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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."
___
MarcLevycoverspoliticsandgovernmentforTheAssociatedPressinPennsylvania.Hecanbereachedat
FollowhimonTwitteratwww.twitter.com/timelywriter
Readmoreat
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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."
___
MarcLevycoverspoliticsandgovernmentforTheAssociatedPressinPennsylvania.Hecanbereachedat
FollowhimonTwitteratwww.twitter.com/timelywriter
Readmoreat
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Hey,justareminderofrequesttohaveyourguyssendoutrealtimealertstoseniorstaffofcommitteeaction.Thx!
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Subject:Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.

Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.
By ChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(May5)CurtisToppersnominationastheheadofthestateDepartmentofGeneralServicesisonitswaytothefull
Senatewithapositiverecommendation.
Onsomelevel,Imwiredtobelievewecanalwaysdobetterwhenitcomestopriceorvaluewithrespecttowhatwegetfromour
contracts,ToppertoldtheSenateStateGovernmentCommitteeonTuesdaymorning.Thecommitteevotedunanimouslyto
recommendhisconfirmationbythestateSenate.
MembersnotedToppersqualificationsandexperiencewhenvoicingtheirsupportforhisnomination.
IwanttocomplimentyouonyourbackgroundIthinkyoullmakeanexcellentaddition,saidSen.PatStefano,RFayette.
Topperhasmorethan20yearsofexperienceworkingoncostreductioneffortsinboththepublicandprivatesector.Priortocomingto
theDGS,TopperledGeorgetownUniversityspurchasingandcontractingfunctions,includingresponsibilityforconstructionservices
andaccountspayable.
ButworkingattheDGSisntsomethingnewforTopper.HewasDeputySecretaryforProcurementbetween2003and2008,duringGov.
EdRendellstenureinoffice.FollowinghistimeintheRendelladministration,heworkedasadirectoratKPMG,aglobalnetworkof
professionalfirmsprovidingaudit,taxandadvisoryservices.
Duringtheconfirmationhearing,TopperansweredquestionsregardingthestatesIThardwarecontracts,theprocessusedforstate
owneduniversitybuildingprojects,promotingdiversitywithinthestatescontractingprocess,Gov.TomWolfsGOTIMEInitiativeand
therevivalofstrategicsourcingprocurement.
HetoldStefanothatwhilethestatesIThardwarecontractsarecurrentlymanagedoutsideoftheDGS,bytheOfficeofAdministration,
hesaidhehashadlongandgoodworkingrelationshipwithOASecretarySharonMinnich,andheexpectstolookatthosecontracts
alongwithmanyotherstoseeifmorevaluecanbefoundforthestate.
SecretaryMinnichandIhavea10year[working]relationshipthatispositive,andwevebeenworkingcloselytogetheronprocurement
relatedmatters,includingITandIThardware,saidTopper.IcantellyouthatthroughtheGOTIMEInitiative,throughthereintroduction
ofstrategicsourcinghereinPennsylvania,wewillbetakingahardlookatallofthosecontracts.
CommitteeMajorityChairmanMikeFolmer,RLebanon,laterinthehearing,askedTopperforanupdateonboththeGOTIMEInitiative
andstrategicsourcing.
ToppertoldthecommitteeGOTIMEhadalreadyproducedanotablesuccessthathehopedtoreplicateonamuchlargerscale
throughoutPennsylvaniaprocurement.
Justlastweek,weranthefirstelectronicreverseauctionhereinPennsylvaniatoawardacontract,saidTopper.Itsthefirsttime
since2008thatweveemployedthetechnology.
TopperbecausetheauctionwasusedforaCorrectionsDepartmentprocurement,werenowlookingataminimumof$3millionto$5
millioninsavings.
Notingthosesavingswerefromoneevent,onecontract,headded,Imexcitedabouttheprospectofdeployingthattechnologyona
muchmorebroadbasisacrossourprocurementefforts.

Andwithregardto pastconcernsexpressedaboutstrategicsourcingspecificallyitsimpactonsmallerbusinesses,asidentifiedby

a2008LegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommitteereportToppersaidhewouldworktoensurethoseconcernsareproperly
considered.
Sayingherememberedhisinvolvementwiththedevelopmentofthatreportin2008,hetoldFolmer:Ithinkyourequiterightthereare
someconcernsthatareraisedwithrespecttotheimpactthataggregatingourbusiness,whenwedostrategicsourcing,canhaveon
thepopulationofsmallbusinessesthathavehistoricallyworkedwiththeCommonwealthanddependedontheCommonwealthfor,in
somecases,significantportionsoftheirrevenue.
Ithinkwehavearesponsibilityto,firstandforemost,understandwhatthepotentialimpactis,whoarethebusinessesinvolved,what
theirconcernsare,andtakethosethingsintoaccountaswebalancethelikelyeffectsofdifferentstrategicalternativeswehave,said
Topper.Youcertainlyhavemycommitmentthatwelldothat.
Sen.AndrewDinniman,DChester,requestedTopperlookatgivingstateowneduniversitiestheabilitytoruntheirownpublicworks
projects,astheyhadwhenGov.EdRendellwasinoffice,or,attheveryleast,farmoreinputthantheycurrentlyhavewhendoinga
projectontheircampuses.Dinnimansaidthecurrentprocess,inadditiontolimitinginput,alsocanendupdelayingprojects.
Toppersaidcurrentlybothstatuteanddepartmentpolicyandproceduressethowtheprocessisconducted.
However,thingscouldsoonbechanging:TheDGSstartedamodernizationeffortabouttwomonthsagotoimprovethepublicworks
process,includingatoptobottomreviewofsystemsthatareliterallythreedecadesold,saidTopper.
Itsinefficientonmanylevels,headded.
Ithinkyourequitecorrectsenatorthattheprocessthatsbeenfolloweddoesntallowforagreatdealofformalparticipationbythe
clientagencyortheclientuniversityintheselectionofthearchitect,oratotherkeydecisionpointsalongtheway,saidTopper.Thats
oneofthethingsIdliketoseeuscorrectaspartofthisoverallmodernizationeffortwehaveunderway.
TopperdidcautionthatStateSystemofHigherEducationuniversitiesarenotallequallycapableofrunningtheirownprojects:Theres
arangeofcapabilitiesacrosstheuniversitiesinthestatesystem,sodelegationofprojectsandtheriskprofileassociatedwiththat
decisionisdifferentdependingonwhichuniversityweretalkingaboutandsizeoftheproject.
AnotherareaaboutwhichToppersaidthedepartmentislookingtomakechangesispromotionofdiversityincontracting.
Mysenseofthediversityagenda,ifyoulike,withinstateprocurementandcontracting,andhowitsevolvedoverthecourseofthelast
tenyearsorso,isthatwehavegottenabit,Idsay,confusedprogrammatically,saidTopper,respondingtoaquestionfromSen.Judy
Schwank,DBerks.
HesaidduringtheRendelladministration,therewasabigpushtofocusonminorityandwomenownedbusinesses.Thatfocus
switchedduringtheCorbettadministrationtoveteranandservicedisabledveteranownedbusinesses,aswellassmallbusinesses,
regardlessofownership.
Hesaid,however,thesmallbusinessdefinitionwasalteredsothatabout85percentofallbusinessesinPennsylvaniaqualifiedas
smallbusinessforthepurposeofstateprocurementpolicy.
Weneedtocomeupwithacoherentstrategythatisconsistent,independentofwhatagencyisinthedriversseat,Toppersaid.
Rightnowwehaveanarrayofapproachestothisissue,whetherthecontractsarecomingfromDGSorthey'recomingfromPennDOT,
inparticular.
IdliketoseeusgetrefocusedonperhapsasmallerpopulationofbusinessesinPennsylvaniawhoarguablyaretheonethat,infact,
havebeenhistoricallydisadvantaged,havehistoricallybeennotasinvolved,explainedTopper.
Hecautioned,however,thatanydisadvantagedbusinessprogramshouldnotbeconsideredaneconomicdevelopmentdriver.
Wereallprettyunanimousinthatwedliketoseestateexpensesforgoodsandservicestocontinuetodeclineovertime.Infact,
thatsakeypartofmyrolehereintheCommonwealthtoensurethatweregettingmoreandmorevalueforourmoneyanddriving
expenseoutoftheoperation,Toppersaid.Hence,Imnotsureourprocurementdollars,bythemselves,arethebesttooltopromote
economicdevelopmentinthelargepopulationofsmallbusinesseshereinPennsylvania.
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Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.
By ChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(May5)CurtisToppersnominationastheheadofthestateDepartmentofGeneralServicesisonitswaytothefull
Senatewithapositiverecommendation.
Onsomelevel,Imwiredtobelievewecanalwaysdobetterwhenitcomestopriceorvaluewithrespecttowhatwegetfromour
contracts,ToppertoldtheSenateStateGovernmentCommitteeonTuesdaymorning.Thecommitteevotedunanimouslyto
recommendhisconfirmationbythestateSenate.
MembersnotedToppersqualificationsandexperiencewhenvoicingtheirsupportforhisnomination.
IwanttocomplimentyouonyourbackgroundIthinkyoullmakeanexcellentaddition,saidSen.PatStefano,RFayette.
Topperhasmorethan20yearsofexperienceworkingoncostreductioneffortsinboththepublicandprivatesector.Priortocomingto
theDGS,TopperledGeorgetownUniversityspurchasingandcontractingfunctions,includingresponsibilityforconstructionservices
andaccountspayable.
ButworkingattheDGSisntsomethingnewforTopper.HewasDeputySecretaryforProcurementbetween2003and2008,duringGov.
EdRendellstenureinoffice.FollowinghistimeintheRendelladministration,heworkedasadirectoratKPMG,aglobalnetworkof
professionalfirmsprovidingaudit,taxandadvisoryservices.
Duringtheconfirmationhearing,TopperansweredquestionsregardingthestatesIThardwarecontracts,theprocessusedforstate
owneduniversitybuildingprojects,promotingdiversitywithinthestatescontractingprocess,Gov.TomWolfsGOTIMEInitiativeand
therevivalofstrategicsourcingprocurement.
HetoldStefanothatwhilethestatesIThardwarecontractsarecurrentlymanagedoutsideoftheDGS,bytheOfficeofAdministration,
hesaidhehashadlongandgoodworkingrelationshipwithOASecretarySharonMinnich,andheexpectstolookatthosecontracts
alongwithmanyotherstoseeifmorevaluecanbefoundforthestate.
SecretaryMinnichandIhavea10year[working]relationshipthatispositive,andwevebeenworkingcloselytogetheronprocurement
relatedmatters,includingITandIThardware,saidTopper.IcantellyouthatthroughtheGOTIMEInitiative,throughthereintroduction
ofstrategicsourcinghereinPennsylvania,wewillbetakingahardlookatallofthosecontracts.
CommitteeMajorityChairmanMikeFolmer,RLebanon,laterinthehearing,askedTopperforanupdateonboththeGOTIMEInitiative
andstrategicsourcing.
ToppertoldthecommitteeGOTIMEhadalreadyproducedanotablesuccessthathehopedtoreplicateonamuchlargerscale
throughoutPennsylvaniaprocurement.
Justlastweek,weranthefirstelectronicreverseauctionhereinPennsylvaniatoawardacontract,saidTopper.Itsthefirsttime
since2008thatweveemployedthetechnology.
TopperbecausetheauctionwasusedforaCorrectionsDepartmentprocurement,werenowlookingataminimumof$3millionto$5
millioninsavings.
Notingthosesavingswerefromoneevent,onecontract,headded,Imexcitedabouttheprospectofdeployingthattechnologyona
muchmorebroadbasisacrossourprocurementefforts.

Andwithregardto pastconcernsexpressedaboutstrategicsourcingspecificallyitsimpactonsmallerbusinesses,asidentifiedby

a2008LegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommitteereportToppersaidhewouldworktoensurethoseconcernsareproperly
considered.
Sayingherememberedhisinvolvementwiththedevelopmentofthatreportin2008,hetoldFolmer:Ithinkyourequiterightthereare
someconcernsthatareraisedwithrespecttotheimpactthataggregatingourbusiness,whenwedostrategicsourcing,canhaveon
thepopulationofsmallbusinessesthathavehistoricallyworkedwiththeCommonwealthanddependedontheCommonwealthfor,in
somecases,significantportionsoftheirrevenue.
Ithinkwehavearesponsibilityto,firstandforemost,understandwhatthepotentialimpactis,whoarethebusinessesinvolved,what
theirconcernsare,andtakethosethingsintoaccountaswebalancethelikelyeffectsofdifferentstrategicalternativeswehave,said
Topper.Youcertainlyhavemycommitmentthatwelldothat.
Sen.AndrewDinniman,DChester,requestedTopperlookatgivingstateowneduniversitiestheabilitytoruntheirownpublicworks
projects,astheyhadwhenGov.EdRendellwasinoffice,or,attheveryleast,farmoreinputthantheycurrentlyhavewhendoinga
projectontheircampuses.Dinnimansaidthecurrentprocess,inadditiontolimitinginput,alsocanendupdelayingprojects.
Toppersaidcurrentlybothstatuteanddepartmentpolicyandproceduressethowtheprocessisconducted.
However,thingscouldsoonbechanging:TheDGSstartedamodernizationeffortabouttwomonthsagotoimprovethepublicworks
process,includingatoptobottomreviewofsystemsthatareliterallythreedecadesold,saidTopper.
Itsinefficientonmanylevels,headded.
Ithinkyourequitecorrectsenatorthattheprocessthatsbeenfolloweddoesntallowforagreatdealofformalparticipationbythe
clientagencyortheclientuniversityintheselectionofthearchitect,oratotherkeydecisionpointsalongtheway,saidTopper.Thats
oneofthethingsIdliketoseeuscorrectaspartofthisoverallmodernizationeffortwehaveunderway.
TopperdidcautionthatStateSystemofHigherEducationuniversitiesarenotallequallycapableofrunningtheirownprojects:Theres
arangeofcapabilitiesacrosstheuniversitiesinthestatesystem,sodelegationofprojectsandtheriskprofileassociatedwiththat
decisionisdifferentdependingonwhichuniversityweretalkingaboutandsizeoftheproject.
AnotherareaaboutwhichToppersaidthedepartmentislookingtomakechangesispromotionofdiversityincontracting.
Mysenseofthediversityagenda,ifyoulike,withinstateprocurementandcontracting,andhowitsevolvedoverthecourseofthelast
tenyearsorso,isthatwehavegottenabit,Idsay,confusedprogrammatically,saidTopper,respondingtoaquestionfromSen.Judy
Schwank,DBerks.
HesaidduringtheRendelladministration,therewasabigpushtofocusonminorityandwomenownedbusinesses.Thatfocus
switchedduringtheCorbettadministrationtoveteranandservicedisabledveteranownedbusinesses,aswellassmallbusinesses,
regardlessofownership.
Hesaid,however,thesmallbusinessdefinitionwasalteredsothatabout85percentofallbusinessesinPennsylvaniaqualifiedas
smallbusinessforthepurposeofstateprocurementpolicy.
Weneedtocomeupwithacoherentstrategythatisconsistent,independentofwhatagencyisinthedriversseat,Toppersaid.
Rightnowwehaveanarrayofapproachestothisissue,whetherthecontractsarecomingfromDGSorthey'recomingfromPennDOT,
inparticular.
IdliketoseeusgetrefocusedonperhapsasmallerpopulationofbusinessesinPennsylvaniawhoarguablyaretheonethat,infact,
havebeenhistoricallydisadvantaged,havehistoricallybeennotasinvolved,explainedTopper.
Hecautioned,however,thatanydisadvantagedbusinessprogramshouldnotbeconsideredaneconomicdevelopmentdriver.
Wereallprettyunanimousinthatwedliketoseestateexpensesforgoodsandservicestocontinuetodeclineovertime.Infact,
thatsakeypartofmyrolehereintheCommonwealthtoensurethatweregettingmoreandmorevalueforourmoneyanddriving
expenseoutoftheoperation,Toppersaid.Hence,Imnotsureourprocurementdollars,bythemselves,arethebesttooltopromote
economicdevelopmentinthelargepopulationofsmallbusinesseshereinPennsylvania.
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Hey,justareminderofrequesttohaveyourguyssendoutrealtimealertstoseniorstaffofcommitteeaction.Thx!
OriginalMessage
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To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.

Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.
By ChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(May5)CurtisToppersnominationastheheadofthestateDepartmentofGeneralServicesisonitswaytothefull
Senatewithapositiverecommendation.
Onsomelevel,Imwiredtobelievewecanalwaysdobetterwhenitcomestopriceorvaluewithrespecttowhatwegetfromour
contracts,ToppertoldtheSenateStateGovernmentCommitteeonTuesdaymorning.Thecommitteevotedunanimouslyto
recommendhisconfirmationbythestateSenate.
MembersnotedToppersqualificationsandexperiencewhenvoicingtheirsupportforhisnomination.
IwanttocomplimentyouonyourbackgroundIthinkyoullmakeanexcellentaddition,saidSen.PatStefano,RFayette.
Topperhasmorethan20yearsofexperienceworkingoncostreductioneffortsinboththepublicandprivatesector.Priortocomingto
theDGS,TopperledGeorgetownUniversityspurchasingandcontractingfunctions,includingresponsibilityforconstructionservices
andaccountspayable.
ButworkingattheDGSisntsomethingnewforTopper.HewasDeputySecretaryforProcurementbetween2003and2008,duringGov.
EdRendellstenureinoffice.FollowinghistimeintheRendelladministration,heworkedasadirectoratKPMG,aglobalnetworkof
professionalfirmsprovidingaudit,taxandadvisoryservices.
Duringtheconfirmationhearing,TopperansweredquestionsregardingthestatesIThardwarecontracts,theprocessusedforstate
owneduniversitybuildingprojects,promotingdiversitywithinthestatescontractingprocess,Gov.TomWolfsGOTIMEInitiativeand
therevivalofstrategicsourcingprocurement.
HetoldStefanothatwhilethestatesIThardwarecontractsarecurrentlymanagedoutsideoftheDGS,bytheOfficeofAdministration,
hesaidhehashadlongandgoodworkingrelationshipwithOASecretarySharonMinnich,andheexpectstolookatthosecontracts
alongwithmanyotherstoseeifmorevaluecanbefoundforthestate.
SecretaryMinnichandIhavea10year[working]relationshipthatispositive,andwevebeenworkingcloselytogetheronprocurement
relatedmatters,includingITandIThardware,saidTopper.IcantellyouthatthroughtheGOTIMEInitiative,throughthereintroduction
ofstrategicsourcinghereinPennsylvania,wewillbetakingahardlookatallofthosecontracts.
CommitteeMajorityChairmanMikeFolmer,RLebanon,laterinthehearing,askedTopperforanupdateonboththeGOTIMEInitiative
andstrategicsourcing.
ToppertoldthecommitteeGOTIMEhadalreadyproducedanotablesuccessthathehopedtoreplicateonamuchlargerscale
throughoutPennsylvaniaprocurement.
Justlastweek,weranthefirstelectronicreverseauctionhereinPennsylvaniatoawardacontract,saidTopper.Itsthefirsttime
since2008thatweveemployedthetechnology.
TopperbecausetheauctionwasusedforaCorrectionsDepartmentprocurement,werenowlookingataminimumof$3millionto$5
millioninsavings.
Notingthosesavingswerefromoneevent,onecontract,headded,Imexcitedabouttheprospectofdeployingthattechnologyona
muchmorebroadbasisacrossourprocurementefforts.

Andwithregardto pastconcernsexpressedaboutstrategicsourcingspecificallyitsimpactonsmallerbusinesses,asidentifiedby

a2008LegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommitteereportToppersaidhewouldworktoensurethoseconcernsareproperly
considered.
Sayingherememberedhisinvolvementwiththedevelopmentofthatreportin2008,hetoldFolmer:Ithinkyourequiterightthereare
someconcernsthatareraisedwithrespecttotheimpactthataggregatingourbusiness,whenwedostrategicsourcing,canhaveon
thepopulationofsmallbusinessesthathavehistoricallyworkedwiththeCommonwealthanddependedontheCommonwealthfor,in
somecases,significantportionsoftheirrevenue.
Ithinkwehavearesponsibilityto,firstandforemost,understandwhatthepotentialimpactis,whoarethebusinessesinvolved,what
theirconcernsare,andtakethosethingsintoaccountaswebalancethelikelyeffectsofdifferentstrategicalternativeswehave,said
Topper.Youcertainlyhavemycommitmentthatwelldothat.
Sen.AndrewDinniman,DChester,requestedTopperlookatgivingstateowneduniversitiestheabilitytoruntheirownpublicworks
projects,astheyhadwhenGov.EdRendellwasinoffice,or,attheveryleast,farmoreinputthantheycurrentlyhavewhendoinga
projectontheircampuses.Dinnimansaidthecurrentprocess,inadditiontolimitinginput,alsocanendupdelayingprojects.
Toppersaidcurrentlybothstatuteanddepartmentpolicyandproceduressethowtheprocessisconducted.
However,thingscouldsoonbechanging:TheDGSstartedamodernizationeffortabouttwomonthsagotoimprovethepublicworks
process,includingatoptobottomreviewofsystemsthatareliterallythreedecadesold,saidTopper.
Itsinefficientonmanylevels,headded.
Ithinkyourequitecorrectsenatorthattheprocessthatsbeenfolloweddoesntallowforagreatdealofformalparticipationbythe
clientagencyortheclientuniversityintheselectionofthearchitect,oratotherkeydecisionpointsalongtheway,saidTopper.Thats
oneofthethingsIdliketoseeuscorrectaspartofthisoverallmodernizationeffortwehaveunderway.
TopperdidcautionthatStateSystemofHigherEducationuniversitiesarenotallequallycapableofrunningtheirownprojects:Theres
arangeofcapabilitiesacrosstheuniversitiesinthestatesystem,sodelegationofprojectsandtheriskprofileassociatedwiththat
decisionisdifferentdependingonwhichuniversityweretalkingaboutandsizeoftheproject.
AnotherareaaboutwhichToppersaidthedepartmentislookingtomakechangesispromotionofdiversityincontracting.
Mysenseofthediversityagenda,ifyoulike,withinstateprocurementandcontracting,andhowitsevolvedoverthecourseofthelast
tenyearsorso,isthatwehavegottenabit,Idsay,confusedprogrammatically,saidTopper,respondingtoaquestionfromSen.Judy
Schwank,DBerks.
HesaidduringtheRendelladministration,therewasabigpushtofocusonminorityandwomenownedbusinesses.Thatfocus
switchedduringtheCorbettadministrationtoveteranandservicedisabledveteranownedbusinesses,aswellassmallbusinesses,
regardlessofownership.
Hesaid,however,thesmallbusinessdefinitionwasalteredsothatabout85percentofallbusinessesinPennsylvaniaqualifiedas
smallbusinessforthepurposeofstateprocurementpolicy.
Weneedtocomeupwithacoherentstrategythatisconsistent,independentofwhatagencyisinthedriversseat,Toppersaid.
Rightnowwehaveanarrayofapproachestothisissue,whetherthecontractsarecomingfromDGSorthey'recomingfromPennDOT,
inparticular.
IdliketoseeusgetrefocusedonperhapsasmallerpopulationofbusinessesinPennsylvaniawhoarguablyaretheonethat,infact,
havebeenhistoricallydisadvantaged,havehistoricallybeennotasinvolved,explainedTopper.
Hecautioned,however,thatanydisadvantagedbusinessprogramshouldnotbeconsideredaneconomicdevelopmentdriver.
Wereallprettyunanimousinthatwedliketoseestateexpensesforgoodsandservicestocontinuetodeclineovertime.Infact,
thatsakeypartofmyrolehereintheCommonwealthtoensurethatweregettingmoreandmorevalueforourmoneyanddriving
expenseoutoftheoperation,Toppersaid.Hence,Imnotsureourprocurementdollars,bythemselves,arethebesttooltopromote
economicdevelopmentinthelargepopulationofsmallbusinesseshereinPennsylvania.
30

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor

308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:

|Office:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

05/05/201505:42:37PM

To:

Topper,Curtis

Subject:

FW:Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.

Congratulations!
OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Tuesday,May05,201504:34PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.

Capitolwire:SenatepanelrecommendsconfirmationforActingDGSSec.Topper.
By ChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(May5)CurtisToppersnominationastheheadofthestateDepartmentofGeneralServicesisonitswaytothefull
Senatewithapositiverecommendation.
Onsomelevel,Imwiredtobelievewecanalwaysdobetterwhenitcomestopriceorvaluewithrespecttowhatwegetfromour
contracts,ToppertoldtheSenateStateGovernmentCommitteeonTuesdaymorning.Thecommitteevotedunanimouslyto
recommendhisconfirmationbythestateSenate.
MembersnotedToppersqualificationsandexperiencewhenvoicingtheirsupportforhisnomination.
IwanttocomplimentyouonyourbackgroundIthinkyoullmakeanexcellentaddition,saidSen.PatStefano,RFayette.
Topperhasmorethan20yearsofexperienceworkingoncostreductioneffortsinboththepublicandprivatesector.Priortocomingto
theDGS,TopperledGeorgetownUniversityspurchasingandcontractingfunctions,includingresponsibilityforconstructionservices
andaccountspayable.
ButworkingattheDGSisntsomethingnewforTopper.HewasDeputySecretaryforProcurementbetween2003and2008,duringGov.
EdRendellstenureinoffice.FollowinghistimeintheRendelladministration,heworkedasadirectoratKPMG,aglobalnetworkof
professionalfirmsprovidingaudit,taxandadvisoryservices.
Duringtheconfirmationhearing,TopperansweredquestionsregardingthestatesIThardwarecontracts,theprocessusedforstate
owneduniversitybuildingprojects,promotingdiversitywithinthestatescontractingprocess,Gov.TomWolfsGOTIMEInitiativeand
therevivalofstrategicsourcingprocurement.
HetoldStefanothatwhilethestatesIThardwarecontractsarecurrentlymanagedoutsideoftheDGS,bytheOfficeofAdministration,
hesaidhehashadlongandgoodworkingrelationshipwithOASecretarySharonMinnich,andheexpectstolookatthosecontracts
alongwithmanyotherstoseeifmorevaluecanbefoundforthestate.
SecretaryMinnichandIhavea10year[working]relationshipthatispositive,andwevebeenworkingcloselytogetheronprocurement
relatedmatters,includingITandIThardware,saidTopper.IcantellyouthatthroughtheGOTIMEInitiative,throughthereintroduction
ofstrategicsourcinghereinPennsylvania,wewillbetakingahardlookatallofthosecontracts.
CommitteeMajorityChairmanMikeFolmer,RLebanon,laterinthehearing,askedTopperforanupdateonboththeGOTIMEInitiative
andstrategicsourcing.
ToppertoldthecommitteeGOTIMEhadalreadyproducedanotablesuccessthathehopedtoreplicateonamuchlargerscale
throughoutPennsylvaniaprocurement.
Justlastweek,weranthefirstelectronicreverseauctionhereinPennsylvaniatoawardacontract,saidTopper.Itsthefirsttime
since2008thatweveemployedthetechnology.
TopperbecausetheauctionwasusedforaCorrectionsDepartmentprocurement,werenowlookingataminimumof$3millionto$5
millioninsavings.
Notingthosesavingswerefromoneevent,onecontract,headded,Imexcitedabouttheprospectofdeployingthattechnologyona
muchmorebroadbasisacrossourprocurementefforts.

Andwithregardto pastconcernsexpressedaboutstrategicsourcingspecificallyitsimpactonsmallerbusinesses,asidentifiedby

a2008LegislativeBudgetandFinanceCommitteereportToppersaidhewouldworktoensurethoseconcernsareproperly
considered.
Sayingherememberedhisinvolvementwiththedevelopmentofthatreportin2008,hetoldFolmer:Ithinkyourequiterightthereare
someconcernsthatareraisedwithrespecttotheimpactthataggregatingourbusiness,whenwedostrategicsourcing,canhaveon
thepopulationofsmallbusinessesthathavehistoricallyworkedwiththeCommonwealthanddependedontheCommonwealthfor,in
somecases,significantportionsoftheirrevenue.
Ithinkwehavearesponsibilityto,firstandforemost,understandwhatthepotentialimpactis,whoarethebusinessesinvolved,what
theirconcernsare,andtakethosethingsintoaccountaswebalancethelikelyeffectsofdifferentstrategicalternativeswehave,said
Topper.Youcertainlyhavemycommitmentthatwelldothat.
Sen.AndrewDinniman,DChester,requestedTopperlookatgivingstateowneduniversitiestheabilitytoruntheirownpublicworks
projects,astheyhadwhenGov.EdRendellwasinoffice,or,attheveryleast,farmoreinputthantheycurrentlyhavewhendoinga
projectontheircampuses.Dinnimansaidthecurrentprocess,inadditiontolimitinginput,alsocanendupdelayingprojects.
Toppersaidcurrentlybothstatuteanddepartmentpolicyandproceduressethowtheprocessisconducted.
However,thingscouldsoonbechanging:TheDGSstartedamodernizationeffortabouttwomonthsagotoimprovethepublicworks
process,includingatoptobottomreviewofsystemsthatareliterallythreedecadesold,saidTopper.
Itsinefficientonmanylevels,headded.
Ithinkyourequitecorrectsenatorthattheprocessthatsbeenfolloweddoesntallowforagreatdealofformalparticipationbythe
clientagencyortheclientuniversityintheselectionofthearchitect,oratotherkeydecisionpointsalongtheway,saidTopper.Thats
oneofthethingsIdliketoseeuscorrectaspartofthisoverallmodernizationeffortwehaveunderway.
TopperdidcautionthatStateSystemofHigherEducationuniversitiesarenotallequallycapableofrunningtheirownprojects:Theres
arangeofcapabilitiesacrosstheuniversitiesinthestatesystem,sodelegationofprojectsandtheriskprofileassociatedwiththat
decisionisdifferentdependingonwhichuniversityweretalkingaboutandsizeoftheproject.
AnotherareaaboutwhichToppersaidthedepartmentislookingtomakechangesispromotionofdiversityincontracting.
Mysenseofthediversityagenda,ifyoulike,withinstateprocurementandcontracting,andhowitsevolvedoverthecourseofthelast
tenyearsorso,isthatwehavegottenabit,Idsay,confusedprogrammatically,saidTopper,respondingtoaquestionfromSen.Judy
Schwank,DBerks.
HesaidduringtheRendelladministration,therewasabigpushtofocusonminorityandwomenownedbusinesses.Thatfocus
switchedduringtheCorbettadministrationtoveteranandservicedisabledveteranownedbusinesses,aswellassmallbusinesses,
regardlessofownership.
Hesaid,however,thesmallbusinessdefinitionwasalteredsothatabout85percentofallbusinessesinPennsylvaniaqualifiedas
smallbusinessforthepurposeofstateprocurementpolicy.
Weneedtocomeupwithacoherentstrategythatisconsistent,independentofwhatagencyisinthedriversseat,Toppersaid.
Rightnowwehaveanarrayofapproachestothisissue,whetherthecontractsarecomingfromDGSorthey'recomingfromPennDOT,
inparticular.
IdliketoseeusgetrefocusedonperhapsasmallerpopulationofbusinessesinPennsylvaniawhoarguablyaretheonethat,infact,
havebeenhistoricallydisadvantaged,havehistoricallybeennotasinvolved,explainedTopper.
Hecautioned,however,thatanydisadvantagedbusinessprogramshouldnotbeconsideredaneconomicdevelopmentdriver.
Wereallprettyunanimousinthatwedliketoseestateexpensesforgoodsandservicestocontinuetodeclineovertime.Infact,
thatsakeypartofmyrolehereintheCommonwealthtoensurethatweregettingmoreandmorevalueforourmoneyanddriving
expenseoutoftheoperation,Toppersaid.Hence,Imnotsureourprocurementdollars,bythemselves,arethebesttooltopromote
economicdevelopmentinthelargepopulationofsmallbusinesseshereinPennsylvania.
30

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/02/201503:14:19PM

To:

Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyShafer,Joseph

Subject:

FW:CentreDailyTimes:Gov.Wolf'sbudgettogivePennState$49millionbump

Greatjob!
OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Monday,March02,201502:43PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:CentreDailyTimes:Gov.Wolf'sbudgettogivePennState$49millionbump
CentreDailyTimes:Gov.WolfsbudgettogivePennState$49millionbump
Link:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/02/4628721_govwolfsbudgettogivepenn.html?rh=1

BYLORIFALCE
2,2015

Gov.TomWolfmaybeabouttomakeHappyValleyveryhappy.
SourcesinsidetheadministrationtoldtheCentreDailyTimesthatthebudgetplannedfor
announcementtomorrowwillincludeasignificantjumpinfundingforPennState.Accordingtothe
information,thegovernorsproposalwouldincreasetheuniversitysfundingby23percent,atotal
of$49.6million.
ThisisthefirstpartofatwoyearplantomakePennStatewholeandfullyrestorefunding,saida
source.
PennStatehasgottenusedtodisappointmentwiththereleaseofgubernatorialbudgetswithboth
RepublicanandDemocraticadministrations.
In2009,EdRendellproposeda$60millioncut.In2011,TomCorbettwantedtohalvethe
universitysappropriation.
ThePennStatetotalinWolfsbudgetisplannedtobe$263.7million,accordingtotheinsider.
ThegovernorhashadconversationswithPresidentBarron,saidthesource.Heunderstands
howimportantPennStateistothestate.
Barrons201516appropriationrequestwenthandinhandwithhisemphasisonbusinessand
entrepreneurshipattheuniversity,stressingtheuniversityasaneconomicengine.
TheCommonwealthsinvestmentinPennStatesappropriationisaninvestmentthattransforms
lives,promotesupwardeconomicmobility,andprovidestheCommonwealthwithcitizenswhohave
theknowledgeandskillstodriveeconomicgrowthandinnovation,hewroteinhisrequesttothe
state.PennStatesmultiplecampuses,agriculturalresearchandcooperativeextensionprograms,
andotheroutreachactivitieshavethepotentialtobringeconomicvitalitytocommunitiesallacross
theCommonwealth.Weproposetodomuchmore.
PennStatespokeswomanLisaPowerssaidtheuniversitywaswaitinguntiltomorrowforadditional
informationonourstatesupport.

ThesourceinHarrisburgsaidthattheotherstaterelatedschoolswouldalsoreceiveadditional
funding.
LoriFalcecanbereachedat2353910.FollowheronTwitter@LoriFalce.

Readmorehere:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/02/4628721_govwolfsbudgettogivepenn.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

SophieStone|PressAssistant
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308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
Email:

|Office:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/02/201503:14:19PM

To:

Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyShafer,Joseph

Subject:

FW:CentreDailyTimes:Gov.Wolf'sbudgettogivePennState$49millionbump

Greatjob!
OriginalMessage
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Monday,March02,201502:43PMEasternStandardTime
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:CentreDailyTimes:Gov.Wolf'sbudgettogivePennState$49millionbump
CentreDailyTimes:Gov.WolfsbudgettogivePennState$49millionbump
Link:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/02/4628721_govwolfsbudgettogivepenn.html?rh=1

BYLORIFALCE
2,2015

Gov.TomWolfmaybeabouttomakeHappyValleyveryhappy.
SourcesinsidetheadministrationtoldtheCentreDailyTimesthatthebudgetplannedfor
announcementtomorrowwillincludeasignificantjumpinfundingforPennState.Accordingtothe
information,thegovernorsproposalwouldincreasetheuniversitysfundingby23percent,atotal
of$49.6million.
ThisisthefirstpartofatwoyearplantomakePennStatewholeandfullyrestorefunding,saida
source.
PennStatehasgottenusedtodisappointmentwiththereleaseofgubernatorialbudgetswithboth
RepublicanandDemocraticadministrations.
In2009,EdRendellproposeda$60millioncut.In2011,TomCorbettwantedtohalvethe
universitysappropriation.
ThePennStatetotalinWolfsbudgetisplannedtobe$263.7million,accordingtotheinsider.
ThegovernorhashadconversationswithPresidentBarron,saidthesource.Heunderstands
howimportantPennStateistothestate.
Barrons201516appropriationrequestwenthandinhandwithhisemphasisonbusinessand
entrepreneurshipattheuniversity,stressingtheuniversityasaneconomicengine.
TheCommonwealthsinvestmentinPennStatesappropriationisaninvestmentthattransforms
lives,promotesupwardeconomicmobility,andprovidestheCommonwealthwithcitizenswhohave
theknowledgeandskillstodriveeconomicgrowthandinnovation,hewroteinhisrequesttothe
state.PennStatesmultiplecampuses,agriculturalresearchandcooperativeextensionprograms,
andotheroutreachactivitieshavethepotentialtobringeconomicvitalitytocommunitiesallacross
theCommonwealth.Weproposetodomuchmore.
PennStatespokeswomanLisaPowerssaidtheuniversitywaswaitinguntiltomorrowforadditional
informationonourstatesupport.

ThesourceinHarrisburgsaidthattheotherstaterelatedschoolswouldalsoreceiveadditional
funding.
LoriFalcecanbereachedat2353910.FollowheronTwitter@LoriFalce.

Readmorehere:http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/02/4628721_govwolfsbudgettogivepenn.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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

|Office:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/16/201507:49:15PM

To:

Cross,ElenaKernodle,Obra

Subject:

FW:Gov.RendellsuggestedIemailyou.

Attachments:

VitaeCurrent2015.doc

Anyideaswrtthisgentleman?Thx
OriginalMessage
From:MarwanKreidie[
Sent:Friday,March13,201509:43AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Gov.RendellsuggestedIemailyou.
DearKatherineMcGinty

Gov.EdRendellsuggestedIwritetoyouconcerningmyinterestinworkingandsupportingGovernorWolfsvisionforPennsylvania.Iserved
almost7yearsasChairmanoftheStateCivilServiceCommissionundertheRendellAdministration.Mytenurewasverysuccessfulandresulted
ininnovationsandsavingstoourCommonwealth.IalsoworkedbrieflyforthePennsylvaniaLottery,however,mytenurewascutshortby
Gov.CorbettbecauseofmypriorrelationshipwithGov.Rendell.

InadditiontomyofficialdutieswiththeState,IwasalsoGov.RendellsliaisontotheArabAmericanandMuslimcommunities.Myrolewas
variedandImetwithnumerousgroupsthroughouttheCommonwealth,recommendedcommunitymembersforBoardsandCommissions,
workedwithcommunityleaderstoaddressconcernsaswellasgivingeachnewclassofstatecadetsapresentationonArabsandIslam

WiththeassistanceofMaryIsenhour,IorganizedGov.WolfsvisittotheAlAqsaMosqueinPhiladelphiathelargestArabicMosqueinthe
citypriortotheprimaries.HistalktoboththecongregantsandtheleadershipoftheArabAmericancommunityinPhiladelphiawoneveryone
over.IworkedwithObraKernodleandDeniseRawlesinPhiladelphiawherealargepartofthealmost180.000ArabAmericansliveinPA
AllentownandPittsburghalsohavelargecommunities.OurGOTVeffortwaseffectiveandincludedbringingSenatorStacktoAllentownand
culminatedwithGov.RendellgivingarousingGOTVspeechtotheAlAqsaMosquetheFridaybeforethegeneralelection.

