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?
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.
Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne)
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.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to make it easier for owners of life insurance policies and annuities to receive their documents more efficiently was signed into law on July 10, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), author of the measure.
HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) that will streamline certification and licensing processes for veterans and help match them with good-paying jobs faster was recently signed into law.
HARRISBURG – If an agreement is not met, Gov. Tom Wolf’s full budget veto will withhold billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds from organizations that serve the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
HARRISBURG -- Legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to protect animals from being used for illegal fighting has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Despite winning election last November, Gov. Tom Wolf has never left the campaign trail. He remains focused on scoring political points instead of governing.
HARRISBURG – Two bridges in McKean and Potter counties will be named to honor area veterans under a new state law, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).
HARRISBURG— Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) announced today that his bill to clarify existing law, cut government red tape and promote investment was signed into law today by Gov. Wolf, becoming Act 31 of 2015.
HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) had his legislation signed into law to close a loophole in the reporting requirements of individuals who have been deemed sexually violent predators.
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 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:
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.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf’s full budget veto withholds nearly $13 billion in state funds from state agencies and state government service providers who are responsible for providing services ranging from educating children to assisting victims of rape and domestic violence.
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.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dan Truitt (R-Chester) recently acted to avoid the interruption of key government services that could occur as a result of Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent veto of the 2015-16 state budget.
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:
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.