerLegisla vemee ng(Senate&HouseR's)
238ConferenceRoom
Sta:Gov,COS,Shafer,Isenhour,Hanger,Albright,Smyler

A endees:JoeScarna ,JakeCorman,MikeTurzai,DaveReed

11:00am11:20am
McGinty/SmithMtgw/KevinAcklin
COSOce
Sta:COS,MarkSmith
A endees:KevinAcklin

11:30am12:00pm
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Sta:COS,MikeBarso
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12:30pm12:50pm
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ChrisSainato,RepPamSnyder,COSRichPrones ,COSPaulParsells

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/24/201502:00:24PM

To:

Bane,Yesenia

Subject:

RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry

Letsbesurewediscussbeforetakinganyaction
OriginalMessage
From:Bane,Yesenia
Sent:Thursday,April23,201504:25PMEasternStandardTime
To:Albright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,MarySweet,David
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
FYI
OriginalMessage
From:Matio,Terri
Sent:Thursday,April23,201504:12PMEasternStandardTime
To:Bane,Yesenia
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
HiYeseniaAnyinformationyoucanprovideonthisdocumentthatiswiththeComptroller?Thanks.
OriginalMessage
From:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Sent:Thursday,April23,20152:42PM
To:Matio,TerriSpade,Nathan
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
IamjustfollowinguponMaculaVisionResearch.Anynews????
LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Monday,April13,20159:20AM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Cc:Meyer,Mark
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
Hi,LisaI'mfollowinguponthisBioTechnoloycontractforMaculaVisionResearchFoundations,SAP4100068495.
TheystillhavenotheardanythingistheresomeoneelseIshouldbecontacting?
Thankyou!
DeannaDare
OfficeofSenateMajorityLeader
SenatorJakeCorman
350MainCapitolBuilding
Harrisburg,PA17120

www.jakecorman.com

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20151:16PM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
Ok,so4/3wouldbe30days
OriginalMessage
From:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20151:11PM
To:Dare,Deanna
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
No,comptrolleristhelastsignaturetheyneed.
LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20151:11PM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
ThankssoitstillneedstogothroughOGC?IjustwanttomakesureIgiveaccurateinformation.
Thanksagain.
OriginalMessage
From:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,201510:10AM
To:Dare,Deanna
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
Yes.IfIunderstandright,itmustgotous,AG,Comptroller,andOGC.SowhiletheymighthavesentitinearlyFeb,itmustgothrough
allthechannels.Andtheyallhave30daystoreview.
LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20159:45AM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Subject:Re:Sen.Cormaninquiry
It'sfineI'mjusttryingtounderstandprocess.Toclarify.ItwassenttodeptinearlyFebruarybuthasonlybeenwithComptrollersince
March3?
SentfrommyiPhone
>OnMar13,2015,at9:01AM,"Wagner,Lisa(DOH)"<
>
>Ofcourse.Sorryitwasn'tbetternews!
>
>LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
>DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
>625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
>Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

wrote:

>
>
>OriginalMessage
>From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
>Sent:Friday,March13,20159:01AM
>To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
>Cc:Meyer,Mark
>Subject:Re:Sen.Cormaninquiry
>
>NowhenyouandIspokeyousaiditwaswithComptroller.Ithoughtithadbeenwithcomptrollersincethebeginning.Iwillexplain
thistoconstituent.ThankyouforadditionalexplanationThanks!
>
>SentfrommyiPhone
>
>OnMar13,2015,at8:57AM,"Wagner,Lisa(DOH)"<
mailto
wrote:
>
>ItwassentovertothemonMarch3.Pleasekeepinmindeachdepartmentthatmustlookatitandsignhas30daysinwhichtodo
so.Thisisbecausesomanydifferentareasmustreviewit.HavetoyouspokentotheComptroller?
>
>LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
>DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
>625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
>Phone:
|Fax:
>www.health.state.pa.us<http://www.health.state.pa.us>
>
>
>From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
>Sent:Thursday,March12,20154:12PM
>To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
>Cc:Meyer,Mark
>Subject:Sen.Cormaninquiry
>
>Hi,Lisa:
>
>Iamfollowinguponourphoneconversationfromearlierthisweekregardinga201415BioTechnologycontract,SAP41000684,for
MaculaVisionResearchFoundation.
>
>TheinformationyouhadisthatitiswiththeComptroller,whohas30daystosignit.
>
>Couldyouaskhowmuchlongeritwilltaketoprocess?IamtoldthatitwassenttotheDepartmentinearlyFebruarysoitshouldbe
readytogo.
>
>Thanksagainforyourassistance.
>
>DeannaDare
>OfficeofSenateMajorityLeader
>SenatorJakeCorman
>350MainCapitolBuilding
>Harrisburg,PA17120
>
>

>www.jakecorman.com<http://www.jakecorman.com/>
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>
>
>
>
>
>

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/24/201502:00:24PM

To:

Bane,Yesenia

Subject:

RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry

Letsbesurewediscussbeforetakinganyaction
OriginalMessage
From:Bane,Yesenia
Sent:Thursday,April23,201504:25PMEasternStandardTime
To:Albright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,MarySweet,David
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
FYI
OriginalMessage
From:Matio,Terri
Sent:Thursday,April23,201504:12PMEasternStandardTime
To:Bane,Yesenia
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
HiYeseniaAnyinformationyoucanprovideonthisdocumentthatiswiththeComptroller?Thanks.
OriginalMessage
From:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Sent:Thursday,April23,20152:42PM
To:Matio,TerriSpade,Nathan
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
IamjustfollowinguponMaculaVisionResearch.Anynews????
LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Monday,April13,20159:20AM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Cc:Meyer,Mark
Subject:FW:Sen.Cormaninquiry
Hi,LisaI'mfollowinguponthisBioTechnoloycontractforMaculaVisionResearchFoundations,SAP4100068495.
TheystillhavenotheardanythingistheresomeoneelseIshouldbecontacting?
Thankyou!
DeannaDare
OfficeofSenateMajorityLeader
SenatorJakeCorman
350MainCapitolBuilding
Harrisburg,PA17120

www.jakecorman.com

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20151:16PM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
Ok,so4/3wouldbe30days
OriginalMessage
From:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20151:11PM
To:Dare,Deanna
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
No,comptrolleristhelastsignaturetheyneed.
LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20151:11PM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
ThankssoitstillneedstogothroughOGC?IjustwanttomakesureIgiveaccurateinformation.
Thanksagain.
OriginalMessage
From:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,201510:10AM
To:Dare,Deanna
Subject:RE:Sen.Cormaninquiry
Yes.IfIunderstandright,itmustgotous,AG,Comptroller,andOGC.SowhiletheymighthavesentitinearlyFeb,itmustgothrough
allthechannels.Andtheyallhave30daystoreview.
LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

OriginalMessage
From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
Sent:Friday,March13,20159:45AM
To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
Subject:Re:Sen.Cormaninquiry
It'sfineI'mjusttryingtounderstandprocess.Toclarify.ItwassenttodeptinearlyFebruarybuthasonlybeenwithComptrollersince
March3?
SentfrommyiPhone
>OnMar13,2015,at9:01AM,"Wagner,Lisa(DOH)"<
>
>Ofcourse.Sorryitwasn'tbetternews!
>
>LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
>DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
>625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
>Phone:
|Fax:
www.health.state.pa.us

wrote:

>
>
>OriginalMessage
>From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
>Sent:Friday,March13,20159:01AM
>To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
>Cc:Meyer,Mark
>Subject:Re:Sen.Cormaninquiry
>
>NowhenyouandIspokeyousaiditwaswithComptroller.Ithoughtithadbeenwithcomptrollersincethebeginning.Iwillexplain
thistoconstituent.ThankyouforadditionalexplanationThanks!
>
>SentfrommyiPhone
>
>OnMar13,2015,at8:57AM,"Wagner,Lisa(DOH)"<
mailto
wrote:
>
>ItwassentovertothemonMarch3.Pleasekeepinmindeachdepartmentthatmustlookatitandsignhas30daysinwhichtodo
so.Thisisbecausesomanydifferentareasmustreviewit.HavetoyouspokentotheComptroller?
>
>LisaM.Wagner|LegislativeAide
>DepartmentofHealth|LegislativeAffairs
>625ForsterStreet,8thFloor|Harrisburg,PA17120
>Phone:
|Fax:
>www.health.state.pa.us<http://www.health.state.pa.us>
>
>
>From:Dare,Deanna[mailto
>Sent:Thursday,March12,20154:12PM
>To:Wagner,Lisa(DOH)
>Cc:Meyer,Mark
>Subject:Sen.Cormaninquiry
>
>Hi,Lisa:
>
>Iamfollowinguponourphoneconversationfromearlierthisweekregardinga201415BioTechnologycontract,SAP41000684,for
MaculaVisionResearchFoundation.
>
>TheinformationyouhadisthatitiswiththeComptroller,whohas30daystosignit.
>
>Couldyouaskhowmuchlongeritwilltaketoprocess?IamtoldthatitwassenttotheDepartmentinearlyFebruarysoitshouldbe
readytogo.
>
>Thanksagainforyourassistance.
>
>DeannaDare
>OfficeofSenateMajorityLeader
>SenatorJakeCorman
>350MainCapitolBuilding
>Harrisburg,PA17120
>
>

>www.jakecorman.com<http://www.jakecorman.com/>
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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/08/201509:44:02AM

To:

Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John

Subject:

RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Canweallhoponourmorningconfline?
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Friday,May08,201509:38AMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyMcGinty,KathleenShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/senate majority leader slams g.html#incart river

AnygoodwillGov.TomWolfbuiltupwiththeRepublicancontrolledSenatemighthavebeenundonewitha
pressrelease.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanstronglycriticizedWolfforapressreleasethegovernorsentout
Thursdayafternoonregardingexecutivenominations.Init,Wolfsaidhewassendinghis17nominationsfor
approvaltothePennsylvaniaSenateafterheandCormanworkedoutacompromise.
READ:WillcompromisegetGov.TomWolf's17executivenominationsthroughthePa.Senate?

Thedealwouldbethat13nominationsrecommendedbytheSenatewouldproceedandWolfwouldsubmit12
nominationsofhischoosing.Anotherfivenominationaretofillvacantseats.
Cormanisvehementlydenyingthat.
"IdonotappreciatebeingspokenforandGov.Wolf'spressreleaseisacompletemischaracterizationofthe
eventssurroundingthesenominations,"Cormansaidinapreparedrelease.
"WeinformedGov.Wolf'sstaffseveraldaysagoandaslateas[Friday]thatthiswasnotanagreedtoprocess,
yet,thegovernorstillchosetosendthisrelease."
Earlierthisyear,Wolfrecalled25executivenominationsthatweremadebyoutgoinggovernorTom
Corbett,aRepublican.
"IdidnotandcouldnotcommittheSenateRepublicanCaucustoconfirmingablankslateof12nominations,"
Cormansaid."UnlikeGov.Wolf,ItaketheSenateconfirmationprocessveryseriously.Itisentirelyuptoeach
nomineetoearntheconfirmationvoteofeachSenator."
Cormancontinued"Neverinmy17yearsintheSenatehasaGovernorRepublicanorDemocratshown
thistypeofdisrespectforamemberoftheGeneralAssembly.IamdismayedGov.Wolfwouldissuearelease
whileknowingthatthememberdidnotapproveofwhatwasbeingsaid."

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/08/201509:46:42AM

To:

Shafer,JosephNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,MaryHanger,John

Subject:

RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Imonthelinenow
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Friday,May08,201509:44AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Yes

From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Friday,May08,20159:44AM
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Canweallhoponourmorningconfline?
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Friday,May08,201509:38AMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyMcGinty,KathleenShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/senate majority leader slams g.html#incart river

AnygoodwillGov.TomWolfbuiltupwiththeRepublicancontrolledSenatemighthavebeenundonewitha
pressrelease.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanstronglycriticizedWolfforapressreleasethegovernorsentout
Thursdayafternoonregardingexecutivenominations.Init,Wolfsaidhewassendinghis17nominationsfor
approvaltothePennsylvaniaSenateafterheandCormanworkedoutacompromise.
READ:WillcompromisegetGov.TomWolf's17executivenominationsthroughthePa.Senate?

Thedealwouldbethat13nominationsrecommendedbytheSenatewouldproceedandWolfwouldsubmit12
nominationsofhischoosing.Anotherfivenominationaretofillvacantseats.
Cormanisvehementlydenyingthat.
"IdonotappreciatebeingspokenforandGov.Wolf'spressreleaseisacompletemischaracterizationofthe
eventssurroundingthesenominations,"Cormansaidinapreparedrelease.