PleaselookatmyattachedVitaeformoreinformationonmybackground.IhavetheexperienceandqualificationstoserveinaDeputy
SecretarylevelandbestsuitedforpositionsinvolvingHRorareasthatconcernimmigrants(especiallyvotingrightsandintegration).Iam
particularlyinterestedinspeedingupandsimplifyingcertificationforskilledlegalimmigrants.Therearetoomanyskilledimmigrantsdriving
taxicabs.IamcurrentlyworkingwiththeWelcomingCenterinPhiladelphiaontheirImmigrantProfessionalsPathwayProgramandwhilethis
volunteerprogramisgreatweneedaparalleleffortonthepartofthestategovernment.InparticularthisisapplicabletohealthandSTEM
professionals.IwouldalsobeinterestedinotherpositionsincludingthePennsylvaniaLottery.

ThankyoufortakingthetimetoreadthisduringyourbusydayAnyadviceorassistanceyoucangivemeismuchappreciated.Youcan
alwayscontactGov.Rendellforareference

Sincerelyyours,

MarwanKreidie

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

03/16/201507:49:15PM

To:

Cross,ElenaKernodle,Obra

Subject:

FW:Gov.RendellsuggestedIemailyou.

Attachments:

VitaeCurrent2015.doc

Anyideaswrtthisgentleman?Thx
OriginalMessage
From:MarwanKreidie[
Sent:Friday,March13,201509:43AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Gov.RendellsuggestedIemailyou.
DearKatherineMcGinty

Gov.EdRendellsuggestedIwritetoyouconcerningmyinterestinworkingandsupportingGovernorWolfsvisionforPennsylvania.Iserved
almost7yearsasChairmanoftheStateCivilServiceCommissionundertheRendellAdministration.Mytenurewasverysuccessfulandresulted
ininnovationsandsavingstoourCommonwealth.IalsoworkedbrieflyforthePennsylvaniaLottery,however,mytenurewascutshortby
Gov.CorbettbecauseofmypriorrelationshipwithGov.Rendell.

InadditiontomyofficialdutieswiththeState,IwasalsoGov.RendellsliaisontotheArabAmericanandMuslimcommunities.Myrolewas
variedandImetwithnumerousgroupsthroughouttheCommonwealth,recommendedcommunitymembersforBoardsandCommissions,
workedwithcommunityleaderstoaddressconcernsaswellasgivingeachnewclassofstatecadetsapresentationonArabsandIslam

WiththeassistanceofMaryIsenhour,IorganizedGov.WolfsvisittotheAlAqsaMosqueinPhiladelphiathelargestArabicMosqueinthe
citypriortotheprimaries.HistalktoboththecongregantsandtheleadershipoftheArabAmericancommunityinPhiladelphiawoneveryone
over.IworkedwithObraKernodleandDeniseRawlesinPhiladelphiawherealargepartofthealmost180.000ArabAmericansliveinPA
AllentownandPittsburghalsohavelargecommunities.OurGOTVeffortwaseffectiveandincludedbringingSenatorStacktoAllentownand
culminatedwithGov.RendellgivingarousingGOTVspeechtotheAlAqsaMosquetheFridaybeforethegeneralelection.

PleaselookatmyattachedVitaeformoreinformationonmybackground.IhavetheexperienceandqualificationstoserveinaDeputy
SecretarylevelandbestsuitedforpositionsinvolvingHRorareasthatconcernimmigrants(especiallyvotingrightsandintegration).Iam
particularlyinterestedinspeedingupandsimplifyingcertificationforskilledlegalimmigrants.Therearetoomanyskilledimmigrantsdriving
taxicabs.IamcurrentlyworkingwiththeWelcomingCenterinPhiladelphiaontheirImmigrantProfessionalsPathwayProgramandwhilethis
volunteerprogramisgreatweneedaparalleleffortonthepartofthestategovernment.InparticularthisisapplicabletohealthandSTEM
professionals.IwouldalsobeinterestedinotherpositionsincludingthePennsylvaniaLottery.

ThankyoufortakingthetimetoreadthisduringyourbusydayAnyadviceorassistanceyoucangivemeismuchappreciated.Youcan
alwayscontactGov.Rendellforareference

Sincerelyyours,

MarwanKreidie

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/19/201508:15:21PM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

FW:Lackawannaupdate

Canufindhim10minstomorrow?
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Sunday,April19,201507:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Re:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
Ihavesomeadditionalinformation.Isitpossibleforustohaveaphonecallassoonasyouhaveafewminutes?
Best,Michael
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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:<McGinty>,KathleenMcGinty<
Date:Saturday,April18,2015at4:46PM
To:MichaelPolsky<
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/18/201505:47:19PM

To:

Bane,Yesenia

Subject:

FW:Lackawannaupdate

Attachments:

LackawannaEnergyCenterFactSheet.pdfLECStateofPlay.docx

Letmeknkwwhatufindout.Thx!
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/18/201505:47:51PM

To:

TomWolf<

Subject:

FW:Lackawannaupdate

Attachments:

LackawannaEnergyCenterFactSheet.pdfLECStateofPlay.docx

Justtoletyouknowihavestafflookingintothis.Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/18/201505:47:19PM

To:

Bane,Yesenia

Subject:

FW:Lackawannaupdate

Attachments:

LackawannaEnergyCenterFactSheet.pdfLECStateofPlay.docx

Letmeknkwwhatufindout.Thx!
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/18/201505:47:51PM

To:

TomWolf<

Subject:

FW:Lackawannaupdate

Attachments:

LackawannaEnergyCenterFactSheet.pdfLECStateofPlay.docx

Justtoletyouknowihavestafflookingintothis.Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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befortheaddressee(s)only.Ifyouarenotanaddressee,anydisclosure,copy,distribu onoruseofthecontentsofthismessageisprohibited.Ifyouhavereceivedthis
electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

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befortheaddressee(s)only.Ifyouarenotanaddressee,anydisclosure,copy,distribu onoruseofthecontentsofthismessageisprohibited.Ifyouhavereceivedthis
electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/19/201508:15:21PM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

FW:Lackawannaupdate

Canufindhim10minstomorrow?
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Sunday,April19,201507:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Re:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
Ihavesomeadditionalinformation.Isitpossibleforustohaveaphonecallassoonasyouhaveafewminutes?
Best,Michael
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befortheaddressee(s)only.Ifyouarenotanaddressee,anydisclosure,copy,distribu onoruseofthecontentsofthismessageisprohibited.Ifyouhavereceivedthis
electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:<McGinty>,KathleenMcGinty<
Date:Saturday,April18,2015at4:46PM
To:MichaelPolsky<
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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electronicmessageinerror,pleaseno fythesenderbyreplyemailanddestroytheoriginalmessageandallcopies.

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/23/201512:24:08PM

To:

Cross,Elena

Subject:

FW:LetterIpreviouslysentDidyourecieve?

Attachments:

CurVitaepolFall2015.doc

Notsureihadsenttoyou,butanyupdateifsoorcanwedosomethingonthis??Thx.Eitherway,canyoubein
touchwhim?Thx
OriginalMessage
From:MarwanKreidie[
Sent:Thursday,April23,201510:22AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:LetterIpreviouslysentDidyourecieve?
DearMissMcGintyIpreviouslysentthisemailbutamnotsureyourecieveditPleaseletmeknowifyoudid.
DearKatherineMcGinty

Gov.EdRendellsuggestedIwritetoyouconcerningmyinterestinworkingandsupportingGovernorWolfsvisionforPennsylvania.Iserved
almost7yearsasChairmanoftheStateCivilServiceCommissionundertheRendellAdministration.Mytenurewasverysuccessfulandresulted
ininnovationsandsavingstoourCommonwealth.IalsoworkedbrieflyforthePennsylvaniaLotteryhowever,mytenurewascutshortbyGov.
CorbettbecauseofmypriorrelationshipwithGov.Rendell.

InadditiontomyofficialdutieswiththeState,IwasalsoGov.RendellsliaisontotheArabAmericanandMuslimcommunities.Myrolewas
variedandImetwithnumerousgroupsthroughouttheCommonwealth,recommendedcommunitymembersforBoardsandCommissions,
workedwithcommunityleaderstoaddressconcernsaswellasgivingeachnewclassofstatecadetsapresentationonArabsandIslam

WiththeassistanceofMaryIsenhour,IorganizedGov.WolfsvisittotheAlAqsaMosqueinPhiladelphiathelargestArabicMosqueinthe
citypriortotheprimaries.HistalktoboththecongregantsandtheleadershipoftheArabAmericancommunityinPhiladelphiawoneveryone
over.IworkedwithObraKernodleandDeniseRawlesinPhiladelphiawherealargepartofthealmost180.000ArabAmericansliveinPA
AllentownandPittsburghalsohavelargecommunities.OurGOTVeffortwaseffectiveandincludedbringingSenatorStacktoAllentownand
culminatedwithGov.RendellgivingarousingGOTVspeechtotheAlAqsaMosquetheFridaybeforethegeneralelection.

PleaselookatmyattachedVitaeformoreinformationonmybackground..IhavetheexperienceandqualificationstoserveinaDeputy
SecretarylevelandbestsuitedforpositionsinvolvingHRorareasthatconcernimmigrants(especiallyvotingrightsandintegration).Iam
particularlyinterestedinspeedingupandsimplifyingcertificationforskilledlegalimmigrants.Therearetoomanyskilledimmigrantsdriving
taxicabs.IamcurrentlyworkingwiththeWelcomingCenterinPhiladelphiaontheirImmigrantProfessionalsPathwayProgramandwhilethis
volunteerprogramisgreatweneedaparalleleffortonthepartofthegovernment.InparticularthisisapplicabletohealthandSTEM
professionals.IwouldalsobeinterestedinotherpositionsincludingthePennsylvaniaLottery.

Thankyoufortakingthetimetoreadthisduringyourbusydayandanyadviceorassistanceyoucangivemeismuchappreciated.Please
contactGov.Rendellasareference

Sincerelyyours,

MarwanKreidie

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/23/201512:24:08PM

To:

Cross,Elena

Subject:

FW:LetterIpreviouslysentDidyourecieve?

Attachments:

CurVitaepolFall2015.doc

Notsureihadsenttoyou,butanyupdateifsoorcanwedosomethingonthis??Thx.Eitherway,canyoubein
touchwhim?Thx
OriginalMessage
From:MarwanKreidie[
Sent:Thursday,April23,201510:22AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:LetterIpreviouslysentDidyourecieve?
DearMissMcGintyIpreviouslysentthisemailbutamnotsureyourecieveditPleaseletmeknowifyoudid.
DearKatherineMcGinty

Gov.EdRendellsuggestedIwritetoyouconcerningmyinterestinworkingandsupportingGovernorWolfsvisionforPennsylvania.Iserved
almost7yearsasChairmanoftheStateCivilServiceCommissionundertheRendellAdministration.Mytenurewasverysuccessfulandresulted
ininnovationsandsavingstoourCommonwealth.IalsoworkedbrieflyforthePennsylvaniaLotteryhowever,mytenurewascutshortbyGov.
CorbettbecauseofmypriorrelationshipwithGov.Rendell.

InadditiontomyofficialdutieswiththeState,IwasalsoGov.RendellsliaisontotheArabAmericanandMuslimcommunities.Myrolewas
variedandImetwithnumerousgroupsthroughouttheCommonwealth,recommendedcommunitymembersforBoardsandCommissions,
workedwithcommunityleaderstoaddressconcernsaswellasgivingeachnewclassofstatecadetsapresentationonArabsandIslam

WiththeassistanceofMaryIsenhour,IorganizedGov.WolfsvisittotheAlAqsaMosqueinPhiladelphiathelargestArabicMosqueinthe
citypriortotheprimaries.HistalktoboththecongregantsandtheleadershipoftheArabAmericancommunityinPhiladelphiawoneveryone
over.IworkedwithObraKernodleandDeniseRawlesinPhiladelphiawherealargepartofthealmost180.000ArabAmericansliveinPA
AllentownandPittsburghalsohavelargecommunities.OurGOTVeffortwaseffectiveandincludedbringingSenatorStacktoAllentownand
culminatedwithGov.RendellgivingarousingGOTVspeechtotheAlAqsaMosquetheFridaybeforethegeneralelection.

PleaselookatmyattachedVitaeformoreinformationonmybackground..IhavetheexperienceandqualificationstoserveinaDeputy
SecretarylevelandbestsuitedforpositionsinvolvingHRorareasthatconcernimmigrants(especiallyvotingrightsandintegration).Iam
particularlyinterestedinspeedingupandsimplifyingcertificationforskilledlegalimmigrants.Therearetoomanyskilledimmigrantsdriving
taxicabs.IamcurrentlyworkingwiththeWelcomingCenterinPhiladelphiaontheirImmigrantProfessionalsPathwayProgramandwhilethis
volunteerprogramisgreatweneedaparalleleffortonthepartofthegovernment.InparticularthisisapplicabletohealthandSTEM
professionals.IwouldalsobeinterestedinotherpositionsincludingthePennsylvaniaLottery.

Thankyoufortakingthetimetoreadthisduringyourbusydayandanyadviceorassistanceyoucangivemeismuchappreciated.Please
contactGov.Rendellasareference

Sincerelyyours,

MarwanKreidie

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/20/201506:18:11PM
To:

Hanger,John

Subject:

FW:PatriotNews:JohnMicek:'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,'forPa.,topWolfadministrationofficial
KatieMcGintysays

OriginalMessage
From:Sheridan,Jeffrey
Sent:Friday,March20,201502:34PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:FW:PatriotNews:JohnMicek:'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,'forPa.,top
WolfadministrationofficialKatieMcGintysays
Whatdoyouthink?Ilikeit.Reedscommentsarentbad.WhocaresaboutCrompton?

From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Friday,March20,20151:55PM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:PatriotNews:JohnMicek:'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,'forPa.,topWolfadministration
officialKatieMcGintysays

PatriotNews:JohnMicek:'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,'forPa.,topWolfadministration
officialKatieMcGintysays
Link:http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/03/were_not_about_tactics_were_se.html

ByJohnL.Micek|

Emailtheauthor|FollowonTwitter
onMarch20,2015at1:50PM

VIDEO:http://videoembed.pennlive.com/services/player/bcpid1950981438001?
bctid=4123940430001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUw0E~,DELAM66vw4zhl01IhycwsWq6Y4XfEN
'It'sbeenaterrificexperience'KatieMcGintyonlifewithGov.TomWolf.WolfadministrationChiefofStaffKatieMcGintytalksabout
workingwiththestateLegislatureandthecomingdebateoverGov.TomWolf'sproposedbudget.

Ok,let'sreview.
KatieMcGintyfinishedadistantfourthinlastspring'sDemocraticprimaryforgovernor.Bylastsummer,she
wasrunningthepoliticalactioncommitteethatTomWolfusedtopropelhimselfintothegovernor'soffice.
Now,she'sWolf'schiefofstaff,hashisear,andherofficeisjustfiveorsofeetawayfromherboss's.
Shejustlaughswhenshe'saskedwhethershe'splanningtoclosethefinaldistanceinfouroreightyears'time.
"Ienjoy[thework]andI'mtakingitonedayatatime,"McGintysaidduringaninterviewinhersunsplashed

Capitolofficethisweek."Ifeelhonoredtoworkwithagovernorwhoisinspiredandinspiring.Andwithalittle
helpfromtheLegislature,Pennsylvaniawillagainbethegoodplaceweallknowittobe."
TheperformanceisvintageMcGintyallhardchargingenergy,emphatichandgesturesandoffhanded
casualness(yougetcalled"Dude,"alot,forinstance).
Andit'snotfarofffromthecheerypublicpersonasheprojectedinalongshotcampaignforthetopspotthat
sawhergallopingacrossthestateformuchofthefirsthalfof2014.
Unlikeherrivals,formerTreasurerRobMcCordandexCongresswomanAllysonSchwartz,for
instance,McGintystayedawayfromthebrutalnegativeattacksthatwerelobbedatWolfduringlastspring's
campaign.
Inconversation,McGinty,whoservedasEnvironmentalProtectionSecretaryunderformerGov.Ed
Rendell,isquickwithaoneliner(BiggestdifferencebetweenworkingforRendellandWolf?There's"less
Frenchfrygreaseonthedesk"withWolf.).
Privatelyandpublicly,however,someRepublicansaren'tbuyingthehappywarriorpersona.
Theysayit'sallwarrior.AndtheygrousethatMcGintyisfreelancingadministrationdecisionsandburning,
ratherthanbuilding,bridgeswiththeRepublicancontrolledGeneralAssembly.
Andthat'sdamagingWolf'scarefullyconstructed"NotYourAveragePolitician"imagewhichisn'ttheir
problem,butcouldbeoneforWolf,who'sbasedhisentirereputationonhis"outsider"status.
ThosesameRepublicansalsoacknowledge,however,it'sthekindofbehavioryou'dexpectfromachiefof
staff,who'ssupposedtoactasWolf'schiefenforceranddefenderoforthodoxy.
CaseinpointtheearlycontroversysurroundingtheJanuaryfiringofOfficeofOpenRecordsboss
ErikArnesonandtherecallofabunchof11thhourexecutiveappointmentsbyformer
RepublicanGov.TomCorbett.
TohearMcGintytellit,RepublicanSenateleaderswho,toputitmildly,laterwiggedoutoverthefiringsand
therecalls,wereonboardfromthestartandhadplentyofnoticeofWolf'sintentions.
Ifthingsgotheated,itwasn'tcomingfromthefrontoffice.
"They'remasteroftheirowntactics,"shesaidoftheSenateGOP,whichissuingtheadministrationinstate
courttogetArnesonreinstated.
DrewCrompton,asenioraidetoSenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati,R
Jefferson,saidMcGinty"hasgiveneveryindicationthatshewillrunanadministrationthatplaysforkeeps,"
andthatcouldbedamagingoverthelonghaul.
ExampleTwo:Thismonth'sroundofduelingletterstoschoolsuperintendents.
OnMarch3,GOPleaderswrotetosuperintendentstellingthemnottocountontheextra$400millionin
newfundingWolfhadpromised.
Theadministrationfiredbackwithaletterthisweek,askingthesuperintendentstoexplaintothem
howtheyplannedtospendthecash.

Republicansaccusedtheadministrationofengagingina"politicalstunt."
McGintysaidWolfwaslookingforaccountabilityfromthedistrictsevenassheacknowledgedthatthe
Democraticadministrationhadaddedanextrasteptotheannualdanceoverschoolfunding.
Districtstraditionallydrawuptheirbudgetswithaplaceholdernumberontheirstateaidtherealonegets
filledinwhenthebudgetisapproved.
"I'veneverseenthisgetturnedintoapoliticalvolleyball,"McGintysaid,eitheroverlookingorignoringthe
administration'sclearattemptatspikingtheball."Thisgovernorisallaboutaccountability."
HouseMajorityLeaderDavidReed,RIndiana,whoworkedwithMcGintywhensheranDEP,said
he'sfoundMcGintytobeanenthusiasticadvocateforherbossbutalsowillingtodiscussoptions.
"We'llseehowthatplaysoutduringthebudget,"Reedsaid,addinghehopesWolfandhischieflieutenantwill
stickwiththeirearlytoneofconciliation.
"She'saggressiveandyou'dexpectthatfromachiefofstaff,"hesaid."There'satimeandplaceforbeing
aggressive.Butthere'salsoatimeandplaceforbringingpeopletogetherandgettingthingsdone."
McGinty,whocommutesineverydayfromherhomeinChesterCountywheresheliveswithherhusband
andthreeteenageddaughters,stayedcheerfully(ifsinglemindedly)onmessage.
'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,"shesaid,notforthefirsttimeina30minute
conversation.
AndwhenitcomestoHarrisburg'snotoriousaddictiontopalaceintrigue,"It'snotonlyinsidebaseball,it'sinside
asandboxthatthepublicdoesn'thavethepatienceforanymore,"shesaid.
AsReedobserved...let'sseehowthatplaysout.
JohnL.MicekisPennLive'sOpinionEditor.Readersmayemailhim
andfollowhimonTwitter@ByJohnLMicek.

SophieStone|PressAssistant
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308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
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|Office:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/20/201506:18:11PM
To:

Hanger,John

Subject:

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KatieMcGintysays

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WolfadministrationofficialKatieMcGintysays
Whatdoyouthink?Ilikeit.Reedscommentsarentbad.WhocaresaboutCrompton?

From:Stone,Sophie
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To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:PatriotNews:JohnMicek:'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,'forPa.,topWolfadministration
officialKatieMcGintysays

PatriotNews:JohnMicek:'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,'forPa.,topWolfadministration
officialKatieMcGintysays
Link:http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/03/were_not_about_tactics_were_se.html

ByJohnL.Micek|

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onMarch20,2015at1:50PM

VIDEO:http://videoembed.pennlive.com/services/player/bcpid1950981438001?
bctid=4123940430001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUw0E~,DELAM66vw4zhl01IhycwsWq6Y4XfEN
'It'sbeenaterrificexperience'KatieMcGintyonlifewithGov.TomWolf.WolfadministrationChiefofStaffKatieMcGintytalksabout
workingwiththestateLegislatureandthecomingdebateoverGov.TomWolf'sproposedbudget.

Ok,let'sreview.
KatieMcGintyfinishedadistantfourthinlastspring'sDemocraticprimaryforgovernor.Bylastsummer,she
wasrunningthepoliticalactioncommitteethatTomWolfusedtopropelhimselfintothegovernor'soffice.
Now,she'sWolf'schiefofstaff,hashisear,andherofficeisjustfiveorsofeetawayfromherboss's.
Shejustlaughswhenshe'saskedwhethershe'splanningtoclosethefinaldistanceinfouroreightyears'time.
"Ienjoy[thework]andI'mtakingitonedayatatime,"McGintysaidduringaninterviewinhersunsplashed

Capitolofficethisweek."Ifeelhonoredtoworkwithagovernorwhoisinspiredandinspiring.Andwithalittle
helpfromtheLegislature,Pennsylvaniawillagainbethegoodplaceweallknowittobe."
TheperformanceisvintageMcGintyallhardchargingenergy,emphatichandgesturesandoffhanded
casualness(yougetcalled"Dude,"alot,forinstance).
Andit'snotfarofffromthecheerypublicpersonasheprojectedinalongshotcampaignforthetopspotthat
sawhergallopingacrossthestateformuchofthefirsthalfof2014.
Unlikeherrivals,formerTreasurerRobMcCordandexCongresswomanAllysonSchwartz,for
instance,McGintystayedawayfromthebrutalnegativeattacksthatwerelobbedatWolfduringlastspring's
campaign.
Inconversation,McGinty,whoservedasEnvironmentalProtectionSecretaryunderformerGov.Ed
Rendell,isquickwithaoneliner(BiggestdifferencebetweenworkingforRendellandWolf?There's"less
Frenchfrygreaseonthedesk"withWolf.).
Privatelyandpublicly,however,someRepublicansaren'tbuyingthehappywarriorpersona.
Theysayit'sallwarrior.AndtheygrousethatMcGintyisfreelancingadministrationdecisionsandburning,
ratherthanbuilding,bridgeswiththeRepublicancontrolledGeneralAssembly.
Andthat'sdamagingWolf'scarefullyconstructed"NotYourAveragePolitician"imagewhichisn'ttheir
problem,butcouldbeoneforWolf,who'sbasedhisentirereputationonhis"outsider"status.
ThosesameRepublicansalsoacknowledge,however,it'sthekindofbehavioryou'dexpectfromachiefof
staff,who'ssupposedtoactasWolf'schiefenforceranddefenderoforthodoxy.
CaseinpointtheearlycontroversysurroundingtheJanuaryfiringofOfficeofOpenRecordsboss
ErikArnesonandtherecallofabunchof11thhourexecutiveappointmentsbyformer
RepublicanGov.TomCorbett.
TohearMcGintytellit,RepublicanSenateleaderswho,toputitmildly,laterwiggedoutoverthefiringsand
therecalls,wereonboardfromthestartandhadplentyofnoticeofWolf'sintentions.
Ifthingsgotheated,itwasn'tcomingfromthefrontoffice.
"They'remasteroftheirowntactics,"shesaidoftheSenateGOP,whichissuingtheadministrationinstate
courttogetArnesonreinstated.
DrewCrompton,asenioraidetoSenatePresidentProTemporeJoeScarnati,R
Jefferson,saidMcGinty"hasgiveneveryindicationthatshewillrunanadministrationthatplaysforkeeps,"
andthatcouldbedamagingoverthelonghaul.
ExampleTwo:Thismonth'sroundofduelingletterstoschoolsuperintendents.
OnMarch3,GOPleaderswrotetosuperintendentstellingthemnottocountontheextra$400millionin
newfundingWolfhadpromised.
Theadministrationfiredbackwithaletterthisweek,askingthesuperintendentstoexplaintothem
howtheyplannedtospendthecash.

Republicansaccusedtheadministrationofengagingina"politicalstunt."
McGintysaidWolfwaslookingforaccountabilityfromthedistrictsevenassheacknowledgedthatthe
Democraticadministrationhadaddedanextrasteptotheannualdanceoverschoolfunding.
Districtstraditionallydrawuptheirbudgetswithaplaceholdernumberontheirstateaidtherealonegets
filledinwhenthebudgetisapproved.
"I'veneverseenthisgetturnedintoapoliticalvolleyball,"McGintysaid,eitheroverlookingorignoringthe
administration'sclearattemptatspikingtheball."Thisgovernorisallaboutaccountability."
HouseMajorityLeaderDavidReed,RIndiana,whoworkedwithMcGintywhensheranDEP,said
he'sfoundMcGintytobeanenthusiasticadvocateforherbossbutalsowillingtodiscussoptions.
"We'llseehowthatplaysoutduringthebudget,"Reedsaid,addinghehopesWolfandhischieflieutenantwill
stickwiththeirearlytoneofconciliation.
"She'saggressiveandyou'dexpectthatfromachiefofstaff,"hesaid."There'satimeandplaceforbeing
aggressive.Butthere'salsoatimeandplaceforbringingpeopletogetherandgettingthingsdone."
McGinty,whocommutesineverydayfromherhomeinChesterCountywheresheliveswithherhusband
andthreeteenageddaughters,stayedcheerfully(ifsinglemindedly)onmessage.
'We'renotabouttactics,we'reseriousaboutwhat'satstake,"shesaid,notforthefirsttimeina30minute
conversation.
AndwhenitcomestoHarrisburg'snotoriousaddictiontopalaceintrigue,"It'snotonlyinsidebaseball,it'sinside
asandboxthatthepublicdoesn'thavethepatienceforanymore,"shesaid.
AsReedobserved...let'sseehowthatplaysout.
JohnL.MicekisPennLive'sOpinionEditor.Readersmayemailhim
andfollowhimonTwitter@ByJohnLMicek.

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

|Office:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/01/201510:29:44PM
To:

Bargo,Michelle

Subject:

FW:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Plsprint
OriginalMessage
From:Albright,Randolph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:37AMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnShafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Rendell'sPITincreasewas9.6%,2.8%to3.07%
1991wasthehighest%increase48%,2.1%to3.1%
Themoreyouengageinthesestoriestoday,thebiggeryoumakethemtomorrow.TheGovernormakeshis
budgetspeechonTuesday.
OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:24AMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Sayingitontherecordatleastgetsitintothestory.Atthispoint,thatisimportant.Wecanprovidevarying
degreesofdocumentation(summaryformtogreatdetail)asthenumberswererigorouslycalculated.Doingso
makessenseafterbudgetaddress.RightnowweshouldallowJefftosayitontherecordsothestoriesoverthe
next2daysarenotdistortedforthesimplereasonwedon'tsayit.
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:09AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
VerygoodpointaboutRshavingproposedthesetaxesneedingtobeforcefullytoldtoreportersoverthenext2days(andbeyond)and
doesnotrequireusgivingorconfirminganythingnew
On13%and100kyesthosenumbersarevalidatedinternallybutisthereanythingwewillbeabletoprovideorhowarewepresentingit
otherthanusjustsayingit.
________________________________________
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,March01,20157:08AM
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Guyswhetherirnotwerolloutthepropertytaxcutstomorrow,weabsolutelyhavetogetinthesestoriesthattherevenuesraisers
comefromrepublicanlegislation.Wearedoneiftheygettodisowntheirownideasandlegislation.Rightnowwehavethegovernor
taggedastheonlyguypushingincomeandsalestaxincreases.Thatisnottrueanditisadirethreattotheviabilityofthegovernor's
plan.Wewillnotwinintryingnottotalkdirectlyabouttaxesandthinkingwecanstickonlytothematics.
Inthematterofvalidatingthe13percenttaxdecreaseandthe100kandbelowarewinners,thosenumbersarevalidatedalready.
RandywhatweretheRendellincometaxincreasesandhowdoesthisproposalcompare??Thx

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From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201508:01PMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
4.IhavenotbeenaroundorpaidattentiontoprioryearsbutIfeelthisisatonofspecificityanddetailoutthere

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
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To:Hanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
1.Ifwe'regonnatrydothatbeforeTuesdayweneedtoconfirmtheseratenumbersandreleasesomethingmoreotherwiseIdon'tthink
it'sfeasibleforourpresspeopletodothat
2.Westarteddiscussingthisyesterdaybutweneedtoshowsomethingtobackuptheseassertionsoritwillbedismissedasrhetoric
3.ThewaythisiswrittenandpresentedasnewsandnotcommentaryisbullshitandJeffisexpressingthat

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From:Hanger,John
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:41PMEasternStandardTime
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Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Weneedtogetoutthattaxpayerssaveonaverage13%andhomeownerswithincomesupto$100kpayless.
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Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

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http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/taxes school funding property.html#incart mrpt2
Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
ByCharlesThompson|
onFebruary28,2015at11:09AM,updatedFebruary28,2015at3:39PM
Expectationsor,dependinguponyourpoliticalvantagepoint,anxietiesarerunninghighforwhatgoodiesmightbeincludedwhen
Gov.TomWolfunveilshisfirstbudgetTuesday.
Itisexpectedtoincludedoubledigitincreasesinthestate'spersonalincometaxandsalestaxrateslargecutsinschoolproperty
taxesandakeybusinesstaxrateandsignificantnewboostsinstateaidforpublicschoolsandcolleges.
Additallup,andit'ssafetosayPennsylvanianshaven'tseenaplanthisboldinscopeforyearsandcertainlynotsincethe200708
recession.

Incommentsmadelastweektoreporters,Wolfmadeitclearthathehadlittlechoicebuttoincreaserevenuestoaddressthe$2.3
billiondeficitheinherited.
Hisspokesmanpointedoutthatthestate'screditratinghasbeendowngradedfivetimes,Pennsylvania'sjobcreationrankinghas
declinedvisavisotherstates,andschoolshavebeenforcedtolayoffstaff,cutprogramsandclosebuildings.
"Somemaylooktotakepoliticalshotsorwanttomaintainthestatusquo,butGovernorWolfknowsweneedachangeifwearegoing
torebuildthemiddleclass,"WolfspokesmanJeffSheridansaid.
"OnTuesday,thegovernorwillannounceabalancedbudgetthatwillhelpgrowoureconomy,investineducation,andstrengthenthe
middleclass.Ashehasalwayssaid,GovernorWolfiscommittedtomakingPennsylvania'staxsystemfairerandreducingtheburden
placedonthemiddleclassandseniors."
Sheridanhasdeclinedtorevealspecifics,butaccordingtodraftscirculatingaroundtheCapitol,afullfledgedreengineeringofthetax
systemiscalledfor.
Meanwhile,Republicans,whocontrolbothchambersoftheLegislature,arebracingfor"massive"taxincreasesandspendinggrowth
thataresuretogivesomeheartburnandmaypromptthemtorethinktheirsummervacationplans.
ThroughinterviewswithseveralsourceswhohavebeentrackingthedevelopmentofWolf'sfirstbudget,here'swhatPennLivehas
learnedaboutthefoundationsoftheplanastheyweresetlatelastweek:
Taxesareverymuchonthetable.
NoGroverNorquistantitaxpledgeshere.
DraftversionsofWolf'srevenueplan,accordingtosourceswhoarefamiliarwiththedetails,hadtaxnumbersthatnotevenformerGov.
EdRendellwouldhavedreamedof.
ButWolfhasalwayspridedhimselfonbeingadifferentkindofpolitician.
Somedetailsremainedsketchy.Butattheplan'sroot,sourcessay,isanambitiousshiftofschoolfundingburdensfromlocalproperty
taxestobroaderbasedstatelevies.
Here'swhatmultiplesourceshadreportedhearingbyweek'sendaboutthethreepillarsthatwillaffectmostPennsylvaniansinthe
revenuesideofWolf'sroughly$30billionplan:
A20percentincreaseinthestate'spersonalincometax,fromthecurrent3.07percentto3.7percent.Forapersonmaking
$50,000,that'sanincreasefrom$1,535to$1,850.DraftsseenbyPennLive'ssourcesdidnotreferenceWolf'scampaignproposalto
offerastandardincomeexemptionforalltaxpayers,thoughthecurrenttaxforgivenessprogramaimedatexemptinglowincomewage
earnerswouldcontinueandbeexpanded,sourcesindicated.
Aboostinthestate'ssalestaxfrom6percentto6.6percent,anincreaseof10percent.Itwasnotcleariftheproposalcarries
changesinthecurrentlistofproductsandservicesexemptedfromthesalestax.
Adirectoffsetofschoolpropertytaxesonhomesandfarmsthatwillbefundedbymuchofthemoneyraisedfromthe
aforementionedincreases.
Theexactamountofthatpropertytaxcutwasnotknown,butonepersonintimatelyfamiliarwiththeplansaiditwouldmovethecurrent
$600millionpoolforpropertytaxcuts(fundedbycasinotaxes)towellmorethan$3billionayearwheninfulleffect.
Basedoncurrentdistributionformulas,thatwouldbeenoughtolaunchtheaveragestatewidepropertytaxcutfrom$182perhomeowner
now,tosomethingintherangeof$1,000.
ThataccomplishestwoprimarygoalsforWolf:movingmoreoftheburdenforschoolfundingtothestateandawayfromalocallybased
taxsystemsthatcausepoorercommunitiestostruggleandmovingtowardwhathebelievesisafairertaxstructureforthemiddle
class.
Wolfisalsoexpectedtocallforasetofnewtaxesoncurrentlyuntaxedtobaccoproductsincludingcigars,chewingtobaccoandpipe
tobaccoand,possibly,anincreaseinthestate's$1.60perpackcigarettetax.
TheremaybeotherfacetsrevealedinthefinaldocumentTuesdayaimedatspecificgroupslikerentersandseniors.
EveryonewillallbeexpendingalotofbrainpowerafterTuesdayarrivestodeterminewhopaysmoreandwhopaysless.Butas
proposed,itisacertaintythatPennsylvaniansasawholewillpaymore.
Businesstaxes,too.
Wolf'splanwoulddramaticallyreformPennsylvania'sbusinesstaxes,withamixtureofratechanges,newtaxesandrestructuringofold
taxes.
Startingwiththenew,WolfcampaignedhardonthenotionthatPennsylvaniashouldbenefitmoredirectlyfromtheshalegasproduction
occurringhere,andhehasalreadycalledfora5percentextractiontaxongasproduction.
Butthat'sjustthestart.

WolfonWednesdayproposedamajorrestructuringofthestate'scorporatenetincometaxthatincludesanewincomereporting
methoddesignedtoexposemoreprofitsfrommorefirmstothecurrentloopholeriddentax.
Thetaxrateonthosecorporateprofits,meanwhile,woulddropin2016from9.99percentto5.99percent.
Andfinally,thegovernorwillallowthescheduledeliminationofthecapitalstockandfranchisetaxataxoninstatebusinessassets
tobecompletedin2016,aspreviouslyscheduled.
Wolfcanbeexpectedtosellthosemovesasawaytowarmtheclimatefornewbusinessinvestmentandjobgrowth.
ButthemixhasalotofbusinessgroupsscratchingtheirheadsinadvanceofTuesday'saddress.
Becausewhilethey'regettingsomethingstheyloveCNIreductionandcapitalstockeliminationtheyareconcernedabouttheimpact
ofothermeasureslikethesalestaxincrease,whichhitsbusinessesaswellashouseholds,andthepersonalincometaxincrease,
whichisthedefactotaxrateformanysmallerbusinesses.
Schoolsareawinner.
IncreasedfundingforeducationwasamajorplankinWolf'scampaignandmanyexpecthewilltakeagiantstepinhisfirstbudget
proposaltowardreversingtheeffectsofthenearbilliondollarcutthatschooldistrictshadtoabsorbduringthefirstyearofGov.Tom
Corbett'sadministration.
SourcessaidFridaythatWolf'splancontainsabout$1billioninnewspendingacrossthepubliceducationspectrum,fromearly
childhoodprogramstolocalschoolstopubliccollegesanduniversities.
Alongwiththat,Wolfwillnodoubtadvocatemovingtoafairer,moreequitablewayofdistributingstateaidtopublicschools,whichis
thefocusoftheBasicEducationFundingCommission'swork.
Thatcommissionanticipatesofferingitsrecommendedschoolfundingformulalaterthisspring.OnThursday,theCampaignforFair
EducationFundingreleasedaproposedformulathatithopeswillhelpinformthecommission'swork.
AnyincreaseswillbeawelcomechangetoPennsylvania'spublicuniversities,whichhaveseentheirstatefundingremainthesameor
nearlythesameforthepastthreeyearsafterabsorbingadeepcutin201112.
Communitycollegesalsosawafundingcutfouryearsagobutreceivedasmallincreaselastyeartobegintomakeupsomeoflost
ground.
Doesgrowingmedicalassistancedoharmtothisbudget?
ThebudgetfortheDepartmentofHumanServicesformerlytheDepartmentofPublicWelfareisthebiggestpieceofPennsylvania's
generalfundbudgetinanyyear.
OneofthemostinterestingaspectsthisyearwillbethebottomlineimpactofWolf'sswitchtothestandardissueMedicaidexpansion
providedforbythefederalAffordableCareAct.
HeisshiftingawayfromacustommadeplandevisedoverthelastyearbytheCorbettAdministration.
Corbettsaidhisversion,whichinvolves"highrisk"and"lowrisk"options,wouldsavestatetaxpayers$4.5billionincostsduringthe
nexteightyearsbyplacinghealthierpeopleonthelowriskplan.ButsinceitbeganonJan.1,criticshavesaidpeopleassignedtothe
lowriskoptionarebeingdeniedneededbenefits.
Wolfwilleliminatethelowriskoption.
Itmightbehardtoquicklydecipherthecostimpact,ormaybetherewon'tbemuch,sincethefederalgovernmentiscoveringabout90
percentofexpansioncosts,asitdidundertheCorbettplan.Corbettalsomadeassortedchangestothetechnologyusedtomanage
theMedicaidprogram,soWolf'scriticswillbelookingforanycostconsequencesofundoingthose.
Amomentforsavings.
Wolf'sbudgetaddresswon'tjustfocusonspendingincreases.Undoubtedlyhewilltrumpet$109millioninprojectedsavingsthatWolf
saidthisweekhisGovernor'sOfficeofTransformation,Innovation,ModernizationandEfficiency(GOTIME)hasfound.
Thatofficewaschargedwithassistingstateagenciesfind$150millionincostsavingstohelpclosethebudgethole.
Theprojectedsavingswillbeachievedprimarilythroughimprovingprocurementpractices,modernizingtechnologytomanagepublic
worksprojects,andconsolidatingandcentralizingadministrativeservicesacrossdepartments.
Meanwhile,WolfonFridaysaidhisbudgetplanwillexpandhomeandcommunitybasedlongtermcareforanadditional5,500people
in201516.Avoidingnursinghomecareforthatmanypeoplewillsavetaxpayers$162millionayear,accordingtotheadministration's
projections.
"Seniorshavespenttheirlivesworkinghardtoprovidefortheirfamilies,"WolfsaidatanappearanceinPhiladelphia."They'veworked
hardtobuildtheircommunitiesandtheyshouldbeabletoenjoytheirgoldenyearsinthehomesthattheybuiltinthecommunitiesthat
theybuilt."
Thepolitics.
Firstandforemost,let'srememberwhatTuesdayis.
Wolfisproposingabudget,notdictatingit.AndthatisespeciallythecaseatthispoliticalmomentintimeinPennsylvania,whereboth

chambersoftheLegislaturearedominatedbyRepublicans.
Justlikeanewcarneverhasmorevaluethanwhenyoudriveitoffthelot,theconventionalwisdomisthatanynewgovernorhashis
maximumpoliticalcapitalinhisfirstyear.
SoWolfisgoingforit.
ButtheRepublicanlawmakershavetheirownpriorities,likefurtherreformstothestate'stwomajorpublicemployeepensionsystems
towinlongtermcostsavingsandprivatizationofthestateownedliquorstoresystemtogenerateupfrontmoney.
Andgenerallyspeaking,theyhavereactedinrecentyearstobroadbasedtaxincreasesasifthosecarrytheEbolavirus.
ThebudgetisdueonJune30.
It'shardtotellrightnowwherethepushandpullofbipartisannegotiationswilllead,butunderstandthisTuesday'srolloutisreally
onlytheendofthebeginning.
StaffWriterDavidWennercontributedtothisreport.

