Government that Works Requires a Governor Who Compromises

Jul. 15, 2015 /

When he took office in January, Gov. Tom Wolf promised Pennsylvanians a “government that works.” Approximately six months later, Pennsylvania stands on the edge of a potential government shutdown. How could so much go so wrong so quickly?

Governor’s Budget Veto Puts Many State Programs in Jeopardy

Jul. 15, 2015 /

Because of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to veto the entire state budget presented to him by the General Assembly on June 30, nearly $13 billion in state funds is being withheld from state agencies and organizations that deliver critical services.

Budget Impasse Represents Governor’s Failed Leadership

Jul. 14, 2015 /

The clock continues to tick. We’re in the middle of July, and while most of your lives haven’t been interrupted by it, Pennsylvania still has no state budget. It’s been nearly two weeks since Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a state budget approved by the General Assembly. That plan would have spent $30.18 billion, it didn’t raise taxes, it gave more money for our schools, and it provided for our Commonwealth’s essential needs, including public safety and various human services.

York County House Republicans Blast Governor For Budget Delay, Continued Pursuit of Tax Increases

Jul. 10, 2015 /

YORK TOWNSHIP – Supported by House members from three neighboring counties, members of the York County House Republican delegation today called out Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference at the York County School of Technology for his the role in the current budget standoff. The event took place 10 days after the General Assembly sent to Wolf’s desk a fiscally responsible spending plan for 2015-16 that increased school funding without the need to raise taxes, and one day after the governor’s veto of much-needed pension reform legislation (Senate Bill 1).

Senate, House Leaders Dismayed by Governor Wolf’s Planned Pension Veto

Jul. 09, 2015 /

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-16), Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-28), House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-62) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-165) have issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s planned veto of pension reform legislation:

Lancaster GOP Delegation Encourages the Governor to Pursue Realistic Education Budget Priorities

Jul. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Continuing his campaign-style tactics to leverage public support for his $12.7 billion in new taxes—which didn’t gain a single vote on the House floor, today Gov. Tom Wolf visited Hambright Elementary School in Lancaster. The Lancaster County House Republican delegation implores the governor to stop wasting time discussing a plan that has no support and instead focus on coming to an agreement that represents the needs of the Commonwealth’s taxpayers and students.

Parker Appeals to State Leaders to Fix School Funding

Jul. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) today called on state leaders to distribute the Commonwealth's $412 million revenue surplus to the 180 Pennsylvania school districts that are annually underfunded by more than $1 billion every year due to the outdated and inequitable “hold harmless” funding formula.

Tobash Responds to Governor’s Veto of Public Pension Reform

Jul. 09, 2015 /

HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 1, a public pension reform measure that would establish a hybrid 401(K)-type and cash balance pension plan for future state and school employees. Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin), a long-time advocate of public pension reform, issued the following statement in regard to the governor’s announcement:

Local Legislators to Discuss State Budget Impasse

Jul. 09, 2015 /

WHAT: State Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township) and Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) will hold a news conference to answer questions about the current budget stalemate, as well as address Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the liquor privatization and pension reform bills.