"WeinformedGov.Wolf'sstaffseveraldaysagoandaslateas[Friday]thatthiswasnotanagreedtoprocess,
yet,thegovernorstillchosetosendthisrelease."
Earlierthisyear,Wolfrecalled25executivenominationsthatweremadebyoutgoinggovernorTom
Corbett,aRepublican.
"IdidnotandcouldnotcommittheSenateRepublicanCaucustoconfirmingablankslateof12nominations,"
Cormansaid."UnlikeGov.Wolf,ItaketheSenateconfirmationprocessveryseriously.Itisentirelyuptoeach
nomineetoearntheconfirmationvoteofeachSenator."
Cormancontinued"Neverinmy17yearsintheSenatehasaGovernorRepublicanorDemocratshown
thistypeofdisrespectforamemberoftheGeneralAssembly.IamdismayedGov.Wolfwouldissuearelease
whileknowingthatthememberdidnotapproveofwhatwasbeingsaid."

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/08/201509:44:02AM

To:

Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John

Subject:

RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Canweallhoponourmorningconfline?
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Friday,May08,201509:38AMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyMcGinty,KathleenShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/senate majority leader slams g.html#incart river

AnygoodwillGov.TomWolfbuiltupwiththeRepublicancontrolledSenatemighthavebeenundonewitha
pressrelease.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanstronglycriticizedWolfforapressreleasethegovernorsentout
Thursdayafternoonregardingexecutivenominations.Init,Wolfsaidhewassendinghis17nominationsfor
approvaltothePennsylvaniaSenateafterheandCormanworkedoutacompromise.
READ:WillcompromisegetGov.TomWolf's17executivenominationsthroughthePa.Senate?

Thedealwouldbethat13nominationsrecommendedbytheSenatewouldproceedandWolfwouldsubmit12
nominationsofhischoosing.Anotherfivenominationaretofillvacantseats.
Cormanisvehementlydenyingthat.
"IdonotappreciatebeingspokenforandGov.Wolf'spressreleaseisacompletemischaracterizationofthe
eventssurroundingthesenominations,"Cormansaidinapreparedrelease.
"WeinformedGov.Wolf'sstaffseveraldaysagoandaslateas[Friday]thatthiswasnotanagreedtoprocess,
yet,thegovernorstillchosetosendthisrelease."
Earlierthisyear,Wolfrecalled25executivenominationsthatweremadebyoutgoinggovernorTom
Corbett,aRepublican.
"IdidnotandcouldnotcommittheSenateRepublicanCaucustoconfirmingablankslateof12nominations,"
Cormansaid."UnlikeGov.Wolf,ItaketheSenateconfirmationprocessveryseriously.Itisentirelyuptoeach
nomineetoearntheconfirmationvoteofeachSenator."
Cormancontinued"Neverinmy17yearsintheSenatehasaGovernorRepublicanorDemocratshown
thistypeofdisrespectforamemberoftheGeneralAssembly.IamdismayedGov.Wolfwouldissuearelease
whileknowingthatthememberdidnotapproveofwhatwasbeingsaid."

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/08/201509:46:42AM

To:

Shafer,JosephNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,MaryHanger,John

Subject:

RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Imonthelinenow
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Friday,May08,201509:44AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Yes

From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Friday,May08,20159:44AM
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:RE:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

Canweallhoponourmorningconfline?
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Friday,May08,201509:38AMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyMcGinty,KathleenShafer,JosephIsenhour,MaryHanger,John
Subject:SenateMajorityLeaderslamsGov.Wolffor'completemischaracterization'inpressrelease

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/senate majority leader slams g.html#incart river

AnygoodwillGov.TomWolfbuiltupwiththeRepublicancontrolledSenatemighthavebeenundonewitha
pressrelease.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanstronglycriticizedWolfforapressreleasethegovernorsentout
Thursdayafternoonregardingexecutivenominations.Init,Wolfsaidhewassendinghis17nominationsfor
approvaltothePennsylvaniaSenateafterheandCormanworkedoutacompromise.
READ:WillcompromisegetGov.TomWolf's17executivenominationsthroughthePa.Senate?

Thedealwouldbethat13nominationsrecommendedbytheSenatewouldproceedandWolfwouldsubmit12
nominationsofhischoosing.Anotherfivenominationaretofillvacantseats.
Cormanisvehementlydenyingthat.
"IdonotappreciatebeingspokenforandGov.Wolf'spressreleaseisacompletemischaracterizationofthe
eventssurroundingthesenominations,"Cormansaidinapreparedrelease.

"WeinformedGov.Wolf'sstaffseveraldaysagoandaslateas[Friday]thatthiswasnotanagreedtoprocess,
yet,thegovernorstillchosetosendthisrelease."
Earlierthisyear,Wolfrecalled25executivenominationsthatweremadebyoutgoinggovernorTom
Corbett,aRepublican.
"IdidnotandcouldnotcommittheSenateRepublicanCaucustoconfirmingablankslateof12nominations,"
Cormansaid."UnlikeGov.Wolf,ItaketheSenateconfirmationprocessveryseriously.Itisentirelyuptoeach
nomineetoearntheconfirmationvoteofeachSenator."
Cormancontinued"Neverinmy17yearsintheSenatehasaGovernorRepublicanorDemocratshown
thistypeofdisrespectforamemberoftheGeneralAssembly.IamdismayedGov.Wolfwouldissuearelease
whileknowingthatthememberdidnotapproveofwhatwasbeingsaid."

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

07/15/201501:13:35PM

To:

DaveMyers<

Subject:

RE:ThinkingAboutYou

Dave,
Ihavereadthisthoughtfulnoteoveronseveraloccasionstheselasttwoweeks.IwishIcouldsayyourpredictions
wereoverlypessimistic.Alas.....
Ithinkyouarespotoninyourdiagnosis.Thecultureisdifferentanddeterioratedfrom2008whenIleft.Jakeand
Joeareshadowsoftheirformerselves.Scaredoftheirowncaucuses.Devoidofsubstanceandfullofrhetoric
andposturing.Itreallyisashame.Youarealsoright,howeverthattheGovernorisonthesideofthepublicand
thatlendsstrengthandresolve.
Astoyourprojects......wehavetimeonourhandsduringthisnonsense.Sopleasecomeseeus!!!Debbiecan
schedatanytime.Younameit.
K
From:DaveMyers<
Sent:Tuesday,June30,20159:51:21AM
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:ThinkingAboutYou

Katie,astodaygotcloserandcloser,IwantedtoletyouknowthatI'vebeenthinkingaboutyouandsimplywanted
towishyougoodluckinwhatclearlyisgoingtobealong,uglyslog.It'stimeslikethisthatmakewegladthatI'm
notinHarrisburg.
Iknowhowuglyandtoughtimeslikethiscanbe.IrememberbacktoearlyintheCaseyadministration,wherethe
Republicanshelduphisfirstbudget,withmuchofthesamerhetoricthatyou'rehearingnow."Wehavethe
mandate,hedoesn't."justbeingoneofthemany.Andhowtheywerewilingtodelaythebudgetformonthssimply
toseeifCaseywouldfightback.
Andofcourse,webothlivedthroughthefirstRendellbudget.IremembernewpaperarticlessayingthatRendell's
staffwasinept.(OfcourseMasch'stwobudgetideainhindsightwasn'tagreatidea.)AndhowRendellmissed
DavidCohenbecause,byimplication,JohnEsteywassobad.
It'simportanttorememberattimeslikethis,thatyou'refightingfortherightthingsthethingsthatpeoplewant.
Andthatmuchofishappeningisatesttoseeifyou'rewillingtofightforthethingsyouwant.
Thatsaid,IdothinkthatinsomewaysbothCaseyandRendellhaditeasier.Notbecauseoftheiragendas.But
becauseofthenatureoftheiroppositionandthecultureoftheCapitol.TheSenateRepublicanLeadershipduring
Casey'sfirstyearwerebasicallyhonorablemenwhobelievedthatgovernmentactuallyservedapurpose.Andthe
RepublicansduringthefirstRendellyearswerealsobasicallyhonorablemenwhowantedtodothings.I'mnot
sayingthatthetheRepublicanleadershipisn'thonorable.IhadtonegotiatewithJakeCormanover
Telecommunications.Wecantalkaboutthatexperience.Butitwasn'tlikedealingwithMattRyanorJack
Stauffer.AndScottWagnerisSamRohreronsteroids.
IguessallI'mtryingtosayisdon'tletthemgettoyou.Youhavetherightagenda.Standingonprinciplemakes
youbothtallerandstronger.Andeventhoughtheyandtheirsurrogateswillattackyoupersonallyandunfairly,don't
letthemgettoyou.
Ireallystartedouttowriteyouaboutsomeprojectsthatwe'redoing,butasIthoughtaboutit,Ithoughtthatcanwait
foranotherday.
MybestandknowthatI'mthinkingaboutyou(forwhateverconsolationthatbrings)andknowthatintheendboth
youandtheGovernor'sagendawillprevail.
Dave

From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

06/17/201503:27:27PM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanEveryonethinkswe'regoingtobehereallsummer,I'mtryingtobemoreoptimisticthanthat.
#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:mostsignificantpushbackisonthesalestaxproposals
3:15pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

[What]don'tpeopleunderstandabouttheprocess?Sen.CormanGov.wolfwillhavetosignbillsthathedoes't
like#PLEditboard
3:16pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

cont...however,he'sgoingtohavetoatsomepointwhetherit'sthebeginningofthesummerortheendofthe
summer#PLEditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:ItelltheGov.he'sgoingtohavetosignthingshedoesn'tlikeandwewillvoteforthingswedon't
like2/2#pleditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Notpersonal.Justb/cwedisagreeontheOpenRecordsOfficedoesn'tmeanthatwecan'tagree
onabudget#pleditboard
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

Corman:MarcusBrowncouldn'tgetsupport,notouttogetvotesagainsthim.#pleditboardItwasunfortunate.
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWithPSP,we'rereadytomoveonwithnewnominee.#pleditboard
3:19pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanForKatieMcGintytogetupandsaywegetbenefitfrompensionbillisunfortunate.Wedon't.
#pleditboard
3:20pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanYoucansayit'sterrible,buttosayasMcGintydid,thatLeggetsnew#pensionreformbenefitis
blatantlyuntrue.#pleditboard
3:21pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

"You'vetaken3pensionvotes,you'veregrettedsomeinthepast..."Sen.Corman:Theydidn'tworkouthowthey
weresoldtome.#PLEditboard
3:23pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanNoonewouldprojectrecessionlike2008,wherefundslost30percentofthevalue.#pleditboard
3:24pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Noonewouldhaveprojectedarecessionlike2008...Itwasahugerisktotakeanddidn'tturnout
asprojected#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWhatI'velearnedthroughthisprocess(pensions)istryingtominimizetherisk.#pleditboard
3:25pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Weneedtoreducetheriskfortaxpayers...moreofasharedriskneedstohappen#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:15PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanSaysit'sstillearlyinbudgettalksdon'tknowhowit'lgowithsomeonenew.#pleditboard
3:07pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.JakeCorman:Unknownofhownegationsw/Gov.WolfwillbecomparedtoGov.Corbett.TBD
#PLEditboard
3:08pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanFinishingthisbudgetyearaheadisagoodsign.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanStructuraldeficitdoesn'tcomefromrevenue,itcomesfromthegrowthingovernment,from
pensions,et.al.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Gov.corbettdidtherightthingin2011matchinguprev.toexpenditure,couldn'tmatchitupforthe
future.#PLEditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanQuestionishowtocurtailourgrowth.Wecan'trundeficits.Wehavetobalance.#pleditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCormanquestionnowistaking$8Boutoftheeconomyagoodideaorshouldwedealingw/theproblems
drivingupthecosts#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OceofCommunica ons|OceoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:
|Oce:

From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

06/17/201504:03:05PM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanHopefullypeoplewillgive/getandifcomeinwiththatmindset,wecangetthingsdone.
#pleditboard
3:59pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:DecisionsinNov.aresameasthoseinJuly.WehavetorespectpeopleofPAandgetthisdone
#PLEditboard
4:00pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:We'regoingtogiveandwe'regoingtoget.Ifpplhavethatmindset,wecangetthingsdone.
#PLeditboard
4:01pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:58PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanI'moptimisticwecanbedoneby6/30,ifwehavetherightspiritofmind.#pleditboard
3:42pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Onliquorwearetryingtodevelopasystemthatbeginstheprocessofturningthisovertoprivate
hands#PLEditboard
3:45pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanHavetobecarefulnottodevalueexistingliquorlicenses.#pleditboard
3:45pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Wearelookingtohopefullylookingtonextweekhavesomethingonliquorwecanconsider
#PLEditboard
3:47pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Sen.@JakeCorman:A"storeinsideastore"possibleforliquorsales.#Pleditboard
3:48pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanAnytimeyoucanbemoreefficient,youshouldbe.Buthavetobecarefulonagency
consolidations.#pleditboard
3:48pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Sen.@JakeCormanonBrown,Arneson:They'resideissuesthatdonthaveanythingtodowithusgoverning.
#Pleditboard
3:54pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Govstaffisn'tdiscussingpolicybutrathergetsintopersonalattacks#PLEditboard
3:55pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:42PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Cormanonpensionstructure:"Evenduringrecordhighstockmarket,wedidntmakewhatweneedtomake.And
thatsaproblem."#Pleditboard
3:27pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:thereisnopainfreewayofgettingoutofthepensionproblem.#pleditboard
3:28pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Iftaxpayershaveto"swallowthemedicine",atleastwecansayitwon'thappenagain
#PLEditboard
3:28pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanOurbillcreatescommissiontoreviewfeestructuresandotheroperations.#pleditboard
3:30pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanI'mriskaverserightnowwhichmeansnopensionobligationbonds.#pleditboard
3:31pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:yespensionfeesaretoohigh.Oursistheonlyplanouttheretoaddressfees.#pleditboard
3:31pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

Govtalksaboutsavingfeesbutatthispointhasofferednoconcreteplanfordoingso.@ByJohnLMicek
@PennLive
3:32pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Youcan'tjusttakeoutabondtopayoffyourdebt...Mustchangespendinghabits#PLEditboard
3:33pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Pensionbondsareariskypropositionandespeciallysoifyoudon'tchangethestructural
problemsw/theplan#PLEditboard
3:33pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Mybrainisnotburdenedbyalawdegree#PLEditboard
3:34pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWetriedtobecarefulinthewaywewrotethistomeettheConstitutionalmandate.#pleditboard
3:34pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWe'vetriedtogiveoptionsonretirementplanstomeetConstitutionalobligations.#pleditboard
3:35pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanDon'tthinktherewillbemassretirements.Theywon'tbelosinganything.#pleditboard
3:39pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Ifyou'reacurrenttrooper,wewon'tbelievethisbillwillimpactyouatall.#PLeditboard
3:40pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:27PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard


ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanEveryonethinkswe'regoingtobehereallsummer,I'mtryingtobemoreoptimisticthanthat.
#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:mostsignificantpushbackisonthesalestaxproposals
3:15pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

[What]don'tpeopleunderstandabouttheprocess?Sen.CormanGov.wolfwillhavetosignbillsthathedoes't
like#PLEditboard
3:16pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

cont...however,he'sgoingtohavetoatsomepointwhetherit'sthebeginningofthesummerortheendofthe
summer#PLEditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:ItelltheGov.he'sgoingtohavetosignthingshedoesn'tlikeandwewillvoteforthingswedon't
like2/2#pleditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Notpersonal.Justb/cwedisagreeontheOpenRecordsOfficedoesn'tmeanthatwecan'tagree
onabudget#pleditboard
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

Corman:MarcusBrowncouldn'tgetsupport,notouttogetvotesagainsthim.#pleditboardItwasunfortunate.
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWithPSP,we'rereadytomoveonwithnewnominee.#pleditboard
3:19pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanForKatieMcGintytogetupandsaywegetbenefitfrompensionbillisunfortunate.Wedon't.
#pleditboard
3:20pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanYoucansayit'sterrible,buttosayasMcGintydid,thatLeggetsnew#pensionreformbenefitis
blatantlyuntrue.#pleditboard
3:21pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

"You'vetaken3pensionvotes,you'veregrettedsomeinthepast..."Sen.Corman:Theydidn'tworkouthowthey
weresoldtome.#PLEditboard
3:23pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanNoonewouldprojectrecessionlike2008,wherefundslost30percentofthevalue.#pleditboard
3:24pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Noonewouldhaveprojectedarecessionlike2008...Itwasahugerisktotakeanddidn'tturnout
asprojected#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWhatI'velearnedthroughthisprocess(pensions)istryingtominimizetherisk.#pleditboard
3:25pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Weneedtoreducetheriskfortaxpayers...moreofasharedriskneedstohappen#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:15PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanSaysit'sstillearlyinbudgettalksdon'tknowhowit'lgowithsomeonenew.#pleditboard
3:07pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.JakeCorman:Unknownofhownegationsw/Gov.WolfwillbecomparedtoGov.Corbett.TBD
#PLEditboard
3:08pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient


ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanFinishingthisbudgetyearaheadisagoodsign.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanStructuraldeficitdoesn'tcomefromrevenue,itcomesfromthegrowthingovernment,from
pensions,et.al.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Gov.corbettdidtherightthingin2011matchinguprev.toexpenditure,couldn'tmatchitupforthe
future.#PLEditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanQuestionishowtocurtailourgrowth.Wecan'trundeficits.Wehavetobalance.#pleditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCormanquestionnowistaking$8Boutoftheeconomyagoodideaorshouldwedealingw/theproblems
drivingupthecosts#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OceofCommunica ons|OceoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:
|Oce:

From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

06/17/201503:42:11PM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Cormanonpensionstructure:"Evenduringrecordhighstockmarket,wedidntmakewhatweneedtomake.And
thatsaproblem."#Pleditboard
3:27pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:thereisnopainfreewayofgettingoutofthepensionproblem.#pleditboard
3:28pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Iftaxpayershaveto"swallowthemedicine",atleastwecansayitwon'thappenagain
#PLEditboard
3:28pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanOurbillcreatescommissiontoreviewfeestructuresandotheroperations.#pleditboard
3:30pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanI'mriskaverserightnowwhichmeansnopensionobligationbonds.#pleditboard
3:31pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:yespensionfeesaretoohigh.Oursistheonlyplanouttheretoaddressfees.#pleditboard
3:31pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

Govtalksaboutsavingfeesbutatthispointhasofferednoconcreteplanfordoingso.@ByJohnLMicek
@PennLive
3:32pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Youcan'tjusttakeoutabondtopayoffyourdebt...Mustchangespendinghabits#PLEditboard
3:33pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Pensionbondsareariskypropositionandespeciallysoifyoudon'tchangethestructural
problemsw/theplan#PLEditboard

3:33pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Mybrainisnotburdenedbyalawdegree#PLEditboard
3:34pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWetriedtobecarefulinthewaywewrotethistomeettheConstitutionalmandate.#pleditboard
3:34pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWe'vetriedtogiveoptionsonretirementplanstomeetConstitutionalobligations.#pleditboard
3:35pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanDon'tthinktherewillbemassretirements.Theywon'tbelosinganything.#pleditboard
3:39pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Ifyou'reacurrenttrooper,wewon'tbelievethisbillwillimpactyouatall.#PLeditboard
3:40pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:27PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanEveryonethinkswe'regoingtobehereallsummer,I'mtryingtobemoreoptimisticthanthat.
#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:mostsignificantpushbackisonthesalestaxproposals
3:15pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

[What]don'tpeopleunderstandabouttheprocess?Sen.CormanGov.wolfwillhavetosignbillsthathedoes't
like#PLEditboard
3:16pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

cont...however,he'sgoingtohavetoatsomepointwhetherit'sthebeginningofthesummerortheendofthe

summer#PLEditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:ItelltheGov.he'sgoingtohavetosignthingshedoesn'tlikeandwewillvoteforthingswedon't
like2/2#pleditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Notpersonal.Justb/cwedisagreeontheOpenRecordsOfficedoesn'tmeanthatwecan'tagree
onabudget#pleditboard
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

Corman:MarcusBrowncouldn'tgetsupport,notouttogetvotesagainsthim.#pleditboardItwasunfortunate.
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWithPSP,we'rereadytomoveonwithnewnominee.#pleditboard
3:19pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanForKatieMcGintytogetupandsaywegetbenefitfrompensionbillisunfortunate.Wedon't.
#pleditboard
3:20pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanYoucansayit'sterrible,buttosayasMcGintydid,thatLeggetsnew#pensionreformbenefitis
blatantlyuntrue.#pleditboard
3:21pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

"You'vetaken3pensionvotes,you'veregrettedsomeinthepast..."Sen.Corman:Theydidn'tworkouthowthey
weresoldtome.#PLEditboard
3:23pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanNoonewouldprojectrecessionlike2008,wherefundslost30percentofthevalue.#pleditboard
3:24pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Noonewouldhaveprojectedarecessionlike2008...Itwasahugerisktotakeanddidn'tturnout
asprojected#PLEditboard

3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWhatI'velearnedthroughthisprocess(pensions)istryingtominimizetherisk.#pleditboard
3:25pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Weneedtoreducetheriskfortaxpayers...moreofasharedriskneedstohappen#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:15PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanSaysit'sstillearlyinbudgettalksdon'tknowhowit'lgowithsomeonenew.#pleditboard
3:07pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.JakeCorman:Unknownofhownegationsw/Gov.WolfwillbecomparedtoGov.Corbett.TBD
#PLEditboard
3:08pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanFinishingthisbudgetyearaheadisagoodsign.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanStructuraldeficitdoesn'tcomefromrevenue,itcomesfromthegrowthingovernment,from
pensions,et.al.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Gov.corbettdidtherightthingin2011matchinguprev.toexpenditure,couldn'tmatchitupforthe
future.#PLEditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanQuestionishowtocurtailourgrowth.Wecan'trundeficits.Wehavetobalance.#pleditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCormanquestionnowistaking$8Boutoftheeconomyagoodideaorshouldwedealingw/theproblems
drivingupthecosts#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OceofCommunica ons|OceoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:
|Oce:

From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

06/17/201503:57:44PM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanI'moptimisticwecanbedoneby6/30,ifwehavetherightspiritofmind.#pleditboard
3:42pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Onliquorwearetryingtodevelopasystemthatbeginstheprocessofturningthisovertoprivate
hands#PLEditboard
3:45pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanHavetobecarefulnottodevalueexistingliquorlicenses.#pleditboard
3:45pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Wearelookingtohopefullylookingtonextweekhavesomethingonliquorwecanconsider
#PLEditboard
3:47pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Sen.@JakeCorman:A"storeinsideastore"possibleforliquorsales.#Pleditboard
3:48pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanAnytimeyoucanbemoreefficient,youshouldbe.Buthavetobecarefulonagency
consolidations.#pleditboard
3:48pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Sen.@JakeCormanonBrown,Arneson:They'resideissuesthatdonthaveanythingtodowithusgoverning.
#Pleditboard
3:54pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Govstaffisn'tdiscussingpolicybutrathergetsintopersonalattacks#PLEditboard
3:55pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

From:Stone,Sophie

Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:42PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

JasonMaddux
@jasonmaddux

Cormanonpensionstructure:"Evenduringrecordhighstockmarket,wedidntmakewhatweneedtomake.And
thatsaproblem."#Pleditboard
3:27pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:thereisnopainfreewayofgettingoutofthepensionproblem.#pleditboard
3:28pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Iftaxpayershaveto"swallowthemedicine",atleastwecansayitwon'thappenagain
#PLEditboard
3:28pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanOurbillcreatescommissiontoreviewfeestructuresandotheroperations.#pleditboard
3:30pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanI'mriskaverserightnowwhichmeansnopensionobligationbonds.#pleditboard
3:31pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:yespensionfeesaretoohigh.Oursistheonlyplanouttheretoaddressfees.#pleditboard
3:31pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

Govtalksaboutsavingfeesbutatthispointhasofferednoconcreteplanfordoingso.@ByJohnLMicek
@PennLive
3:32pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Youcan'tjusttakeoutabondtopayoffyourdebt...Mustchangespendinghabits#PLEditboard
3:33pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Pensionbondsareariskypropositionandespeciallysoifyoudon'tchangethestructural
problemsw/theplan#PLEditboard
3:33pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone


MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Mybrainisnotburdenedbyalawdegree#PLEditboard
3:34pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWetriedtobecarefulinthewaywewrotethistomeettheConstitutionalmandate.#pleditboard
3:34pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWe'vetriedtogiveoptionsonretirementplanstomeetConstitutionalobligations.#pleditboard
3:35pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanDon'tthinktherewillbemassretirements.Theywon'tbelosinganything.#pleditboard
3:39pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Ifyou'reacurrenttrooper,wewon'tbelievethisbillwillimpactyouatall.#PLeditboard
3:40pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:27PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:RE:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanEveryonethinkswe'regoingtobehereallsummer,I'mtryingtobemoreoptimisticthanthat.
#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:mostsignificantpushbackisonthesalestaxproposals
3:15pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