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06/08/201511:50:44AM

To:

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PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget
http://www.pottsmerc.com/generalnews/20150608/pottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinwolfbudget

ByEvanBrandt,TheMercury
POSTED:06/08/15,9:06AMEDT|UPDATED:22SECSAGO

POTTSTOWN>>Gov.TomWolfsproposedstatebudgetmakesaverypublicpointofincreasingmoneyforpublic
education.
Butwhatyouwontfindinapressreleasefromthegovernorsofficeishowhisbudgetiscuttingfundingforpubliclibraries.
Thecut,althoughsmallincontext,comesatthetailendofsevenyearsofcutsorlevelfundingthat,Pottstownsdirectorsays,
makesitincreasinglydifficulttoprovidethemanyservicesPottstownsneediestresidentsreceivefromthelibrary.
Sincethe200708budgetyearapeakyearforlibraryfundingthestatebudgethascutitscontributionby35.5percent,
accordingtothePennsylvaniaLibraryAssociation.
Pennsylvanianowranks40thinlibraryfunding,farbehindeveryneighboringstateexceptWestVirginia,theAssociation
notedinmaterialsDavispassedalongtoTheMercury.
By2011,PottstownRegionalPublicLibrarywasgetting$55,000lesseachyearinstateaidthanitdidunderGov.EdRendell
in2008.Alltogether,ithascollectivelylostmorethan$270,000instatefundingsince2008thisfromanorganization
whoseannualoperatingbudgettotaled$552,683in2012.
Andevenwithsmallincreasesincontributionsfromlocaltownshipsandtheboroughinrecentyearsalongwitha47
percentincreaseinlocalfundraisingeffortssince2008thelibraryclosedout2014withadeficitofnearly$20,000,
accordingtofiguresprovidedbyLibraryDirectorSusanDavis.
ThesituationisparticularlytoughforthePottstownlibrary,notonlybecauseofstatefundingstagnation,saidDavis,butalso
becausePottstownslibraryservicesalargepopulationwithfewerresourcesthanmostotherlibrariesinMontgomeryCounty.
Ofthecountys19libraries,Pottstownservesthefifthlargestpopulation,buthasthesecondlowestlocalpercapita
contributionwhichiswhystatefundingissuchacrucialsourceofincome.
Wolfsbudgetcutsanothertinysliverfromthefundingjustunderaquartermilliondollarsbutlibrarydirectorssaythe
yearsofcutsandflatfunding,combinedwithrisingcosts,willresultinfewerservicesforthecommunitysneediestresidents.
Forexample,librariesareincreasinglytheplacewherelowincomefamiliesgotoconductjobsearches,helpchildrendevelop
aloveofreadingand,increasingly,getaccesstheInternet.

During2012,Pennsylvanias600pluslibrariesprovided11.4millionwirelessInternetconnectionsessionsand8.4million
Internetcomputersessionsthrough7,844publiccomputers.
Whilethatmightsoundlikealot,Pennsylvaniaranks48thinthenationforpercapitapublicaccesstocomputers,according
tothestatelibraryassociationsfigures.
InPottstown,thelibraryspubliccomputerswereaccessed36,749timesin2014,andthatdoesnotevencountthewireless
connectionsmadethere,accordingtoDavis.
ThatswhytheprimarycutinWolfsbudgetan8.1percentstatewidereductiontotheLibraryAccessfundingstream,
whichhelpspayforelectronicresourcesforthelibraryissopotentiallyworrisome.
Thestatehasaformulatodistributemoneyamongthepubliclibrariesinthestate,butithasnotbeenusedsincefundingwas
slashed,DaviswroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Everypubliclibraryhasbeengettingthesamesliceofthepie,atleastsince2008,butthepiegotsmallerandsmaller,wrote
Davis.
IalwaysholdmybreathuntilthestateaidcheckcomesinJanuary,Daviswrote.
Thegovernorproposesonething,thelegislatureproposessomethingelseandusuallyitisacompromisebetweenthetwo.So
ifheisstartingatlevelfunding,Iamafraiditmightgetcut,shewrote.Wearesmallpotatoescomparedtopublicschoolsand
itseemsthatiswherehisattentionisfocused.
Librarydirectors,Davisincluded,arguethatlibrariesareanaspectofpubliceducationthatisoftenoverlooked.
NotonlydothepublicschoolsuseprogramsatthelibraryasBarthkindergartnersdidrecentlythelibraryalsoprovides
itsownchildrensprograms,particularlyoverthesummer.
Infact,despitebudgetcutsandreducedhours,Pottstownslibraryhasnearlydoubledchildrensprograms,from252in2008,
to403in2014.Asaresult,childrensattendancehasjumpedmorethan70percentinthelastsixyearsfrom7,184to12,269,
accordingtoDavis.
JeffSheridan,Wolfspresssecretary,saiduntilafinalbudgetisadoptedbythelegislatureandsignedbythegovernor,nothing
iswritteninstone.
GovernorWolfknowstheimportanceofinvestingineducationandtherolelibrariesplayinprovidingaplatformforchildren
tolearn.Thereductionoffundingforlibraryaccessisconsistentwiththeagencysrequestandnotunprecedented(seeFY
2014/15and2012/13budgetproposals),SheridanwroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Weareintheinitialstagesofbudgetnegotiations,andtherewillbediscussionsaboutthisfundingaswemovetowardafinal
agreement,hewrote.

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PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget
http://www.pottsmerc.com/generalnews/20150608/pottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinwolfbudget

ByEvanBrandt,TheMercury
POSTED:06/08/15,9:06AMEDT|UPDATED:22SECSAGO

POTTSTOWN>>Gov.TomWolfsproposedstatebudgetmakesaverypublicpointofincreasingmoneyforpublic
education.
Butwhatyouwontfindinapressreleasefromthegovernorsofficeishowhisbudgetiscuttingfundingforpubliclibraries.
Thecut,althoughsmallincontext,comesatthetailendofsevenyearsofcutsorlevelfundingthat,Pottstownsdirectorsays,
makesitincreasinglydifficulttoprovidethemanyservicesPottstownsneediestresidentsreceivefromthelibrary.
Sincethe200708budgetyearapeakyearforlibraryfundingthestatebudgethascutitscontributionby35.5percent,
accordingtothePennsylvaniaLibraryAssociation.
Pennsylvanianowranks40thinlibraryfunding,farbehindeveryneighboringstateexceptWestVirginia,theAssociation
notedinmaterialsDavispassedalongtoTheMercury.
By2011,PottstownRegionalPublicLibrarywasgetting$55,000lesseachyearinstateaidthanitdidunderGov.EdRendell
in2008.Alltogether,ithascollectivelylostmorethan$270,000instatefundingsince2008thisfromanorganization
whoseannualoperatingbudgettotaled$552,683in2012.
Andevenwithsmallincreasesincontributionsfromlocaltownshipsandtheboroughinrecentyearsalongwitha47
percentincreaseinlocalfundraisingeffortssince2008thelibraryclosedout2014withadeficitofnearly$20,000,
accordingtofiguresprovidedbyLibraryDirectorSusanDavis.
ThesituationisparticularlytoughforthePottstownlibrary,notonlybecauseofstatefundingstagnation,saidDavis,butalso
becausePottstownslibraryservicesalargepopulationwithfewerresourcesthanmostotherlibrariesinMontgomeryCounty.
Ofthecountys19libraries,Pottstownservesthefifthlargestpopulation,buthasthesecondlowestlocalpercapita
contributionwhichiswhystatefundingissuchacrucialsourceofincome.
Wolfsbudgetcutsanothertinysliverfromthefundingjustunderaquartermilliondollarsbutlibrarydirectorssaythe
yearsofcutsandflatfunding,combinedwithrisingcosts,willresultinfewerservicesforthecommunitysneediestresidents.
Forexample,librariesareincreasinglytheplacewherelowincomefamiliesgotoconductjobsearches,helpchildrendevelop
aloveofreadingand,increasingly,getaccesstheInternet.

During2012,Pennsylvanias600pluslibrariesprovided11.4millionwirelessInternetconnectionsessionsand8.4million
Internetcomputersessionsthrough7,844publiccomputers.
Whilethatmightsoundlikealot,Pennsylvaniaranks48thinthenationforpercapitapublicaccesstocomputers,according
tothestatelibraryassociationsfigures.
InPottstown,thelibraryspubliccomputerswereaccessed36,749timesin2014,andthatdoesnotevencountthewireless
connectionsmadethere,accordingtoDavis.
ThatswhytheprimarycutinWolfsbudgetan8.1percentstatewidereductiontotheLibraryAccessfundingstream,
whichhelpspayforelectronicresourcesforthelibraryissopotentiallyworrisome.
Thestatehasaformulatodistributemoneyamongthepubliclibrariesinthestate,butithasnotbeenusedsincefundingwas
slashed,DaviswroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Everypubliclibraryhasbeengettingthesamesliceofthepie,atleastsince2008,butthepiegotsmallerandsmaller,wrote
Davis.
IalwaysholdmybreathuntilthestateaidcheckcomesinJanuary,Daviswrote.
Thegovernorproposesonething,thelegislatureproposessomethingelseandusuallyitisacompromisebetweenthetwo.So
ifheisstartingatlevelfunding,Iamafraiditmightgetcut,shewrote.Wearesmallpotatoescomparedtopublicschoolsand
itseemsthatiswherehisattentionisfocused.
Librarydirectors,Davisincluded,arguethatlibrariesareanaspectofpubliceducationthatisoftenoverlooked.
NotonlydothepublicschoolsuseprogramsatthelibraryasBarthkindergartnersdidrecentlythelibraryalsoprovides
itsownchildrensprograms,particularlyoverthesummer.
Infact,despitebudgetcutsandreducedhours,Pottstownslibraryhasnearlydoubledchildrensprograms,from252in2008,
to403in2014.Asaresult,childrensattendancehasjumpedmorethan70percentinthelastsixyearsfrom7,184to12,269,
accordingtoDavis.
JeffSheridan,Wolfspresssecretary,saiduntilafinalbudgetisadoptedbythelegislatureandsignedbythegovernor,nothing
iswritteninstone.
GovernorWolfknowstheimportanceofinvestingineducationandtherolelibrariesplayinprovidingaplatformforchildren
tolearn.Thereductionoffundingforlibraryaccessisconsistentwiththeagencysrequestandnotunprecedented(seeFY
2014/15and2012/13budgetproposals),SheridanwroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Weareintheinitialstagesofbudgetnegotiations,andtherewillbediscussionsaboutthisfundingaswemovetowardafinal
agreement,hewrote.

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
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FW:TribuneReview:Shalejobsrecount

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Sent:Monday,June15,201511:08AM
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Subject:TribuneReview:Shalejobsrecount

TribuneReview:Shalejobsrecount
h p://blog.triblive.com/owback/2015/06/15/shalejobsrecount/

ByDavidCon
June15,2015

ThedropinnaturalgaspriceshaspromptedsomelayoffsinPennsylvaniaasshalecompaniesslowtheirpaceofdrilling.

Certainlyithasntamountedtoadropof160,000jobs,though,asonemightsurmisefromthequickestofglancesatthe
stateDepartmentofLabor&IndustryslatestMarcellusShaleUpdate.

Thedepartmentthismonthsaidnaturalgasextraction,supplierstotheindustryandcompaniesthatprovidegoodsand
servicestoitsworkersemployedanestimated89,314peopleinthethirdquarteroflastyear.InApril,thedepartment
saidMarcellusindustriesandrelatedeconomicactivitysupported249,436jobsduringthatsamequarter.

Thenewnumberdoesnotreflectarashofpinkslipsintheshalefields,thoughsubsequentquarterscouldshowsome
reductionsgiventhecutsinspendingbydrillersthisyear.Instead,thisresultedfromarecountbyGov.TomWolfs
administration,whichsaiditfoundglaringerrorsinthemethodspreviousadministrationsusedtotallyupjobs.

Thenumbersweresoglaringlywrongtheyhadtobecorrected,explainedJohnHanger,Wolfspolicydirector,whosaid
heandLabor&IndustrySecretaryKathyManderinodecidedtorecalculatethedata.

ThenewapproachchangesacountingmethodthatdatesbacktoEdRendellsadministrationinwhichHangerserved
andhappensfivemonthsafterfellowDemocratWolfreplacedRepublicanTomCorbett.Italsocomesataparticularly
pricklytimeforWolfsrelationshipwiththeindustryasheseeksnewtaxesongasthattheIndependentFiscalOfficesaid
wouldbethehighestofanygasproducingstate.

Hangersaidthetimingisnotrelatedtothetaxdebate,andittookseveralmonthsbecause,theresalotgoingonstarting
anewadministration.

Theindustrystillsmellspoliticsintheswitch.

Whyputthisimportanteconomicanalysisinthehandsofthegovernorspoliticalteamratherthanrelyingoncareerstate
policyanalysts,andbreakfromthegoodgovernmentprecedentsetbybothGovernorsRendellandCorbett?asked
DaveSpigelmyer,presidentoftheNorthFayettebasedMarcellusShaleCoalition.

Theoldmethodledtoinflatednumbers,Hangersaid,byincludingallmembersofcertainjobclassesincluding
highwayworkersandstateenvironmentalregulatorseveniftheirjobsdidnttouchshale.Indeed,Corbetttookheatfor

thecalculationsin2013.

Thenewmethodstartswiththesamenumberofpeopledirectlyemployedinsixcategoriesandthenestimatesjobsin
indirectsupplychainandinducedindustriessuchasfoodservicesandhealthcare.

Hangersaiddataindicatingnearly90,000jobsfromgasshowitsanimportantandimpressiveindustrythatWolfwants
tosucceed.

Theindustryseesaglaringdisconnectbetweenthatwishforsuccessandthedrivetoraisetaxes,butSpigelmyersaid
wenonethelessremainhopefulthatwecanworkconstructivelywiththegovernorandhisstaffers.

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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
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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
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PLSReporter:Budgetnegotiatorsfindnewresolve,butremainfarapart
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PatriotNews:Lawmakerssenthomebuttold'itisnotsummervacation'
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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
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ReadingEagle:Alookatbruisingstatebudgetbattlesfromyearspast
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/alookatbruisingstatebudgetbattlesfromyearspast

BudgetVote

PatriotNews:TopHouseRepublicansapparentlycastphantomballotsonkeybudgetbill
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AP:AbsentPennsylvaniaHouseleadersstillvotedonschoolbill
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Budget:LegislativeResponses

ReadingEagle:StateSen.JudySchwankexplainsdisappointmentwithstatebudgetbill
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PoliticsPA:PABGT:StatewideReactiontoWolfsBudgetVeto
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BeaverCountyTimes:LegislatorsreacttoWolf'sbudgetveto
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TribuneReview:WolfvetoranklesFayWestGOP
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PatriotNews:LTE:Rep.BloomtiredofGov.Wolf's'confrontationalbudgetbrinksmanship'
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WNPVAM1440:StateSenatorBobMensch:Gov.WolfisNoEdRendell
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DailyAmerican:LocallawmakersupsetbyWolf'sveto(Subscriptionrequired)
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Education

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

The risks of the new Pa

schools oversight plan.html#WHOHmvcmOPILHuKp.99

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

PhiladelphiaCityPaper:ControllerreportsfindingThirdworldconditionsinPhillyschoolshumanwaste,exposedasbestosandfirehazards
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CitizensVoice:Statelaborsecretarycriticizestaxcollection
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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
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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

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http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/liquor privatization opponents.html#incart river

AP:'Killing1childeveryweek':Watchthemostoverthetopboozesalesadoutthere
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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'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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Governor'sOfficePressClipsJuly9,2015

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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Governor'sOfficePressClipsJune26,2015

TopClips

PatriotNews:FrancesWolf:Investinginourpublicschoolscan'tbeheldhostagetopolitics
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/investing_in_our_public_school.html

Budget

PoconoRecord:Editorial:GOPwayoffonbudgetpriorities
http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20150624/OPINION/150629686/101041/OPINION

WICU/WSEE:VIDEO:GovernorWolfHopefulfor"CommonSenseBudget"
http://www.erietvnews.com/story/29411360/governorwolfhopefulforcommonsensebudget

WJET:VIDEO:DisagreementsasStateBudgetDeadlineNears
http://www.yourerie.com/news/newsarticle/d/story/disagreementsasstatebudgetdeadlinenears/32332/OGbeFGaxmEWhGGWfxQw7Ng

PoliticsPA:PAGov:WolfSeekstoFrameBudgetDebate
http://www.politicspa.com/pagovwolfseekstoframebudgetdebate/67267/

AP:PennsylvaniaGov.TomWolfplansvetoofRepublicanbudget,Democratssay
http://www.wfmz.com/news/pennsylvaniagovtomwolfplansvetoofrepublicanbudgetdemocratssay/33774334

MorningCall:Lawmakersprepareforthe'longhaul'ofbudgetnegotiations
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpalehighvalleylawmakersbudgetimpass20150625story.html

PLSReporter:DemocratsdecryRepublicanagreedtobudgetprospects
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/794/DemocratsdecryRepublicanagreedtobudgetprospects.aspx

PhiladelphiaInquirer:GOPPa.budgetsaidtoignoreGov.Wolf
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150626_GOP_Pa__budget_said_to_ignore_Gov__Wolf.html#TEmJrp7KYRErEdgj.99

PatriotNews:GOPpromisesbudget,WolfpromisesvetoIt'sstalematetime:FridayMorningCoffee
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/gop promises budget wolf promi.html#incart river

PittsburghPostGazette:Republicanssaytheywillcreateownbudgettoavoidstalemate
http://www.postgazette.com/news/state/2015/06/26/Republicanssaytheywillcreateownbudgettoavoidstalemate/stories/201506260180

PhillyVoice:GOPpreparingnotaxbudgetafterdismissingPa.Gov.Wolf'staxproposal
http://www.phillyvoice.com/gopnotaxbudgetdismissingwolfsproposal/

KYWNewsradio:Pa.BudgetNegotiationsContinueAsDeadlineNears
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/26/pabudgetnegotiationscontinueasdeadlinenears/

BillyPenn:Harrisburgisfrozen:Agiantfightoverbuyingboozeiskeepingbillionsofdollarsinlimbo
http://billypenn.com/2015/06/25/harrisburgisfrozenagiantfightoverbuyingboozeiskeepingbillionsofdollarsinlimbo/

Reuters:Pennsylvaniacouldmissbudgetdeadline
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/25/usapennsylvaniabudgetidUSL1N0ZA2CZ20150625?feedType=RSS&feedName=bondsNews

WTAJ:VIDEO:WhoLosesIfaBudgetIsn'tPassed?
http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/wholosesifabudgetisntpassed/23749/B3t0vEFQUWiR1rEaaiS2w

PhiladelphiaInquirer:OpEdbyEdRendell:CompromiseinHarrisburg
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150626 Compromise in Harrisburg.html

Education

PatriotNews:IsWolf'sstanceonstartupofnewfundingformulashifting?
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/is wolfs stance on startup of.html

ReadingEagle:DavidMekeel:AfewhurdlesleftfornewfundingformulaforPennsylvaniaschools
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/davidmekeelafewhurdlesleftfornewfundingformulaforpennsylvaniaschools#.VY1JThtVhBc

YorkDailyRecord:YorkCityschoolsbudgethingesonstateaction
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci 28376958/yorkcityschoolsbudgethingesstateaction

TowandaDailyReview:AthensSchoolBoardapproves201516budget(Gov.Wolfmentioned)
http://thedailyreview.com/news/athensschoolboardapproves201516budget1.1903168

YorkDispatch:BustourtopromoteeducationspendingstopsinYork(Gov.Wolfmentioned)
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28380147/bustourpromoteeducationstopsyork

SeveranceTax

LNP:OpEd:Anewtaxonthegasindustry?Itsnotaresponsiblemove
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/anewtaxonthegasindustryitsnot/article 0775b26a1a8811e5949b7b0c9f1ef8ee.html

KingvBurwell

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Editorial:Lawoftheland
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150626 Law of the land.html

AP:WolfwillendPennsylvaniasbidtorunmarketplace
http://timesleader.com/news/localnewsnews/154279808/

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Wolfdropsplansforstateexchange
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/healthcareexchange/20150101 Wolf drops plans for state exchange.html

YorkDispatch:AfterSCOTUSdecision,Gov.TomWolftowithdrawstateruninsurancemarket
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci 28380213/afterscotusdecisiongovtomwolfwithdrawstate

PhiladelphiaBusinessJournal:Gov.WolfdropsstateruninsuranceexchangeplansafterSCOTUSruling
http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/blog/healthcare/2015/06/scotusobamacareupholdwolfhealthcare.html

WashingtonExaminer:PennsylvaniascrapsObamacareexchangeafterCourtruling
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pennsylvaniascrapsobamacareexchangeaftercourtruling/article/2567031

PatriotNews:Gov.WolfpraisesproObamacareruling
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/king burwell supreme court oba.html

MorningCall:PennsylvaniareactionstoSupremeCourt'sObamacaresubsidiesruling
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcreaxpaobamacaredecision20150625story.html#page=1

ReadingEagle:HealthcareproviderswelcomeObamacareruling
http://readingeagle.com/news/article/healthcareproviderswelcomeobamacareruling#.VY1JGBtVhBc

PittsburghBusinessTimes:Expertoncourt'shealthcarelawruling:'Itpreventschaosinplanning'
http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/thepulse/2015/06/supremecourtupholdssubsidiesinaffordablecare.html

PhiladelphiaInquirer:SupremeCourtupholdsObamacaresubsidies
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/homepage/20150626 Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies.html

MorningCall:382,000PennsylvanianscankeepObamacaresubsidies
http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mcpaobamacaresupremecourtsubsidies20150625story.html

TribuneReview:SplitU.S.SupremeCourtupholdssubsidiesforAffordableCareAct
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/862462374/courtcreditshealth#ixzz3eAfL8MFr

PittsburghPostGazette:SupremeCourtupholdsnationwidehealthcarelawsubsidies
http://www.postgazette.com/news/health/2015/06/25/SupremeCourtupholdsnationwidehealthcarelawsubsidiesobamacare
burwell/stories/201506250166

PatriotNews:SupremeCourt:Obamacarecontains'inartfuldrafting',butclearlymeantsubsidiesforall
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/supreme court obamacare contai.html#incart 2box midstate index.ssf

DepartmentNews

LNP:CareerBuilderreportfindsgrowing'skillsgap'
http://lancasteronline.com/business/local business/careerbuilderreportfindsgrowingskillsgap/article aae8b5061b8b11e58f10
2f0c31a12ed9.html

PublicSource:Twomen.Onecoalashdump.Noanswers.
http://publicsource.org/investigations/twomenonecoalashdumpnoanswers#.VY1JpBtVhBd

PittsburghBusinessTimes:PittsburghBusinessTimeshonorscapitalism,topcompanies
http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/morningedition/2015/06/pittsburghbusinesstimeshonorscapitalismtop.html

BackgroundChecks

MorningCall:Morethan500volunteersinParklandwillneedbackgroundchecks
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/parkland/mcparkandvolunteerbackgroundchecks20150625story.html

911Funding

KYWNewsradio:Gov.WolfExpectedToSignBillRenewingSurchargeOnPhoneServiceToFund911Service
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/26/govwolfexpectedtosignbillrenewingsurchargeonphoneservicetofund911service/

TribuneReview:Billtoboostfundingto911centersheadstogovernor'sdesk
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/863379974/countyfunding911#ixzz3eAgFwAhi

HouseandSenateAction

TimesTribune:Housepassestroopermemorial
http://thetimestribune.com/news/housepassestroopermemorial1.1903826

PAIndependent:PennsylvaniaSenateuncorkstaxbreakinwineshippingbill
http://paindependent.com/2015/06/pennsylvaniasenateuncorkstaxbreakinwineshippingbill/

PatriotNews:OpEd:Itcouldtakeadoubleshotofliquidcouragetogetboozeprivatizationdone
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/liquor_privatization_pennsylva.html#incart_river

ABC27:VIDEO:Lawmakersmayrollthediceonexpandedgambling
http://abc27.com/2015/06/25/lawmakersmayrollthediceonexpandedgambling/

PatriotNews:Sen.ScottWagnergivenseatatbigtablemeetingonpropertytaxes
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/sen_scott_wagner_given_seat_at.html

PLSReporter:Sen.Wagnerentersbudgetnegotiations
http://plsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/793/SenWagnerentersbudgetnegotiations.aspx


GunLaw

PatriotNews:JohnMicek:StatecourtmadetherightcallonoverbroadPa.gunlaw
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/state_court_made_the_right_cal.html#incart_river

PatriotNews:'Nowit'sscrap':DemocraticlawmakerscelebrateoverturnedPennsylvaniagunlaw
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/now its scrap.html#incart river

PhiladelphiaInquirer:Pa.courtnixeslawthatletgunlobbysuecities
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20150626 Pa

proNRA law is unconstitutional

court rules.html

PhiladelphiaDailyNews:City,stategunsafetyadvocateswinlegalvictory
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150626 City

state gunsafety advocates win legal victory.html

TribuneReview:Pa.CommonwealthCourtdeclaresstategunlawunconstitutional
http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/863082574/lawguncourt#axzz3dn6s2VQt

PatriotNews:GunrightsattorneysayshisclientsstillhavelegalstandingtosueHarrisburg
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/gun rights attorney legal stan.html#incart river

PatriotNews:Republicanlawmakers'anticipate'theywillappealcontroversialgunlawdecisioninPa.SupremeCourt
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/06/republican lawmakers anticipat.html#incart 2box politics index.ssf

PLSReporter:GunordinancechallengelawdeclaredunconstitutionalbyCommonwealthCourt
http://www.theplsreporter.com/Home/TabId/56/ArtMID/472/ArticleID/790/Gunordinancechallengelawdeclaredunconstitutionalby
CommonwealthCourt.aspx

LetterstotheEditor

TimesTribune:Pitythedrillers
http://thetimestribune.com/opinion/letters/letterstotheeditor62520151.1903116

ErieTimesNews:Cutsshouldstartwithstatelawmakers
http://www.goerie.com/cutsshouldstartwithstatelawmakersletterstotheeditor

Capitolwire:Theirbudgetwon'tneedpensionreform,buttheGOPplanstopushfor
itanyway.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June25)ThestatebudgetwhetheritsbuiltbytheGovernorandtheLegislature,orjustbytheLegislatures
Republicansisgoingtoneedalotofthingstomakeitworkfiscally.
Butpensionreformisntoneofthosethings.
WhenaskedThursdayeveningifthestatebudgetbeingconstructedbytheGOPrequirespensionreform,DrewCrompton,ChiefofStaff
forSenatePresidentProTemJoeScarnati,RJefferson,wasverysuccinctwithhisanswer:No.
Despiteassertionstothecontraryduringthelastfewdaysandweeks,itnowappearsthatwhateverdealisworkedoutbetweenHouse
andSenateRepublicansregardingpensionsandthetwocaucusesappeartobefairlyonthesamepageaccordingtovarioussources
itsnotgoingtoproduceimmediatesavings.
Andwithoutsavings,itsnotanimperativetogetpensionsdoneaspartofthewhatsexpectedtobesomeformofRepublican
constructedbudgetsenttoGov.TomWolfsometimenextweek,withthegoalstilltohavetheGeneralAppropriationsbill(butmaybe
notalloftheotherbudgetcomponents)donebeforeJuly1.
ButthatdoesntmeanRepublicansdontwanttopasspensionsandsoon.Anditdoesntmeanthetwocaucuseswontmanageto
passsomethingsometimenextweek.
IftheRepublicansaregoingtopasssomething,itcertainlywontbe,atbest,untillateonJune30.
ThatsbecausethePublicEmployeeRetirementCommission(PERC)wontbemeetinguntilMondayafternoon,at4p.m.,todealwith
actuarialnotesforplannedamendmentstoSenateBill1.
TheSenateapprovedpensionreformbillhasyettobescheduledforconsiderationbytheHouseStateGovernmentCommittee(butan
announcementisexpectedsoon),whereitawaitsaction.TheHouseRepublicanCaucusisexpectedtotalkaboutpensionplansFriday
morning,anditsanticipatedthatRepublicanleaders,abitlaterintheday,willofferanexplanationofwhatsgoingtooccurduringthe
nextfewdaysastheyworktogetabudgetdone.
SourcesclosetothepensionsituationsaidthatasearlyasThursdaymorning,theamendmentstoSB1hadnotbeendraftedand
PERChadnotreceivedthem.
WeareschedulingameetingforlateMondayafternoontodealwithsomeSB1amendments,saidPERCExecutiveDirectorJim
McAnenyThursdayafternoon.Theactuarialreviewwillbecompletedintimeforthatmeeting.
Atleasttwoamendmentsarebelievedtobeintheoffing,possiblymore.
OneofthoseappearstobetiedtotheprimaryreasonSB1isntnecessarytobalanceanystatebudget.
Rep.DarylMetcalfe,RButler,whochairstheHouseStateGovernmentCommittee,indicatedinearlyJune,duringapublichearing
aboutSB1,saidanamendmentwasbeingdraftedtoeliminatethebillsplantoreamortizethecurrentunfundedpensionliabilityovera
new30yearperiod.
Thatwouldhaveprovidedsomeimmediatesavings,attheexpenseofaddingtotheunfundedliability.SenateRepublicanswerealso
apparentlyopentoreducingstatecontributions,throughmorecollaringofthosecontributions,foradditionalimmediatesavings,with
someestimatesbeingabout$200million.
SourcessaidthatideawasroundlyrejectedbytheHouseRepublicanCaucuswheninitiallyproposed.Andithasntfoundanytraction
inthecaucussincethen.
WhenaskedbyCapitolwireonWednesdayifcollaredpaymentsarestillbeingconsidered,HouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,
said:No.
AnotherchangecomingtoSB1presagedbypublichearingsheldbyMetcalfescommitteeisexpectedtobeacarveoutfor
PennsylvaniaStatePoliceofficers,correctionsofficersandcertainotherhazardousdutypersonnel.
DuringtwohearingsheldinearlyJune,testimonysuppliedtothecommitteereinforcedoneparticularitemthathasbeenaconcern
everytimechangestothestatespublicpensionsareconsideredanddiscussed:thosestateemployeesrepresentedbythe
PennsylvaniaStateTroopersAssociationandthePennsylvaniaStateCorrectionsOfficersAssociationdontwanttheirpensionbenefits
tochangeatall.

AndsourcesclosetothepensionissuesaythereareplentyofHouseRepublicanCaucusmemberswhoagreewiththemsolookfor
thatproposedchangeonMonday.
AsfortheremainderofSB1,thereappearstobegeneralconsensusbetweenthecaucusesonmostofit.
Andwhiletheremightnotbeimmediatesavings,RepublicansinbothchambersnotePERCsanalysisofthebillidentifieslongerterm
savings.Someofthatsavingswouldcomefromitemspotentiallyagreeabletothegovernor,suchasanantispikingprovisionandrisk
sharingconceptsforcurrentemployees,althoughnotnecessarilywhatscontainedinSB1.
Butevenwiththosesavingsprovisionswhich,alongwithothermoresignificantchangestocurrentemployees'futurebenefits,couldall
runafoulofthestateSupremeCourtonthebasisofcontractimpairmentincludedinthebill,Republicanleadersonbothsidesofthe
Capitolappeartoagreethekeytothebillisitsswitch,fornewlyhiredemployees,fromadefinedbenefitplantoadefined
contribution/definedbenefithybridplan.
DespiteGov.Wolf,earlierthisweek,tellingGOPleadershewouldnotsupportsuchaswitch,itappearsasthoughtheyintendtopress
onwiththatplan.
SB1couldbereportedoutofcommitteeatanytimebetweennowandSunday,whichwouldallowthebilltobepositionedforSecond
Consideration(andpossibleamendment)intheHousefollowingthePERCmeetingMondayafternoon.
IfSB1isamendedonMonday,thatwouldstillallowforfinalconsiderationofthemeasureonTuesdaypossiblylaterintheday,ifthe
billisamendedonMondayafternoon/evening.AndifthebillshouldwinHouseapproval,theSenatecouldpotentiallystillhavetime
toconcurwiththechangesonTuesday.
Mondays4p.m.PERCmeetingisscheduledtobeheldinRoom461ofthestateCapitolsMainCapitolBuilding.
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Capitolwire:CourttossesoutlawallowingNRAtosuemunicipalities.
ByKevinZwick
StaffReporter
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June25)ThelawallowingtheNationalRifleAssociationtosuemunicipalitiesoverlocalgunlawsisunconstitutional,
theCommonwealthCourtruledThursday.
JudgeRobertSimpson,ina35pageopinion,saidtheprocessthroughwhichAct192becamelawviolatesbasicprinciplesofgood
governmentand,indeed,thePennsylvaniaConstitution.
Amajorityofthesevenjudgepanelfoundthelawviolatedthesinglesubjectandoriginalpurposerulesofthestateconstitution.The
opiniondidnotaddressthemeritsofthelegislation.
JudgePatriciaMcCulloughfiledaconcurringanddissentingopinion,inwhichsheagreedthatthelawviolatedtheoriginalpurposerule,
butdisagreedthelawviolatedthesinglesubjectrule.
Ifanoriginalpurposeislostalongthelegislativeway,then,too,mustbeitsunifyingsubject,andviceversa.Asthescrambledeggis
bothwhiteandyolk,thepurposeandsubjectoflegislationareoneandthesame,andwhenoneleavesthepicturesomusttheother,
shewroteinhersixpageopinion.
Sen.DaylinLeach,DMontgomery,oneoftheDemocraticlegislatorswhosuedtopHouseandSenateleadersoverthelegislation,said
itwasanoncontroversialbillattachedwithaverycontroversialbill.
ThelanguagewasaddedtoaCrimesCodebilloriginallyaddressingthetheftofsecondarymetalssuchaswireandpipes.Thegunlaw
language,whileapolicyideathathasbeenaroundforyears,wasamendedintothesecondarymetalsbill,andthenapprovedbythe
Senateinafewdays.TheamendedbillwasthenapprovedbytheHousethefollowingweek.
JayOstrich,spokesmanforHouseSpeakerMikeTurzai,RAllegheny,saidtheRepublicanleaderswerereviewingtherulingand
options.
WearereviewingtheCourtsdecision,andanticipatethatwewillfileanappealwiththeSupremeCourtinordertovindicatethe
Legislaturesabilitytoenactmeaningfulchangestothelaw,"saidJenniferKocher,spokeswomanfortheSenateGOP.
WebelievetheCourtsopinionunfairlytiesthehandsoftheLegislatureandhampersourabilitytoamendtheCrimesCode,anareaof
thelawwhichembracesfarmorethansimplytheelementsofcrimes,"shesaidinastatement."Ultimately,theCourtsopinion
underminesalawfulactofthelegislativebranch,whichwasthoroughlydebated,passedbothhouses,andwassignedbytheGovernor.
Insodoing,theCourtallowedthoseopposedtothelegislationtoachieveviatheCourtswhattheycouldnotachievethroughthe
legislativeprocess.

