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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Swearing In, Inauguration Dates Set

Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate will be sworn into office on January 6. Leadership is already in place for both chambers, but committee chairs and subsequent memberships have not yet been finalized.

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Wolf Names Key Senior Staff

Wolf made several key senior staff appointments to join him in the Governor’s Office in addition to Katie McGinty, who was previously named his chief of staff. Last week, Wolf named John Hanger as his secretary for planning and policy, Mary Isenhour as secretary of legislative affairs, and Obra S. Kernodle IV as deputy chief of staff and director, Office of Public Liaison.

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Transition Review Heads, Teams Announced

Governor-elect Tom Wolf has named the individuals tasked with reviewing state agencies, commissions, and various issue areas.

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Severance Tax Talk Intensify as Legislature, New Governor Prepare for 2015

Governor-elect Tom Wolf campaigned on a five percent severance tax on natural gas extraction to raise $1 billion to fund schools and fill the state’s growing budget deficit – an idea that continues to split residents and business owners looking for any way possible to make ends meet without hurting their own bottom lines.

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Budget, Transition in Focus

Governor-elect Wolf has named the leaders of his Transition Team, with former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty heading things as his chief of staff. Other members of the Wolf transition leadership include leaders from business, labor, academia, finance and government. This team has to not only assess the jobs being done by state agencies, but identify key cabinet appointments, and help outline plans for Wolf’s first budget proposal. Wolf’s first priority was announcement of a Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force.

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Mid-Year Fiscal Update – “Groundhog Day”

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby delivered the state’s mid-year budget briefing Wednesday, comparing the state’s budget woes to the movie Groundhog Day. “Same old story,” he said.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA Clean Power Rules

Last week the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge brought by 21 states and other opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut toxic chemicals from point source emitters such as large power plants. The court will decide if the EPA improperly adopted regulations requiring power plants to reduce emissions without first determining how much it would cost.

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Tax Extenders Legislation on the Brink

Remember those ads depicting Congress kicking a can down the street? It’s looking a lot like we’ll be playing kick the can again on tax extenders legislation this fall, following a veto threat from President Obama last week.

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