[What]don'tpeopleunderstandabouttheprocess?Sen.CormanGov.wolfwillhavetosignbillsthathedoes't
like#PLEditboard
3:16pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

cont...however,he'sgoingtohavetoatsomepointwhetherit'sthebeginningofthesummerortheendofthe
summer#PLEditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient


JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:ItelltheGov.he'sgoingtohavetosignthingshedoesn'tlikeandwewillvoteforthingswedon't
like2/2#pleditboard
3:17pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCorman:Notpersonal.Justb/cwedisagreeontheOpenRecordsOfficedoesn'tmeanthatwecan'tagree
onabudget#pleditboard
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

Corman:MarcusBrowncouldn'tgetsupport,notouttogetvotesagainsthim.#pleditboardItwasunfortunate.
3:18pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWithPSP,we'rereadytomoveonwithnewnominee.#pleditboard
3:19pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanForKatieMcGintytogetupandsaywegetbenefitfrompensionbillisunfortunate.Wedon't.
#pleditboard
3:20pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanYoucansayit'sterrible,buttosayasMcGintydid,thatLeggetsnew#pensionreformbenefitis
blatantlyuntrue.#pleditboard
3:21pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

"You'vetaken3pensionvotes,you'veregrettedsomeinthepast..."Sen.Corman:Theydidn'tworkouthowthey
weresoldtome.#PLEditboard
3:23pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanNoonewouldprojectrecessionlike2008,wherefundslost30percentofthevalue.#pleditboard
3:24pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Noonewouldhaveprojectedarecessionlike2008...Itwasahugerisktotakeanddidn'tturnout
asprojected#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanWhatI'velearnedthroughthisprocess(pensions)istryingtominimizetherisk.#pleditboard
3:25pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Weneedtoreducetheriskfortaxpayers...moreofasharedriskneedstohappen#PLEditboard
3:26pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Wednesday,June17,20153:15PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:TwittercoverageofSen.Corman'smeetingwithPennLive/PatriotNewsEditorialBoard

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanSaysit'sstillearlyinbudgettalksdon'tknowhowit'lgowithsomeonenew.#pleditboard
3:07pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.JakeCorman:Unknownofhownegationsw/Gov.WolfwillbecomparedtoGov.Corbett.TBD
#PLEditboard
3:08pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanFinishingthisbudgetyearaheadisagoodsign.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanStructuraldeficitdoesn'tcomefromrevenue,itcomesfromthegrowthingovernment,from
pensions,et.al.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Gov.corbettdidtherightthingin2011matchinguprev.toexpenditure,couldn'tmatchitupforthe
future.#PLEditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek

@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanQuestionishowtocurtailourgrowth.Wecan'trundeficits.Wehavetobalance.#pleditboard
3:11pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

JennKocher
@jkocher156

@JakeCormanquestionnowistaking$8Boutoftheeconomyagoodideaorshouldwedealingw/theproblems
drivingupthecosts#pleditboard
3:14pm17Jun2015TwitterforiPhone

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OceofCommunica ons|OceoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:
|Oce:

From:

GovernorsPressOffice

Senttime:

07/08/201503:39:31PM

To:

GovernorsPressOffice

Subject:

SenatorCormansPoliticalExpediency

To:InterestedParties
From:JeffSheridan,PressSecretary,GovernorTomWolf
Date:July8,2015
Subject:SenatorCormansPoliticalExpediency

TherefusalbySenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandRepublicanleaderstoacceptbasicmathandacknowledge
Pennsylvaniasmassivestructuralbudgetdeficitisthesoleobstaclepreventingbudgettalksfrommovingforward.

Pennsylvaniahasasignificantstructuralbudgetdeficitthatneedstobeaddressed.Drasticcutsmadetostateeducation
fundingcutsmadebySenatorCormanandRepublicansneedtoberestored.Unfortunately,theRepublicanbudget
craftedbySenatorCormanandhisRepublicancolleaguesfailedtoaddressthesegaps.TheRepublicanbudgetisnot
balancedandwouldleadtoa$3billionbudgetdeficit,whiledoingnothingforpubliceducationaddinglessthan3cents
perstudentperdayineducationfunding.

Strangely,todaysSenatorCormandoesntagreewiththeSenatorCormanofthepast.SenatorCormansleadershiptitle
seemstohaveshiftedhisidealsonbudgetingandfinancialplanning.

Yesterday,SenatorCormaninsistedthatthebudgetimpassewouldcontinueuntilGovernorWolfabandonedhisplanto
responsiblyclosethestructuraldeficit:

Ithinkitneedstobemadeveryclearthatthisisgoingtobeawhileaslongasthegovernorholdsontotheneed
forbroadbasedtaxincreases,Cormansaidashelefthisearlyafternoonmeeting.We'recertainlyatan
impasseoverbroadbasedtaxes...Thosebroadbasedtaxincreasesarenotgoingtobeapartofthe
discussions,andthat'swhathewantsanduntilthatissuecanberesolved,we'regoingtobehereawhile."
[HarrisburgPatriotNews,07/07/15]

However,lastyearsSenatorCormanexpressedconcernoverthegrowingstructuraldeficitunderthebudgetsenacted
bySenatorCorman,Republicans,andformerGovernorTomCorbett,aswellasopennesstoraisingtaxestoclosethat
deficit:

"Soonerorlater,abroadbasedtaxincreasewillbenecessarytopayforit,"Cormansaid."Whetherthat'snext
yearortheyearafterthat,Idon'tknow.Butthey'reincreasingatabilliondollarsayearandrevenuesaren't
keepingup."[AssociatedPress,06/28/14]

SenateAppropriationsCommitteeChairmanJakeCorman,RCentre,saidhischambersRepublicanswould
havejoinedDemocratstosupportsomesortoftaxincrease,butthatHouseRepublicanswouldnothave
supportedone.[AssociatedPress,06/28/14]

Yesterday,SenatorCormanalsodemonstratedanunwillingnesstoaddressthebudgetdeficitinalongtermframework:

"Hewantsenoughrevenuesohedoesn'thavetoworryaboutthisforfouryears,andIrespectthat,"theCentre
CountyRepublicansaid"Butwe'renotopentoadiscussiononanincometaxincrease.We'renotopentoa
discussiononasalestaxincrease.We'renotopentoadiscussiononclosingsalestaxexemptions.[Harrisburg
PatriotNews,07/07/15]

But,hereiswhatSenatorCormansaidin2009aboutresponsiblebudgetingandlookinglongterm:

Wejusthavetofigureoutawaytomoveforward.Buttheprinciplewearestandingoniswecannotjustworry
aboutnextyearandhowtobalancethebudgetwithshorttermdecisions.Weneedtomakelongtermdecisions
aswell[CormanFloorSpeech,07/01/09]

Overthelastfouryears,SenatorCormanandthecurrentRepublicanlegislativeteamhavepassedbacktobackfiscally
irresponsiblebudgetsthathaveresultedinmultibilliondollardeficits,annualfiscalcrises,andnumerouscredit
downgrades.

ItistimeforSenatorCormanandtheRepublicanleaderstostopignoringbasicmathandtostoppretendingthattheir
samegimmicks,irresponsiblebudgeting,andgapingdeficitswillhelpmovePennsylvaniaforward.

GovernorWolfwillcontinuefightingonbehalfofthepeopleofPennsylvaniatocloseourdeficitwithoutgimmicks,fundour

schoolsthroughacommonsenseseverancetax,andprovidepropertytaxrelieftoPennsylvanianfamilies.

MEDIACONTACT:JeffSheridan
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From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

06/10/201511:18:03AM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

StatementfromSenateGOPonArnesoncasedecision

SenateHailsCommonwealthCourtDecisiontoReinstateOfficeofOpenRecords
Chief
June10,2015

(HARRISBURG)Callingitagooddayfortransparencyandopennessingovernment,SenateRepublicansapplaudeda
stateCommonwealthCourtdecisionthatGov.WolfexceededhispowersinremovingthedirectorofthestatesOfficeofOpen
Records(OOR).
TodaytheCourtagreedwithGeneralAssemblysvisionwhencreatingthislawthatonlythroughtheindependenceofthe
officecanweensurethatproperscrutinycanbegiventogovernmentthroughitspublicrecords,saidSenateMajorityLeader
JakeCorman(R34).Thedecisionwillallowthisimportantwatchdogagencytocontinueinitsroleasanindependentarbiter
whencitizensaredeniedaccesstogovernmentrecords.
TheCourtrulingissuedtodayisavictoryforthepeopleofPennsylvaniaandensurestransparencycontinuestoexistinstate
government,saidSenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati(R25).WelookforwardtoErikArnesonsreturntoactively
servingasExecutiveDirectoroftheOfficeofOpenRecordsandcontinuingtooverseetheindependenceoftheofficeforthe
remainderofhissixyearterm.
TheSenateRepublicanCaucusfiledapetitioninJanuarybeforeCommonwealthCourttodefendtheintegrityofastatuteand
protecttheindependenceoftheOOR.InitsrulingclickheretoreadtheCourtsupportedtheSenatepositionsaying:The
OORisinherentlyindependentfromtheExecutivebranchtheOORspredominatepurposeistoserveasaquasijudicial,
independentagencythatisnotsubjecttothepolicysupervisionandcontrolofthegovernor.
SayingtheOORexecutivedirector,anindependentbody,isinsulatedfromtheGovernorspowertoremoveappointeesat
will,theCourtorderedErikArnesontobereturnedtothepositionwithbackpay.
SenateRepublicansareoptimisticthat,oncegiventheopportunitytoreviewtheruling,theGovernorwilldecideagainsta
plannedappeal.
WearehopefulthattheGovernorwillstophiseffortstodismantlethewallofindependencebetweentheOfficeofthe
GovernorandtheOfficeofOpenRecords.Weurgehimnottocontinuewastingtaxpayermoneybyappealingthisdecision,
SenatorCormansaid.
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From:

ChristianMuniz<

Senttime:

06/23/201505:13:24PM

To:

ChristianMuniz<

Cc:

EllenHoran<

Subject:

SUPPORTFORSB7556/24SEN.FINANCECOMMITTEEMEETING

Attachments:

CSCSB755supportSFCvote062415.pdf

RickSchuettler<

June23,2015

DearHonorableMembersofthePennsylvaniaSenateFinanceCommittee:

RE:Su p p o r tf o rSB755

OnbehalfoftheCoalitionforSustainableCommunities(CSC),werespectfullyrequestyourconsiderationinofferinganaffirmative
voteonSB755whenitisconsideredtomorrowduringtheSenateFinanceCommitteemeeting.Ourgrowingstatewideand
bipartisancoalitionincludesnearly40organizations:businesschambers,municipalassociations,andotherprofessionaland
communitydevelopmentorganizations,allofwhichsupportSB755.

Municipalpensiondistressiswidespread,hittingurban,suburban,andruralareasalikewiththechiefcostdriverbeinguniformed
unionpensions.Infact,in66ofPennsylvanias67counties,atleastonemunicipalityhasapensionplanthatisunderahighlevelof
fiscaldistress.Earlierthisyear,AuditorGeneralEugeneDePasqualereportedthatmunicipalpensionliabilitieshavereachednearly
$8billion,anincreaseofover$1billionsincethe201314legislativesession.WhilePhiladelphiaandPittsburghaccountforalarge
portionofthisunfundedliabilityduetosheersize,theAuditorGeneralsreportshowedthatofthetop25municipalitieswiththe
highestdollaramountofunfundedaggregatepensionliability,eightweretownshipsandboroughs.Thesamereportshowedthatof
thetop25municipalitieswiththehighestpercentageofunfundedpensionliabilities,21weretownshipsandboroughs.

SB755aimstotakecorrectiveactionnowbygivingmunicipalgovernmentsthetoolsneededtopreventwidespreadpension
collapseandreversethecurrentdeteriorationinpublicsafetyservices.UnlikethecurrentDefinedBenefitpensionplans,the
optionalDefinedContributionplanofferedinSB755willreduceemployercostsbyprovidingareliable,fairandmodernbenefit
structure,amodestbenefitreductionfornewemployees,andthepromiseofeventuallystabilizingmunicipalpensionssothat
unfundedliabilitiescanbeeliminated.