Thecourtdidn'tquestionthemeritsofthelaw,buteveniftheLegislatureweretoapprovethegunlanguageinastandalonebilltoavoid
thecourt'sconcerns,it'sunlikelytobecomelawunderGov.TomWolf.
Thegovernorhasbeenclearinhisoppositiontothislawandfeelsthecourtgotitright,saidWolfspokesmanJeffSheridan.
WhenGov.TomCorbettsignedthebilllastfall,theNRAsaiditwouldprovideawayforresponsiblegunownerstoholdmunicipalities
accountableandresponsibleforinfringingonourSecondAmendmentrights.
Severalmunicipalities,includingPittsburgh,AllentownandHarrisburg,havebeensuedovertheirlocalgunlaws.Mostofthelocallaws
werelostorstolenordinances,whichrequiregunownerstoreport,withinacertaintimeframe,whenaguntheyownhasbeenlostor
stolen.Theordinancesweremeanttocombatstrawpurchasers,wholegallybuyfirearmsandthenprovidethemtoindividualswhocan't
legallyownafirearm.
Theyusedbadproceduretogetabadpolicypassedandtheygotcaught,saidShiraGoodman,executivedirectorofCeasefirePA.
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Capitolwire:SomeappropriationsbillsmovinginbothGeneralAssemblychambers
Thursday'sflooractionrecap.
ByChrisComisac
BureauChief
Capitolwire
HARRISBURG(June26)TheHouseandSenatecontinuedtoprovideevidencethataneffortisbeingmadetogetastatebudgetdone
beforeJuly1,thestarttoPennsylvaniasnewfiscalyear.
TheHouseRulesCommitteeonThursdayafternoonunanimouslyadvancedtothefullchamberthevariouspreferredappropriationsbills
appropriationsforthenormaloperationsoftheCommonwealth,specificallytheadministrationofcertainlawsandtheoperatingfundsfor
avarietyofstateagencies.
Duringthemeeting,HouseAppropriationsCommitteeMinorityChairmanJoeMarkosek,DAllegheny,notedsomeofthebillshavebeen
amendedwithlargerappropriationamounts.Markosekexplainedthoseincreasedfigureswhichhavebeenagreedtobylegislative
leadersrepresenttheadditionalcostsassociatedwiththenewcollectivebargainingagreementsreachedbyGov.TomWolfs
administrationandthevariousstateemployeelaborunions(CLICKHEREandHEREformoreaboutthat).SenateAppropriations
CommitteeMajorityChairmanPatBrowne,RLehigh,earlierthisweekmentionedduringameetingofhiscommitteewhichreported
similarbillstotheSenatefloorthenumbersrepresentupdatessuppliedbythestateBudgetOffice.
Laterintheday,theSenateapprovedallbutoneoftheirversionsofthosepreferredappropriations,sendingthemtotheHouse.
ThebillthathasyettogetafinalvoteisSenateBill813,which,primarily,wouldtransfernearly$72millionfromtheWorkmens
CompensationAdministrationFundtotheDepartmentofLaborandIndustryfortheadministrationoftheWorkersCompensationAct
andtheOccupationalDiseaseAct.Thebillalsoplanstomove$194,000fromarestrictedrevenueaccountwithintheWorkmens
CompensationAdministrationFundfortheoperationoftheOfficeoftheSmallBusinessAdvocate.Thebillhadincludeda$5million
transfertotheUninsuredEmployersGuarantyFundfromtheWorkmensCompensationAdministrationFund.
OnThursday,thatlastSB813appropriationwaschangedontheSenatefloor,byapartyline3019vote(withRepublicanssupporting
andDemocratsopposing),from$5millionto$3million.
ForthemostparttherestoftheSenatespreferredbillsreceivedunanimousapproval,althoughafewreceivednearunanimousapproval.
Sens.MikeFolmer,RLebanon,andScottWagner,RYork,votedagainstSBs814and818.Thosetwobillshadtobeamendedin
committeetoincreasetheirappropriationsduetotheaforementionedaddedcostsfromnewcollectivebargaining.Sens.Folmerand
Wagnerhavebeenleadingthechargeforbills(someofwhicharenowintheHouseforconsideration)theysaywillprovidemore
transparencytothecollectivebargainingprocess.
ThenonpreferredappropriationsbillsthosefundingthestaterelateduniversitiesaswellastheUniversityofPennsylvaniafor
veterinaryactivitieswerereportedoutoftheHouseRulesCommitteealongwiththepreferredappropriationsbills,butnotwithout
oppositionfromHouseDemocrats.
MarkoseksaidthebillsdonotrepresentWolfsbudgetaryrequestsforeachinstitution,soheurgedanovoteonthebills,whichevery
Democraticmemberofthecommitteesupplied.Adolph,acknowledgingthebillscurrentappropriationsarethesameasthecurrent
fiscalyearappropriation,saidthatsituationwouldchangebeforethefinalpassageofthebills,andthatreportingthebillsoutof
committeeissimplytogettheminpositionforafinalvote,inhopesofhavingthemsenttothegovernorinassociationwiththestate
GeneralAppropriationsbill.ThesamesituationwasplayedoutontheHousefloorlaterintheday,whenMarkosek
sought,unsuccessfully,tosuspendtherulestoamendWolfsappropriationrequestsintothebillsduringthechamber'ssecondreading
ofthelegislation.

TheSenatehastheirsimilarversionsofthenonpreferredsawaitingafinalvoteontheSenatefloor,andSenateRepublicansofferedthe
samereason:theyrewaitingtoseewhatmoneycanbeaddedtotheappropriationsineachbillbeforevotingtosendthemtothe
House.
AsforotherbillsmovingaroundintheGeneralAssembly:
INTHEHOUSE
TheHousesenttothegovernorapackageofbillsthatwouldauthorizeHonoringOurVeteransandHonorablyDischargedVeterans
licenseplatesformotorcyclesandtransfertherevenuesgeneratedbythoseplatestothestatesVeteransTrustFund.Alsoonitsway
tothegovernor,followingaconcurrencevotebythechamber,isameasurethatwouldprovideinstatetuitionratesatcommunity
colleges,publicinstitutionofhigherlearningandstaterelated/stateownedinstitutionsforveterans,theirspousesanddependent
children.
ThechambersenttotheSenatebillsthatseektodetitlevehicleswhentheyarerecycledbyascrapmetalprocessorincreasethe
amountofrestitutioncrimevictimsreceivefromthecriminalsthatfinanciallyaffectedthemreducethefoodtoalcoholsalesratiofor
EconomicDevelopmentLiquorlicensesfrom70percentto50percentandbanpowderedalcoholinPennsylvania(althoughthestate
LiquorControlBoardhasalreadysaiditwouldntapprovethesaleofsuchproductswithinthestate),aswellasfurtherdefinefranchise
territoriesforadesignatedbrandorbrandsofmaltorbrewedbeveragesandallowquestionsastowhethercertaintypesofliquor
licensesshouldbeissuedwithinamunicipalitytobeontheballotatanyelectionratherthanjustprimaryelections.
AlsoonitswaytotheSenateafterplentyofdebateandaquestionofconstitutionalityisabillthatwouldrequiretheIndependentFiscal
Officetoprepareafiscalimpactstatementofgeneralandpermanentexecutiveordersthatareissuedbythegovernor.
Additionally,theHousereturnedtotheSenateabillthatwouldpenalizemotoristswhofalselyclaimtobeaveteranontheir
Pennsylvaniadriverslicenseapplication.
Ontopofpositioningthepreferredandnonpreferredappropriationsbillsforpotentialfinalvotes,theHouselikewisepositionedbillsthat
wouldaddresstitleprotectionforlicensedMarriageandFamilyTherapistsandaddressadiscrepancyinthecompositionofthestate
BoardofSocialWorkers,MarriageandFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors(thebillwasunanimouslyamendedtoexclude
fromthebillsrestrictionsonuseofvarioustherapisttitlespersonswhoprovidesfaithbasedmarriage,familyorcouples
therapy)reducethelicensingfeefordistilleriesofhistoricalsignificancerequiretheDepartmentofConservationandNaturalResources
tocreatewithintherestrictedaccounttwoseparatefunds,oneforsnowmobilerevenueandexpendituresandanotherforATVrevenue
andexpenditures(thebillwasunanimouslyamendedtoincluderequirementsonthedepartmentregardingregulationstobe
promulgatedpursuanttothebillsprovisions)andrequiretheDepartmentofEducation(PDE)toidentifyandsuspendallunnecessary
reportingmandatesonpublicschools(HouseDemocratsunsuccessfullyattemptedtoamendthebilltoexcludefromitsprovisionsdata
collectionpertainingtodisclosureofinterscholasticathleticsopportunities).
INTHESENATE
Withaunanimousconcurrencevote,theSenatesenttothegovernorabillthatwouldreauthorizethe1990EmergencyTelephoneAct
byincreasingthesurchargefeeleviedonalldevicescapableofcontacting911dispatchcentersallwiththehopesofprovidingmore
fundingforthecontinuedoperationofthestates911callcenters.Itremainstobeseenifthegovernorwillsignthebill,though.
Inadditiontothemanypreferredappropriationsbillspreviouslymentioned,thechamberalsosenttotheHousebillsthat
wouldcreatewithintheDepartmentofHealththeProstateCancerSurveillance,Education,DetectionandTreatmenttaskforceapairof
billstoprovideforpropertymaintenancecodeswithintheUniformConstructionCodefortownshipsofthefirstclassandsecond
classallowtheEnvironmentalQualityBoardtohaveanindependentcounseltoassisttheboardinitsreviewofproposedandfinal
rulemakings,andallothermattersbeforetheboardplacecapsonpunitivedamagesagainstpersonalcarefacilities,assistedliving
communities,longtermcarenursingfacilitiesandtheiremployeesandofficials(CLICKHEREtoreadarecentCapitolwirestoryabout
thatbill)andencouragetheuseoftreatedacidminedrainagewaterforhydraulicfracturing.
Allbutthevotesonthelasttwobillswereunanimous.SenateBill747thepunitivedamagesbillwasapprovedona409vote,while
SenateBill875receiveda3415finalapprovalvote.
PositionedforpotentialfinalvotesinthechamberwerebillsseekingtomakeseveralchangestoTitle34(Game)inorderto,according
tothebillssupporters,providesomereliefforthebeagletrainersinPennsylvaniaandestablishauniformprocedureforthedisposition
ofcontrabandleftinthepossessionofprobationandparoleagencies.
Thechamberalsoamendedabillwhichispositionedforapossiblefinalvotethatseekstoclarifycountypensioncostofliving
adjustments(COLAs)neednotbecalculatedretroactively.Theunanimouslyapprovedamendmentrequiresanactuarialnotebe
preparedbeforeaCOLAisconsideredbyanycountyretirementsystem,andalsoestablishesathreshold(retirementsystemfundratio)
forwhenCOLAscanbeapproved.
AdditionallytheSenatesenttoitsAppropriationsCommitteelegislationcontaininganewbasiceducationfundingformula(CLICK
HERE,HEREandHEREformoreaboutthebillandtheformula).
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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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LNP:OpEdbyRep.Sturla:GOPbudgetispoliticalideology,notsoundfiscalgovernance

LNP:OpEdbyRep.Sturla:GOPbudgetispoliticalideology,notsoundfiscalgovernance
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/gopbudgetispoliticalideologynotsoundfiscal
governance/article 3a55378a202a11e5bd2cef941841d871.html

Posted:Thursday,July2,20156:00am
P.MICHAELSTURLAlSPECIALTOLNP

TheRepublicanbudgetthatmovedthroughtheLegislaturealongpartylinesisnothingmorethanarepeatofthefailedpoliciesoftheCorbett
years.
Theplanisfiscallyirresponsibleandcontinuestoperpetuatetheharmdonetoschoolsoverthepastfourbudgets,failstoprovidereliefforthe
risingpropertytaxescausedbychronicunderfundingofschools,andcontinuestorelyonthebudgetarygimmicksthatledtomultiplebondrating
downgradesforthestate.
AfterwithholdingtheirvotestomakeformerGov.EdRendellsbudgetslate,theRepublicansinrecentyearshavedeclaredtheirontimebudgets
assynonymouswithgoodbudgets.
TimelinessdoesnotguaranteethatabudgetisfiscallysoundorthatitmeetstheneedsofPennsylvanians.Fiscalmismanagementthatleadsto
creditdowngrades,skippingordelayingpaymentstocreditors,cookingthebooks,andaddingnewdebtdoesntmakeforagoodbudget.
Remember,thepastfourontimebudgetsresultedinincreasedlocalpropertytaxes,highercollegetuitionrates,decliningtestscores,multiple
bondratingdowngrades,andadropfromseventhinjobcreationto50th.ThisRepublicanproposalcontinuesthattrend.
RepublicanshavehadopportunitiesinrecentmonthstoworkwithGov.TomWolftoaddressthestructuraldeficitaswellasfundeducationand
providepropertytaxrelief.Instead,theyputideologyoversoundfiscalgovernance.
ThisRepublicanbudgetcontinuestheRepublicanspastpracticeofdelayingpaymentstothestatesvendors,andevenresortstoskippingSocial
Securitypaymentstoschooldistricts.Ituseshundredsofmillionsofdollarsworthofadjustmentsinrevenueprojectionsandfutureliabilitiesin
anattempttobalancethebooks.Evenworse,theirbudgetisprojectedtocreatea$3billionstructuraldeficitinthe201617fiscalyearbudget.
RestoringeducationfundingisoneofthetopprioritiesofourgovernorandamajorityofPennsylvanians.Todoso,hehasproposedimplementing
areasonableseverancetaxontheMarcellusShaleindustry.ItshouldbenotedthatPennsylvaniaistheonlymajorgasproducingstatewithouta
severancetaxandtheindustryispullingmillionsofdollarsworthofPennsylvanianaturalgasoutofthegroundperhour,taxfree,eachday.
Republicanlegislatorscampaignedlastfallonthenotionthattheyalsovaluededucationandwouldbewillingtopassashalegastaxtopayforit.
Nowthattheelectionisover,however,theyarerevertingtothecoursetheysetwithformerGov.TomCorbettandarerefusingtoimplementa
severancetaxormakeatrueinvestmentintheeducationofchildreninthecommonwealth.
WhileRepublicanscontinuetotouttheirbudgetasmakinghistoricinvestmentsineducation,theirproposalforthisyearsbasiceducation
fundinglineitemisstilllessthanRendells20082009(preAmericanRecoveryandReinvestmentActstimulusera)basiceducationfundingline
item.
Theonlyhistoricthingabouttheirfundinglevelclaimisthemagnitudeofthefib.
TheRepublicanLegislaturesbudgetproposalpurportstoadd$100millioninbasiceducationfunding.Buttheyfailtomentionthattheirplan
reimbursesschooldistrictsforonly10ofthe12SocialSecuritytaxpaymentsthatthestatesendstodistricts,thusshortingthosesameschools$87
million.Sothenetgainisonly$13milliontotalstatewideoneeighthoftheirclaim.Thatsamere3or4centsperstudent,perschoolday.
Wolfsproposalmakesall12payments,andadds$400milliontothebasiceducationfundinglineitem.ThatmeansthatinLancasterCountyalone,
schoolswouldreceive$2.7millionmoreinSocialSecuritypaymentsand$4.4millionmoreinbasiceducationfundingundertheWolfproposal
usingshaletaxproceedsthantheRepublicanplan,whichalmostcertainlyguaranteeslocalpropertytaxincreases.
HouseRepublicansrepeatedlydeclarethattheirbudgetdoesnotraisetaxes.Theyrailagainstthegovernorsbudgetproposal,whichincludes
propertytaxreliefbyincreasingthestatessalesandpersonalincometaxes.Yetjustafewshortweeksago,RepublicansandDemocratsvotedto
moveHouseBill504,apropertytaxreliefplan,totheSenate.Thatbillwouldfundpropertytaxreliefbyraisingsalestaxandpersonalincometax.So
eithertheRepublicanbudgetproposalraisestaxesortheyhavetoadmitthatRepublicanshavenoplansofeveraddressingpropertytaxreliefas
partofthisyearsbudget.
Itstimetochoosesoundfiscalgovernanceoverrigidpoliticalideologywithregardtothestatesbudget.Letsworktomoveforwardwith
sustainablerevenuesourcesthateliminatestructuraldeficits,allowustoprovidepropertytaxreliefforallPennsylvanians,andimproveour
childrenseducationstatewide.

P.MichaelSturla,whosedistrictincludesallofLancastercityandpartsofLancasterandManheimtownships,ischairmanoftheHouse
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TheRepublicanbudgetthatmovedthroughtheLegislaturealongpartylinesisnothingmorethanarepeatofthefailedpoliciesoftheCorbett
years.
Theplanisfiscallyirresponsibleandcontinuestoperpetuatetheharmdonetoschoolsoverthepastfourbudgets,failstoprovidereliefforthe
risingpropertytaxescausedbychronicunderfundingofschools,andcontinuestorelyonthebudgetarygimmicksthatledtomultiplebondrating
downgradesforthestate.
AfterwithholdingtheirvotestomakeformerGov.EdRendellsbudgetslate,theRepublicansinrecentyearshavedeclaredtheirontimebudgets
assynonymouswithgoodbudgets.
TimelinessdoesnotguaranteethatabudgetisfiscallysoundorthatitmeetstheneedsofPennsylvanians.Fiscalmismanagementthatleadsto
creditdowngrades,skippingordelayingpaymentstocreditors,cookingthebooks,andaddingnewdebtdoesntmakeforagoodbudget.
Remember,thepastfourontimebudgetsresultedinincreasedlocalpropertytaxes,highercollegetuitionrates,decliningtestscores,multiple
bondratingdowngrades,andadropfromseventhinjobcreationto50th.ThisRepublicanproposalcontinuesthattrend.
RepublicanshavehadopportunitiesinrecentmonthstoworkwithGov.TomWolftoaddressthestructuraldeficitaswellasfundeducationand
providepropertytaxrelief.Instead,theyputideologyoversoundfiscalgovernance.
ThisRepublicanbudgetcontinuestheRepublicanspastpracticeofdelayingpaymentstothestatesvendors,andevenresortstoskippingSocial
Securitypaymentstoschooldistricts.Ituseshundredsofmillionsofdollarsworthofadjustmentsinrevenueprojectionsandfutureliabilitiesin
anattempttobalancethebooks.Evenworse,theirbudgetisprojectedtocreatea$3billionstructuraldeficitinthe201617fiscalyearbudget.
RestoringeducationfundingisoneofthetopprioritiesofourgovernorandamajorityofPennsylvanians.Todoso,hehasproposedimplementing
areasonableseverancetaxontheMarcellusShaleindustry.ItshouldbenotedthatPennsylvaniaistheonlymajorgasproducingstatewithouta
severancetaxandtheindustryispullingmillionsofdollarsworthofPennsylvanianaturalgasoutofthegroundperhour,taxfree,eachday.
Republicanlegislatorscampaignedlastfallonthenotionthattheyalsovaluededucationandwouldbewillingtopassashalegastaxtopayforit.
Nowthattheelectionisover,however,theyarerevertingtothecoursetheysetwithformerGov.TomCorbettandarerefusingtoimplementa
severancetaxormakeatrueinvestmentintheeducationofchildreninthecommonwealth.
WhileRepublicanscontinuetotouttheirbudgetasmakinghistoricinvestmentsineducation,theirproposalforthisyearsbasiceducation
fundinglineitemisstilllessthanRendells20082009(preAmericanRecoveryandReinvestmentActstimulusera)basiceducationfundingline
item.
Theonlyhistoricthingabouttheirfundinglevelclaimisthemagnitudeofthefib.
TheRepublicanLegislaturesbudgetproposalpurportstoadd$100millioninbasiceducationfunding.Buttheyfailtomentionthattheirplan
reimbursesschooldistrictsforonly10ofthe12SocialSecuritytaxpaymentsthatthestatesendstodistricts,thusshortingthosesameschools$87
million.Sothenetgainisonly$13milliontotalstatewideoneeighthoftheirclaim.Thatsamere3or4centsperstudent,perschoolday.
Wolfsproposalmakesall12payments,andadds$400milliontothebasiceducationfundinglineitem.ThatmeansthatinLancasterCountyalone,
schoolswouldreceive$2.7millionmoreinSocialSecuritypaymentsand$4.4millionmoreinbasiceducationfundingundertheWolfproposal
usingshaletaxproceedsthantheRepublicanplan,whichalmostcertainlyguaranteeslocalpropertytaxincreases.
HouseRepublicansrepeatedlydeclarethattheirbudgetdoesnotraisetaxes.Theyrailagainstthegovernorsbudgetproposal,whichincludes
propertytaxreliefbyincreasingthestatessalesandpersonalincometaxes.Yetjustafewshortweeksago,RepublicansandDemocratsvotedto
moveHouseBill504,apropertytaxreliefplan,totheSenate.Thatbillwouldfundpropertytaxreliefbyraisingsalestaxandpersonalincometax.So
eithertheRepublicanbudgetproposalraisestaxesortheyhavetoadmitthatRepublicanshavenoplansofeveraddressingpropertytaxreliefas
partofthisyearsbudget.
Itstimetochoosesoundfiscalgovernanceoverrigidpoliticalideologywithregardtothestatesbudget.Letsworktomoveforwardwith
sustainablerevenuesourcesthateliminatestructuraldeficits,allowustoprovidepropertytaxreliefforallPennsylvanians,andimproveour
childrenseducationstatewide.

P.MichaelSturla,whosedistrictincludesallofLancastercityandpartsofLancasterandManheimtownships,ischairmanoftheHouse
DemocraticPolicyCommittee.

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PatriotNews:DennisRoddy:FallingdownWolf'sshalejobsrabbitholeit'sawildride
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/06/disappearing down wolfs shale.html

ByPennLiveOpEd
onJune18,2015at1:00PM,updatedJune18,2015at1:02PM

ByDennisRoddy
Gov.Tom"FreshStart"WolfandhiscrewhaverevivedOrwell's"memoryhole"thefierychutedown
whichinconvenientthreadsofthehumannarrativeweresent,makingpeople"nonpersons,"andhistorymere
cinders.
Inthiscase,theholewasdugoutofcyberspace,specificallythewebsiteofthePennsylvaniaDepartmentof
LaborandIndustry.
SinceEdRendellwasgovernor,theprofessionalsatL&Ihaveproducedasetofstatisticsmonitoring
theeconomiceffectsoftheMarcellusShaleindustry.
Themethodologywasclear.Theymeasureddirect"core"jobsinexpandinggasdrillingindustry,alongwith
indirectjobsfromancillarycompanies.
Andthentheysurveyedotherjobsthathadlittleornothingtodowiththeactualdrilling,butwhichbenefitted
fromorweremademoresecurebytheeconomicactivitythatbuiltuparoundMarcellusexploration.
Forexample,adeliverydriverinPhiladelphiamightneverdropoffaloadofpipeinWilliamsport,butifhis
companyhassomeofthatbusinessinanotherpartofthestate,itmeanshisjobismademoresecureandmore
profitable.
AlunchcounterinGreeneCounty,mightnothaveariginthekitchen,buttheworkersandtheirfamilies,or
theguydownthestreetwhojustsoldanewFordF150toadriller,allcomewithmoneyfromthesame
wellspring,anditkeepsthecookandwaitstaffemployed.
Itiscalled"induced"employment.Andithasbeenmeasuredbyeconomistsfordecades.Thereareset
formulaeforwhatarecalled"jobmultipliers"thenumberofjobsinotherindustriescreatedbyasinglejobin
another.
Thenuanceisbestexpressedbyviewinganeconomyasaswimmingpool.Ifyoupourwaterinonecorner,the
levelrisesoneveryothercorner.
WhenIworkedintheCorbettadministration,L&Iexpertsschooledmeinthenuanceofdirect,indirectand
inducedemploymentandoneofthefirstdocumentstheyhandedmewascalledMarcellusFastFacts.
Thiswasanewindustry,theyexplained,andthusithadnospecificindustrialcategorythatcaptured
everythingthatwashappening.

WeneededawaytofigureouthowtodeterminethattheMarcellusboomwastherealthing,andL&Icameup
withamodelbackinEdRendell'sday.
Now,withenoughdataaccumulated,thevariouseconomicspinoffsidentified,theycouldputitintoamonthly
booklet.
Thatdatavanishedovernight,replacedwithaonepage"MarcellusShaleUpdate,"producednot
exclusivelybyL&Iaswaslongthecase.Thisdocument,whichwritesoff160,000jobssupportedbythegas
industry,wasdoneatthebehestoftheelectedfrontoffice.
ReadMore:Where'sthefuroroverWolftappingshaleexecforregulatorypost?

EveninthedaysofNixon,therewasalwaysanunderstandingthatyoudidn'tmesswiththenumberspeople
becauseincompleteorcookednumberscanleadtodisaster.
ThinkEnron.
SoweneveroncetoldL&Ihowtogatheritsnumbers.Whenexplainingthesenumbers,wealwaysmadecertain
thatthedifferencesweremadeclear:direct,indirect,andinduced.
Morethanonce,thatswimmingpoolanalogywasputouttheresothatpeoplecouldunderstandthatgeneral
prosperityisafunctionofabroadeconomy,Thegoalwasconsistentnumbersetsexplainedclearly.
ThedisappearanceofthisbroadswathofPennsylvaniansfromtheWolfadministration'snarrativeservesa
valuablepoliticalpurpose.
Justnow,theyarefacedwithapopulacethathasagrowingandmoresophisticatedgraspofhowthegas
industryhasimprovedtheeconomyinwhichtheytoil.
Theindustryinturnhaspointedtothevastnumberwhobenefitwithouteversettingfootonawellpad.Those
arethepeopletheyhopetoenlistintheirbattleagainstanextractiontax.YouseethesignsalongtheTurnpike:
240,000jobs.
So,bydecouplingtwothirdsofthatnumberfromthedataset,theadministrationclearlybenefitsifpeoplesee
"only"89,000jobs.
Theythensetouttomischaracterizehowtheearlierfigureswerepresented.Theonepagerthatnowpasses
foranaccountingofeconomicgrowth.
Theseinducedandancillarynumberswereneverpresentedas"gas"jobs.Theywerejobsthat,however
incrementally,benefittedfromtheoveralleconomicgrowthspurredbytheoilandgasindustry.
SoitwasabitshockingtoseeSaraGoulet,hiredundertheCorbettadministrationandretainedunder
Wolf,misrepresentthepurposeoftheFastFactsnumbersinaninterviewwithStateImpactPA.
"Wewereveryuncomfortablewithsomeofthemisrepresentationsunderthepastadministration,"Gouletsaid.
"Thenumbersweputouthadcaveats.[TheCorbettadministration]wasmisrepresentingthem."
GiventhatGouletwasoneofthemaindispensersofdatafromL&I,hersuggestionthatshenowthinksherold
colleaguesareliarsorabettorsofliesrequiressomeconsideration.
InthetimeshewaspresssecretaryatL&I,Ineveronceheardherexpressdoubtsaboutthosefigures.Icalled

twootherswhoworkedwithher.
Didsheeverexpressdoubts?Misgivings?Discomfort?
Notonce,Iwasassured.
NordidanyoneatL&Iseemtroubledbythetraditionalwaytheygatheredandpresentedthisdata.
InApril,fourmonthsafterWolftookoffice,L&IonceagainpostedFastFacts,thistimewithquarterlydata
gatheredthesameway,withcoreandancillaryindustriesmeasured.
Ifthesedataweresowrongwhy,monthsafterCorbettandhisteamofrapscallionsweregone,didL&Ifeelat
peacepostingthesamedatathesamewaytheyhaddonesinceRendell?
Lastweek,welearnedwhowasreallyuncomfortable.Theonepagerthatnowpurportstotellthestoryof
Marcellusandtheeconomy,whenexaminedonits"properties"function,revealstheauthortobethe
governor'soffice.
Itissaidthatthevictorsgettowritehistory'snextchapterandIsupposethat'strue.Buterasingwhatcame
beforeandinstallinganalternativerealityisanOrwellianundertakingthatturnslanguage,andthus
understanding,upsidedown.
IamremindedofRichardWilbur'swonderfulverse:
"Wemilkthecowoftheworld,andaswedo/Wewhisperinherear'Youarenottrue.'"
Wolfandhispossehopetofilltheirbucketsasquicklyaspossible,allthewhileinsistingthecowain'tallthere.
Goodluckwiththat.Andgoodluckmakingsenseoftheeconomywithoutallthenumbers.

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PatriotNews:HowwillalatePennsylvaniastatebudgetaffectyou?
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/gov_tom_wolf_prepares_for_pote.html#incart_river

IfthebudgetpassesalittlebitaftertheJune30deadline,Gov.TomWolf'sAdministrationsaysstateworkersandresidentswillbeunaffected.Butofficialswon't
saywhatwillhappenifabudgetimpasselastsweeksormonthslikepreviousyears.(Illustrationusingrukxstockphoto/Shutterstock)

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IfPennsylvaniadoesn'thaveanewbudgetbytheJune30deadline,Gov.TomWolf'sadministrationsaysstate
workersandtaxpayerswillnotbeaffected.
Atleastnotimmediately.
"Lastyear,thebudgetwasnotsigneduntilJuly10,"saidDanEgan,spokesmanforWolf'sOfficeof
Administration."Andtherewerenoeffectstothepublicortogovernmentoperationsduringthattime."
Thoughgettingabudgetpassedafewdayslatemaynothaveanynoticeableeffects,it'snotclearwhatwill
happenifbudgetnegotiationsdragonforweeks,orevenmonths.
Summervacation?Whatsummervacation?Budgetdebatederailsplans
SabresrattleoverduelingPa.statebudgetpriorities...butmeetingsarecontinuing

It'shappenedbefore,mostnotablyundertheadministrationofformerGov.EdRendell.Duringhiseightyears
asgovernor,Rendellneversignedabudgetontime.
Thebudgetwaspassed101dayslatein2009,17dayslatein2007and176dayslatein2003.Andthelongerit
tooktopassabudget,thegreatertheimpact:

2003:Schooldistrictswereforcedtouseupmuchoftheirremainingfundsduringa176daybudgetbattlein
2003.Whensomeschooldistrictswarnedthattheywouldnotbeabletoreopenafterthewinterholiday,the
Legislatureapprovedtaxincreasesonincomeandcigarettes.
2007:Nonessentialstateworkerswerefurloughedforonedayandstateparksandmuseumswere

closedduringa17daybudgetstandoff.
2009:Stateemployeesendured"paylesspaydays"duringa101daybudgetimpasse.Asaresult,

nearly16,000stateemployeestookoutloansthroughthePennsylvaniaStateEmployeesCreditUnion
tohelpthemthroughapaycheckfreesummer.
Wolf'sspokesmanJeffSheridansaidthegovernorismakingpreparationsincaseabudgetcannotbepassedby
June30butwouldn'tgointodetails.
"Theadministrationhasbeenworkingtoplanforapotentialbudgetimpasseandwhatmighthappenifthat
doesoccur,"Sheridansaid."There'snoformalizedplansthatIcantalkaboutatthispoint."

SenateMinorityLeaderJayCostaTalksAboutLikelihoodOfGettingABudgetDealByJune30AndWhat
HappensIfBudgetIsLateCosta,DAlleghenyCounty,talksaboutstatusofbudgettalksandplanningforalatestatebudgetadoption.
http://videoembed.pennlive.com/services/player/bcpid1950981438001?
bctid=4315223960001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUw0E~,DELAM66vw4zhl01IhycwsWq6Y4XfEN

IfabudgetispassedshortlyaftertheJune30deadline,EgansaidsocialservicessuchasWICprograms,
medicalassistance,unemploymentcompensationallwillcontinue.Lawenforcementandpublicsafetyagencies
wouldalsocontinueoperating.
Egansaidstateagencieswouldpayemployeesusingmoneyfromthepreviousbudgetyear,federalmoneyand
otheravailablecash.Aslongasanagencyhasmoneyinitsindividualbudget,itcancontinuetooperate,hesaid.
Butwhathappenswhentheagenciesrunoutofmoney?
"ThereisnomagicdeadlineinJulyorAugustorwhateverwhereeverythingisgoingtostop,"Egansaid."It
justreallydependsonthesituationoftheagencyandwhatfundstheyhavetorelyonandhowlongtheycan
continuetosupporttheiroperationsanddelaythepaymentsthattheycanandhavetountilthereisabudget."
A2009Pa.StateSupremeCourtdecisionfoundthatstateemployeeshavetobepaidinatimelymanner
forworkperformed,Egansaid.
Thecourtrulingmeansthatstateemployeeswouldnothavetowork"paylesspaydays"whenabudgetisn't
passed.
DavidFillman,AmericanFederationofState,County&MunicipalEmployeesCouncil13executivedirector,
saidtheorganizationissupportingWolf'sbudgetrevenueenhancementswithincreasedspendingineducation,
includingtheimplementationofaseverancetaxfornaturalgas.
"Asofnow,thereisnoindicationofanydisruptionforstateemployeesduetoanybudgetthatgoesbeyond
June30th,"Fillmansaid.


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Eganstressedthatpassingabudgetabitlatelikethe10extradaysneededin2014willnotaffect
governmentservicesorstateemployeepay.
"Lastyear,whenthebudgetwaslate,employeescontinuedtocometowork.Theycontinuedtobepaidas
scheduled,"Egansaid."Thatwouldbetheplanforthisyearaswell.Theywouldcontinuetocometoworkand
theywouldcontinuetoreceivetheirpaychecksfortheworkthattheyperformedasnormallyscheduled."
Andwhileanontimebudgetisadesiredgoal,SheridansaidWolfwillnotacceptabudgetthatdoesnotinclude
aseverancetaxongasdrillerstofundeducation,closingthebudgetdeficitandprovidingtaxreliefformiddle
classfamiliesandseniors.
"Thegovernorisdoinghispartandwilldowhateverhecantotrytohaveanontimebudget,"Sheridansaid.
"Thesubstanceofthebudget,however,ismoreimportanttothegovernor."
Here'sabreakdownofwhenPennsylvaniastatebudgetshavebeenpassedoverthelast10
years:
Gov.TomCorbett
20142015:July10
20132014:June30
20122013:June30
20112012:June30
Gov.EdRendell
20102011:July6
20092010:October9
20082009:July4
20072008:July17
20062007:July3
20052006:July7

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PatriotNews:JohnMicek:Where'sthefuroroverWolftappingshaleexecforregulatorypost?
http://blog.pennlive.com/capitolnotebook/2015/06/tom_wolf_marcellus_shale_andre.html#incart_river

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Soimaginethisheadline:
"Corbettadministrationtapsshaleindustryexecforkeyregulatorypost."
You'dhavetocheckoutsidefortherainoffrogsbroughtonbythewrathofthestate'senvironmental
movement.
Butthat'sexactlywhatdidn'thappenlastmonthwhenGov.TomWolf,aDemocrat,nominatedAndrew
Place,ofGreeneCounty,andanexecutivewithPittsburghbasedEQTCorporation,toaspotonthe
PennsylvaniaPublicUtilityCommission.
"Wolfadministrationtapsshaleexecforimportantregulatorypost..:"
Therewasn'tsomuchasa"ribbet."
Thereasonforthesilencehasasmuchtodowiththenomineeasitdoestheguywho'snominatinghim.
Unlikehispredecessor,RepublicanTomCorbett,whoseofficewasviewedastheHarrisburgEmbassyofthe
hugelyinfluentialMarcellusShaleCoalition,Wolfranfor,andwonoffice,in2014bypromisingtoslapa
severancetaxonthedrillersandtoweanthestateoffitsdependenceonfossilfuels.
InPlace,Wolfseemstohavefoundsomeonethatenvironmentalists(manyofwhomwouldratherhavethe
statestopfrackingentirely)thinksitcanatleastworkwith,insteadofglaringatoverthebattlementsof
theKeystoneBuilding.
"We'rereservedlyoptimisticthatas,acommissionerofthePUC,AndrewPlacewillworkhardtopromote
cleanenergyandtoreduceourcarbonfootprint,"saidDavidMasuroftheadvocacy
groupPennEnvironment.
ThatoptimismmaybejustifiedintheformoftheotherWolfCabinetsecretarieswhohaveoversightof
shalerelatedissues.
TheynotablyEnvironmentalProtectionSecretaryJohnQuigleyandConservationandNatural
ResourcesSecretaryCindyDunn,neitherofwhomareexactlyviewedasbestieswiththedrillers.
Tobesure,Place'snominationisahugeoneforWolf.
It'shisfirstappointmenttotheregulatorybodythathandlestheimpactfeethestatecollectsondrillers.

IfWolfgetshiswaythisbudgetseason,thePUCmayalsoplayasimilarroleinhisproposed5percent
severancetaxthatpaysfortheadministration'smarqueeschoolfundingproposals.
Thus,havingacommissionerwhospeaksfluentshaleiscriticalasWolfheadsintothethickofbudgetseason.
Sowho'sEQT?
Accordingtoitswebsite,thecompanypridesitselfon"[developing]smarterandcleanerdrilling
technologies,"thathave"[enabled]ustohavegrowntobeoneofthecountry'slargestnaturalgasproducers."
Thecompanyspreaditsmoneyaroundinthe2014electioncycle,contributingtobothRepublicansand
Democrats,includingWolfandCorbett,campaignfinancereportsfiledwiththeDepartmentofStateshow.
AccordingtoWolf'spublicschedule,heandDEPSecretaryJohnHangerflewtoPittsburghtomeet
withEQTexecutivesonMay19,adayafterPlace'snominationwasannounced.
AdministrationspokesmanJeffreySheridaninsistedtherewasnoconnectionbetweenthenominationand
themeeting,whichhadbeenscheduledbeforetheannouncement.
Wolfandcompanyofficialstalkedabout"thebudget,"Sheridansaid."Ithadnothingtodowiththe
Governor'sappointment."
Acompanyspokeswomandidnotreturntwocallsseekingcomment.
Inastatementannouncingthenomination,WolfsaidPlace"bringstheknowledgeandexpertiseto
helpadvancemyvisionforthePUC,andIampleasedtonominatehimtoserveascommissioner,"
"Wemustensurethereisabalancebetweenconsumersandutilities.Wealsohavetodevelop
Pennsylvaniasabundanceofenergyresourcestomakesurewehavetheinfrastructuretosupportthe
naturalgasandotherenergyindustries,"Wolfsaidinastatement.
Place,who'snowservingasEQT'sdirectorofenergyandenvironmentalpolicy,hasthe"knowhow"tomake
"Pennsylvaniaaleaderinthedevelopmentofrenewableenergyandenergyefficiencies,"Wolfsaid.
Which,Iguess,makeshimtherightkindofshaleexecutiveforanadministrationthatplanstoslaptheindustry
witha5percentseverancetax?
BasedonPlace'sresume,thatwouldappeartobethecase.
BeforehejoinedEQTin2011,Placedidan18monthtouratthestateDepartmentofEnvironmental
Protection,whichmeansheworkedforHanger.
Hanger,asyou'llrecall,istheguyshaleindustryexecstelltheirkidsstoriesabouttomakethemgotobedat
night.
AndaccordingtoStateImpactPennsylvania,theenvironmentalnewssite,Placealsoworkedasinterim
executivedirectorofthePittsburghbasedCenterforSustainableShaleDevelopment(CSSD).
AccordingtoStateImpact,theorganizationlaunchedin2013witha"listofenvironmentalbestpracticesand
avoluntaryaccreditationprocessforshaledrillers."
Placesteppeddownfromthegiginearly2014,evenasthegroupstruggledwithanimageproblembecause

"veryfewgascompaniessoughtitsapprovalandsomeenvironmentalgroupscriticizeditfor
"greenwashing"drilling,"thesitenoted.
ThegroupfurtherhitasnagwhentheHeinzEndowments,afoundingpartner,droppeditssupportbecause,
accordingtoTheTribuneReviewit"[disagreed]withthepositionsuggestedbytheorganization's
namethatfrackingcanbemadeenvironmentally'sustainable.'"
PendingSenateconfirmation,PlacewillfillthespotcreatedbythedepartureofanotherDemocrat,Jim
Cawley(norelationtotheformerlieutenantgovernor),whowasappointedtohispostbyformerGov.Ed
Rendell.
Cawley's5yeartermexpiredinAprilandhewasnotreappointed..
Place'snominationwillgobeforetheSenateConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensure
Committee,whichischairedbytheaffableSen.RobertM."Tommy"Tomlinson,RBucks.
Tomlinson'stopaideonthatcommittee,TravisGery,saidhisbosshasalreadymetinformally
withPlaceand"noredflagsjumpedoutatus."
Thatappearstoindicatehe'llbesparedthebumpyrideofactingStatePoliceCommissionerMarcus
Brown,whowillforeverbethegoldstandardforCabinetappointeesgoneterribly,terriblywrong.
Soit'ssofar,sogoodforPlace.ButthisisPennsylvaniawhichmeansthere'sstilltimeforthingstoget
hopelesslyfrackedup.

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PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget
http://www.pottsmerc.com/generalnews/20150608/pottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinwolfbudget

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POTTSTOWN>>Gov.TomWolfsproposedstatebudgetmakesaverypublicpointofincreasingmoneyforpublic
education.
Butwhatyouwontfindinapressreleasefromthegovernorsofficeishowhisbudgetiscuttingfundingforpubliclibraries.
Thecut,althoughsmallincontext,comesatthetailendofsevenyearsofcutsorlevelfundingthat,Pottstownsdirectorsays,
makesitincreasinglydifficulttoprovidethemanyservicesPottstownsneediestresidentsreceivefromthelibrary.
Sincethe200708budgetyearapeakyearforlibraryfundingthestatebudgethascutitscontributionby35.5percent,
accordingtothePennsylvaniaLibraryAssociation.
Pennsylvanianowranks40thinlibraryfunding,farbehindeveryneighboringstateexceptWestVirginia,theAssociation
notedinmaterialsDavispassedalongtoTheMercury.
By2011,PottstownRegionalPublicLibrarywasgetting$55,000lesseachyearinstateaidthanitdidunderGov.EdRendell
in2008.Alltogether,ithascollectivelylostmorethan$270,000instatefundingsince2008thisfromanorganization
whoseannualoperatingbudgettotaled$552,683in2012.
Andevenwithsmallincreasesincontributionsfromlocaltownshipsandtheboroughinrecentyearsalongwitha47
percentincreaseinlocalfundraisingeffortssince2008thelibraryclosedout2014withadeficitofnearly$20,000,
accordingtofiguresprovidedbyLibraryDirectorSusanDavis.
ThesituationisparticularlytoughforthePottstownlibrary,notonlybecauseofstatefundingstagnation,saidDavis,butalso
becausePottstownslibraryservicesalargepopulationwithfewerresourcesthanmostotherlibrariesinMontgomeryCounty.
Ofthecountys19libraries,Pottstownservesthefifthlargestpopulation,buthasthesecondlowestlocalpercapita
contributionwhichiswhystatefundingissuchacrucialsourceofincome.
Wolfsbudgetcutsanothertinysliverfromthefundingjustunderaquartermilliondollarsbutlibrarydirectorssaythe
yearsofcutsandflatfunding,combinedwithrisingcosts,willresultinfewerservicesforthecommunitysneediestresidents.
Forexample,librariesareincreasinglytheplacewherelowincomefamiliesgotoconductjobsearches,helpchildrendevelop
aloveofreadingand,increasingly,getaccesstheInternet.
During2012,Pennsylvanias600pluslibrariesprovided11.4millionwirelessInternetconnectionsessionsand8.4million
Internetcomputersessionsthrough7,844publiccomputers.
Whilethatmightsoundlikealot,Pennsylvaniaranks48thinthenationforpercapitapublicaccesstocomputers,according
tothestatelibraryassociationsfigures.

InPottstown,thelibraryspubliccomputerswereaccessed36,749timesin2014,andthatdoesnotevencountthewireless
connectionsmadethere,accordingtoDavis.
ThatswhytheprimarycutinWolfsbudgetan8.1percentstatewidereductiontotheLibraryAccessfundingstream,
whichhelpspayforelectronicresourcesforthelibraryissopotentiallyworrisome.
Thestatehasaformulatodistributemoneyamongthepubliclibrariesinthestate,butithasnotbeenusedsincefundingwas
slashed,DaviswroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Everypubliclibraryhasbeengettingthesamesliceofthepie,atleastsince2008,butthepiegotsmallerandsmaller,wrote
Davis.
IalwaysholdmybreathuntilthestateaidcheckcomesinJanuary,Daviswrote.
Thegovernorproposesonething,thelegislatureproposessomethingelseandusuallyitisacompromisebetweenthetwo.So
ifheisstartingatlevelfunding,Iamafraiditmightgetcut,shewrote.Wearesmallpotatoescomparedtopublicschoolsand
itseemsthatiswherehisattentionisfocused.
Librarydirectors,Davisincluded,arguethatlibrariesareanaspectofpubliceducationthatisoftenoverlooked.
NotonlydothepublicschoolsuseprogramsatthelibraryasBarthkindergartnersdidrecentlythelibraryalsoprovides
itsownchildrensprograms,particularlyoverthesummer.
Infact,despitebudgetcutsandreducedhours,Pottstownslibraryhasnearlydoubledchildrensprograms,from252in2008,
to403in2014.Asaresult,childrensattendancehasjumpedmorethan70percentinthelastsixyearsfrom7,184to12,269,
accordingtoDavis.
JeffSheridan,Wolfspresssecretary,saiduntilafinalbudgetisadoptedbythelegislatureandsignedbythegovernor,nothing
iswritteninstone.
GovernorWolfknowstheimportanceofinvestingineducationandtherolelibrariesplayinprovidingaplatformforchildren
tolearn.Thereductionoffundingforlibraryaccessisconsistentwiththeagencysrequestandnotunprecedented(seeFY
2014/15and2012/13budgetproposals),SheridanwroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Weareintheinitialstagesofbudgetnegotiations,andtherewillbediscussionsaboutthisfundingaswemovetowardafinal
agreement,hewrote.

SophieStone|PressAssistant
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
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RE:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty(fromGovO'Malley)

Fabulous.Shouldweschedukeavisitforhimtocomeseeus??
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To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:FW:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty(fromGovO'Malley)
GovO'MalleyaskedthatIforwardhisbelowspeechonstatestatetctoyou.HealsoputtogetherhisthoughtsforSharononhowtogetstarted(whichIwillforwardtoher).
Helovesthisstuffandisrevvedup.

From:TedDallas[
Sent:Saturday,February14,20157:29AM
To:Dallas,Theodore
Subject:FW:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty

>From:
>Date:Thu,12Feb201517:01:000500
>Subject:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty
>To:
>
>
>ESRIlatestgreatestStatTalkFebruary8th,2015
>
>
>Thankyou,JackDangermond,foryourkindintroduction.
>
>Thankyoualso,Jack,foryourvisionandyourgroundbreakingworkinGIS.
>
>AsIpulledtogetherthesethoughtstosharewithyouthismorning,IrealizedjusthowveryblessedIhavebeenbytheinsightsandtalentsofothers:peoplelikeJack
Dangermondwhohavethecouragetogivelifetoimagination.
>
>Perhapsthatisthemostnobleessenceofourhumanitynotmerelytodream,ormerelytohope,buttomakerealthroughourownworkandinourownlifetimes...
>
>
>"WhatIf"
>
>Whatifweknew,inrealtime,wherecrimewashappeningeverydayandwedeployedourpoliceofficerstothosepreciselocationstopreventit?
>
>Whatifweknewwhereillegaldumpingoftrashinvacantlotsandalleysoccurredmostfrequently,andweinstalledcamerasinthoselocationstostopit?
>
>Whatifweknewwherechildrenwerebeingpoisonedeveryyearinleadcontaminatedhomesandweactuallytargetedinspections,remediationdollars,andrelentless
followuptoeradicateit?
>
>Whatifweusedbigdataandtheexperienceofyearsrecidivismincorrectionstobettertargetoursupervisiononthoseprobationersandparoleeswhoaretrulythe
greatestthreatstopublicsafety?
>
>Whatifallpatientmedicalrecordsandhospitaladmissionscouldbesharedamongallcareprovidersandpublichealthofficialstoreduceavoidablehospitaladmissionsby10
percenteveryyear?
>
>Imagineifeveryparceloflandinacounty,astate,oracountrycouldbeevaluated,ranked,andmappedforitsecologicalvalue?
>
>Whatifwecouldmapwherethenitrogen,phosphorus,andsedimentarypollutionofstreamscamefromineveryrivershedoftheChesapeakeBay?
>
>Imagineifeveryindividualstudentsprogresscouldbetrackedfromearlychildhoodtoearlyadulthood?Whatiftheoverallperformanceofeveryschoolcouldalsobe
measuredovertimeforeveryparentandcitizentosee?
>
>Whatifonecommonplatformnotonlymeasuredthosejobskillsingreatestdemandinanygivencountyormetroarea,butalsoallowedemployerstofindtheskilled
workerstheyneed?....allowedunderskilledworkerstofindthetrainingtheyneedtogetbetterpayingjobswheretheylive?
>
>InBaltimoreandinMaryland,wehavedoneallofthesethingsandmore.
>
>Thisisthenewwayofgoverning.
>
>It'snotaboutexcuses.
>
>It'snotaboutmovingleftorrightit'saboutmovingforward.
>
>It'saboutmeasuringperformanceandgettingthingsdone.
>
>
>
>ANEWWAYOFGOVERNINGISEMERGING
>
>

>I'mgoingtoletyouinonasecret.
>
>YouandIfindourselveslivinginamoment"betweentimes."
>
>Ahingeofhistory.
>
>Theoldwaysofgoverningideology,bureaucracy,hierarchyarefadingaway.
>
>Anewwayofgoverningisemerging.
>
>Itcallsforanewwayofleadershipateverylevel.
>
>Thisnewwayofleadershipisfundamentallyentrepreneurial.
>
>Itiscollaborativeitisrelentlesslyperformancemeasured.
>
>Itoperatesbywayofcommonplatformsessentially,theInternetandgeographicinformationsystemssystemsthat,forthefirsttime,makethisworkopenandvisibleto
all.
>
>Thisnewwayofgoverninghasquietlytakenroot,now,incitiesandtownsallacrosstheUnitedStates.Itissteadilyradiatingoutandupfromcities.
>
>Itisnotonlyreducingviolentcrimetorecordlowsevenduringaprolongedrecession,itisimprovingthequalityoflifeincitiesallacrossourcountry.
>
>Anditholdsthepromiseofamoreeffectivewayofgoverningateverylevelofourpubliclifelocal,state,federal.
>
>
>JACKMAPLE
>
>
>Iknowmanyofyouheretodayhavebeenworkingattheforefrontofthisquietevolution.
>
>AndifIamguessingcorrectly,someofyouhavehadyourfrustrationsgettingleadersinyourownorganizationstoappreciatethebettertoolswehavenowtomakebetter
decisions.
>
>Takeheart.
>
>Onceuponatime,inthedaysbeforemapquestandUber,thereliveda5'4",slightlyround,LieutenantoftheNewYorkCityTransitAuthorityPolicewhocreatedwhathe
called,"mapsofthefuture."
>
>Thattimewas1991.
>
>Withpaperandcolormarkers,hewouldplotwhereandwhenrobberiestookplaceonhispartofthesubwaysystem,thenhewoulddeployundercoverdetectivesand
transitpoliceofficerstocatchtherobberswhereandwhenthemapsshowedtheywerestriking.
>
>Soon,hewasdrivingrobberiesdowntorecordlowsinhispartofthesubwaysystem.Hissuccessandhis"mapsofthefuture"earnedhimthecoveroftheSundayNew
YorkTimesmagazine.
>
>HistalentalsocaughttheeyeofthenewPoliceCommissionerofTHENewYorkCityPoliceDepartment.
>
>Andin1994,thisNewYorkCityTransitLieutenantwasmadeDeputyCommissionerofTacticsandStrategiesfortheENTIRENYPD.
>
>Hereplacedhiscoloredmarkers,paper,andacetatewith,...ArcGIStechnologyfromESRI,andsuddenly,Comstatanewwayofperformancemeasuredpolicingwas
born.
>
>Thatmanofimaginationandinsightwas,JackMaple.
>
>AndtheNYPD,underhisandCommissionerBillBratton'sleadership,wentontoreduceviolentcrimetolevelsthatfewwouldeverhavethoughtpossiblejustafewyears
before.
>
>NewYork'songoingsuccessinreducingcrimeandsavinglives,ledtoarevolutionofperformancemeasuredpolicingincitiesandtownsallacrosstheUnitedStates.
>
>OneofthosecitieswasBaltimore.BALTIMORE'STURNAROUND
>
>WhenIwaselectedMayorofBaltimorein1999,ourCityhadbecomethemostviolent,mostaddicted,andmostabandonedCityinAmericawithmorepopulationloss
overthepriorthirtyyearsthananymajorCityinAmerica.
>
>Allofthatisbeingchangedforthebetternow.ButintheearlydaysofourCity'sturnaround,itwasanythingbutasurething.
>
>TheWashingtonPostgreetedmylongshot,comefrombehindelectionvictorywiththeheadline:"WhiteManWinsMayorofBaltimore."
>
>Theyapologizedinprinttheverynextday.ItremainstheonlyapologyIhaveeverreceivedfromtheWashingtonPostandironically,itwasforaheadlinethatwas100%
accurate.
>
>ShortlyaftertheNovembergeneralelection,Imetindividuallywithmanyofthedepartmentheadsoftheoutgoingadministration.
>
>KnowingthehugeandgrowingcostsassociatedwithmaintainingtheCity'sfleetofcarsandtrucks,IaskedtheoutgoingPublicWorksDirector:howmanyvehiclesdoes
thecityown?
>
>"Sixtyfivehundred?"hesaid,returningmyquestionwithaquestion.
>
>Isaid:"Sixtyfivehundred?"
>
>Hesaid:"Sixthousand?"
>
>"Thisisn'taquizshow,"Isaid."I'mcurious,howmanyvehiclesdowehave?Ireallydon'tknow."
>
>"Well,"hesaid,"Youknowhowineveryorganizationyou'vegotsomestrengthsandsomeweaknesses,...well,weneverreallygotahandleonthatfleetthing.So,Idon't
knowexactlyhowmanyvehicleswehaveeither."
>
>Atthatpoint,asmarterpersonwould'veturnedandrunaway.
>
>ThiswasCityGovernmentthewaycitygovernmenthadalwaysbeendone.
>
>Thiswasnotgovernmentbyweekly,performancemeasuredoutputs.

>
>Thiswasgovernmentbyannualbudgetinputs.
>
>Nothingaboutitwastimely,accurate,ortransparent.
>
>Infact,inthosedaysifyoueverwantedtohidesomethinginCitygovernment,you'dputitintheCityCharterortheCityBudget...becausenooneeverreadeitherone.
>
>WithJackMaple'shelp,webroughtanewwaygoverningnotonlytoourPoliceDepartment,buttothewholeenterpriseofCityGovernment.
>
>Wecalledit,Citistat.
>
>With311forallcityservicesonthefrontend,andacommonplatformforperformancemanagementandservicedelivery,weearned,in2001,theInnovationsin
GovernmentAwardfromtheKennedySchoolatHarvard.
>
>Moreimportantly,wefoundabetterwayofgoverningthatactuallyworked.
>
>
>
>COMSTATCITISTATSTATESTAT
>
>Thetenets,ormethods,ofthisnewwayofgoverningandgettingthingsdonewhetherComstat,CitistatorStatestatareessentiallythesame.
>
>Timely,accurateinformationsharedbyall
>
>Rapiddeploymentofresources
>
>Effectivetacticsandstrategies
>
>Relentlessfollowup
>
>Itisdatadrivendecisionmaking,withacollaborativemethodofquestionsandanswers,playedoutonacommonplatform,amapofthefuturetheGISmap.
>
>Wedidn'timplementCitistatinBaltimoretowinawardswedidittosurvive.
>
>LetmeshowyouwhatImean.
>
>WhenPresidentClintonatthebeginningofourAdministrationhelpedBaltimorewiththeabilitytoput200additionalpoliceofficersonourstreets,wehadabigdecisionto
make.
>
>Wheretosendthem?
>
>Wecoulddeploythemequallytoeachofthesixcouncildistricts.
>
>Ifwewantedtoberealpolitical,wecoulddeploythemtothedistrictswiththehighestnumbersofprimaryvoters.Ifwewantedtobereal,realpolitical,wecoulddeploy
themtodistrictswherethegreatestnumberofpeoplevotedforus,...
>
>Or,wecoulddeploythemtothesehotspotkidneysofdeathwherethegreatestnumbersofourcitizenswerebeingshot,mugged,orrobbed.
>
>Wechosetosendthese200policeofficerstowherethegreatestamountofviolentcrimewashappening.
>
>Werepeatedtheprocesseverydayandeveryweek.
>
>OverthenexttenyearsBaltimorewentontoachievethebiggestreductioninPartOnecrimeofanymajorcityinAmerica.
>
>
>
>APPLYHUMANEFFORTTOHUMANPROBLEM
>
>ThisnewwayofgoverningisnotjustforCities.
>
>Truestory.
>
>ManyyearslaterwhenIwasGovernorofMaryland,JackDangermondofESRI,onceapproachedmeatameetingoftheNationalGovernorsAssociationwithasimple
request,Ireallywantyoutogetmesometimewithyourfriend,GovernorEdRendellofPennsylvania.
>
>HeknewthatGovernorRendellhadapassionforinfrastructureandtheproperfundingofourtransportationneedslikebridgerepairs.
>
>Yousee,JackwantedtoshowGovernorRendellanewbridgeapp.
>
>ButwhathedidnotknowwasthatGovernorRendell,likeallofusformermayors,isblessedwithanaversiontoblindmeetings,andavery,veryshortattentionspan.
>
>WhenIfinallysucceededincorrallingabusyandskepticalGovernorRendellintoacornerwithJack'scomputerscreen,IwarnedJack,youhave45seconds.
>
>Jacklaunchedimmediately.This,hesaid,isamapofMinnesotaandeachdotonthismapshowswherethebridgesareinMinnesota.
>
>Heresared,orange,yellowcolorcodeshowingtherangefromthemoststructurallysoundtothemoststructurallydeficient.
>
>Click.
>
>Thenhesaid,NowImgoingtoclickonthisnextlayer,whichwillchangethesizeofthesedotsrelativetohowmanyhumanlivesgoacrossthesemoststructurallydeficient
bridgeseverysingleday.
>
>Click.
>
>Finally,hesaid,IwanttoshowtoyouwheretheFederaldollarsforrepairingthesebridgesactuallygo
>
>Andwiththat,heclickedthefinalkeyandthedollarsscatteredallovertheplace.
>
>GovernorRendellimmediatelyexclaimed,Hardlyanyofthedollarsarelandingontherighttargets!
>
>And,JackDangermondreplied,notyet,buttheyarealllandingonthemap!
>
>Sometimesthemostimportanttruthscanalsobethemostobviousifweknowhowtolookforthem.
>

>Ourjobistomakesurewelandtheresourcesonthetargets.
>
>OrasRobertKennedysaid,"therationalapplicationofhumanefforttothesolvingofhumanproblems."
>
>TAKINGITSTATEWIDE
>
>ThisiswhatCitiStatwasabout,andwhenwecreatedStateStatitworkedonanevenbroaderscope,statewide.
>
>Collaborativemethod,performancemeasured,oncommonplatforms.
>
>ToeradicatechildhoodhungerinMarylandby2015,identifyontheGISmapwheretheschoolsarewiththegreatestnumbersofchildrenwhoqualifyforafreeschool
lunch,butreceivenobreakfast.
>
>Drivebreakfastintheclassroomintotheseschools.
>
>Watchstudentattendanceandstudentachievementrise.
>
>ImaginetheprogressifeveryStatetried...
>
>Nextexample.
>
>Ifyouknewthatavoidablehospitalreadmissionswerethebiggestdriverofhospitalcostsandthereforethebiggestdriverofunnecessaryhealthcarecosts,howwouldyou
goaboutreducingthemthroughouttheState?
>
>Untilnow,wehadnowaytoputindividualhealthinformationonthecommonplatformofaGISmaptobettercareforpatientssufferingfromchronicconditionslike
congestiveheartfailure,diabetes,andasthmathebigdriversofavoidablehospitalreadmissions:thebiggestdriverofunnecessaryhealthcarecosts.
>
>Nowwedo.Becausewebuiltit.ItiscalledCRISPtheChesapeakeRegionalInformationSystemforPatients.
>
>Nowwecanidentifypatientswithpoorlytreatedchronicconditionsthatkeeplandingthembackinthehospital.
>
>Byimprovingtheircareandbychangingtheprofitincentiveforhospitalsfromsicknesstowellnessweachievedourgoalofreducingavoidablehospitaladmissionsby
10%injustthefirstyearoftrying.
>
>Thereiseveryreasontobelievewecanrepeatthisprogressyearoveryearimprovingwellness,bringingdownthecostcurveofhealthcare.
>
>Everyotherstatecoulddothesame...
>
>Cleanwaterisahumanright.
>
>TorestorethehealthoftheChesapeakeBaywecreatedBaystatacommonplatformforidentifyingthesourcesofnitrogen,phosphorous,andsedimentarypollutionthat
flowintotheriversandstreamsoftheChesapeakeBay.
>
>Wetookmeasurableactionsonthelandtoreducetheseloadsfromagriculture,stormwaterrunoff,septicsystems,andsewagetreatmentplants.
>
>Wesettwoyearmilestonesfortakingaction.Actiontomeasurablyreducestormwaterrunoff,actiontomeasurablyexpandthenumberofacresplantedwithwintercover
crops,actiontomeasurablyupgradecleantechnologyatsewagetreatmentplants.
>
>AllsixstatesintheBaywatershednowfollowthisperformancemanagementregimen.TheFederalEPAnowmonitorsthisrestorationprogressandcompliancethroughits
ownmultistateplatformcalledChesapeakeStat.
>
>Thefish,theoysters,andtheBaygrassesmonitoroureffortsintheirownways.
>
>Lastexample.
>
>MorelandhasbeenconsumedbydevelopmentinMarylandoverthelast35yearsthaninthefirst350yearsofourexistenceasastate.
>
>Topreserveouressentialremainingnaturallandsandopenspace,wecreatedthecommonplatformof,TheMarylandGreenprint.
>
>WithGreenprintweareabletotargetourlandpreservationdollarsandeffortstoprotectthemostecologicallyvaluableparcelsparcelsthatexpandforestedstream
buffers,..parcelsthatextendcontiguoushabitatcorridors.
>
>ThankstoGISandtheInternet,wedoallofthisinwaysthateverycitizencanseeopenandvisiblewaysthatcanbetterguidetheirownlandusedecisions,andtheland
usedecisionsoftheircountiesandtowns.
>
>WhatifGreenprintswereinuseineverystatesacrossourentirecountry?WhatifwehadanationalGreenprint?
>
>Imaginethepossibilitiesforgreendesignandmoresustainablewaysofliving.
>
>
>
>ConclusionSHOWMEMYHOUSE
>
>Ileaveyouwiththisfinalstory.
>
>BackintheearliestweeksandmonthsofCititstat,weusedtoholdregularcommunitymeetingsinsideCityHallthatwedubbed,"Mayor'sNightIn."
>
>WewouldintentionallyholdthesemeetingsintheCitistatroomsothatwecouldshowgroupsofneighborhoodleadersthisnewwayofgoverningandgettingthingsdone.
>
>Everynight,therewasalwaysonequestionthatwouldcomeupagainandagain.
>
>Wheneverwewouldshowourneighborsthemaps,thegraphsandtheaerialphotographsarrayedonthebigscreensofthatroom,thisonequestionwouldcomeup
withoutfail.
>
>Regardlessofwhetheraneighborhoodwereblackorwhite,orrichorpoor,someonewithinthefirstfivetotenminuteswouldalwaysraisetheirhandtoask,...Can
youshowmemyhouse?
>
>Goodquestion.Itisessentialquestionreallyforagovernmentof,by,andforthepeople.
>
>Often,thatquestionwasvoicedmoreintheformofademand.
>
>"Showmemyhouse."
>
>Why...?

>
>Isittoknowthatmygovernmentworks?
>
>IsittoknowthatImattertothosewhomIelecttorunmygovernment?
>
>IsittobetterunderstandhowIamconnectedtothepeopleandeventsaroundmyneighborhoodandCity...?
>
>"Showmemyhouse."
>
>Perhaps,itisthedemandattheheartofoneofthemostimportantbeliefsweshareasapeoplethebeliefweshareinthedignityofeveryindividualperson.
>
>ThatdeeplyAmericanideathatonepersoncanmakeadifference,eachofusisneeded.
>
>And,"wemusthelpeachotherifwearetosucceed..."
>
>TechnologywhetherGISortheInternetisnottheendinitself.
>
>Itisthemeansofanewbeginning.
>
>Anewandbetterwayofgoverning...andgettingthingsdone.
>
>Acrowdsourcedhealingofthedeepestkind.
>
>Showmemyhouse.
>
>
>
>
>SentfrommyiPad

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

02/14/201509:42:54AM

To:

Dallas,Theodore

Subject:

RE:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty(fromGovO'Malley)

Fabulous.Shouldweschedukeavisitforhimtocomeseeus??
OriginalMessage
From:Dallas,Theodore
Sent:Saturday,February14,201507:33AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:FW:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty(fromGovO'Malley)
GovO'MalleyaskedthatIforwardhisbelowspeechonstatestatetctoyou.HealsoputtogetherhisthoughtsforSharononhowtogetstarted(whichIwillforwardtoher).
Helovesthisstuffandisrevvedup.

From:TedDallas[
Sent:Saturday,February14,20157:29AM
To:Dallas,Theodore
Subject:FW:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty

>From:
>Date:Thu,12Feb201517:01:000500
>Subject:CanyouforwardthistoKatieMcGinty
>To:
>
>
>ESRIlatestgreatestStatTalkFebruary8th,2015
>
>
>Thankyou,JackDangermond,foryourkindintroduction.
>
>Thankyoualso,Jack,foryourvisionandyourgroundbreakingworkinGIS.
>
>AsIpulledtogetherthesethoughtstosharewithyouthismorning,IrealizedjusthowveryblessedIhavebeenbytheinsightsandtalentsofothers:peoplelikeJack
Dangermondwhohavethecouragetogivelifetoimagination.
>
>Perhapsthatisthemostnobleessenceofourhumanitynotmerelytodream,ormerelytohope,buttomakerealthroughourownworkandinourownlifetimes...
>
>
>"WhatIf"
>
>Whatifweknew,inrealtime,wherecrimewashappeningeverydayandwedeployedourpoliceofficerstothosepreciselocationstopreventit?
>
>Whatifweknewwhereillegaldumpingoftrashinvacantlotsandalleysoccurredmostfrequently,andweinstalledcamerasinthoselocationstostopit?
>
>Whatifweknewwherechildrenwerebeingpoisonedeveryyearinleadcontaminatedhomesandweactuallytargetedinspections,remediationdollars,andrelentless
followuptoeradicateit?
>
>Whatifweusedbigdataandtheexperienceofyearsrecidivismincorrectionstobettertargetoursupervisiononthoseprobationersandparoleeswhoaretrulythe
greatestthreatstopublicsafety?
>
>Whatifallpatientmedicalrecordsandhospitaladmissionscouldbesharedamongallcareprovidersandpublichealthofficialstoreduceavoidablehospitaladmissionsby10
percenteveryyear?
>
>Imagineifeveryparceloflandinacounty,astate,oracountrycouldbeevaluated,ranked,andmappedforitsecologicalvalue?
>
>Whatifwecouldmapwherethenitrogen,phosphorus,andsedimentarypollutionofstreamscamefromineveryrivershedoftheChesapeakeBay?
>
>Imagineifeveryindividualstudentsprogresscouldbetrackedfromearlychildhoodtoearlyadulthood?Whatiftheoverallperformanceofeveryschoolcouldalsobe
measuredovertimeforeveryparentandcitizentosee?
>
>Whatifonecommonplatformnotonlymeasuredthosejobskillsingreatestdemandinanygivencountyormetroarea,butalsoallowedemployerstofindtheskilled
workerstheyneed?....allowedunderskilledworkerstofindthetrainingtheyneedtogetbetterpayingjobswheretheylive?
>
>InBaltimoreandinMaryland,wehavedoneallofthesethingsandmore.
>
>Thisisthenewwayofgoverning.
>
>It'snotaboutexcuses.
>
>It'snotaboutmovingleftorrightit'saboutmovingforward.
>
>It'saboutmeasuringperformanceandgettingthingsdone.
>
>
>
>ANEWWAYOFGOVERNINGISEMERGING
>
>

>I'mgoingtoletyouinonasecret.
>
>YouandIfindourselveslivinginamoment"betweentimes."
>
>Ahingeofhistory.
>
>Theoldwaysofgoverningideology,bureaucracy,hierarchyarefadingaway.
>
>Anewwayofgoverningisemerging.
>
>Itcallsforanewwayofleadershipateverylevel.
>
>Thisnewwayofleadershipisfundamentallyentrepreneurial.
>
>Itiscollaborativeitisrelentlesslyperformancemeasured.
>
>Itoperatesbywayofcommonplatformsessentially,theInternetandgeographicinformationsystemssystemsthat,forthefirsttime,makethisworkopenandvisibleto
all.
>
>Thisnewwayofgoverninghasquietlytakenroot,now,incitiesandtownsallacrosstheUnitedStates.Itissteadilyradiatingoutandupfromcities.
>
>Itisnotonlyreducingviolentcrimetorecordlowsevenduringaprolongedrecession,itisimprovingthequalityoflifeincitiesallacrossourcountry.
>
>Anditholdsthepromiseofamoreeffectivewayofgoverningateverylevelofourpubliclifelocal,state,federal.
>
>
>JACKMAPLE
>
>
>Iknowmanyofyouheretodayhavebeenworkingattheforefrontofthisquietevolution.
>
>AndifIamguessingcorrectly,someofyouhavehadyourfrustrationsgettingleadersinyourownorganizationstoappreciatethebettertoolswehavenowtomakebetter
decisions.
>
>Takeheart.
>
>Onceuponatime,inthedaysbeforemapquestandUber,thereliveda5'4",slightlyround,LieutenantoftheNewYorkCityTransitAuthorityPolicewhocreatedwhathe
called,"mapsofthefuture."
>
>Thattimewas1991.
>
>Withpaperandcolormarkers,hewouldplotwhereandwhenrobberiestookplaceonhispartofthesubwaysystem,thenhewoulddeployundercoverdetectivesand
transitpoliceofficerstocatchtherobberswhereandwhenthemapsshowedtheywerestriking.
>
>Soon,hewasdrivingrobberiesdowntorecordlowsinhispartofthesubwaysystem.Hissuccessandhis"mapsofthefuture"earnedhimthecoveroftheSundayNew
YorkTimesmagazine.
>
>HistalentalsocaughttheeyeofthenewPoliceCommissionerofTHENewYorkCityPoliceDepartment.
>
>Andin1994,thisNewYorkCityTransitLieutenantwasmadeDeputyCommissionerofTacticsandStrategiesfortheENTIRENYPD.
>
>Hereplacedhiscoloredmarkers,paper,andacetatewith,...ArcGIStechnologyfromESRI,andsuddenly,Comstatanewwayofperformancemeasuredpolicingwas
born.
>
>Thatmanofimaginationandinsightwas,JackMaple.
>
>AndtheNYPD,underhisandCommissionerBillBratton'sleadership,wentontoreduceviolentcrimetolevelsthatfewwouldeverhavethoughtpossiblejustafewyears
before.
>
>NewYork'songoingsuccessinreducingcrimeandsavinglives,ledtoarevolutionofperformancemeasuredpolicingincitiesandtownsallacrosstheUnitedStates.
>
>OneofthosecitieswasBaltimore.BALTIMORE'STURNAROUND
>
>WhenIwaselectedMayorofBaltimorein1999,ourCityhadbecomethemostviolent,mostaddicted,andmostabandonedCityinAmericawithmorepopulationloss
overthepriorthirtyyearsthananymajorCityinAmerica.
>
>Allofthatisbeingchangedforthebetternow.ButintheearlydaysofourCity'sturnaround,itwasanythingbutasurething.
>
>TheWashingtonPostgreetedmylongshot,comefrombehindelectionvictorywiththeheadline:"WhiteManWinsMayorofBaltimore."
>
>Theyapologizedinprinttheverynextday.ItremainstheonlyapologyIhaveeverreceivedfromtheWashingtonPostandironically,itwasforaheadlinethatwas100%
accurate.
>
>ShortlyaftertheNovembergeneralelection,Imetindividuallywithmanyofthedepartmentheadsoftheoutgoingadministration.
>
>KnowingthehugeandgrowingcostsassociatedwithmaintainingtheCity'sfleetofcarsandtrucks,IaskedtheoutgoingPublicWorksDirector:howmanyvehiclesdoes
thecityown?
>
>"Sixtyfivehundred?"hesaid,returningmyquestionwithaquestion.
>
>Isaid:"Sixtyfivehundred?"
>
>Hesaid:"Sixthousand?"
>
>"Thisisn'taquizshow,"Isaid."I'mcurious,howmanyvehiclesdowehave?Ireallydon'tknow."
>
>"Well,"hesaid,"Youknowhowineveryorganizationyou'vegotsomestrengthsandsomeweaknesses,...well,weneverreallygotahandleonthatfleetthing.So,Idon't
knowexactlyhowmanyvehicleswehaveeither."
>
>Atthatpoint,asmarterpersonwould'veturnedandrunaway.
>
>ThiswasCityGovernmentthewaycitygovernmenthadalwaysbeendone.
>
>Thiswasnotgovernmentbyweekly,performancemeasuredoutputs.