UnderSB755,localelectedofficialsmustaffirmativelyadoptthenewplanviaordinance.Ifadopted:

Currentpoliceandfirefighters,aswellaspensioners,retainallexistingbenefits
Futureemployeesreceiveafairandmodernpensionplanwhichisportableandbasedoncontributionsfromboth
employeesandemployers.Thiseliminatesthepracticeofsalaryspikingandreversesthecurrentplanstructure
whereemployeesmakeonlymarginal,andoftenno,contributionstotheirpensions
NonSocialSecurityemployeesmustcontributeahigherpercentoftheirincreasednetincome(duetolackofSocial
Securitywithholdings)toensuretheirretirementsecurity
Allpensions,forcurrentandfutureemployees,areremovedfromthebindingarbitrationprocesssothatmunicipal
employerscanpredictcostsbasedonsoundactuarialdatawhileslowlypayingdowntheirexistingpensionliability
Earlieremployeevestingoptionsaremadeavailable:25percentatfouryears50percentatsixyears75percentat
eightyearsand100percentattenyears(currentstatuteoffersvestingat12years)
Improvesjobandpensionsecurityforcurrentandfuturemunicipaluniformedunionemployees.

TheCSCformedbecausewecaredeeplyaboutourcommunitiesandwantthemtosucceed.Municipalpensionfiscalstrains,in
somecasesatthepointofcrisislevel,areresultinginpublicsafetylayoffsandhiringfreezes,servicecuts,andtaxincreases.Inthe
verynearfuture,thiswillalsomeanalossofpensionsforretireesandcurrentemployees.Theselastresortoptionsharmthevery
workers,residents,andbusinessesneededtosustainandgrowacommunity.Noonewantstolive,work,orgrowabusinessin
anovertaxed,underserved,andfiscallyunstablecommunity.


Thankyouforyourconsiderationandleadershipinsupportingthislegislation.

Yoursrespectfully,

EllenHoran
PresidentandCEO
GreaterReadingChamberofCommerce
andIndustry

RichardJ.Schuettler
ExecutiveDirector
PennsylvaniaMunicipalLeague

cc:HonorableTomWolf,GovernorofPennsylvania
HonorableJoeScarnati,PresidentProTempore,PennsylvaniaStateSenate
HonorableJakeCorman,MajorityLeader,PennsylvaniaStateSenate
HonorableJayCosta,DemocraticLeader,PennsylvaniaStateSenate
MembersoftheCoalitionforSustainableCommunities:
AlleghenyConferenceonCommunityDevelopment,AlleghenyValleyChamberofCommerce,BlairCountyChamberof
Commerce,ChamberofBusinessandIndustryofCentreCounty,ClintonCountyEconomicPartnership,CountyCommissioners
AssociationofPennsylvania,CommonwealthFoundationforPublicPolicyAlternativesDelawareCountyChamberof
Commerce,ErieRegionalChamberofCommerce,GreaterCarlisleAreaChamberofCommerce,GreaterJohnstownCambriaCounty
ChamberofCommerce,GreaterLehighValleyChamberofCommerce,GreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerce,Greater
PittsburghChamberofCommerce,GreaterReadingChamberofCommerce&Industry,GreaterScrantonChamberofCommerce,
GreaterWilkesBarreChamberofCommerce,HarrisburgRegionalChamber,HuntingdonCountyChamberofCommerce,
LancasterChamberofCommerce&Industry,LebanonValleyChamberofCommerce,LehighValleyPartnership,Monroeville
AreaChamber,MonValleyProgressCouncil,PennsylvaniaBusinessCouncil,PennsylvaniaChamberofBusiness&Industry,
EconomyLeagueofGreaterPhiladelphia,PennsylvaniaEconomyLeagueofGreaterPittsburgh,PennsylvaniaEconomyLeague,
Inc.CentralDivision,PennsylvaniaInstituteofCertifiedPublicAccountants,PennsylvaniaManufacturersAssociation,
PennsylvaniaMunicipalLeague,PennsylvaniaStateAssociationofTownshipCommissioners,PennsylvaniaStateAssociation
ofTownshipSupervisors,SchuylkillChamberofCommerce,WestmorelandChamberofCommerce,Williamsport/Lycoming
ChamberofCommerce,YorkCountyEconomicAlliance

From:

ChristianMuniz<

Senttime:

06/23/201505:13:24PM

To:

ChristianMuniz<

Cc:

EllenHoran<

Subject:

SUPPORTFORSB7556/24SEN.FINANCECOMMITTEEMEETING

Attachments:

CSCSB755supportSFCvote062415.pdf

RickSchuettler<

June23,2015

DearHonorableMembersofthePennsylvaniaSenateFinanceCommittee:

RE:Su p p o r tf o rSB755

OnbehalfoftheCoalitionforSustainableCommunities(CSC),werespectfullyrequestyourconsiderationinofferinganaffirmative
voteonSB755whenitisconsideredtomorrowduringtheSenateFinanceCommitteemeeting.Ourgrowingstatewideand
bipartisancoalitionincludesnearly40organizations:businesschambers,municipalassociations,andotherprofessionaland
communitydevelopmentorganizations,allofwhichsupportSB755.

Municipalpensiondistressiswidespread,hittingurban,suburban,andruralareasalikewiththechiefcostdriverbeinguniformed
unionpensions.Infact,in66ofPennsylvanias67counties,atleastonemunicipalityhasapensionplanthatisunderahighlevelof
fiscaldistress.Earlierthisyear,AuditorGeneralEugeneDePasqualereportedthatmunicipalpensionliabilitieshavereachednearly
$8billion,anincreaseofover$1billionsincethe201314legislativesession.WhilePhiladelphiaandPittsburghaccountforalarge
portionofthisunfundedliabilityduetosheersize,theAuditorGeneralsreportshowedthatofthetop25municipalitieswiththe
highestdollaramountofunfundedaggregatepensionliability,eightweretownshipsandboroughs.Thesamereportshowedthatof
thetop25municipalitieswiththehighestpercentageofunfundedpensionliabilities,21weretownshipsandboroughs.

SB755aimstotakecorrectiveactionnowbygivingmunicipalgovernmentsthetoolsneededtopreventwidespreadpension
collapseandreversethecurrentdeteriorationinpublicsafetyservices.UnlikethecurrentDefinedBenefitpensionplans,the
optionalDefinedContributionplanofferedinSB755willreduceemployercostsbyprovidingareliable,fairandmodernbenefit
structure,amodestbenefitreductionfornewemployees,andthepromiseofeventuallystabilizingmunicipalpensionssothat
unfundedliabilitiescanbeeliminated.

UnderSB755,localelectedofficialsmustaffirmativelyadoptthenewplanviaordinance.Ifadopted:

Currentpoliceandfirefighters,aswellaspensioners,retainallexistingbenefits
Futureemployeesreceiveafairandmodernpensionplanwhichisportableandbasedoncontributionsfromboth
employeesandemployers.Thiseliminatesthepracticeofsalaryspikingandreversesthecurrentplanstructure
whereemployeesmakeonlymarginal,andoftenno,contributionstotheirpensions
NonSocialSecurityemployeesmustcontributeahigherpercentoftheirincreasednetincome(duetolackofSocial
Securitywithholdings)toensuretheirretirementsecurity
Allpensions,forcurrentandfutureemployees,areremovedfromthebindingarbitrationprocesssothatmunicipal
employerscanpredictcostsbasedonsoundactuarialdatawhileslowlypayingdowntheirexistingpensionliability
Earlieremployeevestingoptionsaremadeavailable:25percentatfouryears50percentatsixyears75percentat
eightyearsand100percentattenyears(currentstatuteoffersvestingat12years)
Improvesjobandpensionsecurityforcurrentandfuturemunicipaluniformedunionemployees.

TheCSCformedbecausewecaredeeplyaboutourcommunitiesandwantthemtosucceed.Municipalpensionfiscalstrains,in
somecasesatthepointofcrisislevel,areresultinginpublicsafetylayoffsandhiringfreezes,servicecuts,andtaxincreases.Inthe
verynearfuture,thiswillalsomeanalossofpensionsforretireesandcurrentemployees.Theselastresortoptionsharmthevery
workers,residents,andbusinessesneededtosustainandgrowacommunity.Noonewantstolive,work,orgrowabusinessin
anovertaxed,underserved,andfiscallyunstablecommunity.


Thankyouforyourconsiderationandleadershipinsupportingthislegislation.

Yoursrespectfully,

EllenHoran
PresidentandCEO
GreaterReadingChamberofCommerce
andIndustry

RichardJ.Schuettler
ExecutiveDirector
PennsylvaniaMunicipalLeague

cc:HonorableTomWolf,GovernorofPennsylvania
HonorableJoeScarnati,PresidentProTempore,PennsylvaniaStateSenate
HonorableJakeCorman,MajorityLeader,PennsylvaniaStateSenate
HonorableJayCosta,DemocraticLeader,PennsylvaniaStateSenate
MembersoftheCoalitionforSustainableCommunities:
AlleghenyConferenceonCommunityDevelopment,AlleghenyValleyChamberofCommerce,BlairCountyChamberof
Commerce,ChamberofBusinessandIndustryofCentreCounty,ClintonCountyEconomicPartnership,CountyCommissioners
AssociationofPennsylvania,CommonwealthFoundationforPublicPolicyAlternativesDelawareCountyChamberof
Commerce,ErieRegionalChamberofCommerce,GreaterCarlisleAreaChamberofCommerce,GreaterJohnstownCambriaCounty
ChamberofCommerce,GreaterLehighValleyChamberofCommerce,GreaterPhiladelphiaChamberofCommerce,Greater
PittsburghChamberofCommerce,GreaterReadingChamberofCommerce&Industry,GreaterScrantonChamberofCommerce,
GreaterWilkesBarreChamberofCommerce,HarrisburgRegionalChamber,HuntingdonCountyChamberofCommerce,
LancasterChamberofCommerce&Industry,LebanonValleyChamberofCommerce,LehighValleyPartnership,Monroeville
AreaChamber,MonValleyProgressCouncil,PennsylvaniaBusinessCouncil,PennsylvaniaChamberofBusiness&Industry,
EconomyLeagueofGreaterPhiladelphia,PennsylvaniaEconomyLeagueofGreaterPittsburgh,PennsylvaniaEconomyLeague,
Inc.CentralDivision,PennsylvaniaInstituteofCertifiedPublicAccountants,PennsylvaniaManufacturersAssociation,
PennsylvaniaMunicipalLeague,PennsylvaniaStateAssociationofTownshipCommissioners,PennsylvaniaStateAssociation
ofTownshipSupervisors,SchuylkillChamberofCommerce,WestmorelandChamberofCommerce,Williamsport/Lycoming
ChamberofCommerce,YorkCountyEconomicAlliance

From:

DaveMyers<

Senttime:

06/30/201509:51:21AM

To:

McGinty,Kathleen

Subject:

ThinkingAboutYou

Katie,astodaygotcloserandcloser,IwantedtoletyouknowthatI'vebeenthinkingaboutyouandsimplywanted
towishyougoodluckinwhatclearlyisgoingtobealong,uglyslog.It'stimeslikethisthatmakewegladthatI'm
notinHarrisburg.
Iknowhowuglyandtoughtimeslikethiscanbe.IrememberbacktoearlyintheCaseyadministration,wherethe
Republicanshelduphisfirstbudget,withmuchofthesamerhetoricthatyou'rehearingnow."Wehavethe
mandate,hedoesn't."justbeingoneofthemany.Andhowtheywerewilingtodelaythebudgetformonthssimply
toseeifCaseywouldfightback.
Andofcourse,webothlivedthroughthefirstRendellbudget.IremembernewpaperarticlessayingthatRendell's
staffwasinept.(OfcourseMasch'stwobudgetideainhindsightwasn'tagreatidea.)AndhowRendellmissed
DavidCohenbecause,byimplication,JohnEsteywassobad.
It'simportanttorememberattimeslikethis,thatyou'refightingfortherightthingsthethingsthatpeoplewant.
Andthatmuchofishappeningisatesttoseeifyou'rewillingtofightforthethingsyouwant.
Thatsaid,IdothinkthatinsomewaysbothCaseyandRendellhaditeasier.Notbecauseoftheiragendas.But
becauseofthenatureoftheiroppositionandthecultureoftheCapitol.TheSenateRepublicanLeadershipduring
Casey'sfirstyearwerebasicallyhonorablemenwhobelievedthatgovernmentactuallyservedapurpose.Andthe
RepublicansduringthefirstRendellyearswerealsobasicallyhonorablemenwhowantedtodothings.I'mnot
sayingthatthetheRepublicanleadershipisn'thonorable.IhadtonegotiatewithJakeCormanover
Telecommunications.Wecantalkaboutthatexperience.Butitwasn'tlikedealingwithMattRyanorJack
Stauffer.AndScottWagnerisSamRohreronsteroids.
IguessallI'mtryingtosayisdon'tletthemgettoyou.Youhavetherightagenda.Standingonprinciplemakes
youbothtallerandstronger.Andeventhoughtheyandtheirsurrogateswillattackyoupersonallyandunfairly,don't
letthemgettoyou.
Ireallystartedouttowriteyouaboutsomeprojectsthatwe'redoing,butasIthoughtaboutit,Ithoughtthatcanwait
foranotherday.
MybestandknowthatI'mthinkingaboutyou(forwhateverconsolationthatbrings)andknowthatintheendboth
youandtheGovernor'sagendawillprevail.
Dave