>
>Thiswasgovernmentbyannualbudgetinputs.
>
>Nothingaboutitwastimely,accurate,ortransparent.
>
>Infact,inthosedaysifyoueverwantedtohidesomethinginCitygovernment,you'dputitintheCityCharterortheCityBudget...becausenooneeverreadeitherone.
>
>WithJackMaple'shelp,webroughtanewwaygoverningnotonlytoourPoliceDepartment,buttothewholeenterpriseofCityGovernment.
>
>Wecalledit,Citistat.
>
>With311forallcityservicesonthefrontend,andacommonplatformforperformancemanagementandservicedelivery,weearned,in2001,theInnovationsin
GovernmentAwardfromtheKennedySchoolatHarvard.
>
>Moreimportantly,wefoundabetterwayofgoverningthatactuallyworked.
>
>
>
>COMSTATCITISTATSTATESTAT
>
>Thetenets,ormethods,ofthisnewwayofgoverningandgettingthingsdonewhetherComstat,CitistatorStatestatareessentiallythesame.
>
>Timely,accurateinformationsharedbyall
>
>Rapiddeploymentofresources
>
>Effectivetacticsandstrategies
>
>Relentlessfollowup
>
>Itisdatadrivendecisionmaking,withacollaborativemethodofquestionsandanswers,playedoutonacommonplatform,amapofthefuturetheGISmap.
>
>Wedidn'timplementCitistatinBaltimoretowinawardswedidittosurvive.
>
>LetmeshowyouwhatImean.
>
>WhenPresidentClintonatthebeginningofourAdministrationhelpedBaltimorewiththeabilitytoput200additionalpoliceofficersonourstreets,wehadabigdecisionto
make.
>
>Wheretosendthem?
>
>Wecoulddeploythemequallytoeachofthesixcouncildistricts.
>
>Ifwewantedtoberealpolitical,wecoulddeploythemtothedistrictswiththehighestnumbersofprimaryvoters.Ifwewantedtobereal,realpolitical,wecoulddeploy
themtodistrictswherethegreatestnumberofpeoplevotedforus,...
>
>Or,wecoulddeploythemtothesehotspotkidneysofdeathwherethegreatestnumbersofourcitizenswerebeingshot,mugged,orrobbed.
>
>Wechosetosendthese200policeofficerstowherethegreatestamountofviolentcrimewashappening.
>
>Werepeatedtheprocesseverydayandeveryweek.
>
>OverthenexttenyearsBaltimorewentontoachievethebiggestreductioninPartOnecrimeofanymajorcityinAmerica.
>
>
>
>APPLYHUMANEFFORTTOHUMANPROBLEM
>
>ThisnewwayofgoverningisnotjustforCities.
>
>Truestory.
>
>ManyyearslaterwhenIwasGovernorofMaryland,JackDangermondofESRI,onceapproachedmeatameetingoftheNationalGovernorsAssociationwithasimple
request,Ireallywantyoutogetmesometimewithyourfriend,GovernorEdRendellofPennsylvania.
>
>HeknewthatGovernorRendellhadapassionforinfrastructureandtheproperfundingofourtransportationneedslikebridgerepairs.
>
>Yousee,JackwantedtoshowGovernorRendellanewbridgeapp.
>
>ButwhathedidnotknowwasthatGovernorRendell,likeallofusformermayors,isblessedwithanaversiontoblindmeetings,andavery,veryshortattentionspan.
>
>WhenIfinallysucceededincorrallingabusyandskepticalGovernorRendellintoacornerwithJack'scomputerscreen,IwarnedJack,youhave45seconds.
>
>Jacklaunchedimmediately.This,hesaid,isamapofMinnesotaandeachdotonthismapshowswherethebridgesareinMinnesota.
>
>Heresared,orange,yellowcolorcodeshowingtherangefromthemoststructurallysoundtothemoststructurallydeficient.
>
>Click.
>
>Thenhesaid,NowImgoingtoclickonthisnextlayer,whichwillchangethesizeofthesedotsrelativetohowmanyhumanlivesgoacrossthesemoststructurallydeficient
bridgeseverysingleday.
>
>Click.
>
>Finally,hesaid,IwanttoshowtoyouwheretheFederaldollarsforrepairingthesebridgesactuallygo
>
>Andwiththat,heclickedthefinalkeyandthedollarsscatteredallovertheplace.
>
>GovernorRendellimmediatelyexclaimed,Hardlyanyofthedollarsarelandingontherighttargets!
>
>And,JackDangermondreplied,notyet,buttheyarealllandingonthemap!
>
>Sometimesthemostimportanttruthscanalsobethemostobviousifweknowhowtolookforthem.
>

>Ourjobistomakesurewelandtheresourcesonthetargets.
>
>OrasRobertKennedysaid,"therationalapplicationofhumanefforttothesolvingofhumanproblems."
>
>TAKINGITSTATEWIDE
>
>ThisiswhatCitiStatwasabout,andwhenwecreatedStateStatitworkedonanevenbroaderscope,statewide.
>
>Collaborativemethod,performancemeasured,oncommonplatforms.
>
>ToeradicatechildhoodhungerinMarylandby2015,identifyontheGISmapwheretheschoolsarewiththegreatestnumbersofchildrenwhoqualifyforafreeschool
lunch,butreceivenobreakfast.
>
>Drivebreakfastintheclassroomintotheseschools.
>
>Watchstudentattendanceandstudentachievementrise.
>
>ImaginetheprogressifeveryStatetried...
>
>Nextexample.
>
>Ifyouknewthatavoidablehospitalreadmissionswerethebiggestdriverofhospitalcostsandthereforethebiggestdriverofunnecessaryhealthcarecosts,howwouldyou
goaboutreducingthemthroughouttheState?
>
>Untilnow,wehadnowaytoputindividualhealthinformationonthecommonplatformofaGISmaptobettercareforpatientssufferingfromchronicconditionslike
congestiveheartfailure,diabetes,andasthmathebigdriversofavoidablehospitalreadmissions:thebiggestdriverofunnecessaryhealthcarecosts.
>
>Nowwedo.Becausewebuiltit.ItiscalledCRISPtheChesapeakeRegionalInformationSystemforPatients.
>
>Nowwecanidentifypatientswithpoorlytreatedchronicconditionsthatkeeplandingthembackinthehospital.
>
>Byimprovingtheircareandbychangingtheprofitincentiveforhospitalsfromsicknesstowellnessweachievedourgoalofreducingavoidablehospitaladmissionsby
10%injustthefirstyearoftrying.
>
>Thereiseveryreasontobelievewecanrepeatthisprogressyearoveryearimprovingwellness,bringingdownthecostcurveofhealthcare.
>
>Everyotherstatecoulddothesame...
>
>Cleanwaterisahumanright.
>
>TorestorethehealthoftheChesapeakeBaywecreatedBaystatacommonplatformforidentifyingthesourcesofnitrogen,phosphorous,andsedimentarypollutionthat
flowintotheriversandstreamsoftheChesapeakeBay.
>
>Wetookmeasurableactionsonthelandtoreducetheseloadsfromagriculture,stormwaterrunoff,septicsystems,andsewagetreatmentplants.
>
>Wesettwoyearmilestonesfortakingaction.Actiontomeasurablyreducestormwaterrunoff,actiontomeasurablyexpandthenumberofacresplantedwithwintercover
crops,actiontomeasurablyupgradecleantechnologyatsewagetreatmentplants.
>
>AllsixstatesintheBaywatershednowfollowthisperformancemanagementregimen.TheFederalEPAnowmonitorsthisrestorationprogressandcompliancethroughits
ownmultistateplatformcalledChesapeakeStat.
>
>Thefish,theoysters,andtheBaygrassesmonitoroureffortsintheirownways.
>
>Lastexample.
>
>MorelandhasbeenconsumedbydevelopmentinMarylandoverthelast35yearsthaninthefirst350yearsofourexistenceasastate.
>
>Topreserveouressentialremainingnaturallandsandopenspace,wecreatedthecommonplatformof,TheMarylandGreenprint.
>
>WithGreenprintweareabletotargetourlandpreservationdollarsandeffortstoprotectthemostecologicallyvaluableparcelsparcelsthatexpandforestedstream
buffers,..parcelsthatextendcontiguoushabitatcorridors.
>
>ThankstoGISandtheInternet,wedoallofthisinwaysthateverycitizencanseeopenandvisiblewaysthatcanbetterguidetheirownlandusedecisions,andtheland
usedecisionsoftheircountiesandtowns.
>
>WhatifGreenprintswereinuseineverystatesacrossourentirecountry?WhatifwehadanationalGreenprint?
>
>Imaginethepossibilitiesforgreendesignandmoresustainablewaysofliving.
>
>
>
>ConclusionSHOWMEMYHOUSE
>
>Ileaveyouwiththisfinalstory.
>
>BackintheearliestweeksandmonthsofCititstat,weusedtoholdregularcommunitymeetingsinsideCityHallthatwedubbed,"Mayor'sNightIn."
>
>WewouldintentionallyholdthesemeetingsintheCitistatroomsothatwecouldshowgroupsofneighborhoodleadersthisnewwayofgoverningandgettingthingsdone.
>
>Everynight,therewasalwaysonequestionthatwouldcomeupagainandagain.
>
>Wheneverwewouldshowourneighborsthemaps,thegraphsandtheaerialphotographsarrayedonthebigscreensofthatroom,thisonequestionwouldcomeup
withoutfail.
>
>Regardlessofwhetheraneighborhoodwereblackorwhite,orrichorpoor,someonewithinthefirstfivetotenminuteswouldalwaysraisetheirhandtoask,...Can
youshowmemyhouse?
>
>Goodquestion.Itisessentialquestionreallyforagovernmentof,by,andforthepeople.
>
>Often,thatquestionwasvoicedmoreintheformofademand.
>
>"Showmemyhouse."
>
>Why...?

>
>Isittoknowthatmygovernmentworks?
>
>IsittoknowthatImattertothosewhomIelecttorunmygovernment?
>
>IsittobetterunderstandhowIamconnectedtothepeopleandeventsaroundmyneighborhoodandCity...?
>
>"Showmemyhouse."
>
>Perhaps,itisthedemandattheheartofoneofthemostimportantbeliefsweshareasapeoplethebeliefweshareinthedignityofeveryindividualperson.
>
>ThatdeeplyAmericanideathatonepersoncanmakeadifference,eachofusisneeded.
>
>And,"wemusthelpeachotherifwearetosucceed..."
>
>TechnologywhetherGISortheInternetisnottheendinitself.
>
>Itisthemeansofanewbeginning.
>
>Anewandbetterwayofgoverning...andgettingthingsdone.
>
>Acrowdsourcedhealingofthedeepestkind.
>
>Showmemyhouse.
>
>
>
>
>SentfrommyiPad

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

02/06/201506:42:36PM

To:

GovernorWolf

Cc:

Phillips,Betsy(GOV)

Subject:

RE:fromEdRendell

<

Smith,Kathie

Noproblemindoingthisbetsy.Butnoturgent
OriginalMessage
From:Smith,Kathie
Sent:Friday,February06,201506:03PMEasternStandardTime
To:GovernorWolf(
Cc:McGinty,KathleenPhillips,Betsy(GOV)
Subject:FW:fromEdRendell

From:MayaLee[mailto:
Sent:Friday,February06,20154:44PM
To:Wolf,Thomas
Cc:Smith,KathiePhillips,Betsy(GOV)
Subject:fromEdRendell

Tom,
IreceivedacallthismorningfromFredHochberg,ChairmanandPresidentoftheUnitedStatesImport/Export
Bank.Asyourecallfromthecampaign,WorldTradePA,theagencyinDCEDthatIstartedwhichwasenormously
successfulincreasedPennsylvaniaexportsthreefold.Surprisingly,GovernorCorbettdidnotcutthisprogramand
itmademodestprogress.Asyoualsoknow,theObamaAdministrationhasmadeincreasingUSexportsa
priority.

FredwouldliketomeetwithyouinPhiladelphiaasyourconvenience.Iwouldurgeyoutodosoassoonas
possible.Ithinkthereisgreatpotentialforcollaborationandjointprocesshere.ItoldFredthatIwouldcontactyou
andgetafewdatesfromyouwhenyouwillbeinPhiladelphia.IwouldsuggestthatSecretaryDavinandWilfred
Muskens,theDirectorofWorldTradePA,attendwithyou.

Thereisnoneedtogothroughme.Youroffice,ormaybeevenBetsy,shouldjustgivehimafewdatesforthe
meetingtooccur.TheChairmanscontactinformationisbelow

Thankyou.

EdRendell

ContactinformationforChairmanHochberg:
PhilipC.Calabro
ExecutiveAssistanttoChairmanHochberg
ExportImportBankoftheUnitedStates
p:
/m:
e:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

02/06/201506:42:36PM

To:

GovernorWolf

Cc:

Phillips,Betsy(GOV)

Subject:

RE:fromEdRendell

<

Smith,Kathie

Noproblemindoingthisbetsy.Butnoturgent
OriginalMessage
From:Smith,Kathie
Sent:Friday,February06,201506:03PMEasternStandardTime
To:GovernorWolf(
Cc:McGinty,KathleenPhillips,Betsy(GOV)
Subject:FW:fromEdRendell

From:MayaLee[mailto:
Sent:Friday,February06,20154:44PM
To:Wolf,Thomas
Cc:Smith,KathiePhillips,Betsy(GOV)
Subject:fromEdRendell

Tom,
IreceivedacallthismorningfromFredHochberg,ChairmanandPresidentoftheUnitedStatesImport/Export
Bank.Asyourecallfromthecampaign,WorldTradePA,theagencyinDCEDthatIstartedwhichwasenormously
successfulincreasedPennsylvaniaexportsthreefold.Surprisingly,GovernorCorbettdidnotcutthisprogramand
itmademodestprogress.Asyoualsoknow,theObamaAdministrationhasmadeincreasingUSexportsa
priority.

FredwouldliketomeetwithyouinPhiladelphiaasyourconvenience.Iwouldurgeyoutodosoassoonas
possible.Ithinkthereisgreatpotentialforcollaborationandjointprocesshere.ItoldFredthatIwouldcontactyou
andgetafewdatesfromyouwhenyouwillbeinPhiladelphia.IwouldsuggestthatSecretaryDavinandWilfred
Muskens,theDirectorofWorldTradePA,attendwithyou.

Thereisnoneedtogothroughme.Youroffice,ormaybeevenBetsy,shouldjustgivehimafewdatesforthe
meetingtooccur.TheChairmanscontactinformationisbelow

Thankyou.

EdRendell

ContactinformationforChairmanHochberg:
PhilipC.Calabro
ExecutiveAssistanttoChairmanHochberg
ExportImportBankoftheUnitedStates
p:
/m:
e:

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/20/201510:12:38AM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

Done
OriginalMessage
From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Monday,April20,201508:51AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate
Itis.Thanks!

DebbieFailor|ExecutiveAssistanttotheChiefofStaff
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapitol|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:

|Fax:

Email:
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From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Monday,April20,20155:36AM
To:Failor,Debra
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Ifthatisopen.Sure
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From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Sunday,April19,201510:18PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

Canyoucallhimat9:30amonyourwayin?

DebbieFailor|ExecutiveAssistanttotheChiefofStaff
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf

Room225MainCapitol|HarrisburgPA17120
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Sent:Sunday,April19,20158:15PM
To:Failor,Debra
Subject:FW:Lackawannaupdate

Canufindhim10minstomorrow?
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From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Sunday,April19,201507:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Re:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
Ihavesomeadditionalinformation.Isitpossibleforustohaveaphonecallassoonasyouhaveafewminutes?
Best,Michael

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From:<McGinty>,KathleenMcGinty<
Date:Saturday,April18,2015at4:46PM
To:MichaelPolsky<
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,


ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.

ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.

Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.

Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.

Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.

Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/20/201505:36:25AM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

Ifthatisopen.Sure
OriginalMessage
From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Sunday,April19,201510:18PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate
Canyoucallhimat9:30amonyourwayin?

DebbieFailor|ExecutiveAssistanttotheChiefofStaff
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapitol|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:

|Fax:

Email:
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From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,April19,20158:15PM
To:Failor,Debra
Subject:FW:Lackawannaupdate

Canufindhim10minstomorrow?
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Sunday,April19,201507:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Re:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
Ihavesomeadditionalinformation.Isitpossibleforustohaveaphonecallassoonasyouhaveafewminutes?
Best,Michael

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From:<McGinty>,KathleenMcGinty<
Date:Saturday,April18,2015at4:46PM
To:MichaelPolsky<
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,

ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.

ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.

Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.

Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.

Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.

Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/19/201501:06:09AM

To:

Wolf,Thomas<

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

Sure.Letmeknowifuhaveanybotherfeedbackfromurdiscussionwed
OriginalMessage
From:Wolf,Thomas
Sent:Sunday,April19,201501:01AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate
ThanksKatie.

OriginalMessage
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:Wolf,Thomas
Subject:FW:Lackawannaupdate
Justtoletyouknowihavestafflookingintothis.Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/18/201505:46:56PM

To:

Polsky,Michael<

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/18/201505:46:56PM

To:

Polsky,Michael<

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/20/201505:36:25AM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

Ifthatisopen.Sure
OriginalMessage
From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Sunday,April19,201510:18PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate
Canyoucallhimat9:30amonyourwayin?

DebbieFailor|ExecutiveAssistanttotheChiefofStaff
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapitol|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:

|Fax:

Email:
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From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,April19,20158:15PM
To:Failor,Debra
Subject:FW:Lackawannaupdate

Canufindhim10minstomorrow?
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Sunday,April19,201507:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Re:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
Ihavesomeadditionalinformation.Isitpossibleforustohaveaphonecallassoonasyouhaveafewminutes?
Best,Michael

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From:<McGinty>,KathleenMcGinty<
Date:Saturday,April18,2015at4:46PM
To:MichaelPolsky<
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,

ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.

ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.

Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.

Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.

Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.

Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/20/201510:12:38AM

To:

Failor,Debra

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

Done
OriginalMessage
From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Monday,April20,201508:51AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate
Itis.Thanks!

DebbieFailor|ExecutiveAssistanttotheChiefofStaff
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf
Room225MainCapitol|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:

|Fax:

Email:
www.pa.gov
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From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Monday,April20,20155:36AM
To:Failor,Debra
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

Ifthatisopen.Sure
OriginalMessage
From:Failor,Debra
Sent:Sunday,April19,201510:18PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

Canyoucallhimat9:30amonyourwayin?

DebbieFailor|ExecutiveAssistanttotheChiefofStaff
OfficeofGovernorTomWolf

Room225MainCapitol|HarrisburgPA17120
Phone:

|Fax:

Email:
www.pa.gov
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From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,April19,20158:15PM
To:Failor,Debra
Subject:FW:Lackawannaupdate

Canufindhim10minstomorrow?
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Sunday,April19,201507:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Re:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
Ihavesomeadditionalinformation.Isitpossibleforustohaveaphonecallassoonasyouhaveafewminutes?
Best,Michael

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From:<McGinty>,KathleenMcGinty<
Date:Saturday,April18,2015at4:46PM
To:MichaelPolsky<
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate

ThanksMichael.Wewillfollowup.K
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,


ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.

ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.

Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.

Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.

Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.

Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

04/19/201501:06:09AM

To:

Wolf,Thomas<

Subject:

RE:Lackawannaupdate

Sure.Letmeknowifuhaveanybotherfeedbackfromurdiscussionwed
OriginalMessage
From:Wolf,Thomas
Sent:Sunday,April19,201501:01AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:RE:Lackawannaupdate
ThanksKatie.

OriginalMessage
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:47PMEasternStandardTime
To:Wolf,Thomas
Subject:FW:Lackawannaupdate
Justtoletyouknowihavestafflookingintothis.Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Polsky,Michael[
Sent:Saturday,April18,201505:19PMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Subject:Lackawannaupdate
Katie,
ThankyouagainforyourtimelastnightattheendofabusydayandforyourwillingnesstohelpontheLackawannaproject.Attached
isanupdateforyouonwherethingsstand.EdRendellismeetingwithGovernorWolftodiscussthisafternoonaswell.
ThisprojectwouldhaveanenormouslypositiveimpactonNortheasternPennsylvania.Theoppositionhasbuilttheircaseon
misinformationabouttheimpactthisfacilitywouldhaveonthecommunityandenvironment.Thisplantwillbebuiltwiththecleanest,
mostefficienttechnologyavailableitwillnotturnintoasituationwhereCouncilmembersregretavotetosupportit.
Thereareafewthingsthatwouldbemosthelpful.First,anypublicsupporttheGovernor'sofficecanshowwouldgoalongway.Also,
havingStateSenatorBlake'ssupportisatoppriorityforushehasexpressedhissupportprivately,butweneedhisbackinginthe
community.Anopedwouldbeideal.Also,IunderstandthatAuditorGeneralDePasqualecanbeinfluentialonthisgivensomeofhis
relationshipsontheCouncil.
Ihavealsoattachedafactsheetthatprovidesgeneralbackgroundontheprojectanditsbenefits.
Thankyouagainforallyourhelp.Pleasedon'thesitatetocallonmycellphone.Iamavailabletoyouatanytime.
Michael

MichaelPolsky|Founder,PresidentandCEO
InvenergyLLC|OneSouthWackerDrive,Suite1900,Chicago,IL60606
|

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

02/09/201509:32:18PM

To:

GretchenDlugolecki<

Cc:

PhyllisMundy<

Subject:

RE:MeetingrequestfromtheGovernor'sELIC

Failor,Debra

ThanksGretchen.Idbepleasedtomeet.Debbiewillbeintouchtomakethathappen.Thx!
OriginalMessage
From:GretchenDlugolecki[
Sent:Monday,February09,201511:00AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Cc:PhyllisMundy
Subject:MeetingrequestfromtheGovernor'sELIC
Goodmorning,SecretaryMcGinty:

Hopeyouarewell!MynameisGretchenDlugolecki;IworkfortheGovernorsEarlyLearningInvestmentCommission.Former
StateRepresentativePhyllisMundyprovidedmewithyouremailaddressIdohopeitisallrightthatIamreachingouttoyou
directly.

Iwritetorequestamee ngbetweenyouandthreeofourcommissionmembers:

JackBrennan
ChairmanEmeritusandSeniorAdvisor
TheVanguardGroup

HughLavery
SeniorVicePresident,GovernmentandExternalAairs
ThomasJeersonUniversityandJeersonHealthSystem

JerryMaginnis
OceManagingPartner,PhiladelphiaOce
KPMGLLP

Ifyouarewillingtomeetwiththem,wouldyoubeavailablesome meduringthemorningofFebruary27th?Allthreeof
thesemembersareavailablethenandcouldmakethetriptoHarrisburgfora meconvenientforyou.

Assomebackground,theEarlyLearningInvestmentCommission(ELIC)wasestablishedviaExecu veOrderin2008by
GovernorEdRendell.GovernorRendellenvisionedtheELICasbeinganetworkofbusinessleaderswhocommunicatethe
connec onbetweenposi veearlychildhoodexperiencesandastrongPennsylvaniaeconomy,especiallytopolicymakersand
tootherbusinessexecutives.TheunderlyinggoalofELICistostrengthenPennsylvaniasfutureworkforcebyincreasing
supportforevidencebasedearlylearning.

Ourmembersrepresentbanks,hospitals,manufacturers,media,insurancecompaniesthelistgoeson,soIattachedafull
rosterforyourreview.

Thankyousomuchforyourconsidera on!

Best,
Gretchen

GretchenT.Dlugolecki
ProgramCoordinator
BusinessPartnerships/PAEarlyLearningInvestmentCommission
PennsylvaniaKey
200N.ThirdStreet,3rdFloor
Harrisburg,PA17101

www.paelic.org

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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime:

02/09/201509:32:18PM

To:

GretchenDlugolecki<

Cc:

PhyllisMundy<

Subject:

RE:MeetingrequestfromtheGovernor'sELIC

Failor,Debra

ThanksGretchen.Idbepleasedtomeet.Debbiewillbeintouchtomakethathappen.Thx!
OriginalMessage
From:GretchenDlugolecki[
Sent:Monday,February09,201511:00AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,Kathleen
Cc:PhyllisMundy
Subject:MeetingrequestfromtheGovernor'sELIC
Goodmorning,SecretaryMcGinty:

Hopeyouarewell!MynameisGretchenDlugolecki;IworkfortheGovernorsEarlyLearningInvestmentCommission.Former
StateRepresentativePhyllisMundyprovidedmewithyouremailaddressIdohopeitisallrightthatIamreachingouttoyou
directly.

Iwritetorequestamee ngbetweenyouandthreeofourcommissionmembers:

JackBrennan
ChairmanEmeritusandSeniorAdvisor
TheVanguardGroup

HughLavery
SeniorVicePresident,GovernmentandExternalAairs
ThomasJeersonUniversityandJeersonHealthSystem

JerryMaginnis
OceManagingPartner,PhiladelphiaOce
KPMGLLP

Ifyouarewillingtomeetwiththem,wouldyoubeavailablesome meduringthemorningofFebruary27th?Allthreeof
thesemembersareavailablethenandcouldmakethetriptoHarrisburgfora meconvenientforyou.

Assomebackground,theEarlyLearningInvestmentCommission(ELIC)wasestablishedviaExecu veOrderin2008by
GovernorEdRendell.GovernorRendellenvisionedtheELICasbeinganetworkofbusinessleaderswhocommunicatethe
connec onbetweenposi veearlychildhoodexperiencesandastrongPennsylvaniaeconomy,especiallytopolicymakersand
tootherbusinessexecutives.TheunderlyinggoalofELICistostrengthenPennsylvaniasfutureworkforcebyincreasing
supportforevidencebasedearlylearning.

Ourmembersrepresentbanks,hospitals,manufacturers,media,insurancecompaniesthelistgoeson,soIattachedafull
rosterforyourreview.

Thankyousomuchforyourconsidera on!

Best,
Gretchen

GretchenT.Dlugolecki
ProgramCoordinator
BusinessPartnerships/PAEarlyLearningInvestmentCommission
PennsylvaniaKey
200N.ThirdStreet,3rdFloor
Harrisburg,PA17101

www.paelic.org

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From:

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Senttime: 03/01/201508:38:37AM
To:

Sheridan,JeffreyHanger,JohnShafer,JosephNicastre,MarkA bright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary

Subject:

RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Canyoudescribewhatyouwouldthinkyouneedhere?youwouldbeabletosharegooddetailintermsofspecific
nettaxrefuctions13percentonaverage.Youcanalsomakeclearthathomeownersw100kincomeandbelow
arewinners.Wecangiveotherincomebreakdownstoo.Areyoufeelingyouneedtoshowcalculations??Idont
thinkweneedthatlevelofdocumentationifso.
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From:Sheridan,Jeffrey
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:33AMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnShafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
BumstedhasastoryouttomorrowthatIcancallhimandworkourplanintotoday,butIwillneedmorethanjustthe
13%numberandthe$100Khomeowner.AsJoesaid,it'shelpfulifIcanpresenthimwithsomething.

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From:Hanger,John
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:24AMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Sayingitontherecordatleastgetsitintothestory.Atthispoint,thatisimportant.Wecanprovidevarying
degreesofdocumentation(summaryformtogreatdetail)asthenumberswererigorouslycalculated.Doingso
makessenseafterbudgetaddress.RightnowweshouldallowJefftosayitontherecordsothestoriesoverthe
next2daysarenotdistortedforthesimplereasonwedon'tsayit.
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From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:09AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
VerygoodpointaboutRshavingproposedthesetaxesneedingtobeforcefullytoldtoreportersoverthenext2days(andbeyond)and
doesnotrequireusgivingorconfirminganythingnew
On13%and100kyesthosenumbersarevalidatedinternallybutisthereanythingwewillbeabletoprovideorhowarewepresentingit
otherthanusjustsayingit.
________________________________________
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,March01,20157:08AM
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Guyswhetherirnotwerolloutthepropertytaxcutstomorrow,weabsolutelyhavetogetinthesestoriesthattherevenuesraisers
comefromrepublicanlegislation.Wearedoneiftheygettodisowntheirownideasandlegislation.Rightnowwehavethegovernor
taggedastheonlyguypushingincomeandsalestaxincreases.Thatisnottrueanditisadirethreattotheviabilityofthegovernor's
plan.Wewillnotwinintryingnottotalkdirectlyabouttaxesandthinkingwecanstickonlytothematics.
Inthematterofvalidatingthe13percenttaxdecreaseandthe100kandbelowarewinners,thosenumbersarevalidatedalready.

RandywhatweretheRendellincometaxincreasesandhowdoesthisproposalcompare??Thx
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From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201508:01PMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
4.IhavenotbeenaroundorpaidattentiontoprioryearsbutIfeelthisisatonofspecificityanddetailoutthere

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:58PMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
1.Ifwe'regonnatrydothatbeforeTuesdayweneedtoconfirmtheseratenumbersandreleasesomethingmoreotherwiseIdon'tthink
it'sfeasibleforourpresspeopletodothat
2.Westarteddiscussingthisyesterdaybutweneedtoshowsomethingtobackuptheseassertionsoritwillbedismissedasrhetoric
3.ThewaythisiswrittenandpresentedasnewsandnotcommentaryisbullshitandJeffisexpressingthat

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From:Hanger,John
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:41PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Weneedtogetoutthattaxpayerssaveonaverage13%andhomeownerswithincomesupto$100kpayless.
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To:Sheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

OriginalMessage
From:Abbott,JosephL
Sent:Saturday,February28,201504:49PMEasternStandardTime
To:GVPress
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/taxes school funding property.html#incart mrpt2
Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
ByCharlesThompson|
onFebruary28,2015at11:09AM,updatedFebruary28,2015at3:39PM
Expectationsor,dependinguponyourpoliticalvantagepoint,anxietiesarerunninghighforwhatgoodiesmightbeincludedwhen
Gov.TomWolfunveilshisfirstbudgetTuesday.
Itisexpectedtoincludedoubledigitincreasesinthestate'spersonalincometaxandsalestaxrateslargecutsinschoolproperty
taxesandakeybusinesstaxrateandsignificantnewboostsinstateaidforpublicschoolsandcolleges.
Additallup,andit'ssafetosayPennsylvanianshaven'tseenaplanthisboldinscopeforyearsandcertainlynotsincethe200708

recession.
Incommentsmadelastweektoreporters,Wolfmadeitclearthathehadlittlechoicebuttoincreaserevenuestoaddressthe$2.3
billiondeficitheinherited.
Hisspokesmanpointedoutthatthestate'screditratinghasbeendowngradedfivetimes,Pennsylvania'sjobcreationrankinghas
declinedvisavisotherstates,andschoolshavebeenforcedtolayoffstaff,cutprogramsandclosebuildings.
"Somemaylooktotakepoliticalshotsorwanttomaintainthestatusquo,butGovernorWolfknowsweneedachangeifwearegoing
torebuildthemiddleclass,"WolfspokesmanJeffSheridansaid.
"OnTuesday,thegovernorwillannounceabalancedbudgetthatwillhelpgrowoureconomy,investineducation,andstrengthenthe
middleclass.Ashehasalwayssaid,GovernorWolfiscommittedtomakingPennsylvania'staxsystemfairerandreducingtheburden
placedonthemiddleclassandseniors."
Sheridanhasdeclinedtorevealspecifics,butaccordingtodraftscirculatingaroundtheCapitol,afullfledgedreengineeringofthetax
systemiscalledfor.
Meanwhile,Republicans,whocontrolbothchambersoftheLegislature,arebracingfor"massive"taxincreasesandspendinggrowth
thataresuretogivesomeheartburnandmaypromptthemtorethinktheirsummervacationplans.
ThroughinterviewswithseveralsourceswhohavebeentrackingthedevelopmentofWolf'sfirstbudget,here'swhatPennLivehas
learnedaboutthefoundationsoftheplanastheyweresetlatelastweek:
Taxesareverymuchonthetable.
NoGroverNorquistantitaxpledgeshere.
DraftversionsofWolf'srevenueplan,accordingtosourceswhoarefamiliarwiththedetails,hadtaxnumbersthatnotevenformerGov.
EdRendellwouldhavedreamedof.
ButWolfhasalwayspridedhimselfonbeingadifferentkindofpolitician.
Somedetailsremainedsketchy.Butattheplan'sroot,sourcessay,isanambitiousshiftofschoolfundingburdensfromlocalproperty
taxestobroaderbasedstatelevies.
Here'swhatmultiplesourceshadreportedhearingbyweek'sendaboutthethreepillarsthatwillaffectmostPennsylvaniansinthe
revenuesideofWolf'sroughly$30billionplan:
A20percentincreaseinthestate'spersonalincometax,fromthecurrent3.07percentto3.7percent.Forapersonmaking
$50,000,that'sanincreasefrom$1,535to$1,850.DraftsseenbyPennLive'ssourcesdidnotreferenceWolf'scampaignproposalto
offerastandardincomeexemptionforalltaxpayers,thoughthecurrenttaxforgivenessprogramaimedatexemptinglowincomewage
earnerswouldcontinueandbeexpanded,sourcesindicated.
Aboostinthestate'ssalestaxfrom6percentto6.6percent,anincreaseof10percent.Itwasnotcleariftheproposalcarries
changesinthecurrentlistofproductsandservicesexemptedfromthesalestax.
Adirectoffsetofschoolpropertytaxesonhomesandfarmsthatwillbefundedbymuchofthemoneyraisedfromthe
aforementionedincreases.
Theexactamountofthatpropertytaxcutwasnotknown,butonepersonintimatelyfamiliarwiththeplansaiditwouldmovethecurrent
$600millionpoolforpropertytaxcuts(fundedbycasinotaxes)towellmorethan$3billionayearwheninfulleffect.
Basedoncurrentdistributionformulas,thatwouldbeenoughtolaunchtheaveragestatewidepropertytaxcutfrom$182perhomeowner
now,tosomethingintherangeof$1,000.
ThataccomplishestwoprimarygoalsforWolf:movingmoreoftheburdenforschoolfundingtothestateandawayfromalocallybased
taxsystemsthatcausepoorercommunitiestostruggleandmovingtowardwhathebelievesisafairertaxstructureforthemiddle
class.
Wolfisalsoexpectedtocallforasetofnewtaxesoncurrentlyuntaxedtobaccoproductsincludingcigars,chewingtobaccoandpipe
tobaccoand,possibly,anincreaseinthestate's$1.60perpackcigarettetax.
TheremaybeotherfacetsrevealedinthefinaldocumentTuesdayaimedatspecificgroupslikerentersandseniors.
EveryonewillallbeexpendingalotofbrainpowerafterTuesdayarrivestodeterminewhopaysmoreandwhopaysless.Butas
proposed,itisacertaintythatPennsylvaniansasawholewillpaymore.
Businesstaxes,too.
Wolf'splanwoulddramaticallyreformPennsylvania'sbusinesstaxes,withamixtureofratechanges,newtaxesandrestructuringofold
taxes.
Startingwiththenew,WolfcampaignedhardonthenotionthatPennsylvaniashouldbenefitmoredirectlyfromtheshalegasproduction
occurringhere,andhehasalreadycalledfora5percentextractiontaxongasproduction.

Butthat'sjustthestart.
WolfonWednesdayproposedamajorrestructuringofthestate'scorporatenetincometaxthatincludesanewincomereporting
methoddesignedtoexposemoreprofitsfrommorefirmstothecurrentloopholeriddentax.
Thetaxrateonthosecorporateprofits,meanwhile,woulddropin2016from9.99percentto5.99percent.
Andfinally,thegovernorwillallowthescheduledeliminationofthecapitalstockandfranchisetaxataxoninstatebusinessassets
tobecompletedin2016,aspreviouslyscheduled.
Wolfcanbeexpectedtosellthosemovesasawaytowarmtheclimatefornewbusinessinvestmentandjobgrowth.
ButthemixhasalotofbusinessgroupsscratchingtheirheadsinadvanceofTuesday'saddress.
Becausewhilethey'regettingsomethingstheyloveCNIreductionandcapitalstockeliminationtheyareconcernedabouttheimpact
ofothermeasureslikethesalestaxincrease,whichhitsbusinessesaswellashouseholds,andthepersonalincometaxincrease,
whichisthedefactotaxrateformanysmallerbusinesses.
Schoolsareawinner.
IncreasedfundingforeducationwasamajorplankinWolf'scampaignandmanyexpecthewilltakeagiantstepinhisfirstbudget
proposaltowardreversingtheeffectsofthenearbilliondollarcutthatschooldistrictshadtoabsorbduringthefirstyearofGov.Tom
Corbett'sadministration.
SourcessaidFridaythatWolf'splancontainsabout$1billioninnewspendingacrossthepubliceducationspectrum,fromearly
childhoodprogramstolocalschoolstopubliccollegesanduniversities.
Alongwiththat,Wolfwillnodoubtadvocatemovingtoafairer,moreequitablewayofdistributingstateaidtopublicschools,whichis
thefocusoftheBasicEducationFundingCommission'swork.
Thatcommissionanticipatesofferingitsrecommendedschoolfundingformulalaterthisspring.OnThursday,theCampaignforFair
EducationFundingreleasedaproposedformulathatithopeswillhelpinformthecommission'swork.
AnyincreaseswillbeawelcomechangetoPennsylvania'spublicuniversities,whichhaveseentheirstatefundingremainthesameor
nearlythesameforthepastthreeyearsafterabsorbingadeepcutin201112.
Communitycollegesalsosawafundingcutfouryearsagobutreceivedasmallincreaselastyeartobegintomakeupsomeoflost
ground.
Doesgrowingmedicalassistancedoharmtothisbudget?
ThebudgetfortheDepartmentofHumanServicesformerlytheDepartmentofPublicWelfareisthebiggestpieceofPennsylvania's
generalfundbudgetinanyyear.
OneofthemostinterestingaspectsthisyearwillbethebottomlineimpactofWolf'sswitchtothestandardissueMedicaidexpansion
providedforbythefederalAffordableCareAct.
HeisshiftingawayfromacustommadeplandevisedoverthelastyearbytheCorbettAdministration.
Corbettsaidhisversion,whichinvolves"highrisk"and"lowrisk"options,wouldsavestatetaxpayers$4.5billionincostsduringthe
nexteightyearsbyplacinghealthierpeopleonthelowriskplan.ButsinceitbeganonJan.1,criticshavesaidpeopleassignedtothe
lowriskoptionarebeingdeniedneededbenefits.
Wolfwilleliminatethelowriskoption.
Itmightbehardtoquicklydecipherthecostimpact,ormaybetherewon'tbemuch,sincethefederalgovernmentiscoveringabout90
percentofexpansioncosts,asitdidundertheCorbettplan.Corbettalsomadeassortedchangestothetechnologyusedtomanage
theMedicaidprogram,soWolf'scriticswillbelookingforanycostconsequencesofundoingthose.
Amomentforsavings.
Wolf'sbudgetaddresswon'tjustfocusonspendingincreases.Undoubtedlyhewilltrumpet$109millioninprojectedsavingsthatWolf
saidthisweekhisGovernor'sOfficeofTransformation,Innovation,ModernizationandEfficiency(GOTIME)hasfound.
Thatofficewaschargedwithassistingstateagenciesfind$150millionincostsavingstohelpclosethebudgethole.
Theprojectedsavingswillbeachievedprimarilythroughimprovingprocurementpractices,modernizingtechnologytomanagepublic
worksprojects,andconsolidatingandcentralizingadministrativeservicesacrossdepartments.
Meanwhile,WolfonFridaysaidhisbudgetplanwillexpandhomeandcommunitybasedlongtermcareforanadditional5,500people
in201516.Avoidingnursinghomecareforthatmanypeoplewillsavetaxpayers$162millionayear,accordingtotheadministration's
projections.
"Seniorshavespenttheirlivesworkinghardtoprovidefortheirfamilies,"WolfsaidatanappearanceinPhiladelphia."They'veworked
hardtobuildtheircommunitiesandtheyshouldbeabletoenjoytheirgoldenyearsinthehomesthattheybuiltinthecommunitiesthat
theybuilt."
Thepolitics.
Firstandforemost,let'srememberwhatTuesdayis.

Wolfisproposingabudget,notdictatingit.AndthatisespeciallythecaseatthispoliticalmomentintimeinPennsylvania,whereboth
chambersoftheLegislaturearedominatedbyRepublicans.
Justlikeanewcarneverhasmorevaluethanwhenyoudriveitoffthelot,theconventionalwisdomisthatanynewgovernorhashis
maximumpoliticalcapitalinhisfirstyear.
SoWolfisgoingforit.
ButtheRepublicanlawmakershavetheirownpriorities,likefurtherreformstothestate'stwomajorpublicemployeepensionsystems
towinlongtermcostsavingsandprivatizationofthestateownedliquorstoresystemtogenerateupfrontmoney.
Andgenerallyspeaking,theyhavereactedinrecentyearstobroadbasedtaxincreasesasifthosecarrytheEbolavirus.
ThebudgetisdueonJune30.
It'shardtotellrightnowwherethepushandpullofbipartisannegotiationswilllead,butunderstandthisTuesday'srolloutisreally
onlytheendofthebeginning.
StaffWriterDavidWennercontributedtothisreport.

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OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
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From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/01/201510:59:00AM
To:

Isenhour,MaryShafer,JosephAlbright,RandolphHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,Jeffrey

Subject:

RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Guysanytimeastorysaysthegovernorisabigtaxerandletsdrewcromptonsayrepublicanswillfighthis
proposalsandstandupforthetaxpayerandfailstosaythattheproposalsactuallyarerepublicanproposalsand
thegovernorisactinginabipartisanwayhereisnotafinestoryforus.Itisacoupforthemifweallowthemto
dodgeownershipoftheirownproposals.
Astodemonstrations,wehaveournumbersandcancitethem.Jeffdoesnotneedtogointothelongdivision.
Randywilldothatontuesday.
OriginalMessage
From:Isenhour,Mary
Sent:Sunday,March01,201509:19AMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenAlbright,RandolphHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,Jeffrey
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
IthoughttheInkystorywasfine.IthinkotherreporterssuchasCharlieThompsonwhohavebeenwritingtheir
storiesbasedonspeculationandspinaregoingtolookstupidonTuesdayaftertheaddressbutonlyifwecan
DEMONSTRATEthatmiddleclasstaxpayersandschoolchildrenarewinners.Canwedothatyet?