From:

DaveMyers<

Senttime:

06/30/201509:51:21AM

To:

McGinty,Kathleen

Subject:

ThinkingAboutYou

Katie,astodaygotcloserandcloser,IwantedtoletyouknowthatI'vebeenthinkingaboutyouandsimplywanted
towishyougoodluckinwhatclearlyisgoingtobealong,uglyslog.It'stimeslikethisthatmakewegladthatI'm
notinHarrisburg.
Iknowhowuglyandtoughtimeslikethiscanbe.IrememberbacktoearlyintheCaseyadministration,wherethe
Republicanshelduphisfirstbudget,withmuchofthesamerhetoricthatyou'rehearingnow."Wehavethe
mandate,hedoesn't."justbeingoneofthemany.Andhowtheywerewilingtodelaythebudgetformonthssimply
toseeifCaseywouldfightback.
Andofcourse,webothlivedthroughthefirstRendellbudget.IremembernewpaperarticlessayingthatRendell's
staffwasinept.(OfcourseMasch'stwobudgetideainhindsightwasn'tagreatidea.)AndhowRendellmissed
DavidCohenbecause,byimplication,JohnEsteywassobad.
It'simportanttorememberattimeslikethis,thatyou'refightingfortherightthingsthethingsthatpeoplewant.
Andthatmuchofishappeningisatesttoseeifyou'rewillingtofightforthethingsyouwant.
Thatsaid,IdothinkthatinsomewaysbothCaseyandRendellhaditeasier.Notbecauseoftheiragendas.But
becauseofthenatureoftheiroppositionandthecultureoftheCapitol.TheSenateRepublicanLeadershipduring
Casey'sfirstyearwerebasicallyhonorablemenwhobelievedthatgovernmentactuallyservedapurpose.Andthe
RepublicansduringthefirstRendellyearswerealsobasicallyhonorablemenwhowantedtodothings.I'mnot
sayingthatthetheRepublicanleadershipisn'thonorable.IhadtonegotiatewithJakeCormanover
Telecommunications.Wecantalkaboutthatexperience.Butitwasn'tlikedealingwithMattRyanorJack
Stauffer.AndScottWagnerisSamRohreronsteroids.
IguessallI'mtryingtosayisdon'tletthemgettoyou.Youhavetherightagenda.Standingonprinciplemakes
youbothtallerandstronger.Andeventhoughtheyandtheirsurrogateswillattackyoupersonallyandunfairly,don't
letthemgettoyou.
Ireallystartedouttowriteyouaboutsomeprojectsthatwe'redoing,butasIthoughtaboutit,Ithoughtthatcanwait
foranotherday.
MybestandknowthatI'mthinkingaboutyou(forwhateverconsolationthatbrings)andknowthatintheendboth
youandtheGovernor'sagendawillprevail.
Dave

From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

07/07/201504:25:04PM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

TribuneReview:'Broadbasedtaxincreases'offlimits,GOPleaderstellPa.Gov.Wolf

TribuneReview:'Broadbasedtaxincreases'olimits,GOPleaderstellPa.Gov.Wolf
h p://triblive.com/news/adminpage/869698074/wolftaxbudget#axzz3fEhPJ97B

ByBradBumsted
Tuesday,July7,2015,2:21p.m.
Updated1hourago

HARRISBURGRepublicanleadersaredrawingabrightlineinbudgetnegotiationswithDemocraticGov.TomWolf,declaringbroad
basedtaxincreasesofflimits,atopsenatorsaidTuesday.
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentreCounty,saidGOPleadersrejectWolf'splantoraisethestateincometax,salestax
andexpandthebaseofthesalestaxtodozensofitems.
TheRepublicanleadersareopentohelpingthegovernorbutnottoincreasingtaxes.
We'recertainlyatanimpasse,Cormansaid.
HouseMajorityLeaderDaveReed,RIndianaCounty,attendedthemeetingbutdidnotstoptotalktoreportersafterward.
Wolfisopentoideasbutbelievesthelegislatureneedstocloseastatedeficitandraisemoneytocutpropertytaxes,saidJeffrey
Sheridan,thegovernor'sspokesman.
Republicansarecontinuingtheirrefusaltoacceptbasicmath.Pennsylvaniahasasignificantstructuralbudgetdeficitand,
unfortunately,theRepublicanbudgetisnotbalancedandwouldleadtoa$3billionbudgetdeficit.Evenworse,theirbudgetunderfunds
education,Sheridansaid.
AbudgetimpassebeganJuly1whenWolfrejectedthe$30.1billionGOPdraftedbudgetthathadnotaxhikes.
Withthesidesfarapartideologically,negotiationisgoingtotakeawhile,Cormantoldreportersfollowingahalfhourmeetingwith
Wolf.
Wehaddiscussions.We'llcontinuetohavediscussions,Cormansaid.Hesaidtheyhavenoagreedonhowmuchtospend.
WolfandlawmakersareatoddsovertheSenate'spushtoreplaceguaranteedpensionsforstateandschoolemployeeswith401(k)
styleplansandtheHouse'spushtoletprivateinterestscontrolthestate'swineandspiritsstoresandwholesaleliquorsystem.
Wolfvetoedtheliquorprivatizationbilllastweek.HemustdecidewhethertosignorvetothepensionbillbyFriday.
Wolfwantstoshiftthetaxburdenfromschoolpropertytaxestohighersalesandincometaxes,andtoimposeataxonnaturalgas
extractionideasthatmostGOPlawmakershaveopposedsinceheproposedhisbudgetinMarch.Muchofthemoneywouldgo
towardfundingeducation,Wolfhassaid.
Republicanssaythedeficitis$1.2billionbutWolfpredictsthat,unaddressed,itwillgrowto$3billionnextyear.
Gov.Wolfwillcontinuetryingtoworkwiththemtocloseourdeficit,fundourschoolsthroughacommonsenseseverancetax,and
providepropertytaxrelieftoPennsylvaniafamilies,Sheridansaid.

BradBumstedisTribTotalMedia'sstateCapitolreporter.Reachhimat

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From:

Stone,Sophie

Senttime:

06/30/201505:37:08PM

To:

Stone,Sophie

Subject:

TribuneReview:Pa.Senatepasses$30.1BGOPbudgetWolfvetolikely

TribuneReview:Pa.Senatepasses$30.1BGOPbudget;Wolfvetolikely
h p://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865850674/statebudgetbill#axzz3eUZhKQf3

ByBradBumsted
Tuesday,June30,2015,5:30p.m.
Updated6minutesago

HARRISBURGTheSenateonTuesdaysenta$30.1billionbudgetthatdoesn'traisetaxestoDemocraticGov.TomWolf,whohas
pledgedtovetoit.
TheplancontrastswithtaxincreasesofhistoricproportionsthatWolfproposedinMarch,saidSenateAppropriationsChairman
PatrickBrowne,RAllentown.
ApprovedbytheHouseonSaturday,theRepublicandraftedlegislationmovesthestatetothevergeofabudgetimpasse.Wolfhasnot
saidwhetherhewillvetotheentirebilloreliminatelineitems.
Thefiscalyearbeginsat12:01a.m.Wednesday.Evenifthebudgetisdelayed,stateemployeeswillbepaidanditmaybeamonthor
morebeforevendorsfeelthepinch.Smallnonprofitorganizationsreceivingstatemoneywerethehardesthitduringa101dayimpasse
in2009.
TheSenatevotewas30to19.TheHousevoteof112to77largelyfollowedpartylines.
It'sourresponsibilitytopassabudget,saidSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentreCounty.Ifthegovernorvetoesit,sobeit.
I'llbeheretomorrowtoworkwiththegovernor,andthenextdaythroughtheFourthofJuly.I'llbehere,whateverIttakestogetitdone.
Thebudgetboostsspending3.6percent.Thebillprovides$100millionforbasiceducationand$20millionforspecialeducation.It
balancesa$1.2billiondeficitwithprudentmanagementandmorerobuststatetaxcollections,GOPlawmakerssaid.
It'snotarealbudget,saidSen.RobTeplitz,DHarrisburg,butonebasedontricksandideology.
SenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati,RJeffersonCounty,respondedthatthebillisoneofthebest,wellcrafted(budget)
documentswe'veseeninalongtime.
Forthefirsttime,lawmakersplantoincludemoneyinastatebudgetfromsellingstateWine&Spiritsstoresandleasingthestate's
wholesalecontrolofliquorandwine.Thebudgetcountson$220millionannuallyfromwhattheGOPcallsliquorreform.
Wolfopposessellingthestatestoresbuthasn'tsaidhewouldvetotheliquorbill,spokesmanJeffreySheridansaid.
TheHousevoted106to89toapproveabilltoreducepublicpensioncostsandsentittotheSenate.Itisnotpartofthisyear'sbudget
calculations,butRepublicansupporterssayit'scriticaltofuturefinancesofthestate.
Wolfinsistsonclosingthestate'sdeficitwithoutgimmicks.Hewantslegislationtoshiftawayfromschoolpropertytaxes,through
higherincomeandsalestaxes,andtotaxnaturalgasextraction.TheGOPplandoesn'tincludetaxshiftingoraMarcellusshaletax.
Thisbudgetisn'tbalancedandunderfundseducation,Sheridansaid.
RepublicanssayWolf'splanwouldraisetaxesmorethan$4billionandincreasestatespending16percent.TheIndependentFiscal
Office,inanAprilreportonWolf'sbudget,saidallclassesoftaxpayerswouldpaymore.
Ifpropertytaxesareloweredinfavorofhighersalesandincometaxes,youwaitafewacoupleyearsandthe(propertytax)billgoes
up,saidScarnati.
Asfortheproposedshaletax,Let'snotpushthisindustryaway,saidSen.DonWhite,RIndianaCounty.Let'slookatthefacts.Let's
lookatthereality.
WhitereferredtoHalliburton'sannouncementTuesdaythatitwillcloseitsHomerCityofficeandmoveittoZanesville,Ohio,whichthe
companysaidwouldresultin90lostjobs.
Theshaletaxproposalispopularbecausepeoplehavedemonizedtheenergyindustry,saidSen.JohnEichelberger,RAltoona.But
hesaidnaturalgascompaniesareteeteringonpullingoutordownsizing.
AstheSenatepassedtheliquorbillandbudget,theHousedebatedthepensionbill,whichwouldplacenewemployeesunderdefined
contributionplanssuchasa401(k).Theguaranteedpensionsystemisn'tsustainablefortaxpayers,Republicanlawmakerssaid.They

arguedthechangeswouldsave$30billionover30years.
It'sonlygoingtostartgettingbetterwhenwemanagebythenumbersandwedowhat'srightforeveryoneinthecommonwealthof
Pennsylvania,saidRep.MikeTobash,RSchuylkill.It'ssimple:wehaveahugedebt,youneedtotakeaction.
ButDemocratssaidtheproposalwillnothelpthisyear'sbudget.Rep.BillKortz,DDravosburg,calleditanattackontheworkingfolks
inthisstate.It'sanattackonourstateemployees.It'sabillthatwillripoffhardworkingfolksoftheirhardearnedpensions.
Wolfproposedabondissuetopaydowntheunfundedpensionliabilitycreatedbypreviouslegislatorsandgovernorswhoshortchanged
thepensionfundsforschoolandstateemployees.
Wolfwon'tdecidewhethertovetothepensionbilluntilhereviewsit,Sheridansaid.

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TribuneReview:Pa.Senatepasses$30.1BGOPbudget;Wolfvetolikely
h p://triblive.com/news/adminpage/865850674/statebudgetbill#axzz3eUZhKQf3

ByBradBumsted
Tuesday,June30,2015,5:30p.m.
Updated6minutesago

HARRISBURGTheSenateonTuesdaysenta$30.1billionbudgetthatdoesn'traisetaxestoDemocraticGov.TomWolf,whohas
pledgedtovetoit.
TheplancontrastswithtaxincreasesofhistoricproportionsthatWolfproposedinMarch,saidSenateAppropriationsChairman
PatrickBrowne,RAllentown.
ApprovedbytheHouseonSaturday,theRepublicandraftedlegislationmovesthestatetothevergeofabudgetimpasse.Wolfhasnot
saidwhetherhewillvetotheentirebilloreliminatelineitems.
Thefiscalyearbeginsat12:01a.m.Wednesday.Evenifthebudgetisdelayed,stateemployeeswillbepaidanditmaybeamonthor
morebeforevendorsfeelthepinch.Smallnonprofitorganizationsreceivingstatemoneywerethehardesthitduringa101dayimpasse
in2009.
TheSenatevotewas30to19.TheHousevoteof112to77largelyfollowedpartylines.
It'sourresponsibilitytopassabudget,saidSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,RCentreCounty.Ifthegovernorvetoesit,sobeit.
I'llbeheretomorrowtoworkwiththegovernor,andthenextdaythroughtheFourthofJuly.I'llbehere,whateverIttakestogetitdone.
Thebudgetboostsspending3.6percent.Thebillprovides$100millionforbasiceducationand$20millionforspecialeducation.It
balancesa$1.2billiondeficitwithprudentmanagementandmorerobuststatetaxcollections,GOPlawmakerssaid.
It'snotarealbudget,saidSen.RobTeplitz,DHarrisburg,butonebasedontricksandideology.
SenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati,RJeffersonCounty,respondedthatthebillisoneofthebest,wellcrafted(budget)
documentswe'veseeninalongtime.
Forthefirsttime,lawmakersplantoincludemoneyinastatebudgetfromsellingstateWine&Spiritsstoresandleasingthestate's
wholesalecontrolofliquorandwine.Thebudgetcountson$220millionannuallyfromwhattheGOPcallsliquorreform.
Wolfopposessellingthestatestoresbuthasn'tsaidhewouldvetotheliquorbill,spokesmanJeffreySheridansaid.
TheHousevoted106to89toapproveabilltoreducepublicpensioncostsandsentittotheSenate.Itisnotpartofthisyear'sbudget
calculations,butRepublicansupporterssayit'scriticaltofuturefinancesofthestate.
Wolfinsistsonclosingthestate'sdeficitwithoutgimmicks.Hewantslegislationtoshiftawayfromschoolpropertytaxes,through
higherincomeandsalestaxes,andtotaxnaturalgasextraction.TheGOPplandoesn'tincludetaxshiftingoraMarcellusshaletax.
Thisbudgetisn'tbalancedandunderfundseducation,Sheridansaid.
RepublicanssayWolf'splanwouldraisetaxesmorethan$4billionandincreasestatespending16percent.TheIndependentFiscal
Office,inanAprilreportonWolf'sbudget,saidallclassesoftaxpayerswouldpaymore.
Ifpropertytaxesareloweredinfavorofhighersalesandincometaxes,youwaitafewacoupleyearsandthe(propertytax)billgoes
up,saidScarnati.
Asfortheproposedshaletax,Let'snotpushthisindustryaway,saidSen.DonWhite,RIndianaCounty.Let'slookatthefacts.Let's
lookatthereality.
WhitereferredtoHalliburton'sannouncementTuesdaythatitwillcloseitsHomerCityofficeandmoveittoZanesville,Ohio,whichthe
companysaidwouldresultin90lostjobs.
Theshaletaxproposalispopularbecausepeoplehavedemonizedtheenergyindustry,saidSen.JohnEichelberger,RAltoona.But
hesaidnaturalgascompaniesareteeteringonpullingoutordownsizing.
AstheSenatepassedtheliquorbillandbudget,theHousedebatedthepensionbill,whichwouldplacenewemployeesunderdefined
contributionplanssuchasa401(k).Theguaranteedpensionsystemisn'tsustainablefortaxpayers,Republicanlawmakerssaid.They

arguedthechangeswouldsave$30billionover30years.
It'sonlygoingtostartgettingbetterwhenwemanagebythenumbersandwedowhat'srightforeveryoneinthecommonwealthof
Pennsylvania,saidRep.MikeTobash,RSchuylkill.It'ssimple:wehaveahugedebt,youneedtotakeaction.
ButDemocratssaidtheproposalwillnothelpthisyear'sbudget.Rep.BillKortz,DDravosburg,calleditanattackontheworkingfolks
inthisstate.It'sanattackonourstateemployees.It'sabillthatwillripoffhardworkingfolksoftheirhardearnedpensions.
Wolfproposedabondissuetopaydowntheunfundedpensionliabilitycreatedbypreviouslegislatorsandgovernorswhoshortchanged
thepensionfundsforschoolandstateemployees.
Wolfwon'tdecidewhethertovetothepensionbilluntilhereviewsit,Sheridansaid.

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Presscontributed.

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ByJohnLMicek
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@JakeCormanSaysit'sstillearlyinbudgettalksdon'tknowhowit'lgowithsomeonenew.#pleditboard
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Sen.JakeCorman:Unknownofhownegationsw/Gov.WolfwillbecomparedtoGov.Corbett.TBD
#PLEditboard
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ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanFinishingthisbudgetyearaheadisagoodsign.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

ByJohnLMicek
@ByJohnLMicek

@JakeCormanStructuraldeficitdoesn'tcomefromrevenue,itcomesfromthegrowthingovernment,from
pensions,et.al.#pleditboard
3:10pm17Jun2015TwitterWebClient

MorganHollinger
@Morgan03

Sen.Corman:Gov.corbettdidtherightthingin2011matchinguprev.toexpenditure,couldn'tmatchitupforthe
future.#PLEditboard
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ByJohnLMicek
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@JakeCormanQuestionishowtocurtailourgrowth.Wecan'trundeficits.Wehavetobalance.#pleditboard
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@JakeCormanquestionnowistaking$8Boutoftheeconomyagoodideaorshouldwedealingw/theproblems
drivingupthecosts#pleditboard

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Karge,JennaBarsotti,MichaelGhormoz,RobertMcGinty,KathleenPhillips,Betsy(GOV)Shafer,JosephSmith,KathieCross,
ElenaBrunelle,MichaelBane,YeseniaMcKeon,CatherineWoodbury,KatieSmith,Mark(GOV)Sweet,David

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UPDATEDKAMSchedule6/23/15

ChiefofStaKa eMcGinty
Tuesday,June23,2015

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Weather:Harrisburg,PMThunderstorms,89,63

Session:House&Senate

7:30am9:00am
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8:30am9:00am
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9:00am10:00am
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/Nicastre/Smylerre:Legisla vemee ng(strategy)
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Sta:Governor,COS,Shafer,SecyIsenhour,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright,Nicastre&Smyler

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10:15am11:00am
TWW/McGinty/Shafer/Isenhour/Hanger/Albright/SmylerLegisla vemee ng(Senate&HouseR's)
238ConferenceRoom
Sta:Governor,COS,Shafer,SecyIsenhour,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright&Smyler
A endees:SenJoeScarna ,SenJakeCorman,RepMikeTurzai&RepDaveReed

11:00am11:30am
Mtgw/SenJayCosta
535MainCapitol
Sta:COS&Barso
A endees:SenJayCosta

11:30am12:00pm
McGinty/KernodleMtgw/JimKenney
COSOce
Sta:COS&Kernodle
A endees:JimKenney

12:00pm12:30pm
McGinty/Bane/Hanger/AlbrightMtgw/Shell
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Sta:COS,Bane,SecyHanger&SecyAlbright
A endees:JohnHines,SanjeevAyyar&MikelvanBeek

12:30pm1:00pm
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Sta:COS,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright&Brunelle

A endees:KaraBeem,MarkBullock&CathyCardillo

1:00pm2:00pm
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A endees:Governor,COS,Shafer,SecyIsenhour,SecyHanger,SecyAlbright,Nicastre&Smyler

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4:30pm5:30pm
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6:00pm8:00pm
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WITF:No"illusions"ofprogressinPAbudgettalks
http://www.witf.org/statehousesoundbites/2015/07/noillusionsofprogressinpabudgettalks.php

ByMaryWilson
July7,2015

Oneweeka erDemocra cGovernorTomWolfvetoedaGOPbudgetcurtailingthestate'sauthoritytospendmoney,


nego a onsoveranewplanareatastands ll.
ATuesdaymee ngbetweenRepublicansandthegovernorappearedtoyieldnoprogresstowardthemiddleonamixof
taxproposalsoeredbyWolfandopposedbytheGOPcontrolledLegislature.
"Idon'twanttogiveanysortofillusionsthatwe'rege ngcloserorwe'rehavingproduc vemee ngs,"saidGOP
SenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanasheexitedthegovernor'soce.
Wolfisseekinganumberofnewandincreasedtaxesinordertospendmoreonschoolsandcutpeopleabreakontheir
propertytaxes.Healsowantstondenoughannualrevenuetollastructuralbudgetdecitthatinrecentyearshas
contributedtomul plecreditra ngdowngrades,makingitmoreexpensiveforthestatetoborrowmoney.
RepublicanswhocontroltheLegislaturesaytheycan'tsupportbroadbasedtaxincreases.
So,fornow,thedynamicofbudgettalksappearsnodierentthanitwasinMarch,whenthegovernorrstproposeda
statespendingplan:theprotaxversusthenotax.
"Un lthatissuecanberesolved,thenwe'regoingtobehereawhile,"Cormansaid.
Thegovernorhasproposedhighersalesandpersonalincometaxes,aswellasanewtaxonnaturalgasdrillers,who
currentlypayafeeforeachwelltheydrill.SpokesmanJeSheridansaidWolfwouldbeopentootherrevenueideasthat
couldeliminatethestate'sdecitaswellasincreaseeduca onspending.
"Rightnow,therehavenotbeenanybe erideaspresentedtous,"saidSheridan."Wehavetondnewrecurring
revenuessomehow."
Headdedthatthegovernorwantsmee ngstocon nuewithtoplawmakersandstaeverydayun labudgetdealis
reached.
TheSenateisexpectedtobebackinsessionnextweek.Lawmakerscouldteeupfundingbillsthattypicallyaccompany
astatebudget,justincaseleadersstrikeadealwiththegovernor.
"There'sno meline,"saidCorman.

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07/13/201501:52:34PM

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WolfralliesforschoolfundinginGOPSenateboss'districttempersfrayasbudgetstandoffhitsWeek3

http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook//print.html?entry=/2015/07/wolf_rallies_for_school_fundin.html

Sohowcanyoutellwhenthingshavetakenaturnfortheworseintheongoingstandoffoverthestatebudget?

That'dbewhenGov.TomWolftakeshis"SchoolsThatTeach"educationfundingtourdeepintothehomedistrictof
PennsylvaniaSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandforgetstotellhimthathe'llbestoppingbyfortea,crumpetsand
heapinghelpingofrhetoric.

"Iwasn'tinvited,"avisiblypeevedCorman,RCentre,saidduringaquickconversationinhisCapitolofficethismorning."I
foundoutaboutitlateyesterday."

Incaseyou'rewonderingwhythismatters,it'salongstandingtraditionforgovernorsandotherelectedofficialstosend
advanceword,andaninvite,whentheyplanonholdinganeventinalawmakers'district.

AndwhilepoliticsishardlycricketandWolfandRepublicansareinastateofpitchedbattleoverthestatebudget,it'sstill
somethingofaprotocolbreach.

Andit'sdonelittletofosterwarmfuzziesbetweenthetwosides.

"WehopethatSen.Cormanwilljoinus,"Wolf'sspokesmanJeffreySheridansaidwhenIaskedhimthismorningwhether
they'dinvitedCormantothe12:45p.m.eventatBellefonteAreaHighSchoolinhisdistrict.

Thatseemedalogisticalimpossibility,whatwiththeSenatesettogavelinat1:30p.m.thisafternoonforashortweekof
paperpushingthatincludesvotesonbillsthatprovidefundingforPennsylvania'sstaterelateduniversities.

Andeventhoughit'sbadform,IgetwhyWolfisdoingitpublicpressureandthestrengthofthebullypulpitarethe
biggestperksofsittingintheBigChair.Butrightnow,it'sexacerbatingtensions(whichisalsohalfthepoint,one
suspects).

ReadMore:Couldpropertytaxdelaybreakthe#PaBudgetlogjam?

"I'vebeenashonestasIcan,"Cormansaidofthestateoftalksbetweenthetwocamps."Butif[Wolf]isgoingto
continueonthecampaignhe'son,wehavetotalkaboutourneeds[tothemedia]."

BudgettalkswereatavirtualstandstillasweekthreeoftheimpasseopenedMonday.EventhoughWolfhasevincedan
interestinhearing"betterideas,"Republicansareduginoverhisproposaltoboostthestate'spersonalincometaxand
salestax.