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201509:03AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenAlbright,RandolphHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
JustreadtheInquirerstory...callmecrazybutIdon'tthinkit'sthatbadandIactuallyliketheheadline...getseducationincreaseaswell
asproblemfacednearthetop
________________________________________
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,March01,20158:41AM
To:Albright,RandolphHanger,JohnShafer,JosephNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Randy,thistheleadstoryintheinquireranditbisnotgood.Itdoesntgetbiggerthanthat.Wedontwinbynotknowingorpresenting
factsrelevanttoourplanandallowingotherstopresentinaccuratepictures.
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From:Albright,Randolph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:37AMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnShafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Rendell'sPITincreasewas9.6%,2.8%to3.07%
1991wasthehighest%increase48%,2.1%to3.1%
Themoreyouengageinthesestoriestoday,thebiggeryoumakethemtomorrow.TheGovernormakeshisbudgetspeechonTuesday.
OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:24AMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Sayingitontherecordatleastgetsitintothestory.Atthispoint,thatisimportant.Wecanprovidevaryingdegreesofdocumentation
(summaryformtogreatdetail)asthenumberswererigorouslycalculated.Doingsomakessenseafterbudgetaddress.Rightnowwe
shouldallowJefftosayitontherecordsothestoriesoverthenext2daysarenotdistortedforthesimplereasonwedon'tsayit.
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:09AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

VerygoodpointaboutRshavingproposedthesetaxesneedingtobeforcefullytoldtoreportersoverthenext2days(andbeyond)and
doesnotrequireusgivingorconfirminganythingnew
On13%and100kyesthosenumbersarevalidatedinternallybutisthereanythingwewillbeabletoprovideorhowarewepresentingit
otherthanusjustsayingit.
________________________________________
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,March01,20157:08AM
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Guyswhetherirnotwerolloutthepropertytaxcutstomorrow,weabsolutelyhavetogetinthesestoriesthattherevenuesraisers
comefromrepublicanlegislation.Wearedoneiftheygettodisowntheirownideasandlegislation.Rightnowwehavethegovernor
taggedastheonlyguypushingincomeandsalestaxincreases.Thatisnottrueanditisadirethreattotheviabilityofthegovernor's
plan.Wewillnotwinintryingnottotalkdirectlyabouttaxesandthinkingwecanstickonlytothematics.
Inthematterofvalidatingthe13percenttaxdecreaseandthe100kandbelowarewinners,thosenumbersarevalidatedalready.
RandywhatweretheRendellincometaxincreasesandhowdoesthisproposalcompare??Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201508:01PMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
4.IhavenotbeenaroundorpaidattentiontoprioryearsbutIfeelthisisatonofspecificityanddetailoutthere

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:58PMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
1.Ifwe'regonnatrydothatbeforeTuesdayweneedtoconfirmtheseratenumbersandreleasesomethingmoreotherwiseIdon'tthink
it'sfeasibleforourpresspeopletodothat
2.Westarteddiscussingthisyesterdaybutweneedtoshowsomethingtobackuptheseassertionsoritwillbedismissedasrhetoric
3.ThewaythisiswrittenandpresentedasnewsandnotcommentaryisbullshitandJeffisexpressingthat

OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:41PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Weneedtogetoutthattaxpayerssaveonaverage13%andhomeownerswithincomesupto$100kpayless.

OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Saturday,February28,201505:26PMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

OriginalMessage
From:Abbott,JosephL
Sent:Saturday,February28,201504:49PMEasternStandardTime
To:GVPress
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/taxes school funding property.html#incart mrpt2
Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
ByCharlesThompson|
onFebruary28,2015at11:09AM,updatedFebruary28,2015at3:39PM
Expectationsor,dependinguponyourpoliticalvantagepoint,anxietiesarerunninghighforwhatgoodiesmightbeincludedwhen
Gov.TomWolfunveilshisfirstbudgetTuesday.
Itisexpectedtoincludedoubledigitincreasesinthestate'spersonalincometaxandsalestaxrateslargecutsinschoolproperty
taxesandakeybusinesstaxrateandsignificantnewboostsinstateaidforpublicschoolsandcolleges.
Additallup,andit'ssafetosayPennsylvanianshaven'tseenaplanthisboldinscopeforyearsandcertainlynotsincethe200708
recession.
Incommentsmadelastweektoreporters,Wolfmadeitclearthathehadlittlechoicebuttoincreaserevenuestoaddressthe$2.3
billiondeficitheinherited.
Hisspokesmanpointedoutthatthestate'screditratinghasbeendowngradedfivetimes,Pennsylvania'sjobcreationrankinghas
declinedvisavisotherstates,andschoolshavebeenforcedtolayoffstaff,cutprogramsandclosebuildings.
"Somemaylooktotakepoliticalshotsorwanttomaintainthestatusquo,butGovernorWolfknowsweneedachangeifwearegoing
torebuildthemiddleclass,"WolfspokesmanJeffSheridansaid.
"OnTuesday,thegovernorwillannounceabalancedbudgetthatwillhelpgrowoureconomy,investineducation,andstrengthenthe
middleclass.Ashehasalwayssaid,GovernorWolfiscommittedtomakingPennsylvania'staxsystemfairerandreducingtheburden
placedonthemiddleclassandseniors."
Sheridanhasdeclinedtorevealspecifics,butaccordingtodraftscirculatingaroundtheCapitol,afullfledgedreengineeringofthetax
systemiscalledfor.
Meanwhile,Republicans,whocontrolbothchambersoftheLegislature,arebracingfor"massive"taxincreasesandspendinggrowth
thataresuretogivesomeheartburnandmaypromptthemtorethinktheirsummervacationplans.
ThroughinterviewswithseveralsourceswhohavebeentrackingthedevelopmentofWolf'sfirstbudget,here'swhatPennLivehas
learnedaboutthefoundationsoftheplanastheyweresetlatelastweek:
Taxesareverymuchonthetable.
NoGroverNorquistantitaxpledgeshere.
DraftversionsofWolf'srevenueplan,accordingtosourceswhoarefamiliarwiththedetails,hadtaxnumbersthatnotevenformerGov.
EdRendellwouldhavedreamedof.
ButWolfhasalwayspridedhimselfonbeingadifferentkindofpolitician.
Somedetailsremainedsketchy.Butattheplan'sroot,sourcessay,isanambitiousshiftofschoolfundingburdensfromlocalproperty
taxestobroaderbasedstatelevies.
Here'swhatmultiplesourceshadreportedhearingbyweek'sendaboutthethreepillarsthatwillaffectmostPennsylvaniansinthe
revenuesideofWolf'sroughly$30billionplan:
A20percentincreaseinthestate'spersonalincometax,fromthecurrent3.07percentto3.7percent.Forapersonmaking
$50,000,that'sanincreasefrom$1,535to$1,850.DraftsseenbyPennLive'ssourcesdidnotreferenceWolf'scampaignproposalto
offerastandardincomeexemptionforalltaxpayers,thoughthecurrenttaxforgivenessprogramaimedatexemptinglowincomewage

earnerswouldcontinueandbeexpanded,sourcesindicated.
Aboostinthestate'ssalestaxfrom6percentto6.6percent,anincreaseof10percent.Itwasnotcleariftheproposalcarries
changesinthecurrentlistofproductsandservicesexemptedfromthesalestax.
Adirectoffsetofschoolpropertytaxesonhomesandfarmsthatwillbefundedbymuchofthemoneyraisedfromthe
aforementionedincreases.
Theexactamountofthatpropertytaxcutwasnotknown,butonepersonintimatelyfamiliarwiththeplansaiditwouldmovethecurrent
$600millionpoolforpropertytaxcuts(fundedbycasinotaxes)towellmorethan$3billionayearwheninfulleffect.
Basedoncurrentdistributionformulas,thatwouldbeenoughtolaunchtheaveragestatewidepropertytaxcutfrom$182perhomeowner
now,tosomethingintherangeof$1,000.
ThataccomplishestwoprimarygoalsforWolf:movingmoreoftheburdenforschoolfundingtothestateandawayfromalocallybased
taxsystemsthatcausepoorercommunitiestostruggleandmovingtowardwhathebelievesisafairertaxstructureforthemiddle
class.
Wolfisalsoexpectedtocallforasetofnewtaxesoncurrentlyuntaxedtobaccoproductsincludingcigars,chewingtobaccoandpipe
tobaccoand,possibly,anincreaseinthestate's$1.60perpackcigarettetax.
TheremaybeotherfacetsrevealedinthefinaldocumentTuesdayaimedatspecificgroupslikerentersandseniors.
EveryonewillallbeexpendingalotofbrainpowerafterTuesdayarrivestodeterminewhopaysmoreandwhopaysless.Butas
proposed,itisacertaintythatPennsylvaniansasawholewillpaymore.
Businesstaxes,too.
Wolf'splanwoulddramaticallyreformPennsylvania'sbusinesstaxes,withamixtureofratechanges,newtaxesandrestructuringofold
taxes.
Startingwiththenew,WolfcampaignedhardonthenotionthatPennsylvaniashouldbenefitmoredirectlyfromtheshalegasproduction
occurringhere,andhehasalreadycalledfora5percentextractiontaxongasproduction.
Butthat'sjustthestart.
WolfonWednesdayproposedamajorrestructuringofthestate'scorporatenetincometaxthatincludesanewincomereporting
methoddesignedtoexposemoreprofitsfrommorefirmstothecurrentloopholeriddentax.
Thetaxrateonthosecorporateprofits,meanwhile,woulddropin2016from9.99percentto5.99percent.
Andfinally,thegovernorwillallowthescheduledeliminationofthecapitalstockandfranchisetaxataxoninstatebusinessassets
tobecompletedin2016,aspreviouslyscheduled.
Wolfcanbeexpectedtosellthosemovesasawaytowarmtheclimatefornewbusinessinvestmentandjobgrowth.
ButthemixhasalotofbusinessgroupsscratchingtheirheadsinadvanceofTuesday'saddress.
Becausewhilethey'regettingsomethingstheyloveCNIreductionandcapitalstockeliminationtheyareconcernedabouttheimpact
ofothermeasureslikethesalestaxincrease,whichhitsbusinessesaswellashouseholds,andthepersonalincometaxincrease,
whichisthedefactotaxrateformanysmallerbusinesses.
Schoolsareawinner.
IncreasedfundingforeducationwasamajorplankinWolf'scampaignandmanyexpecthewilltakeagiantstepinhisfirstbudget
proposaltowardreversingtheeffectsofthenearbilliondollarcutthatschooldistrictshadtoabsorbduringthefirstyearofGov.Tom
Corbett'sadministration.
SourcessaidFridaythatWolf'splancontainsabout$1billioninnewspendingacrossthepubliceducationspectrum,fromearly
childhoodprogramstolocalschoolstopubliccollegesanduniversities.
Alongwiththat,Wolfwillnodoubtadvocatemovingtoafairer,moreequitablewayofdistributingstateaidtopublicschools,whichis
thefocusoftheBasicEducationFundingCommission'swork.
Thatcommissionanticipatesofferingitsrecommendedschoolfundingformulalaterthisspring.OnThursday,theCampaignforFair
EducationFundingreleasedaproposedformulathatithopeswillhelpinformthecommission'swork.
AnyincreaseswillbeawelcomechangetoPennsylvania'spublicuniversities,whichhaveseentheirstatefundingremainthesameor
nearlythesameforthepastthreeyearsafterabsorbingadeepcutin201112.
Communitycollegesalsosawafundingcutfouryearsagobutreceivedasmallincreaselastyeartobegintomakeupsomeoflost
ground.
Doesgrowingmedicalassistancedoharmtothisbudget?
ThebudgetfortheDepartmentofHumanServicesformerlytheDepartmentofPublicWelfareisthebiggestpieceofPennsylvania's
generalfundbudgetinanyyear.

OneofthemostinterestingaspectsthisyearwillbethebottomlineimpactofWolf'sswitchtothestandardissueMedicaidexpansion
providedforbythefederalAffordableCareAct.
HeisshiftingawayfromacustommadeplandevisedoverthelastyearbytheCorbettAdministration.
Corbettsaidhisversion,whichinvolves"highrisk"and"lowrisk"options,wouldsavestatetaxpayers$4.5billionincostsduringthe
nexteightyearsbyplacinghealthierpeopleonthelowriskplan.ButsinceitbeganonJan.1,criticshavesaidpeopleassignedtothe
lowriskoptionarebeingdeniedneededbenefits.
Wolfwilleliminatethelowriskoption.
Itmightbehardtoquicklydecipherthecostimpact,ormaybetherewon'tbemuch,sincethefederalgovernmentiscoveringabout90
percentofexpansioncosts,asitdidundertheCorbettplan.Corbettalsomadeassortedchangestothetechnologyusedtomanage
theMedicaidprogram,soWolf'scriticswillbelookingforanycostconsequencesofundoingthose.
Amomentforsavings.
Wolf'sbudgetaddresswon'tjustfocusonspendingincreases.Undoubtedlyhewilltrumpet$109millioninprojectedsavingsthatWolf
saidthisweekhisGovernor'sOfficeofTransformation,Innovation,ModernizationandEfficiency(GOTIME)hasfound.
Thatofficewaschargedwithassistingstateagenciesfind$150millionincostsavingstohelpclosethebudgethole.
Theprojectedsavingswillbeachievedprimarilythroughimprovingprocurementpractices,modernizingtechnologytomanagepublic
worksprojects,andconsolidatingandcentralizingadministrativeservicesacrossdepartments.
Meanwhile,WolfonFridaysaidhisbudgetplanwillexpandhomeandcommunitybasedlongtermcareforanadditional5,500people
in201516.Avoidingnursinghomecareforthatmanypeoplewillsavetaxpayers$162millionayear,accordingtotheadministration's
projections.
"Seniorshavespenttheirlivesworkinghardtoprovidefortheirfamilies,"WolfsaidatanappearanceinPhiladelphia."They'veworked
hardtobuildtheircommunitiesandtheyshouldbeabletoenjoytheirgoldenyearsinthehomesthattheybuiltinthecommunitiesthat
theybuilt."
Thepolitics.
Firstandforemost,let'srememberwhatTuesdayis.
Wolfisproposingabudget,notdictatingit.AndthatisespeciallythecaseatthispoliticalmomentintimeinPennsylvania,whereboth
chambersoftheLegislaturearedominatedbyRepublicans.
Justlikeanewcarneverhasmorevaluethanwhenyoudriveitoffthelot,theconventionalwisdomisthatanynewgovernorhashis
maximumpoliticalcapitalinhisfirstyear.
SoWolfisgoingforit.
ButtheRepublicanlawmakershavetheirownpriorities,likefurtherreformstothestate'stwomajorpublicemployeepensionsystems
towinlongtermcostsavingsandprivatizationofthestateownedliquorstoresystemtogenerateupfrontmoney.
Andgenerallyspeaking,theyhavereactedinrecentyearstobroadbasedtaxincreasesasifthosecarrytheEbolavirus.
ThebudgetisdueonJune30.
It'shardtotellrightnowwherethepushandpullofbipartisannegotiationswilllead,butunderstandthisTuesday'srolloutisreally
onlytheendofthebeginning.
StaffWriterDavidWennercontributedtothisreport.

J.J.Abbott|DeputyPressSecretary
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
mailto
|Office:
@GovernorTomWolf<https://twitter.com/GovernorTomWolf>|Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/governorwolf>

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/01/201508:08:49AM
To:

Hanger,JohnShafer,JosephNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyA bright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary

Subject:

RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Inkystorybotgoodeithertoday
OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Sunday,March01,201507:56AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenShafer,JosephNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Badheadlineslikethis(thestoryisnotgreatbutlessbadthanawfulheadline)candodamageoverthenexttwo
days.Firstimpressionsarebeingmadethislastweekandnow.
WeatleastshouldletJeffsaytoreporterswritingthesekindsofstoriesthattheplancutsthetaxesofaverage
taxpayersby13%andhomeownerswithincomesofupto100karewinners.Doingsoshouldmakeitdifficultto
headlinemorestorieslikethisstinkeroverthenext2days.
OriginalMessage
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,March01,201507:08AMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Guyswhetherirnotwerolloutthepropertytaxcutstomorrow,weabsolutelyhavetogetinthesestoriesthatthe
revenuesraiserscomefromrepublicanlegislation.Wearedoneiftheygettodisowntheirownideasand
legislation.Rightnowwehavethegovernortaggedastheonlyguypushingincomeandsalestaxincreases.That
isnottrueanditisadirethreattotheviabilityofthegovernor'splan.Wewillnotwinintryingnottotalkdirectly
abouttaxesandthinkingwecanstickonlytothematics.
Inthematterofvalidatingthe13percenttaxdecreaseandthe100kandbelowarewinners,thosenumbersare
validatedalready.
RandywhatweretheRendellincometaxincreasesandhowdoesthisproposalcompare??Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201508:01PMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,Kathleen
Isenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
4.IhavenotbeenaroundorpaidattentiontoprioryearsbutIfeelthisisatonofspecificityanddetailoutthere

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:58PMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
1.Ifwe'regonnatrydothatbeforeTuesdayweneedtoconfirmtheseratenumbersandreleasesomethingmore

otherwiseIdon'tthinkit'sfeasibleforourpresspeopletodothat
2.Westarteddiscussingthisyesterdaybutweneedtoshowsomethingtobackuptheseassertionsoritwillbe
dismissedasrhetoric
3.ThewaythisiswrittenandpresentedasnewsandnotcommentaryisbullshitandJeffisexpressingthat

OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:41PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Weneedtogetoutthattaxpayerssaveonaverage13%andhomeownerswithincomesupto$100kpayless.
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Saturday,February28,201505:26PMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestax
increases

OriginalMessage
From:Abbott,JosephL
Sent:Saturday,February28,201504:49PMEasternStandardTime
To:GVPress
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestax
increases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/taxes school funding property.html#incart mrpt2

Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelarge
income,salestaxincreases

ByCharlesThompson|

onFebruary28,2015at11:09AM,updatedFebruary28,2015at3:39PM
Expectationsor,dependinguponyourpoliticalvantagepoint,anxietiesarerunninghighforwhatgoodiesmightbe
includedwhenGov.TomWolfunveilshisfirstbudgetTuesday.
Itisexpectedtoincludedoubledigitincreasesinthestate'spersonalincometaxandsalestaxrateslargecutsinschool
propertytaxesandakeybusinesstaxrateandsignificantnewboostsinstateaidforpublicschoolsandcolleges.
Additallup,andit'ssafetosayPennsylvanianshaven'tseenaplanthisboldinscopeforyearsandcertainlynotsince

the200708recession.
Incommentsmadelastweektoreporters,Wolfmadeitclearthathehadlittlechoicebuttoincreaserevenuestoaddress
the$2.3billiondeficitheinherited.
Hisspokesmanpointedoutthatthestate'screditratinghasbeendowngradedfivetimes,Pennsylvania'sjobcreation
rankinghasdeclinedvisavisotherstates,andschoolshavebeenforcedtolayoffstaff,cutprogramsandclosebuildings.
"Somemaylooktotakepoliticalshotsorwanttomaintainthestatusquo,butGovernorWolfknowsweneedachangeif
wearegoingtorebuildthemiddleclass,"WolfspokesmanJeffSheridansaid.
"OnTuesday,thegovernorwillannounceabalancedbudgetthatwillhelpgrowoureconomy,investineducation,and
strengthenthemiddleclass.Ashehasalwayssaid,GovernorWolfiscommittedtomakingPennsylvania'staxsystemfairer
andreducingtheburdenplacedonthemiddleclassandseniors."
Sheridanhasdeclinedtorevealspecifics,butaccordingtodraftscirculatingaroundtheCapitol,afullfledgedreengineering
ofthetaxsystemiscalledfor.
Meanwhile,Republicans,whocontrolbothchambersoftheLegislature,arebracingfor"massive"taxincreasesand
spendinggrowththataresuretogivesomeheartburnandmaypromptthemtorethinktheirsummervacationplans.
ThroughinterviewswithseveralsourceswhohavebeentrackingthedevelopmentofWolf'sfirstbudget,here'swhat
PennLivehaslearnedaboutthefoundationsoftheplanastheyweresetlatelastweek:
Taxesareverymuchonthetable.
NoGroverNorquistantitaxpledgeshere.
DraftversionsofWolf'srevenueplan,accordingtosourceswhoarefamiliarwiththedetails,hadtaxnumbersthatnoteven
formerGov.EdRendellwouldhavedreamedof.
ButWolfhasalwayspridedhimselfonbeingadifferentkindofpolitician.
Somedetailsremainedsketchy.Butattheplan'sroot,sourcessay,isanambitiousshiftofschoolfundingburdensfrom
localpropertytaxestobroaderbasedstatelevies.
Here'swhatmultiplesourceshadreportedhearingbyweek'sendaboutthethreepillarsthatwillaffectmost
PennsylvaniansintherevenuesideofWolf'sroughly$30billionplan:

A20percentincreaseinthestate'spersonalincometax,fromthecurrent3.07percentto3.7percent.Forapersonmaking

$50,000,that'sanincreasefrom$1,535to$1,850.DraftsseenbyPennLive'ssourcesdidnotreferenceWolf'scampaign
proposaltoofferastandardincomeexemptionforalltaxpayers,thoughthecurrenttaxforgivenessprogramaimedat
exemptinglowincomewageearnerswouldcontinueandbeexpanded,sourcesindicated.

Aboostinthestate'ssalestaxfrom6percentto6.6percent,anincreaseof10percent.Itwasnotcleariftheproposal

carrieschangesinthecurrentlistofproductsandservicesexemptedfromthesalestax.

Adirectoffsetofschoolpropertytaxesonhomesandfarmsthatwillbefundedbymuchofthemoneyraisedfromthe

aforementionedincreases.
Theexactamountofthatpropertytaxcutwasnotknown,butonepersonintimatelyfamiliarwiththeplansaiditwould
movethecurrent$600millionpoolforpropertytaxcuts(fundedbycasinotaxes)towellmorethan$3billionayearwhenin
fulleffect.
Basedoncurrentdistributionformulas,thatwouldbeenoughtolaunchtheaveragestatewidepropertytaxcutfrom$182
perhomeownernow,tosomethingintherangeof$1,000.

ThataccomplishestwoprimarygoalsforWolf:movingmoreoftheburdenforschoolfundingtothestateandawayfroma
locallybasedtaxsystemsthatcausepoorercommunitiestostruggleandmovingtowardwhathebelievesisafairertax
structureforthemiddleclass.
Wolfisalsoexpectedtocallforasetofnewtaxesoncurrentlyuntaxedtobaccoproductsincludingcigars,chewingtobacco
andpipetobaccoand,possibly,anincreaseinthestate's$1.60perpackcigarettetax.
TheremaybeotherfacetsrevealedinthefinaldocumentTuesdayaimedatspecificgroupslikerentersandseniors.
EveryonewillallbeexpendingalotofbrainpowerafterTuesdayarrivestodeterminewhopaysmoreandwhopaysless.
Butasproposed,itisacertaintythatPennsylvaniansasawholewillpaymore.
Businesstaxes,too.
Wolf'splanwoulddramaticallyreformPennsylvania'sbusinesstaxes,withamixtureofratechanges,newtaxesand
restructuringofoldtaxes.
Startingwiththenew,WolfcampaignedhardonthenotionthatPennsylvaniashouldbenefitmoredirectlyfromtheshale
gasproductionoccurringhere,andhehasalreadycalledfora5percentextractiontaxongasproduction.
Butthat'sjustthestart.
WolfonWednesdayproposedamajorrestructuringofthestate'scorporatenetincometaxthatincludesanewincome
reportingmethoddesignedtoexposemoreprofitsfrommorefirmstothecurrentloopholeriddentax.
Thetaxrateonthosecorporateprofits,meanwhile,woulddropin2016from9.99percentto5.99percent.
Andfinally,thegovernorwillallowthescheduledeliminationofthecapitalstockandfranchisetaxataxoninstate
businessassetstobecompletedin2016,aspreviouslyscheduled.
Wolfcanbeexpectedtosellthosemovesasawaytowarmtheclimatefornewbusinessinvestmentandjobgrowth.
ButthemixhasalotofbusinessgroupsscratchingtheirheadsinadvanceofTuesday'saddress.
Becausewhilethey'regettingsomethingstheyloveCNIreductionandcapitalstockeliminationtheyareconcerned
abouttheimpactofothermeasureslikethesalestaxincrease,whichhitsbusinessesaswellashouseholds,andthe
personalincometaxincrease,whichisthedefactotaxrateformanysmallerbusinesses.
Schoolsareawinner.
IncreasedfundingforeducationwasamajorplankinWolf'scampaignandmanyexpecthewilltakeagiantstepinhisfirst
budgetproposaltowardreversingtheeffectsofthenearbilliondollarcutthatschooldistrictshadtoabsorbduringthe
firstyearofGov.TomCorbett'sadministration.
SourcessaidFridaythatWolf'splancontainsabout$1billioninnewspendingacrossthepubliceducationspectrum,from
earlychildhoodprogramstolocalschoolstopubliccollegesanduniversities.
Alongwiththat,Wolfwillnodoubtadvocatemovingtoafairer,moreequitablewayofdistributingstateaidtopublic
schools,whichisthefocusoftheBasicEducationFundingCommission'swork.
Thatcommissionanticipatesofferingitsrecommendedschoolfundingformulalaterthisspring.OnThursday,theCampaign
forFairEducationFundingreleasedaproposedformulathatithopeswillhelpinformthecommission'swork.
AnyincreaseswillbeawelcomechangetoPennsylvania'spublicuniversities,whichhaveseentheirstatefundingremain
thesameornearlythesameforthepastthreeyearsafterabsorbingadeepcutin201112.

Communitycollegesalsosawafundingcutfouryearsagobutreceivedasmallincreaselastyeartobegintomakeupsome
oflostground.
Doesgrowingmedicalassistancedoharmtothisbudget?
ThebudgetfortheDepartmentofHumanServicesformerlytheDepartmentofPublicWelfareisthebiggestpieceof
Pennsylvania'sgeneralfundbudgetinanyyear.
OneofthemostinterestingaspectsthisyearwillbethebottomlineimpactofWolf'sswitchtothestandardissueMedicaid
expansionprovidedforbythefederalAffordableCareAct.
HeisshiftingawayfromacustommadeplandevisedoverthelastyearbytheCorbettAdministration.
Corbettsaidhisversion,whichinvolves"highrisk"and"lowrisk"options,wouldsavestatetaxpayers$4.5billionincosts
duringthenexteightyearsbyplacinghealthierpeopleonthelowriskplan.ButsinceitbeganonJan.1,criticshavesaid
peopleassignedtothelowriskoptionarebeingdeniedneededbenefits.
Wolfwilleliminatethelowriskoption.
Itmightbehardtoquicklydecipherthecostimpact,ormaybetherewon'tbemuch,sincethefederalgovernmentis
coveringabout90percentofexpansioncosts,asitdidundertheCorbettplan.Corbettalsomadeassortedchangestothe
technologyusedtomanagetheMedicaidprogram,soWolf'scriticswillbelookingforanycostconsequencesofundoing
those.
Amomentforsavings.
Wolf'sbudgetaddresswon'tjustfocusonspendingincreases.Undoubtedlyhewilltrumpet$109millioninprojected
savingsthatWolfsaidthisweekhisGovernor'sOfficeofTransformation,Innovation,ModernizationandEfficiency(GOTIME)
hasfound.

Thatofficewaschargedwithassistingstateagenciesfind$150millionincostsavingstohelpclosethebudgethole.

Theprojectedsavingswillbeachievedprimarilythroughimprovingprocurementpractices,modernizingtechnologyto
managepublicworksprojects,andconsolidatingandcentralizingadministrativeservicesacrossdepartments.
Meanwhile,WolfonFridaysaidhisbudgetplanwillexpandhomeandcommunitybasedlongtermcareforanadditional
5,500peoplein201516.Avoidingnursinghomecareforthatmanypeoplewillsavetaxpayers$162millionayear,
accordingtotheadministration'sprojections.
"Seniorshavespenttheirlivesworkinghardtoprovidefortheirfamilies,"Wolfsaidatanappearancein
Philadelphia."They'veworkedhardtobuildtheircommunitiesandtheyshouldbeabletoenjoytheirgoldenyearsinthe
homesthattheybuiltinthecommunitiesthattheybuilt."
Thepolitics.
Firstandforemost,let'srememberwhatTuesdayis.
Wolfisproposingabudget,notdictatingit.AndthatisespeciallythecaseatthispoliticalmomentintimeinPennsylvania,
wherebothchambersoftheLegislaturearedominatedbyRepublicans.
Justlikeanewcarneverhasmorevaluethanwhenyoudriveitoffthelot,theconventionalwisdomisthatanynew
governorhashismaximumpoliticalcapitalinhisfirstyear.
SoWolfisgoingforit.
ButtheRepublicanlawmakershavetheirownpriorities,likefurtherreformstothestate'stwomajorpublicemployee

pensionsystemstowinlongtermcostsavingsandprivatizationofthestateownedliquorstoresystemtogenerateup
frontmoney.
Andgenerallyspeaking,theyhavereactedinrecentyearstobroadbasedtaxincreasesasifthosecarrytheEbolavirus.
ThebudgetisdueonJune30.
It'shardtotellrightnowwherethepushandpullofbipartisannegotiationswilllead,butunderstandthisTuesday'sroll
outisreallyonlytheendofthebeginning.
StaffWriterDavidWennercontributedtothisreport.

J.J.Abbott|DeputyPressSecretary
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
|Office:
@GovernorTomWolf|Facebook

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/01/201508:41:22AM
To:

Albright,RandolphHanger,JohnShafer,JosephNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,Mary

Subject:

RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Randy,thistheleadstoryintheinquireranditbisnotgood.Itdoesntgetbiggerthanthat.Wedontwinbynot
knowingorpresentingfactsrelevanttoourplanandallowingotherstopresentinaccuratepictures.
OriginalMessage
From:Albright,Randolph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:37AMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnShafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Rendell'sPITincreasewas9.6%,2.8%to3.07%
1991wasthehighest%increase48%,2.1%to3.1%
Themoreyouengageinthesestoriestoday,thebiggeryoumakethemtomorrow.TheGovernormakeshis
budgetspeechonTuesday.
OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:24AMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephMcGinty,KathleenNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Sayingitontherecordatleastgetsitintothestory.Atthispoint,thatisimportant.Wecanprovidevarying
degreesofdocumentation(summaryformtogreatdetail)asthenumberswererigorouslycalculated.Doingso
makessenseafterbudgetaddress.RightnowweshouldallowJefftosayitontherecordsothestoriesoverthe
next2daysarenotdistortedforthesimplereasonwedon'tsayit.
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Sunday,March01,201508:09AMEasternStandardTime
To:McGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
VerygoodpointaboutRshavingproposedthesetaxesneedingtobeforcefullytoldtoreportersoverthenext2days(andbeyond)and
doesnotrequireusgivingorconfirminganythingnew
On13%and100kyesthosenumbersarevalidatedinternallybutisthereanythingwewillbeabletoprovideorhowarewepresentingit
otherthanusjustsayingit.
________________________________________
From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Sunday,March01,20157:08AM
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Guyswhetherirnotwerolloutthepropertytaxcutstomorrow,weabsolutelyhavetogetinthesestoriesthattherevenuesraisers
comefromrepublicanlegislation.Wearedoneiftheygettodisowntheirownideasandlegislation.Rightnowwehavethegovernor
taggedastheonlyguypushingincomeandsalestaxincreases.Thatisnottrueanditisadirethreattotheviabilityofthegovernor's
plan.Wewillnotwinintryingnottotalkdirectlyabouttaxesandthinkingwecanstickonlytothematics.
Inthematterofvalidatingthe13percenttaxdecreaseandthe100kandbelowarewinners,thosenumbersarevalidatedalready.

RandywhatweretheRendellincometaxincreasesandhowdoesthisproposalcompare??Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201508:01PMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
4.IhavenotbeenaroundorpaidattentiontoprioryearsbutIfeelthisisatonofspecificityanddetailoutthere

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:58PMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
1.Ifwe'regonnatrydothatbeforeTuesdayweneedtoconfirmtheseratenumbersandreleasesomethingmoreotherwiseIdon'tthink
it'sfeasibleforourpresspeopletodothat
2.Westarteddiscussingthisyesterdaybutweneedtoshowsomethingtobackuptheseassertionsoritwillbedismissedasrhetoric
3.ThewaythisiswrittenandpresentedasnewsandnotcommentaryisbullshitandJeffisexpressingthat

OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:41PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
Weneedtogetoutthattaxpayerssaveonaverage13%andhomeownerswithincomesupto$100kpayless.
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Saturday,February28,201505:26PMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

OriginalMessage
From:Abbott,JosephL
Sent:Saturday,February28,201504:49PMEasternStandardTime
To:GVPress
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/taxes school funding property.html#incart mrpt2
Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases
ByCharlesThompson|
onFebruary28,2015at11:09AM,updatedFebruary28,2015at3:39PM
Expectationsor,dependinguponyourpoliticalvantagepoint,anxietiesarerunninghighforwhatgoodiesmightbeincludedwhen
Gov.TomWolfunveilshisfirstbudgetTuesday.
Itisexpectedtoincludedoubledigitincreasesinthestate'spersonalincometaxandsalestaxrateslargecutsinschoolproperty
taxesandakeybusinesstaxrateandsignificantnewboostsinstateaidforpublicschoolsandcolleges.
Additallup,andit'ssafetosayPennsylvanianshaven'tseenaplanthisboldinscopeforyearsandcertainlynotsincethe200708

recession.
Incommentsmadelastweektoreporters,Wolfmadeitclearthathehadlittlechoicebuttoincreaserevenuestoaddressthe$2.3
billiondeficitheinherited.
Hisspokesmanpointedoutthatthestate'screditratinghasbeendowngradedfivetimes,Pennsylvania'sjobcreationrankinghas
declinedvisavisotherstates,andschoolshavebeenforcedtolayoffstaff,cutprogramsandclosebuildings.
"Somemaylooktotakepoliticalshotsorwanttomaintainthestatusquo,butGovernorWolfknowsweneedachangeifwearegoing
torebuildthemiddleclass,"WolfspokesmanJeffSheridansaid.
"OnTuesday,thegovernorwillannounceabalancedbudgetthatwillhelpgrowoureconomy,investineducation,andstrengthenthe
middleclass.Ashehasalwayssaid,GovernorWolfiscommittedtomakingPennsylvania'staxsystemfairerandreducingtheburden
placedonthemiddleclassandseniors."
Sheridanhasdeclinedtorevealspecifics,butaccordingtodraftscirculatingaroundtheCapitol,afullfledgedreengineeringofthetax
systemiscalledfor.
Meanwhile,Republicans,whocontrolbothchambersoftheLegislature,arebracingfor"massive"taxincreasesandspendinggrowth
thataresuretogivesomeheartburnandmaypromptthemtorethinktheirsummervacationplans.
ThroughinterviewswithseveralsourceswhohavebeentrackingthedevelopmentofWolf'sfirstbudget,here'swhatPennLivehas
learnedaboutthefoundationsoftheplanastheyweresetlatelastweek:
Taxesareverymuchonthetable.
NoGroverNorquistantitaxpledgeshere.
DraftversionsofWolf'srevenueplan,accordingtosourceswhoarefamiliarwiththedetails,hadtaxnumbersthatnotevenformerGov.
EdRendellwouldhavedreamedof.
ButWolfhasalwayspridedhimselfonbeingadifferentkindofpolitician.
Somedetailsremainedsketchy.Butattheplan'sroot,sourcessay,isanambitiousshiftofschoolfundingburdensfromlocalproperty
taxestobroaderbasedstatelevies.
Here'swhatmultiplesourceshadreportedhearingbyweek'sendaboutthethreepillarsthatwillaffectmostPennsylvaniansinthe
revenuesideofWolf'sroughly$30billionplan:
A20percentincreaseinthestate'spersonalincometax,fromthecurrent3.07percentto3.7percent.Forapersonmaking
$50,000,that'sanincreasefrom$1,535to$1,850.DraftsseenbyPennLive'ssourcesdidnotreferenceWolf'scampaignproposalto
offerastandardincomeexemptionforalltaxpayers,thoughthecurrenttaxforgivenessprogramaimedatexemptinglowincomewage
earnerswouldcontinueandbeexpanded,sourcesindicated.
Aboostinthestate'ssalestaxfrom6percentto6.6percent,anincreaseof10percent.Itwasnotcleariftheproposalcarries
changesinthecurrentlistofproductsandservicesexemptedfromthesalestax.
Adirectoffsetofschoolpropertytaxesonhomesandfarmsthatwillbefundedbymuchofthemoneyraisedfromthe
aforementionedincreases.
Theexactamountofthatpropertytaxcutwasnotknown,butonepersonintimatelyfamiliarwiththeplansaiditwouldmovethecurrent
$600millionpoolforpropertytaxcuts(fundedbycasinotaxes)towellmorethan$3billionayearwheninfulleffect.
Basedoncurrentdistributionformulas,thatwouldbeenoughtolaunchtheaveragestatewidepropertytaxcutfrom$182perhomeowner
now,tosomethingintherangeof$1,000.
ThataccomplishestwoprimarygoalsforWolf:movingmoreoftheburdenforschoolfundingtothestateandawayfromalocallybased
taxsystemsthatcausepoorercommunitiestostruggleandmovingtowardwhathebelievesisafairertaxstructureforthemiddle
class.
Wolfisalsoexpectedtocallforasetofnewtaxesoncurrentlyuntaxedtobaccoproductsincludingcigars,chewingtobaccoandpipe
tobaccoand,possibly,anincreaseinthestate's$1.60perpackcigarettetax.
TheremaybeotherfacetsrevealedinthefinaldocumentTuesdayaimedatspecificgroupslikerentersandseniors.
EveryonewillallbeexpendingalotofbrainpowerafterTuesdayarrivestodeterminewhopaysmoreandwhopaysless.Butas
proposed,itisacertaintythatPennsylvaniansasawholewillpaymore.
Businesstaxes,too.
Wolf'splanwoulddramaticallyreformPennsylvania'sbusinesstaxes,withamixtureofratechanges,newtaxesandrestructuringofold
taxes.
Startingwiththenew,WolfcampaignedhardonthenotionthatPennsylvaniashouldbenefitmoredirectlyfromtheshalegasproduction
occurringhere,andhehasalreadycalledfora5percentextractiontaxongasproduction.