Wolf'svetolastweekofaGOPauthoredpensionreformbillwidenedthegulfbetweenthetwosidesandanyhopefora
quickresolutionvanished.

SheridanhimselfwasalittlefumeythismorningoveranegotiatingsessionthatendedwithCorman(astheyseeit)
breakingthesanctityoftheconfessionalbymarchingoutandtellingreporters(broadly)whatthetwosideshadjust
discussed.

Youalsocan'tblameWolfforbeingfrustrated.

ReadMore:WasCentralPa.lawmakeratargetofunionharassment?

TheYorkDemocrathadmadewhathesawassignificantconcessionsonsomepartsofhispensionreformplanandonthe
structureofaproposedextractiontaxonMarcellusshalenaturalgasdrillers.

Republicans"havesaidno"tojustabouteverythingWolfhasthrownonthetable,includingpropertytaxreformandschool
funding,Sheridansaid,leavingWolflittlechoicebuttorevupthebusandrelaunchhisbudgetarymagicalmysterytour.

"Theysaytheywanttodopropertytaxesinthefall,"Sheridansaid."Ithinkmostpeopleknowthatiftheysaytheywant
todoitinthefall,itwillprobablyneverhappen."

"Pennsylvaniansdon'tneedpropertytaxreliefinthefall,theyneeditnow,"Sheridansaid.

RankandfileRepublicansaresettocaucusthisafternoonforthefirsttimesinceWolfvetoedaGOPauthored$30.2billion
generalfundbillandtwopieceofenablinglegislationaliquorprivatizationbill,and,lastweek,aGOPbackedpension
reformbill.

Oh,tobeaflyonthewallforthatmassivecriedecoeur...


GOPbackbenchersaresaidtobe"livid"overa$500,000adcampaignpaidforalaborbackedwingoftheDemocratic
GovernorsAssociation.

Butasoneobservernoted,theirfuryiscut"byafifth,"courtesyofa$100,000campaignwagedbyapoliticalaction
committeerunbySen.ScottWagner,RYork,that'sbeenhammeringWolfforhisbudgettactics.
ThePennsylvaniaChamberofBusinessandIndustry,alongwiththeKochBrothersbackedAmericansforProsperity,
arealsoontheairgivingindirectaidtotheGOPhardline.

Yetbothsidessaythey'relookingforadeal.AndRepublicanssaytheymightevenbewillingtohandWolfawinonsomeof
hispriorities,inexchangeforpensionsandnonewtaxes.

ButbasedonwheretheWolfiesarestandingnow,thatdoesn'tseemlikeaworkablescenario.
Sowheretonow?

Well,wecanhopethatWagnerkeepscrankingoutthoseRalphSteadmanesqueposters.Asmuchofabadtripasthey
are,they'reatleastadistractionfromtheseriouslybadtripthatisthebudgetlogjam.

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Senttime:

07/13/201501:52:34PM

To:

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Subject:

WolfralliesforschoolfundinginGOPSenateboss'districttempersfrayasbudgetstandoffhitsWeek3

http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook//print.html?entry=/2015/07/wolf_rallies_for_school_fundin.html

Sohowcanyoutellwhenthingshavetakenaturnfortheworseintheongoingstandoffoverthestatebudget?

That'dbewhenGov.TomWolftakeshis"SchoolsThatTeach"educationfundingtourdeepintothehomedistrictof
PennsylvaniaSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCormanandforgetstotellhimthathe'llbestoppingbyfortea,crumpetsand
heapinghelpingofrhetoric.

"Iwasn'tinvited,"avisiblypeevedCorman,RCentre,saidduringaquickconversationinhisCapitolofficethismorning."I
foundoutaboutitlateyesterday."

Incaseyou'rewonderingwhythismatters,it'salongstandingtraditionforgovernorsandotherelectedofficialstosend
advanceword,andaninvite,whentheyplanonholdinganeventinalawmakers'district.

AndwhilepoliticsishardlycricketandWolfandRepublicansareinastateofpitchedbattleoverthestatebudget,it'sstill
somethingofaprotocolbreach.

Andit'sdonelittletofosterwarmfuzziesbetweenthetwosides.

"WehopethatSen.Cormanwilljoinus,"Wolf'sspokesmanJeffreySheridansaidwhenIaskedhimthismorningwhether
they'dinvitedCormantothe12:45p.m.eventatBellefonteAreaHighSchoolinhisdistrict.

Thatseemedalogisticalimpossibility,whatwiththeSenatesettogavelinat1:30p.m.thisafternoonforashortweekof
paperpushingthatincludesvotesonbillsthatprovidefundingforPennsylvania'sstaterelateduniversities.

Andeventhoughit'sbadform,IgetwhyWolfisdoingitpublicpressureandthestrengthofthebullypulpitarethe
biggestperksofsittingintheBigChair.Butrightnow,it'sexacerbatingtensions(whichisalsohalfthepoint,one
suspects).

ReadMore:Couldpropertytaxdelaybreakthe#PaBudgetlogjam?

"I'vebeenashonestasIcan,"Cormansaidofthestateoftalksbetweenthetwocamps."Butif[Wolf]isgoingto
continueonthecampaignhe'son,wehavetotalkaboutourneeds[tothemedia]."

BudgettalkswereatavirtualstandstillasweekthreeoftheimpasseopenedMonday.EventhoughWolfhasevincedan
interestinhearing"betterideas,"Republicansareduginoverhisproposaltoboostthestate'spersonalincometaxand
salestax.

Wolf'svetolastweekofaGOPauthoredpensionreformbillwidenedthegulfbetweenthetwosidesandanyhopefora
quickresolutionvanished.

SheridanhimselfwasalittlefumeythismorningoveranegotiatingsessionthatendedwithCorman(astheyseeit)
breakingthesanctityoftheconfessionalbymarchingoutandtellingreporters(broadly)whatthetwosideshadjust
discussed.

Youalsocan'tblameWolfforbeingfrustrated.

ReadMore:WasCentralPa.lawmakeratargetofunionharassment?

TheYorkDemocrathadmadewhathesawassignificantconcessionsonsomepartsofhispensionreformplanandonthe
structureofaproposedextractiontaxonMarcellusshalenaturalgasdrillers.

Republicans"havesaidno"tojustabouteverythingWolfhasthrownonthetable,includingpropertytaxreformandschool
funding,Sheridansaid,leavingWolflittlechoicebuttorevupthebusandrelaunchhisbudgetarymagicalmysterytour.

"Theysaytheywanttodopropertytaxesinthefall,"Sheridansaid."Ithinkmostpeopleknowthatiftheysaytheywant
todoitinthefall,itwillprobablyneverhappen."

"Pennsylvaniansdon'tneedpropertytaxreliefinthefall,theyneeditnow,"Sheridansaid.

RankandfileRepublicansaresettocaucusthisafternoonforthefirsttimesinceWolfvetoedaGOPauthored$30.2billion
generalfundbillandtwopieceofenablinglegislationaliquorprivatizationbill,and,lastweek,aGOPbackedpension
reformbill.

Oh,tobeaflyonthewallforthatmassivecriedecoeur...


GOPbackbenchersaresaidtobe"livid"overa$500,000adcampaignpaidforalaborbackedwingoftheDemocratic
GovernorsAssociation.

Butasoneobservernoted,theirfuryiscut"byafifth,"courtesyofa$100,000campaignwagedbyapoliticalaction
committeerunbySen.ScottWagner,RYork,that'sbeenhammeringWolfforhisbudgettactics.
ThePennsylvaniaChamberofBusinessandIndustry,alongwiththeKochBrothersbackedAmericansforProsperity,
arealsoontheairgivingindirectaidtotheGOPhardline.

Yetbothsidessaythey'relookingforadeal.AndRepublicanssaytheymightevenbewillingtohandWolfawinonsomeof
hispriorities,inexchangeforpensionsandnonewtaxes.

ButbasedonwheretheWolfiesarestandingnow,thatdoesn'tseemlikeaworkablescenario.
Sowheretonow?

Well,wecanhopethatWagnerkeepscrankingoutthoseRalphSteadmanesqueposters.Asmuchofabadtripasthey
are,they'reatleastadistractionfromtheseriouslybadtripthatisthebudgetlogjam.

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YorkDailyRecord:HouseDemocraticLeaderFrankDermodysaysbudgetnegotiations'notveryfaralongatall'

YorkDailyRecord:HouseDemocraticLeaderFrankDermodysaysbudgetnegotiations'notveryfaralongatall'
http://www.ydr.com/politics/ci 28498201/housedemocraticleaderfrankdermodysaysbudgetnegotiations

ThenewfiscalyearbeganJuly1,butlawmakershaven'tagreedonabudget
ByEdMahon
@edmahonreporteronTwitter
UPDATED:07/17/201508:57:33AMEDT

HouseDemocraticLeaderFrankDermodysaidhedoesn'texpectlawmakerstoagreeonabudgetpackageuntilat
leastAugust.
"Frankly,we'renotveryfaralongatallinnegotiatingthisbudget,"DermodysaidduringaYorkDailyRecord/Sunday
NewseditorialboardsessionThursday.
OnJune26,Republicanlegislativeleadersintroducedanabout$30.18billionspendingplanforthestateandlater
passedmostofthatpackage.ButWolfvetoedtheirspendingplanandrelatedbills.ThenewfiscalyearstartedJuly1.
WolfhasalsovetoedRepublicanbackedproposalstoprivatizethestateliquorstoresystemandshiftmanynewstate
andpublicschoolemployeestoahybrid401(k)styleandcashbalanceretirementplaninsteadofadefinedbenefit
pension.
Dermody,ofAlleghenyCounty,andstateRep.KevinSchreiber,DYork,expressedsupportforthegovernorandtalked
aboutthebudgetimpasse.Herearethreethingstoknowaboutthesession.
BUDGETIMPASSE>>Republicanshavesaidtheirbudgetplanwasbalanced,wouldn'traisetaxesandwould
increaseeducationfunding.DemocraticlawmakersandWolfhavesaiditreliesononetimerevenueandbudget
gimmicks,wouldcreatealargerstructuraldeficitandwouldn'tdoenoughforschools.TheGOPbackedplandoesnot
includeanextractiontaxonnaturalgasdrilling,whichWolfhascalledfor.
Dermodysaidfundingforcertainservicesarecontinuingduringthebudgetimpasse,andhesaidhedoesn'texpecta
stopgapbudgettobepassedforotherlineitems.
HesaidhehopestheHouseDemocraticCaucuswillhaveenoughfundinginitsownreservestolastthroughAugust.
"We'lldowhatittakestogettherightthingdoneforthebudget....Sowe'llholdout,"Dermodysaid.
DEMOCRATICVOTES>>SomeRepublicanlawmakershavesaidmanyDemocratswouldn'tsupportthe
governor'sbudgetplan.Dermodydisputedthat.
"Theyjustcan'tcountverywellonourside,"DermodysaidofRepublicansThursday."I'veheardthatstuff,too."
Dermodysaidifthereisanagreementonthebudget,Democrats,whoareintheminority,wouldhelpgetitpassed.
OnJune1,theHouseunanimouslyrejectedtaxrevenueproposalsfromthegovernor'sbudget.WolfandDermody

calledthatvoteapoliticalstunt.Republicanshavepointedtothevoteasevidencethatthegovernor'splanlacked
support.
OnThursday,SchreibersaidthatmovebyRepublicanswasposturing,notnegotiating.
PROPERTYTAXES>>Dermodysaidlawmakersshouldn'twaituntilafterabudgetispassedtotackleproperty
taxreform.
InhisMarch3budgetaddress,Wolfproposedaplantoreduceschoolpropertytaxesbyraisingthepersonalincome
taxrate,raisingthestatesalestaxrate,andexpandingwhat'scoveredbythestatesalestax.TheHousepasseda
differentpropertytaxreductionplaninMay.
Butpropertytaxreformwasn'tpartofthebudgetpackagethatRepublicanlawmakerspassed.
JennKocher,aspokeswomanforSenateMajorityLeaderJakeCorman,saidSenateRepublicanswantanyschool
propertytaxreductionplantobedoneseparatelyfromthegeneralfundbudget.Shesaidtheywantanytaxshiftplan
tobeatruedollarfordollarexchangeandtheydon'twantnewrevenuesiphonedoffforthegeneralfund.
Dermodysaiddelayingactiononpropertytaxeswillleadtomoredelays.
"Andthenwe'llbeworryingaboutitforthenext25years,"Dermodysaidduringtheeditorialboardsession.
ContactEdMahonat
SeearecapofPa.HouseLeaderDermodyandRep.Schreiber'sstatebudgetdiscussionwiththeYDR
editorialboard.

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