Butthat'sjustthestart.
WolfonWednesdayproposedamajorrestructuringofthestate'scorporatenetincometaxthatincludesanewincomereporting
methoddesignedtoexposemoreprofitsfrommorefirmstothecurrentloopholeriddentax.
Thetaxrateonthosecorporateprofits,meanwhile,woulddropin2016from9.99percentto5.99percent.
Andfinally,thegovernorwillallowthescheduledeliminationofthecapitalstockandfranchisetaxataxoninstatebusinessassets
tobecompletedin2016,aspreviouslyscheduled.
Wolfcanbeexpectedtosellthosemovesasawaytowarmtheclimatefornewbusinessinvestmentandjobgrowth.
ButthemixhasalotofbusinessgroupsscratchingtheirheadsinadvanceofTuesday'saddress.
Becausewhilethey'regettingsomethingstheyloveCNIreductionandcapitalstockeliminationtheyareconcernedabouttheimpact
ofothermeasureslikethesalestaxincrease,whichhitsbusinessesaswellashouseholds,andthepersonalincometaxincrease,
whichisthedefactotaxrateformanysmallerbusinesses.
Schoolsareawinner.
IncreasedfundingforeducationwasamajorplankinWolf'scampaignandmanyexpecthewilltakeagiantstepinhisfirstbudget
proposaltowardreversingtheeffectsofthenearbilliondollarcutthatschooldistrictshadtoabsorbduringthefirstyearofGov.Tom
Corbett'sadministration.
SourcessaidFridaythatWolf'splancontainsabout$1billioninnewspendingacrossthepubliceducationspectrum,fromearly
childhoodprogramstolocalschoolstopubliccollegesanduniversities.
Alongwiththat,Wolfwillnodoubtadvocatemovingtoafairer,moreequitablewayofdistributingstateaidtopublicschools,whichis
thefocusoftheBasicEducationFundingCommission'swork.
Thatcommissionanticipatesofferingitsrecommendedschoolfundingformulalaterthisspring.OnThursday,theCampaignforFair
EducationFundingreleasedaproposedformulathatithopeswillhelpinformthecommission'swork.
AnyincreaseswillbeawelcomechangetoPennsylvania'spublicuniversities,whichhaveseentheirstatefundingremainthesameor
nearlythesameforthepastthreeyearsafterabsorbingadeepcutin201112.
Communitycollegesalsosawafundingcutfouryearsagobutreceivedasmallincreaselastyeartobegintomakeupsomeoflost
ground.
Doesgrowingmedicalassistancedoharmtothisbudget?
ThebudgetfortheDepartmentofHumanServicesformerlytheDepartmentofPublicWelfareisthebiggestpieceofPennsylvania's
generalfundbudgetinanyyear.
OneofthemostinterestingaspectsthisyearwillbethebottomlineimpactofWolf'sswitchtothestandardissueMedicaidexpansion
providedforbythefederalAffordableCareAct.
HeisshiftingawayfromacustommadeplandevisedoverthelastyearbytheCorbettAdministration.
Corbettsaidhisversion,whichinvolves"highrisk"and"lowrisk"options,wouldsavestatetaxpayers$4.5billionincostsduringthe
nexteightyearsbyplacinghealthierpeopleonthelowriskplan.ButsinceitbeganonJan.1,criticshavesaidpeopleassignedtothe
lowriskoptionarebeingdeniedneededbenefits.
Wolfwilleliminatethelowriskoption.
Itmightbehardtoquicklydecipherthecostimpact,ormaybetherewon'tbemuch,sincethefederalgovernmentiscoveringabout90
percentofexpansioncosts,asitdidundertheCorbettplan.Corbettalsomadeassortedchangestothetechnologyusedtomanage
theMedicaidprogram,soWolf'scriticswillbelookingforanycostconsequencesofundoingthose.
Amomentforsavings.
Wolf'sbudgetaddresswon'tjustfocusonspendingincreases.Undoubtedlyhewilltrumpet$109millioninprojectedsavingsthatWolf
saidthisweekhisGovernor'sOfficeofTransformation,Innovation,ModernizationandEfficiency(GOTIME)hasfound.
Thatofficewaschargedwithassistingstateagenciesfind$150millionincostsavingstohelpclosethebudgethole.
Theprojectedsavingswillbeachievedprimarilythroughimprovingprocurementpractices,modernizingtechnologytomanagepublic
worksprojects,andconsolidatingandcentralizingadministrativeservicesacrossdepartments.
Meanwhile,WolfonFridaysaidhisbudgetplanwillexpandhomeandcommunitybasedlongtermcareforanadditional5,500people
in201516.Avoidingnursinghomecareforthatmanypeoplewillsavetaxpayers$162millionayear,accordingtotheadministration's
projections.
"Seniorshavespenttheirlivesworkinghardtoprovidefortheirfamilies,"WolfsaidatanappearanceinPhiladelphia."They'veworked
hardtobuildtheircommunitiesandtheyshouldbeabletoenjoytheirgoldenyearsinthehomesthattheybuiltinthecommunitiesthat
theybuilt."
Thepolitics.
Firstandforemost,let'srememberwhatTuesdayis.

Wolfisproposingabudget,notdictatingit.AndthatisespeciallythecaseatthispoliticalmomentintimeinPennsylvania,whereboth
chambersoftheLegislaturearedominatedbyRepublicans.
Justlikeanewcarneverhasmorevaluethanwhenyoudriveitoffthelot,theconventionalwisdomisthatanynewgovernorhashis
maximumpoliticalcapitalinhisfirstyear.
SoWolfisgoingforit.
ButtheRepublicanlawmakershavetheirownpriorities,likefurtherreformstothestate'stwomajorpublicemployeepensionsystems
towinlongtermcostsavingsandprivatizationofthestateownedliquorstoresystemtogenerateupfrontmoney.
Andgenerallyspeaking,theyhavereactedinrecentyearstobroadbasedtaxincreasesasifthosecarrytheEbolavirus.
ThebudgetisdueonJune30.
It'shardtotellrightnowwherethepushandpullofbipartisannegotiationswilllead,butunderstandthisTuesday'srolloutisreally
onlytheendofthebeginning.
StaffWriterDavidWennercontributedtothisreport.

J.J.Abbott|DeputyPressSecretary
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
mailto
|Office:
@GovernorTomWolf<https://twitter.com/GovernorTomWolf>|Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/governorwolf>

From:

McGinty,Kathleen

Senttime: 03/01/201507:08:09AM
To:

Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyA bright,RandolphIsenhour,Mary

Subject:

RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestaxincreases

Guyswhetherirnotwerolloutthepropertytaxcutstomorrow,weabsolutelyhavetogetinthesestoriesthatthe
revenuesraiserscomefromrepublicanlegislation.Wearedoneiftheygettodisowntheirownideasand
legislation.Rightnowwehavethegovernortaggedastheonlyguypushingincomeandsalestaxincreases.That
isnottrueanditisadirethreattotheviabilityofthegovernor'splan.Wewillnotwinintryingnottotalkdirectly
abouttaxesandthinkingwecanstickonlytothematics.
Inthematterofvalidatingthe13percenttaxdecreaseandthe100kandbelowarewinners,thosenumbersare
validatedalready.
RandywhatweretheRendellincometaxincreasesandhowdoesthisproposalcompare??Thx
OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201508:01PMEasternStandardTime
To:Shafer,JosephHanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,Kathleen
Isenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
4.IhavenotbeenaroundorpaidattentiontoprioryearsbutIfeelthisisatonofspecificityanddetailoutthere

OriginalMessage
From:Shafer,Joseph
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:58PMEasternStandardTime
To:Hanger,JohnNicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
1.Ifwe'regonnatrydothatbeforeTuesdayweneedtoconfirmtheseratenumbersandreleasesomethingmore
otherwiseIdon'tthinkit'sfeasibleforourpresspeopletodothat
2.Westarteddiscussingthisyesterdaybutweneedtoshowsomethingtobackuptheseassertionsoritwillbe
dismissedasrhetoric
3.ThewaythisiswrittenandpresentedasnewsandnotcommentaryisbullshitandJeffisexpressingthat

OriginalMessage
From:Hanger,John
Sent:Saturday,February28,201507:41PMEasternStandardTime
To:Nicastre,MarkSheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenIsenhour,Mary
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:RE:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,sales
taxincreases
Weneedtogetoutthattaxpayerssaveonaverage13%andhomeownerswithincomesupto$100kpayless.
OriginalMessage
From:Nicastre,Mark
Sent:Saturday,February28,201505:26PMEasternStandardTime
To:Sheridan,JeffreyAlbright,RandolphMcGinty,KathleenHanger,JohnIsenhour,Mary

Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestax
increases

OriginalMessage
From:Abbott,JosephL
Sent:Saturday,February28,201504:49PMEasternStandardTime
To:GVPress
Cc:Shafer,Joseph
Subject:PennLive:Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelargeincome,salestax
increases
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/taxes school funding property.html#incart mrpt2

Braceyourwallets:Wolf'sfirstbudgetproposalexpectedtoincludelarge
income,salestaxincreases

ByCharlesThompson|

onFebruary28,2015at11:09AM,updatedFebruary28,2015at3:39PM
Expectationsor,dependinguponyourpoliticalvantagepoint,anxietiesarerunninghighforwhatgoodiesmightbe
includedwhenGov.TomWolfunveilshisfirstbudgetTuesday.
Itisexpectedtoincludedoubledigitincreasesinthestate'spersonalincometaxandsalestaxrateslargecutsinschool
propertytaxesandakeybusinesstaxrateandsignificantnewboostsinstateaidforpublicschoolsandcolleges.
Additallup,andit'ssafetosayPennsylvanianshaven'tseenaplanthisboldinscopeforyearsandcertainlynotsince
the200708recession.
Incommentsmadelastweektoreporters,Wolfmadeitclearthathehadlittlechoicebuttoincreaserevenuestoaddress
the$2.3billiondeficitheinherited.
Hisspokesmanpointedoutthatthestate'screditratinghasbeendowngradedfivetimes,Pennsylvania'sjobcreation
rankinghasdeclinedvisavisotherstates,andschoolshavebeenforcedtolayoffstaff,cutprogramsandclosebuildings.
"Somemaylooktotakepoliticalshotsorwanttomaintainthestatusquo,butGovernorWolfknowsweneedachangeif
wearegoingtorebuildthemiddleclass,"WolfspokesmanJeffSheridansaid.
"OnTuesday,thegovernorwillannounceabalancedbudgetthatwillhelpgrowoureconomy,investineducation,and
strengthenthemiddleclass.Ashehasalwayssaid,GovernorWolfiscommittedtomakingPennsylvania'staxsystemfairer
andreducingtheburdenplacedonthemiddleclassandseniors."
Sheridanhasdeclinedtorevealspecifics,butaccordingtodraftscirculatingaroundtheCapitol,afullfledgedreengineering
ofthetaxsystemiscalledfor.
Meanwhile,Republicans,whocontrolbothchambersoftheLegislature,arebracingfor"massive"taxincreasesand
spendinggrowththataresuretogivesomeheartburnandmaypromptthemtorethinktheirsummervacationplans.
ThroughinterviewswithseveralsourceswhohavebeentrackingthedevelopmentofWolf'sfirstbudget,here'swhat
PennLivehaslearnedaboutthefoundationsoftheplanastheyweresetlatelastweek:

Taxesareverymuchonthetable.
NoGroverNorquistantitaxpledgeshere.
DraftversionsofWolf'srevenueplan,accordingtosourceswhoarefamiliarwiththedetails,hadtaxnumbersthatnoteven
formerGov.EdRendellwouldhavedreamedof.
ButWolfhasalwayspridedhimselfonbeingadifferentkindofpolitician.
Somedetailsremainedsketchy.Butattheplan'sroot,sourcessay,isanambitiousshiftofschoolfundingburdensfrom
localpropertytaxestobroaderbasedstatelevies.
Here'swhatmultiplesourceshadreportedhearingbyweek'sendaboutthethreepillarsthatwillaffectmost
PennsylvaniansintherevenuesideofWolf'sroughly$30billionplan:

A20percentincreaseinthestate'spersonalincometax,fromthecurrent3.07percentto3.7percent.Forapersonmaking

$50,000,that'sanincreasefrom$1,535to$1,850.DraftsseenbyPennLive'ssourcesdidnotreferenceWolf'scampaign
proposaltoofferastandardincomeexemptionforalltaxpayers,thoughthecurrenttaxforgivenessprogramaimedat
exemptinglowincomewageearnerswouldcontinueandbeexpanded,sourcesindicated.

Aboostinthestate'ssalestaxfrom6percentto6.6percent,anincreaseof10percent.Itwasnotcleariftheproposal

carrieschangesinthecurrentlistofproductsandservicesexemptedfromthesalestax.

Adirectoffsetofschoolpropertytaxesonhomesandfarmsthatwillbefundedbymuchofthemoneyraisedfromthe

aforementionedincreases.
Theexactamountofthatpropertytaxcutwasnotknown,butonepersonintimatelyfamiliarwiththeplansaiditwould
movethecurrent$600millionpoolforpropertytaxcuts(fundedbycasinotaxes)towellmorethan$3billionayearwhenin
fulleffect.
Basedoncurrentdistributionformulas,thatwouldbeenoughtolaunchtheaveragestatewidepropertytaxcutfrom$182
perhomeownernow,tosomethingintherangeof$1,000.
ThataccomplishestwoprimarygoalsforWolf:movingmoreoftheburdenforschoolfundingtothestateandawayfroma
locallybasedtaxsystemsthatcausepoorercommunitiestostruggleandmovingtowardwhathebelievesisafairertax
structureforthemiddleclass.
Wolfisalsoexpectedtocallforasetofnewtaxesoncurrentlyuntaxedtobaccoproductsincludingcigars,chewingtobacco
andpipetobaccoand,possibly,anincreaseinthestate's$1.60perpackcigarettetax.
TheremaybeotherfacetsrevealedinthefinaldocumentTuesdayaimedatspecificgroupslikerentersandseniors.
EveryonewillallbeexpendingalotofbrainpowerafterTuesdayarrivestodeterminewhopaysmoreandwhopaysless.
Butasproposed,itisacertaintythatPennsylvaniansasawholewillpaymore.
Businesstaxes,too.
Wolf'splanwoulddramaticallyreformPennsylvania'sbusinesstaxes,withamixtureofratechanges,newtaxesand
restructuringofoldtaxes.
Startingwiththenew,WolfcampaignedhardonthenotionthatPennsylvaniashouldbenefitmoredirectlyfromtheshale
gasproductionoccurringhere,andhehasalreadycalledfora5percentextractiontaxongasproduction.
Butthat'sjustthestart.

WolfonWednesdayproposedamajorrestructuringofthestate'scorporatenetincometaxthatincludesanewincome
reportingmethoddesignedtoexposemoreprofitsfrommorefirmstothecurrentloopholeriddentax.
Thetaxrateonthosecorporateprofits,meanwhile,woulddropin2016from9.99percentto5.99percent.
Andfinally,thegovernorwillallowthescheduledeliminationofthecapitalstockandfranchisetaxataxoninstate
businessassetstobecompletedin2016,aspreviouslyscheduled.
Wolfcanbeexpectedtosellthosemovesasawaytowarmtheclimatefornewbusinessinvestmentandjobgrowth.
ButthemixhasalotofbusinessgroupsscratchingtheirheadsinadvanceofTuesday'saddress.
Becausewhilethey'regettingsomethingstheyloveCNIreductionandcapitalstockeliminationtheyareconcerned
abouttheimpactofothermeasureslikethesalestaxincrease,whichhitsbusinessesaswellashouseholds,andthe
personalincometaxincrease,whichisthedefactotaxrateformanysmallerbusinesses.
Schoolsareawinner.
IncreasedfundingforeducationwasamajorplankinWolf'scampaignandmanyexpecthewilltakeagiantstepinhisfirst
budgetproposaltowardreversingtheeffectsofthenearbilliondollarcutthatschooldistrictshadtoabsorbduringthe
firstyearofGov.TomCorbett'sadministration.
SourcessaidFridaythatWolf'splancontainsabout$1billioninnewspendingacrossthepubliceducationspectrum,from
earlychildhoodprogramstolocalschoolstopubliccollegesanduniversities.
Alongwiththat,Wolfwillnodoubtadvocatemovingtoafairer,moreequitablewayofdistributingstateaidtopublic
schools,whichisthefocusoftheBasicEducationFundingCommission'swork.
Thatcommissionanticipatesofferingitsrecommendedschoolfundingformulalaterthisspring.OnThursday,theCampaign
forFairEducationFundingreleasedaproposedformulathatithopeswillhelpinformthecommission'swork.
AnyincreaseswillbeawelcomechangetoPennsylvania'spublicuniversities,whichhaveseentheirstatefundingremain
thesameornearlythesameforthepastthreeyearsafterabsorbingadeepcutin201112.
Communitycollegesalsosawafundingcutfouryearsagobutreceivedasmallincreaselastyeartobegintomakeupsome
oflostground.
Doesgrowingmedicalassistancedoharmtothisbudget?
ThebudgetfortheDepartmentofHumanServicesformerlytheDepartmentofPublicWelfareisthebiggestpieceof
Pennsylvania'sgeneralfundbudgetinanyyear.
OneofthemostinterestingaspectsthisyearwillbethebottomlineimpactofWolf'sswitchtothestandardissueMedicaid
expansionprovidedforbythefederalAffordableCareAct.
HeisshiftingawayfromacustommadeplandevisedoverthelastyearbytheCorbettAdministration.
Corbettsaidhisversion,whichinvolves"highrisk"and"lowrisk"options,wouldsavestatetaxpayers$4.5billionincosts
duringthenexteightyearsbyplacinghealthierpeopleonthelowriskplan.ButsinceitbeganonJan.1,criticshavesaid
peopleassignedtothelowriskoptionarebeingdeniedneededbenefits.
Wolfwilleliminatethelowriskoption.
Itmightbehardtoquicklydecipherthecostimpact,ormaybetherewon'tbemuch,sincethefederalgovernmentis
coveringabout90percentofexpansioncosts,asitdidundertheCorbettplan.Corbettalsomadeassortedchangestothe
technologyusedtomanagetheMedicaidprogram,soWolf'scriticswillbelookingforanycostconsequencesofundoing

those.
Amomentforsavings.
Wolf'sbudgetaddresswon'tjustfocusonspendingincreases.Undoubtedlyhewilltrumpet$109millioninprojected
savingsthatWolfsaidthisweekhisGovernor'sOfficeofTransformation,Innovation,ModernizationandEfficiency(GOTIME)
hasfound.

Thatofficewaschargedwithassistingstateagenciesfind$150millionincostsavingstohelpclosethebudgethole.

Theprojectedsavingswillbeachievedprimarilythroughimprovingprocurementpractices,modernizingtechnologyto
managepublicworksprojects,andconsolidatingandcentralizingadministrativeservicesacrossdepartments.
Meanwhile,WolfonFridaysaidhisbudgetplanwillexpandhomeandcommunitybasedlongtermcareforanadditional
5,500peoplein201516.Avoidingnursinghomecareforthatmanypeoplewillsavetaxpayers$162millionayear,
accordingtotheadministration'sprojections.
"Seniorshavespenttheirlivesworkinghardtoprovidefortheirfamilies,"Wolfsaidatanappearancein
Philadelphia."They'veworkedhardtobuildtheircommunitiesandtheyshouldbeabletoenjoytheirgoldenyearsinthe
homesthattheybuiltinthecommunitiesthattheybuilt."
Thepolitics.
Firstandforemost,let'srememberwhatTuesdayis.
Wolfisproposingabudget,notdictatingit.AndthatisespeciallythecaseatthispoliticalmomentintimeinPennsylvania,
wherebothchambersoftheLegislaturearedominatedbyRepublicans.
Justlikeanewcarneverhasmorevaluethanwhenyoudriveitoffthelot,theconventionalwisdomisthatanynew
governorhashismaximumpoliticalcapitalinhisfirstyear.
SoWolfisgoingforit.
ButtheRepublicanlawmakershavetheirownpriorities,likefurtherreformstothestate'stwomajorpublicemployee
pensionsystemstowinlongtermcostsavingsandprivatizationofthestateownedliquorstoresystemtogenerateup
frontmoney.
Andgenerallyspeaking,theyhavereactedinrecentyearstobroadbasedtaxincreasesasifthosecarrytheEbolavirus.
ThebudgetisdueonJune30.
It'shardtotellrightnowwherethepushandpullofbipartisannegotiationswilllead,butunderstandthisTuesday'sroll
outisreallyonlytheendofthebeginning.
StaffWriterDavidWennercontributedtothisreport.

J.J.Abbott|DeputyPressSecretary
OfficeofCommunications|OfficeoftheGovernor
308MainCapitolBuilding|Harrisburg,PA17120
|Office:

@GovernorTomWolf|Facebook

From:

Albright,Randolph

Senttime:

06/08/201511:56:13AM

To:

McGinty,KathleenHanger,John

Subject:

RE:PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget

Thisisalegislativeadd.

From:McGinty,Kathleen
Sent:Monday,June08,201511:51AM
To:Albright,RandolphHanger,John
Subject:FW:PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget

Isthiscorrect??Thx
From:Stone,Sophie
Sent:Monday,June8,201511:04:27AM
To:Stone,Sophie
Subject:PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget

PottstownMercury:PottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinWolfbudget
http://www.pottsmerc.com/generalnews/20150608/pottstownlibraryfearsmorefundingcutsinwolfbudget

ByEvanBrandt,TheMercury
POSTED:06/08/15,9:06AMEDT|UPDATED:22SECSAGO

POTTSTOWN>>Gov.TomWolfsproposedstatebudgetmakesaverypublicpointofincreasingmoneyforpublic
education.
Butwhatyouwontfindinapressreleasefromthegovernorsofficeishowhisbudgetiscuttingfundingforpubliclibraries.
Thecut,althoughsmallincontext,comesatthetailendofsevenyearsofcutsorlevelfundingthat,Pottstownsdirectorsays,
makesitincreasinglydifficulttoprovidethemanyservicesPottstownsneediestresidentsreceivefromthelibrary.
Sincethe200708budgetyearapeakyearforlibraryfundingthestatebudgethascutitscontributionby35.5percent,
accordingtothePennsylvaniaLibraryAssociation.
Pennsylvanianowranks40thinlibraryfunding,farbehindeveryneighboringstateexceptWestVirginia,theAssociation
notedinmaterialsDavispassedalongtoTheMercury.
By2011,PottstownRegionalPublicLibrarywasgetting$55,000lesseachyearinstateaidthanitdidunderGov.EdRendell
in2008.Alltogether,ithascollectivelylostmorethan$270,000instatefundingsince2008thisfromanorganization
whoseannualoperatingbudgettotaled$552,683in2012.
Andevenwithsmallincreasesincontributionsfromlocaltownshipsandtheboroughinrecentyearsalongwitha47
percentincreaseinlocalfundraisingeffortssince2008thelibraryclosedout2014withadeficitofnearly$20,000,
accordingtofiguresprovidedbyLibraryDirectorSusanDavis.

ThesituationisparticularlytoughforthePottstownlibrary,notonlybecauseofstatefundingstagnation,saidDavis,butalso
becausePottstownslibraryservicesalargepopulationwithfewerresourcesthanmostotherlibrariesinMontgomeryCounty.
Ofthecountys19libraries,Pottstownservesthefifthlargestpopulation,buthasthesecondlowestlocalpercapita
contributionwhichiswhystatefundingissuchacrucialsourceofincome.
Wolfsbudgetcutsanothertinysliverfromthefundingjustunderaquartermilliondollarsbutlibrarydirectorssaythe
yearsofcutsandflatfunding,combinedwithrisingcosts,willresultinfewerservicesforthecommunitysneediestresidents.
Forexample,librariesareincreasinglytheplacewherelowincomefamiliesgotoconductjobsearches,helpchildrendevelop
aloveofreadingand,increasingly,getaccesstheInternet.
During2012,Pennsylvanias600pluslibrariesprovided11.4millionwirelessInternetconnectionsessionsand8.4million
Internetcomputersessionsthrough7,844publiccomputers.
Whilethatmightsoundlikealot,Pennsylvaniaranks48thinthenationforpercapitapublicaccesstocomputers,according
tothestatelibraryassociationsfigures.
InPottstown,thelibraryspubliccomputerswereaccessed36,749timesin2014,andthatdoesnotevencountthewireless
connectionsmadethere,accordingtoDavis.
ThatswhytheprimarycutinWolfsbudgetan8.1percentstatewidereductiontotheLibraryAccessfundingstream,
whichhelpspayforelectronicresourcesforthelibraryissopotentiallyworrisome.
Thestatehasaformulatodistributemoneyamongthepubliclibrariesinthestate,butithasnotbeenusedsincefundingwas
slashed,DaviswroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Everypubliclibraryhasbeengettingthesamesliceofthepie,atleastsince2008,butthepiegotsmallerandsmaller,wrote
Davis.
IalwaysholdmybreathuntilthestateaidcheckcomesinJanuary,Daviswrote.
Thegovernorproposesonething,thelegislatureproposessomethingelseandusuallyitisacompromisebetweenthetwo.So
ifheisstartingatlevelfunding,Iamafraiditmightgetcut,shewrote.Wearesmallpotatoescomparedtopublicschoolsand
itseemsthatiswherehisattentionisfocused.
Librarydirectors,Davisincluded,arguethatlibrariesareanaspectofpubliceducationthatisoftenoverlooked.
NotonlydothepublicschoolsuseprogramsatthelibraryasBarthkindergartnersdidrecentlythelibraryalsoprovides
itsownchildrensprograms,particularlyoverthesummer.
Infact,despitebudgetcutsandreducedhours,Pottstownslibraryhasnearlydoubledchildrensprograms,from252in2008,
to403in2014.Asaresult,childrensattendancehasjumpedmorethan70percentinthelastsixyearsfrom7,184to12,269,
accordingtoDavis.
JeffSheridan,Wolfspresssecretary,saiduntilafinalbudgetisadoptedbythelegislatureandsignedbythegovernor,nothing
iswritteninstone.
GovernorWolfknowstheimportanceofinvestingineducationandtherolelibrariesplayinprovidingaplatformforchildren
tolearn.Thereductionoffundingforlibraryaccessisconsistentwiththeagencysrequestandnotunprecedented(seeFY
2014/15and2012/13budgetproposals),SheridanwroteinanemailtoTheMercury.
Weareintheinitialstagesofbudgetnegotiations,andtherewillbediscussionsaboutthisfundingaswemovetowardafinal
agreement,hewrote.

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Monday July 20, 2015 12:01 AM


By David Mekeel

Wearing a bright, royal blue suit, Mike Stack sat on a cushy, black chair behind a long conference table Monday afternoon.
In town for an event at Reading City Hall, the lieutenant governor stopped by the Reading Eagle office for a chat with our editorial board.
The discussion centered on the state budget nearly three weeks late and still gridlocked but also touched on a handful of other topics.

Here's a rundown of what the Philadelphia Democrat had to say.

The state budget impasse isn't as bad as it seems.


"I'm still hopeful," Stack said of the situation.
While the budget process has been portrayed by many people as "another stalemate" filled with "partisan bickering," he said, that's not the
case.
"I don't see it that way, it's a different tone," he said.
Stack said he believes there's a lot more common ground between Republicans and Democrats than during past budget negotiations.
A property tax bill by House Majority Leader Dave Reed, an Indiana County Republican, is close to the governor's plan, Stack said, and a
"number of folks" on both sides of the aisle have shown support for some sort of severance tax on natural gas drilling.
And, Stack said, a clear majority of legislators agree with Wolf that the state is on the "wrong path" in regards to education funding.
Stack said he feels a deal will be made possibly by late August. And he said legislative leaders will be able to get their members on board.
He said he doesn't think members will reject a compromise made by their party leaders.
"We have a little bit of anarchy if that happens," he said.

Education funding is the biggest issue in the budget debate.


"We need to fund it at a higher level," Stack said about public education, saying he feels that sentiment is widely shared. "That's probably
the reason (former Gov. Tom) Corbett lost."
But how much needs to be spent, and where that money comes from, are sticking points.
Stack said Corbett funded education with "Bandaids" and "gimmicks," blaming cuts on a poor economy. But that can't continue, he said.
"Everyone agrees we've pretty much cut all we can cut," he said.

And, Stack added, increased state funding for public schools helps reduce dependence on local property taxes. The governor's plan would
cut property taxes in half, he said.
"He's the only governor who has really put that on the board in a real way," he said.

What's the hold up?


Figuring out where the money for public education comes from is the biggest issue causing a delay in the state budget, Stack said.
"I really think it's cold feet on the part of Republicans on offsetting revenue increases," he said.
Stack said Republicans like the idea of local property tax cuts, but don't have an answer for how that money can be replaced or how to
fund spending increases.
"How are we going to pay for it?" Stack opined. "We're not going to be able to do it if we continue to go down the road we're on."
Stack said the answer is going to have to be a compromise.
"If the severance tax would get us all the way there I think we'd be done," he said.
But instead, he said, the solution will have to probably include things like getting rid of sales tax exemptions for certain items, which has
drawn opposition from various special interest groups.
Stack said another cause for delay is a lack of urgency by lawmakers.
He said in the past, legislators were forced to "anchor" at the capitol during the process, which added pressure for leaders. That's not the
case this time around, Stack said.

What's the deal with pension reform?


Stack said he's optimistic another big hurdle can be overcome.
While he wouldn't go into detail, he said the governor has made it known he's willing to make some concessions on the matter. That would
likely entail combining in some fashion the governor's plan to float pension bonds and pay down debt with Republicans' idea to shift
employees to 401(k)style plans.
"Somewhere there's a middle," Stack said.
Stack said he's eager to find a pension system that works for both employees and the public. One that doesn't punish teachers and state
employees, but is also financially feasible for the state.
As for whether he supports rolling back pension increases for legislators, he said it's a matter of fairness.
"The Legislature should always be willing to do the same things they ask others to do," he said.

How do you fix the budget process?


Stack said the current budget process simply doesn't work, and he'd like to see some major adjustments.
The first step would be to start earlier, with the Legislature getting to work right after the governor makes his budget address. Stack said
he also supports installing various deadlines the Legislature must meet, with real penalties attached like withholding paychecks for
legislators and members of the executive branch.
As things stand, Stack said, the budget deadline of July 1 means nothing.
"It's really not the deadline now, it's the starting point," he said.
Stack said he would also like to see the process be more open. He suggested making budget documents available to the public online, as
well as making various budget offices more accessible to members of the public who have questions or are seeking information.


What does he think of the recent FBI raids at the Reading and Allentown city halls?
"Of course it's concerning," Stack said of raids by the FBI in Reading and Allentown.
While saying his knowledge of the investigations is what he has read in media reports, Stack said he wants to see Pennsylvania become a
state that's "above reproach."
"We've got to let the FBI do their job," he said.
Stack said it is important that the public can trust government, and weeding out people who are doing wrong helps with that.
One way to further protect the state from scandal and abuse would be to get rid of politicians' dependence on campaign donations, Stack
said. He said he supports public financing for elections.

How do the two most recent Democratic governors compare?


If former Gov. Ed Rendell starred in a television show, it would probably be a bawdy sitcom or reality show, Stack said.
"Tom would probably be a show you put on PBS," he said with a laugh.
Both Rendell and Wolf are talented, Stack said, but their personalities couldn't be more different. While Rendell led with bravado and flash,
he said, Wolf is more about quiet, daily interactions.
"Tom is more of a slow and steady and accomplish great things," Stack said.

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http://readingeagle.com/news/article/ltgovmikestacktalkswiththereadingeagle

Monday July 20, 2015 12:01 AM


By David Mekeel

Wearing a bright, royal blue suit, Mike Stack sat on a cushy, black chair behind a long conference table Monday afternoon.
In town for an event at Reading City Hall, the lieutenant governor stopped by the Reading Eagle office for a chat with our editorial board.
The discussion centered on the state budget nearly three weeks late and still gridlocked but also touched on a handful of other topics.

Here's a rundown of what the Philadelphia Democrat had to say.

The state budget impasse isn't as bad as it seems.


"I'm still hopeful," Stack said of the situation.
While the budget process has been portrayed by many people as "another stalemate" filled with "partisan bickering," he said, that's not the
case.
"I don't see it that way, it's a different tone," he said.
Stack said he believes there's a lot more common ground between Republicans and Democrats than during past budget negotiations.
A property tax bill by House Majority Leader Dave Reed, an Indiana County Republican, is close to the governor's plan, Stack said, and a
"number of folks" on both sides of the aisle have shown support for some sort of severance tax on natural gas drilling.
And, Stack said, a clear majority of legislators agree with Wolf that the state is on the "wrong path" in regards to education funding.
Stack said he feels a deal will be made possibly by late August. And he said legislative leaders will be able to get their members on board.
He said he doesn't think members will reject a compromise made by their party leaders.
"We have a little bit of anarchy if that happens," he said.

Education funding is the biggest issue in the budget debate.


"We need to fund it at a higher level," Stack said about public education, saying he feels that sentiment is widely shared. "That's probably
the reason (former Gov. Tom) Corbett lost."
But how much needs to be spent, and where that money comes from, are sticking points.
Stack said Corbett funded education with "Bandaids" and "gimmicks," blaming cuts on a poor economy. But that can't continue, he said.
"Everyone agrees we've pretty much cut all we can cut," he said.

And, Stack added, increased state funding for public schools helps reduce dependence on local property taxes. The governor's plan would
cut property taxes in half, he said.
"He's the only governor who has really put that on the board in a real way," he said.

What's the hold up?


Figuring out where the money for public education comes from is the biggest issue causing a delay in the state budget, Stack said.
"I really think it's cold feet on the part of Republicans on offsetting revenue increases," he said.
Stack said Republicans like the idea of local property tax cuts, but don't have an answer for how that money can be replaced or how to
fund spending increases.
"How are we going to pay for it?" Stack opined. "We're not going to be able to do it if we continue to go down the road we're on."
Stack said the answer is going to have to be a compromise.
"If the severance tax would get us all the way there I think we'd be done," he said.
But instead, he said, the solution will have to probably include things like getting rid of sales tax exemptions for certain items, which has
drawn opposition from various special interest groups.
Stack said another cause for delay is a lack of urgency by lawmakers.
He said in the past, legislators were forced to "anchor" at the capitol during the process, which added pressure for leaders. That's not the
case this time around, Stack said.

What's the deal with pension reform?


Stack said he's optimistic another big hurdle can be overcome.
While he wouldn't go into detail, he said the governor has made it known he's willing to make some concessions on the matter. That would
likely entail combining in some fashion the governor's plan to float pension bonds and pay down debt with Republicans' idea to shift
employees to 401(k)style plans.
"Somewhere there's a middle," Stack said.
Stack said he's eager to find a pension system that works for both employees and the public. One that doesn't punish teachers and state
employees, but is also financially feasible for the state.
As for whether he supports rolling back pension increases for legislators, he said it's a matter of fairness.
"The Legislature should always be willing to do the same things they ask others to do," he said.

How do you fix the budget process?


Stack said the current budget process simply doesn't work, and he'd like to see some major adjustments.
The first step would be to start earlier, with the Legislature getting to work right after the governor makes his budget address. Stack said
he also supports installing various deadlines the Legislature must meet, with real penalties attached like withholding paychecks for
legislators and members of the executive branch.
As things stand, Stack said, the budget deadline of July 1 means nothing.
"It's really not the deadline now, it's the starting point," he said.
Stack said he would also like to see the process be more open. He suggested making budget documents available to the public online, as
well as making various budget offices more accessible to members of the public who have questions or are seeking information.


What does he think of the recent FBI raids at the Reading and Allentown city halls?
"Of course it's concerning," Stack said of raids by the FBI in Reading and Allentown.
While saying his knowledge of the investigations is what he has read in media reports, Stack said he wants to see Pennsylvania become a
state that's "above reproach."
"We've got to let the FBI do their job," he said.
Stack said it is important that the public can trust government, and weeding out people who are doing wrong helps with that.
One way to further protect the state from scandal and abuse would be to get rid of politicians' dependence on campaign donations, Stack
said. He said he supports public financing for elections.

How do the two most recent Democratic governors compare?


If former Gov. Ed Rendell starred in a television show, it would probably be a bawdy sitcom or reality show, Stack said.
"Tom would probably be a show you put on PBS," he said with a laugh.
Both Rendell and Wolf are talented, Stack said, but their personalities couldn't be more different. While Rendell led with bravado and flash,
he said, Wolf is more about quiet, daily interactions.
"Tom is more of a slow and steady and accomplish great things," Stack said.

Contact David Mekeel: 6103715014 or

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TribuneReview:Shalejobsrecount

TribuneReview:Shalejobsrecount
h p://blog.triblive.com/owback/2015/06/15/shalejobsrecount/

ByDavidCon
June15,2015

ThedropinnaturalgaspriceshaspromptedsomelayoffsinPennsylvaniaasshalecompaniesslowtheirpaceofdrilling.

Certainlyithasntamountedtoadropof160,000jobs,though,asonemightsurmisefromthequickestofglancesatthe
stateDepartmentofLabor&IndustryslatestMarcellusShaleUpdate.

Thedepartmentthismonthsaidnaturalgasextraction,supplierstotheindustryandcompaniesthatprovidegoodsand
servicestoitsworkersemployedanestimated89,314peopleinthethirdquarteroflastyear.InApril,thedepartment
saidMarcellusindustriesandrelatedeconomicactivitysupported249,436jobsduringthatsamequarter.

Thenewnumberdoesnotreflectarashofpinkslipsintheshalefields,thoughsubsequentquarterscouldshowsome
reductionsgiventhecutsinspendingbydrillersthisyear.Instead,thisresultedfromarecountbyGov.TomWolfs
administration,whichsaiditfoundglaringerrorsinthemethodspreviousadministrationsusedtotallyupjobs.

Thenumbersweresoglaringlywrongtheyhadtobecorrected,explainedJohnHanger,Wolfspolicydirector,whosaid
heandLabor&IndustrySecretaryKathyManderinodecidedtorecalculatethedata.

ThenewapproachchangesacountingmethodthatdatesbacktoEdRendellsadministrationinwhichHangerserved
andhappensfivemonthsafterfellowDemocratWolfreplacedRepublicanTomCorbett.Italsocomesataparticularly
pricklytimeforWolfsrelationshipwiththeindustryasheseeksnewtaxesongasthattheIndependentFiscalOfficesaid
wouldbethehighestofanygasproducingstate.

Hangersaidthetimingisnotrelatedtothetaxdebate,andittookseveralmonthsbecause,theresalotgoingonstarting
anewadministration.

Theindustrystillsmellspoliticsintheswitch.

Whyputthisimportanteconomicanalysisinthehandsofthegovernorspoliticalteamratherthanrelyingoncareerstate
policyanalysts,andbreakfromthegoodgovernmentprecedentsetbybothGovernorsRendellandCorbett?asked
DaveSpigelmyer,presidentoftheNorthFayettebasedMarcellusShaleCoalition.

Theoldmethodledtoinflatednumbers,Hangersaid,byincludingallmembersofcertainjobclassesincluding
highwayworkersandstateenvironmentalregulatorseveniftheirjobsdidnttouchshale.Indeed,Corbetttookheatfor
thecalculationsin2013.

Thenewmethodstartswiththesamenumberofpeopledirectlyemployedinsixcategoriesandthenestimatesjobsin
indirectsupplychainandinducedindustriessuchasfoodservicesandhealthcare.

Hangersaiddataindicatingnearly90,000jobsfromgasshowitsanimportantandimpressiveindustrythatWolfwants
tosucceed.

Theindustryseesaglaringdisconnectbetweenthatwishforsuccessandthedrivetoraisetaxes,butSpigelmyersaid
wenonethelessremainhopefulthatwecanworkconstructivelywiththegovernorandhisstaffers.

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